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NTCA critical of additional backup power mandate on rural telcos

NTCA, an industry forum focused on rural telcos, says that the FCC should not place larger mandates on service providers, because the fact that many consumers shift to using cell phones during power outages shows that they don't see standby power for voice service a priority.

US Telecom says FCC's IP, copper retirement proposals will slow migration

US Telecom says that the FCC's call to mandate that ILECs provide IP services to competitive telcos at comparable prices to legacy TDM services could actually delay the U.S. telecom industry's migration to all-IP networks.

Verizon's NYC government contracts face scrutiny over claims of not meeting FiOS goals

Verizon's troubles in New York City continue to mount as Mayor Bill de Blasio is requiring City Hall to approve any business local agencies do with the service provider, a measure focused on getting it to fulfill its goal to wire the city with FiOS FTTP service.

COMPTEL, Sprint, XO, others urge FCC to "competify" the broadband industry

A group of industry trade organizations and service providers, including COMPTEL, Sprint, XO and BT, have launched a campaign to encourage the FCC to drive further competition in the broadband market.

Senators ask FCC to investigate 'ridiculous' pay-TV prices

Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and three of his fellow progressive Senators have written the FCC, asking the agency to investigate what they term the "ridiculous" price of cable TV and broadband fees.

FCC proposes extending copper retirement, sets IP transition protections for consumers, businesses

FCC chairman Tom Wheeler has set forth an agenda that the commission plans to discuss at its August 6 open meeting designed to protect both businesses and consumers as ILECs migrate more of their networks from copper to fiber and to IP.

Windstream says SMBs will be hurt if AT&T raises special access prices in IP transition

Windstream has told the FCC that AT&T's IP transition will hurt small and medium businesses if large telco providers are allowed to raise rates for last mile network services.

Charter is 'naive' about DoJ concerns, analyst Greenfield says

Although most analysts expect federal regulators to approve Charter Communications' bid to simultaneously buy Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks, BTIG Research analyst Richard Greenfield remains highly skeptical.

Report: Verizon threatens to cut off copper POTS customers unwilling to switch to fiber

Verizon may be keen on migrating more customers off its aging copper network onto fiber, but that transition is creating new battle for some customers that still want to retain a copper-based POTS line.

France's MVNOs call for mobile market consolidation

France's mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) pleaded for a return to a market with only three mobile operators, saying this would provide better conditions for wholesale access to mobile networks.