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Google says tests prove large exclusion zones are unnecessary in 3.5 GHz band

Google says its testing reveals that LTE and Wi-Fi networks can work in close proximity to radar systems in the 3.5 GHz band, proving it is unnecessary to establish large exclusion zones to protect commercial wireless systems from harmful radar interference.

SpinCo gets a real name: GreatLand Connections

Operating under the obvious placeholder "SpinCo" since February, the joint venture set to be launched by Comcast and Charter Communications finally has an official name, GreatLand Connections.

FCC stops charging fees to tiny cable operators, proposes that Dish and DirecTV start paying up

Tiny cable operators are, understandably, praising the FCC's decision to exempt them from regulatory fees while simultaneously proposing that satellite operators Dish and DirecTV be subject to per-sub charges.

TRA says Viber not authorised to offer VoIP in UAE

UAE regulator the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) denies blocking access to over-the-top voice-over-IP (VoIP) service Viber, stating the service was never authorised for use in the market in the first place.

Telefónica CEO attacks former EU information commissioner over net neutrality

Telefónica CEO Cesar Alierta slammed the record of former European Union information society commissioner Viviane Reding, while calling on the body to rebalance the books by imposing the same restrictions on web companies as it does on telecoms operators.

Netflix sides with muni broadband in quest to upend state laws

As Netflix prepares to increase the content it's delivering in 4K/UHD, a bandwidth-hungry video format, the SVOD provider promoted, in comments to the FCC, municipal broadband providers' ability to quickly bring U.S. residents up to the Internet capacity necessary to view Ultra HD.

Telefónica gets final EU approval for E-Plus deal

Telefónica Deutschland has received final clearance from the European Commission for its €8.6 billion ($11.3 billion) acquisition of German rival E-Plus from KPN, after it was deemed that a mobile wholesale agreement previously announced with German company Drillisch complied with the agreed conditions for the deal.

CenturyLink accuses Comcast of using lobbying heft to block it from competitive areas

CenturyLink has accused Comcast of using its influence with local government officials to prevent the company from entering markets where the No. 1 cable operator is entrenched.

Connecticut regulators deny Frontier's AT&T wireline acquisition

Frontier Communications has hit what may be one of the largest snags in completing its proposed acquisition of AT&T's Connecticut wireline business as the state Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) denied a settlement the telco reached with state officials.

Local Choice fight ramps up as CBS refuses to run ATVA ads

CBS Radio will not run the American Television Alliance's new spot plugging the Senate Commerce Committee's "Local Choice" proposal. The refusal to air the low-budget campaign is not a shocker, given that--should it become law--Local Choice would dispense with broadcast retransmission fees and employ a system of pay-TV compensation that would likely be far less profitable to broadcasters.