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Rysavy: Mobile broadband networks should not be hampered by net neutrality constraints

The success of the mobile broadband industry is due in part to a light regulatory touch that has encouraged massive investments and resulted in one of the most successful industries of all time. This industry, however, is still in the relatively early stages and will grow and evolve in ways that cannot be predicted. It will be successful to the extent that unnecessary regulatory strangleholds, especially ones that treat wireless and wireline equally, do not hold it back.

Baltimore hires consultant to wriggle out of Comcast franchise agreement

The City of Baltimore expanded broadband service choices for local residents and businesses and has hired a consulting firm to, among other things, explore ways through and around a franchise agreement signed with Comcast that runs through 2016.

Telefónica seals deal to acquire GVT from Vivendi

Telefónica agreed to acquire Vivendi's Brazilian broadband business GVT for just over €7 billion ($9 billion) in cash and stocks, following three weeks of exclusive negotiations.

AT&T faces merger heat from Netflix and former cellular partners but gets Microsoft's blessing

More than 90 former AT&T cellular-industry partners have banded together to petition the FCC against the telco's proposed purchase of DirecTV, while Netflix also sent a notice to the commission noting that powerful conditions restricting paid peering should be put in place. Conversely, the still-powerful enterprise-technology company Microsoft told the commission it supports the merger.

Senate passes (relatively) clean STAVRA bill

A bill renewing the ability of satellite operators to take broadcast signals from far-away stations and deliver them to about 1.5 million rural subscribers without local access to various broadcast outlets has passed the Senate by voice vote.

Rogers: U.S. channels will leave Canada if 'nuts' regulators render them a la carte

Speaking Tuesday at future-of-television hearings conducted by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) in Gatineau, Quebec, Phil Lind, executive regulatory VP and vice chairman of Rogers, said disaggregating U.S. channels such as AMC and A&E would cause their backers to pull out of the Canadian pay-TV market completely.

Sen. McCaskill expected to abandon attempt to add pay-TV regulation to STAVRA

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) is expected to withdraw an effort to include in the pending satellite reauthorization bill rules that would give the FCC greater oversight over pay-TV customer service.

CCA wants FCC to revise rules for triggering 'reserved' spectrum in 600 MHz auction

The Competitive Carriers Association is urging the FCC to reconsider its rules for triggering when bidding for next year's planned incentive auction of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum will split into "unreserved" airwaves and "reserved" spectrum set aside for smaller carriers.

Frontier's Jureller: We like acquisitions that help us scale

Frontier says that its pending acquisition of AT&T's Connecticut operations, which will close on Oct. 15 when it gets approval from Connecticut's Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA), reflects its desire to seek out deals that scale its operations.

AT&T, Nokia among those endorsing spectrum-sharing tests in 'model city'

Commenters applauded a federal government proposal to set up a public-private partnership that would create a model city for testing spectrum-sharing policies and technologies.The plan was floated in July by the FCC and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA).