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CenturyLink asks FCC to eliminate syndicated exclusivity rules on video programming

CenturyLink may be scaling its IPTV video business with over 2.6 million addressable households as of the end of the second quarter, but the telco has asked the FCC to eliminate non-duplication and syndicated exclusivity rules in order to get more competitive content rates.

AT&T to bring broadband to over 84K rural Kentucky homes, businesses

AT&T has set forth plans to bring broadband services to 84,000 rural households in Kentucky, further detailing its use of the second phase of the FCC's Connect America Fund (CAF-II).

CenturyLink: FCC's CAF-II program should address unfunded rural area voice obligations

CenturyLink may be putting the initial foundations in place to build out 10/1 Mbps broadband service in rural areas via the FCC's Connect America Fund (CAF-II), but is concerned that it won't be receiving funds to support traditional voice services.

Frontier gets Texas PUC approval for Verizon wireline asset purchase

Frontier has cleared another hurdle in its path to complete its acquisition of Verizon's wireline assets in California, Florida and Texas as the Texas Public Utility Commission (PUC) approved the transfer of Verizon's Southwest division's CLEC certificate to Frontier.

EC Commissioner: Telecoms regulations cannot be decided by the industry alone

As the European Commission (EC) prepares to launch a wide-reaching public consultation on future telecoms regulation, Andrus Ansip, vice president for the Digital Single Market, spoke to FierceWireless:Europe about the challenges those updated rules must meet.

Analysts: Telenor, TeliaSonera's Danish dilemma could impact similar deals in UK and Italy

Telenor and TeliaSonera's decision to abandon a planned merger of their Danish operations is a sign that the European Commission (EC) is toughening its stance on mergers that reduce the number of operators in individual markets, analysts and industry experts said.

TeliaSonera, Telenor abandon Danish merger

TeliaSonera and Telenor abandoned plans to merge their respective Danish operations after being unable to agree concessions to alleviate European Commission (EC) concerns over the impact of the deal on competition in the market.

Frontier will gain revenue benefits from CAF-II program, says Jefferies

Frontier, a telco that's focused on serving Tier 2 and Tier 3 markets, may see a large revenue gain in the next year by expanding broadband services through the second phase of the Connect America Fund (CAF-II). Financial analyst firm Jefferies said in a research report that out of all of the telcos that accepted CAF-II funding, Frontier should benefit the most with "2016 revenue/EBITDA up +2.8 percent /+6.8 percent relative to the prior support mechanism."

AT&T's Stephens: We'll meet our FTTH goals by extending fiber from existing builds

AT&T is not afraid of meeting its ambitious goal to bring its 1 Gbps FTTH service to an additional 11.7 million locations it agreed to meet as one of the tenets with the FCC to get approval of its DirecTV acquisition.

Signals Research finds impact of LTE-U on real-time apps running over Wi-Fi is 'relatively modest'

LAS VEGAS--Research firm Signals Research Group (SRG) presented its third-party assessment of LTE-U and Wi-Fi co-existence at the CTIA Super Mobility 2015 conference Wednesday, showing that the impact of LTE-U on real-time applications running over Wi-Fi was relatively modest and largely comparable to the impact of introducing a new Wi-Fi access point into the channel.