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Straight Path gets boost from FCC filing but short sellers stomp on that parade

After getting mentioned more than 70 times in the FCC's Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on spectrum above 24 GHz-- Samsung, in contrast, was mentioned only about 60 times-- the lesser-known Straight Path Communications, with just seven employees, got a big boost in its profile. The detailed 100+-page NPRM caught the attention of both investors and short sellers who argue the company is worth far less than its current market cap suggests. 

Level 3 says interconnection issues can be a disadvantage to consumers

Level 3 continues to make progress in making new interconnection agreements with a number of carriers, but it contends the real beneficiaries are the consumers that want to access over-the-top video and other content.

Verizon: FCC should avoid creating roadblocks for telcos discontinuing legacy services

As it transitions more of its network from copper to fiber and IP, Verizon says that the FCC should create what it calls a "safe harbor" for discontinuation of legacy TDM-based services.

Budget deal would direct FCC, NTIA to find federal spectrum to auction

Buried within the mammoth budget deal that the White House and the Republican-led House have agreed to are provisions that would require the FCC and Department of Commerce to identify 30 MHz of government-held spectrum to be auctioned for commercial wireless use.  

EU causes uproar with roaming rate, net neutrality decisions

The European Commission (EC) faced a backlash from consumer groups after MEPs voted to abolish mobile roaming rates from mid-2017, and cleared controversial net neutrality rules.

BT wins provisional approval for EE acquisition

BT received provisional clearance to acquire mobile operator EE, after the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) decided that the move would not substantially lessen competition in any market in the UK.

Pai says no need for new MVPD rules because there's 'no problem to be solved'

The OTT video market is booming because of, not in spite of, regulations that keep over-the-top providers from being considered as multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs). That's the position of FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai, who reiterated his stance in a speech to an audience in Hong Kong.

INCOMPAS, CCA oppose USTelecom, ILEC request to extend special access review

INCOMPAS, which was formerly known as COMPTEL, has joined the Competitive Carriers Association (CCA) in opposing a request from USTelecom to extend the upcoming comment and reply comment deadlines in the FCC's special access data review process.

Verizon protests 64 Kbps voice unbundling requirement, says it may delay copper-fiber transition

Verizon said that the 64 Kbps requirement has "outlived any usefulness" as more of its customers have dropped their landline phone service in favor of either VoIP or wireless as their main calling device.

T-Mobile's Legere expects 'dark horse' companies like Google and Comcast to bid in 600 MHz auction

T-Mobile US CEO John Legere said he expects "dark horse" companies like Google, Comcast and Charter Communications to bid in next year's incentive auction of 600 MH broadcast TV spectrum. Legere said the next six to 12 months are going to be a "fascinating time period" in the industry as the future of the wireless market takes shape as more content goes online and more Internet traffic goes mobile.