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FCC gets grief from broadcasters over incentive auction rules

The FCC is taking heat from broadcasters of various stripes after the agency denied various petitions they had made on the rules for next year's incentive auction of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum.  

Cable operators want satellite foes to pay more fees

The American Cable Association and the National Cable & Telecommunications Association have asked FCC to increase the amount of fees that satellite providers must pay per subscriber. The filing is in response to the FCC's Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and order that was issued in May in which the FCC said it wanted to charge satellite operators a per-subscriber regulatory fee, just as it does for cable and IPTV companies.

The 10 highest paid CEOs in wireline in 2014

The nation's top telcos have all reported their CEO salaries to the Securities and Exchange Commission, and FierceTelecom has collected all the data in one place. Here are the salary and compensation rates of the top 10 highest paid CEOs in the wireline industry.

Senators look to close broadband gap for schools with Digital Learning Equity Act

United States Senators Angus King (I-Maine) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.V.) have introduced the Digital Learning Equity Act of 2015 as a way to improve broadband access and close what they call an education gap for all students.

Analyst: 80%-85% chance that feds will approve Charter-TWC deal

New Street Research analyst Jonathan Chaplin says it's 80 percent to 85 percent likely that the FCC and U.S. Justice Department will approve Charter Communication's proposed $56.7 billion purchase of Time Warner Cable.

Is there an alternative to LTE-U/LAA that won't tick everyone off?

Given how much the industry has discussed LTE in unlicensed spectrum during the past several months or so, some stakeholders might have gotten the impression that all the questions have been asked and answered, thank you very much. But that's not the case.

Verizon union negotiations begin amidst charges of failing on copper, FiOS commitments

Verizon has begun negotiations on a new contract for union workers represented by the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) amidst claims the telco is not meeting its FiOS and copper network repair obligations.

German spectrum auction could have been €3B cheaper, say analysts

Analysts said Germany's three mobile operators could have spent around €3 billion ($3.4 billion) less but secured the same or a similar outcome in the country's recent spectrum auction, which ended last week after raising €5.081 billion from the sale of blocks in the 700, 900, 1800, and 1500 MHz bands.

CTIA, CCA applaud re-introduction of Wireless Innovation Act

Wireless operators both large and regional are happy that a group of senators re-introduced the Wireless Innovation Act of 2015, with both CTIA and the Competitive Carriers Association (CCA) issuing statements of support.

Sprint to stop offering wireline long-distance voice services

Sprint has asked the FCC for permission to discontinue offering its wireline consumer long-distance service and associated features, a service line whose revenues continue to decline every quarter.