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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.

AT&T, CenturyLink claim Granite's request to combine Section 271, wholesale services will delay IP transition

AT&Tand CenturyLink said in separate filings with the FCC that Granite Telecommunications' request to combine unbundled local circuit switching and shared transport services is not only procedurally flawed, but could also inhibit their ongoing transitions to an all IP network.

FCC revamps numbering rules, gives VoIP providers direct number access

The FCC has passed a new set of rules that will allow interconnected VoIP providers like Vonage and Ooma to obtain telephone numbers directly.

Cablevision consolidates lawsuits against Verizon over false FiOS advertising claims

Cablevision is not giving up on challenging Verizon's claims that its FiOS network is 100 percent fiber-based, so it is combining its claims into one larger suit.

German spectrum auction raises more than €5B

German regulator Bundesnetzagentur revealed that bidding in the auction of frequencies for mobile network operators came to an end on Friday, with total bids exceeding €5 billion ($5.65 billion).

France sets €2.5B reserve price for 700 MHz auction

France plans to sell frequencies in the 700-MHz band to the country's four mobile operators by the end of 2015, and has set the total reserve price for the spectrum at almost €2.5 billion ($2.8 billion).

Operator chiefs urge European Council to reform telecoms regulation

European Union telecoms regulations need urgent reforms to encourage operators to invest in the next generation networks required to meet the goal of achieving a Digital Single Market, the CEOs of 11 major operators said.

NYC report says Verizon came up short on FiOS deployment promises

A New York City audit has found that Verizon failed to deliver on its promise of delivering FiOS TV and broadband services to anyone in the area who wanted it by 2014.

FCC agrees to revamp Lifeline and include broadband service

The FCC voted to reboot and modernize the Universal Service Fund's Lifeline program by adding broadband service to the mix and having a third party establish eligibility for the program, which is intended to provide discounted telecom services to low-income consumers. The vote was 3-2, with Republican Commissioners Ajit Pai and Michael O'Rielly dissenting.