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Analysts: Three Italy, Wind merger pressures rivals, but regulator clearance not assured

Vodafone Italy and TIM will need to get creative in terms of their customer acquisition strategies to remain competitive when Three Italy and Wind complete a merger, an IHS Technology analyst said.

AT&T, NAB, others decry FCC's move to release more 600 MHz white spaces spectrum for unlicensed use

As part of its rules for the upcoming 600 MHz incentive auction, the FCC outlined new rules for unlicensed activities that the agency said are "designed to allow for more robust unlicensed use and to promote spectral efficiency in the 600 MHz band." However, the agency's rules immediately drew complaints from the likes of AT&T and the National Association of Broadcasters, which generally argued the FCC's rules will create more interference in the bands.

AT&T Southeast CWA workers approve strike on eve of expiring labor contract

AT&T Southeast workers represented by the Communications Workers of America (CWA) union have voted to authorize a strike days before the current contract expires on midnight on Saturday, Aug. 8.

Ofcom: UK now a smartphone society thanks to 4G

Smartphones have overtaken laptops as the most popular device for getting online, a new report from regulator Ofcom has revealed, with ownership of the mobile devices reaching new record levels thanks to growing take-up of 4G services.

T-Mobile only major carrier that seems enthusiastic about 600 MHz auction, as broadcasters are split

The FCC's vote to approve final rules for next year's incentive auction of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum drew a lukewarm response from both wireless carriers and broadcasters. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler had said that no stakeholder got everything they wanted in the complex set of rules, and that was reflected in the reactions to the 3-2 vote to approve the rules and set the auction to start on March 29, 2016.

Wheeler: Transparency critical in IP, copper network transition

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is not opposed to ILECs transitioning off their TDM networks and shutting down aging copper in lieu of fiber, but he said it should be done responsibly.

T-Mobile loses battle on spectrum reserve in 600 MHz incentive auction

As expected, T-Mobile US lost its year-long fight to increase the spectrum reserve from 30 MHz of spectrum in a given market to 40 MHz in next year's incentive auction of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum. The move is a victory for AT&T and Verizon Wireless and a significant blow to T-Mobile and smaller carriers.

Windstream takes $175M in Connect America Funds, sets broadband expansion to 400K rural locations

Windstream has accepted $175 million of Phase II Connect America Funds (CAF-II), a move that will enable it to extend broadband services to nearly 400,000 rural households across 17 states.

Dish's Ergen: Decision on bidding credits was a 'complicating factor' in T-Mobile talks

Dish Network Chairman and CEO Charlie Ergen said that the FCC's likely decision to deny $3.33 billion in bidding credits to two Dish affiliates that won airwaves in the AWS-3 spectrum auction was the largest hurdle to any deal between Dish and T-Mobile US.

Google Fiber makes San Antonio its next 1 Gbps target

Google Fiber has named San Antonio as the next destination where it will bring its 1 Gbps-capable FTTH service, one of the largest cities in its growing service footprint.