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Level 3, Google establish settlement-free interconnection arrangement

Level 3 Communications has reached a new multi-year, settlement-free interconnection agreement with Google covering their global backbone networks.

BT to close EE deal in January after winning approval from the CMA

The UK's Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) cleared BT's planned £12.5 billion (€16.5 billion/$17.9 billion) acquisition of EE from Orange and Deutsche Telekom, saying the merger is not expected to result in a substantial lessening of competition in any markets in the UK.

Retransmission-related blackouts jumped to 193 in 2015, WSJ says

Negotiations between pay-TV providers and content owners for retransmission rights have always been tense, but in 2015 the issue became even more acute.

AT&T wants to discontinue collect calling, international directory assistance services

AT&T hopes to stop offering a host of operator assisted services this year, including collect calling, signaling the ongoing decline in once-essential legacy telephone services.

Windstream to shutter Virtual Business Exchange in four states

Windstream has asked the FCC for permission to shut down its Virtual Business Exchange (VBX) services in the states of Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee and Wisconsin, signaling its ongoing movement to IP-based services.

FCC commissioners make case for sharing 5.9 GHz spectrum

Two members of the FCC – Commissioners Jessica Rosenworcel and Michael O-Rielly – made the case this week that the 5.9 GHz spectrum has enough room for both super-fast Wi-Fi and smarter vehicular technology.

Google calls out incumbents' plans for 3.5 GHz spectrum sharing as 'overprotective'

Google is fending off calls for extended perimeter protection for incumbent users in the 3.5 GHz band, calling the proposals "overprotective" and warning they could limit spectrum availability.

Arcep seeks end to France's mobile roaming and network-sharing deals

Arcep asked French mobile operators to make specific plans for terminating network-sharing and national roaming agreements that have also been used to delay the construction of their own mobile networks.

EC's Oettinger gives 5G pep talk to operator, vendor chiefs

Günther Oettinger, the European commissioner for the Digital Economy and Society, called the leaders of 10 major European telecoms operators and infrastructure vendors to a meeting in a bid to accelerate the development and rollout of 5G technology.

AT&T says CLECs misunderstand special access terms, rates

AT&T has responded to the FCC's investigation of its special access pricing regime, saying that competitive service providers' allegations that it locks-in certain volume-related commitments are false.