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Consumers may threaten regulators' best-laid plans

The battle over net neutrality and related pushes to rewrite the Telecommunications Act of 1996 are sure to have major impacts, one way or another, on the future of consumers' communications and entertainment options. But those effects will themselves be influenced by ever-changing marketplaces, which are undergoing rapid transformations.

Wheeler letter to Marcus urges TWC to clean up its SportsNet LA mess

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has sent a letter to Time Warner Cable chief executive Rob Marcus, demanding he do something--soon--to end a carriage dispute that has blacked out Dodgers baseball games in 70 percent of the Los Angeles market this season.

Neustar fights to keep number portability contract away from Ericsson's Telcordia

Neustar, the telecommunications data service provider, is strongly protesting a recommendation that Ericsson's Telcordia unit be named as the winner of a major telephone-numbers management contract. The contract, which Neustar has had with the U.S. government since 1997, makes up nearly half of Neustar's revenue.

Windstream to spin off network assets into REIT

Windstream is moving to spin off a number of its copper and fiber assets into a publicly traded Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT), a move it says will enable it to lower debt by nearly $3.2 billion while accelerating its broadband and IP-based network transitions.

TWC's CEO says FCC's focus on net neutrality, other acquisitions could hold up Comcast deal

Whether it's net neutrality, AT&T's proposed acquisition of DirecTV or Sprint's desire to purchase T-Mobile US coming to fruition, it's clear that the FCC has a lot on its plate this year.

Update: DirecTV not interested in arbitration with TWC over Dodgers channel

DirecTV appears to have no interest in entering a binding arbitration process with Time Warner Cable over a lengthy carriage impasse that has kept 70 percent of the L.A. market blacked out from Dodgers games this season. 

TWC's Marcus: Busy FCC may be delayed in finishing Comcast purchase approval

With the FCC oversubscribed to various other corporate mergers, not to mention reimagining its net neutrality rules, it could very well be delayed in reviewing Comcast's proposed $45 billion purchase of Time Warner Cable, TWC CEO Rob Marcus said.

Cell phone unlocking bill appears set to become law

The House on Friday passed legislation that makes it legal for consumers to unlock their cell phone and take it to another carrier, and President Obama indicated he will sign the bill into law.

AT&T gets green light to bring 1 Gig fiber-based broadband service to Nashville

AT&T has received local regulatory clearance to bring its 1 Gbps-capable fiber to the home (FTTH) to Nashville, Tenn., the latest of several cities where the telco has announced it will offer its fiber-based broadband service.

Verizon blasts Find Me 911 Coalition report on 911 location data

Verizon Wireless hit back hard against the Find Me 911 Coalition, arguing to the FCC that the group was spreading "misleading" information about how often Verizon provides the most precise location information needed for dispatchers and first responders to find callers. Verizon told the FCC that it "does not take lightly such allegations and undertook an internal review of its own performance data in response to the claims."