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Altice's Cablevision deal will likely get approved, analyst says, but 'local issues will raise costs'

The $17.7 billion purchase of Cablevision by Altice will likely get federal approval, New Street Research says, but meeting FCC public interest guidelines will likely drive up cost for the French telco magnet.

AT&T explains delay on iOS 9 and Wi-Fi calling

It looks like it will be up to the FCC to determine when AT&T will commercially offer Wi-Fi calling through Apple's iOS 9.

Hutchison mulls IPO for merged O2-Three, but deeper EU probe looms

A future combined O2 UK and Three UK could eventually become a listed company, although the proposed deal to merge the two mobile operators continues to hang in the balance with reports suggesting it will now be subject to a full-scale investigation by the European Commission (EC).

Sprint, Windstream, industry groups applaud public availability of special access data

Sprint, Windstream and a host of industry groups have come out in support of the FCC Wireline Competition Bureau's decision to make industry data gathered about special access services available for public review.

Dish's DE partners get extension from FCC to make $3.3B in payments on AWS-3 spectrum

Dish Network's designated entity (DE) partners, in which Dish holds an 85 percent economic stake, received an extension from the FCC to pay the $3.33 billion they owe for their AWS-3 spectrum licenses.

Comcast to pay $33M, change policies after releasing customer data

Comcast will pay $33 million in fines and refunds and change its business practices to settle complaints with the California Department of Justice and the California Public Utilities Commission that it improperly disclosed customer data.

Improved submarine cable reporting rules proposed, setting stage for provider accountability

The FCC voted to approve new rules that would require submarine cable operators to report outages to the regulator, an initiative that could hold operators more accountable.

LightSquared reports progress on settlement talks with Deere, Trimble, but not with Garmin

LightSquared and GPS firms Trimble and Deere have made some progress on settlement talks on the litigation between them in recent weeks, but the wireless firm and Garmin are still at an impasse, suggesting that the road ahead to a détente with the GPS industry will not be an easy one for LightSquared.

Qualcomm, NCTA, auto makers push for 5.9 GHz testing for vehicles

Automobile associations, as well as the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA), Intelsat and Qualcomm are all asking the FCC, in coordination with the Department of Transportation (DOT) and Department of Commerce (DOC), to conduct thorough testing for the development of vehicle safety technology in the 5.9 GHz band.

Pai says FCC needs to solve the rural standalone broadband problem by 2016

FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai says that in order to enable rural telcos to deliver a compelling broadband-only option to consumers and businesses, the regulator needs to make changes to the USF rules regarding financial assistance to build networks that support these services.