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Colorado communities band together to eliminate municipal broadband restrictions

A group of 26 Colorado communities, including 17 counties, will vote on an initiative to overturn a 10-year old law that restricts local municipalities from building their own broadband networks.

T-Mobile criticizes Dish over AWS-3 license defaults, says Dish should be barred from bidding again on those licenses

T-Mobile US told the FCC that the agency prohibit Dish Network and its designated entity partners from bidding in the future on AWS-3 licenses on which the Dish DEs "selectively" defaulted. T-Mobile also wants the FCC to consider Dish and the Dish DEs "former defaulters," requiring them to provide 50 percent greater upfront payment if they want to participate in the upcoming 600 MHz incentive auction. 

NCTA: 9 largest MSOs have issued only 618,000 CableCards for retail devices

The nation's nine biggest cable operators have deployed only around 618,000 CableCards for use in retail devices, according to the National Cable Telecommunications Association.

Comcast ups Charytan to EVP and general counsel, will have 'dotted line' reporting to Cohen

Comcast has promoted Lynn Charytan to executive VP and general counsel of Comcast Cable.

FCC to fine Hilton Hotels $25K for not cooperating in Wi-Fi blocking investigation

The FCC's Enforcement Bureau has proposed a $25,000 fine against Hilton Worldwide Holdings for what the FCC calls an apparent obstruction of an investigation into whether Hilton engaged in the blocking of consumers' Wi-Fi devices.

Verizon says Windstream, Incompas want to shift special construction costs to incumbent carriers

Verizon is speaking out against claims made by Windstream and competitive industry forum Incompas that the special construction practices and charges to deliver DS1 services to its retail and wholesale customers aren't consistent across its customer segments.

CK Hutchison bullish on O2 UK merger clearance, as EC's Vestager investigates

CK Hutchison said it remained confident of gaining clearance for its proposed acquisition of O2 UK from Telefonica, despite the European Commission opening an in-depth investigation into the planned deal.

Microsoft slams Globalstar's latest claim of no TLPS interference with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth

While Microsoft is accusing Globalstar of using misleading tactics to demonstrate its proposed terrestrial low power service (TLPS) does not interfere with Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, another company is invoking Lily Tomlin's telephone operator character Ernestine to demonstrate how archaic Globalstar's proposal is for managing interference.

FCC's Wheeler backs off exclusivity rule changes to retransmission deals, report says

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is reportedly backing away from changing rules that regulate retransmission negotiations between broadcasters and MVPDs.

Net neutrality lawsuit delays USF fee decision, Lifeline revamp

The move to extend low-cost broadband services to Lifeline recipients continues to draw controversy, with a lawsuit over net neutrality rules delaying the FCC from making a decision on whether to require Universal Service Fund fees of Internet service providers. Proponents of a proposed low-cost broadband option, meanwhile, are continuing to try and convince the commission to move ahead on the issue.