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Microsoft follows Google, NCTA in dissing Globalstar plan

Some big names came together at a Washington, D.C., event this week to voice their concerns about Globalstar's proposed terrestrial lower power service (TLPS). Among them: Google, Microsoft, the Wi-Fi Alliance, the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (WISPA) and the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA).

AT&T hit with proposed $100M FCC fine over throttling of customers with unlimited plans

The FCC is proposing to fine AT&T Mobility $100 million for not being transparent enough with its grandfathered unlimited data plan customers about how and when their speeds would be reduced if they use too much data. The fine is the largest the FCC has ever proposed.

TWC to be hit with first complaint under FCC's new net neutrality rules

Time Warner Cable has been targeted for the first complaint under the FCC's new net neutrality rules, which just took effect on June 12.

FCC's new net neutrality order could drive up pole attachment rates for cable MSOs

One of the potential drawbacks of the FCC's new neutrality rules is that cable MSOs could see the cost of pole attachment rates rise.

U.S. mayors urge FCC to develop broadband performance information

A group of 35 mayors and city officials from various states have sent a letter to the FCC asking the regulator to create a uniform and accessible reporting structure on service provider broadband performance.

Cable companies may see higher pole attachment rates thanks to FCC's net neutrality rules

With FCC net neutrality rules now in effect, pole attachment rates could be on the rise for cable companies, according to industry observers. Pole attachment rates traditionally are higher for telecom companies and now that cable companies are also being classified as telecommunications providers under Title II of the FCC's Open Internet Order, which went into effect Jan. 12, it's likely they will see their rates increase.

Tower climbing and safety: Still a long way to go

Too much regulation can be a bad thing, but statistics show that tower safety in the U.S. has a long way to go. Statistics from Thomas P. Fuller, safety program director of the Health Sciences Department at Illinois State University, bear this out.

Frontier takes $283M in Connect America Funding to bring broadband to 650,000 unserved sites

Frontier has agreed to accept $283 million in annual Connect America Fund (CAF) Phase II support from the FCC that it says will enable it to build out broadband service to over 650,000 rural locations that it could not economically reach before.

Report: FCC has reached out to 2/3 of eligible broadcasters about 600 MHz auction

The FCC is reaching more broadcasters ahead of next year's incentive auction of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum. According to  Reuters, nearly two-thirds of eligible U.S. TV stations have been briefed by FCC officials about the auction, up from an estimate of "nearly half" FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler cited in April.  

AT&T: T-Mobile's 600 MHz reserve strategy is about protecting urban markets, not expanding rural coverage

AT&T thinks T-Mobile US' push to expand the amount of spectrum smaller carriers can bid on in next year's incentive auction of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum is more about making sure T-Mobile has less competition in bidding in urban markets than in expanding its rural coverage.