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EC net closes in on Apple Irish tax scandal

The European Commission (EC) is today expected to release initial details of a probe into Apple's tax arrangements in the region that could see the U.S. smartphone maker fined billions of Euros.  

Comcast set to 'decommission' SVOD service Streampix

Comcast has quietly revealed that it plans to pull the plug on Streampix, the subscription video on demand service it launched in May 2012 to compete with Netflix.

Pac-12 commissioner: RSN will get carriage on DirecTV if AT&T buyout approved

The Pac-12 Networks will finally arrive on the program guides of DirecTV if AT&T's proposed acquisition of the satellite service passes regulatory muster.

FCC's Rosenworcel: We can't have a two-tiered Internet

The net neutrality debate continued to heat up during a Congressional Forum on Net Neutrality hosted by Congresswoman Doris O. Matsui (D-Calif.) this week when two Democratic FCC commissioners voiced their concerns on creating so-called fast lanes, which would allow service providers to adjust speeds related to the websites they visit to access video or other kinds of bandwidth-hungry content.

AT&T-DirecTV merger moves to FCC for final approvals

DirecTV shareholders approved the satellite TV provider's proposed merger with AT&T, an action that removes one of the final hurdles to the blockbuster telecom transaction.

EC says no change to plan to end roaming charges

The European Commission (EC) insisted there is absolutely no delay to its plans to end roaming charges across the European Union, noting that all three EU institutions--the EC, European Parliament and national governments--agree on the need to end these charges.

French watchdog rejects call to suspend Bouygues Telecom-SFR network deal

France's competition regulator L'Autorité de la concurrence has rejected calls by Orange to suspend a planned network-sharing agreement between Bouygues Telecom and SFR, saying the deal did not pose an immediate or serious threat to consumers or the sector.

Telecom Italia faces further Argentina sale delay amid rumours of Trujillo bid plans

Telecom Italia said it is to discuss on Friday a proposal from Fintech to extend the agreement to sell the Italian operator's controlling stake in Telecom Argentina to the investment company. Meanwhile reports emerged this week that Sol Trujillo is seeking to raise up to €7.5 billion ($9.6 billion) to bid for a stake in the Italian operator.

Net neutrality: Netflix continues fight for 'strong' rules, responds to Comcast accusation of extortion

Netflix reiterated its support of "clear and strong Internet protections" from the FCC in order to support the "virtuous circle" of broadband investment and business applications stemming from such rules.

FCC's Clyburn comes out for strict net neutrality rules for wireless

The roiling debate over net neutrality rules got another jolt Wednesday when two of the FCC's Democratic commissioners pushed for strong net neutrality regulations, and one indicated that strict net neutrality rules should apply to wireless as well as wireline networks. Meanwhile, the CTIA and wireless carriers continued to push back against the notion that the regulations should cover mobile technologies.