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T-Mobile's quest for larger 600 MHz reserve gets boost from DOJ

T-Mobile US' push to increase the size of the spectrum reserve in next year's incentive auction of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum got a shot in the arm after the Department of Justice urged the FCC to give "considerable weight" to how large the reserve should be. However, according to a  Washington Post  report, T-Mobile's lobbying efforts on the issue are alienating allies in Washington and could backfire. 

BT asks Ofcom to shut down legacy network to compete with OTT players like Apple, Facebook

BT has asked UK regulator Ofcom to permit it to shutter its traditional POTS (plain old telephone service) network so it can more effectively compete with a growing pool of nontraditional, over-the-top voice providers like Facebook and Apple.

T-Mobile: Throttling policy for unlimited customers who hit 21 GB is OK under net neutrality

T-Mobile US said its network management policy of throttling the speeds of smartphone customers on its unlimited LTE plans once they hit 21 GB of data usage in a month and are on congested cell sites is permitted under the FCC's net neutrality rules.

Verizon blamed for blocking competitors' access to underground fiber conduit

Verizon is coming under fire again in New York City over claims that the service provider is preventing competitors' broadband data service from being delivered to their customers by blocking access to necessary fiber conduits.

Enabling competition from Google Fiber means FCC must reconsider pole attachment pricing

Google Fiber's plans to bring its 1 Gbps service into Salt Lake City and Nashville by using existing utility poles in each city not only sheds light on its ongoing buildout strategy, but also shows how important access to utility poles at reasonable rates is key to expanding broadband services.

Middle mile, dark fiber networks are needed to drive more rural broadband

NEW YORK--Whether it's the broadband stimulus program or the Connect America Fund, there has been no shortage of efforts in recent years to drive broadband into rural areas. However, a growing number of service providers say that there should be more focus on providing middle mile fiber-based networks that can backhaul traffic and connect with major Internet peering points.

T-Mobile wants FCC to block AT&T's 700 MHz purchases as 600 MHz auction looms

T-Mobile US' battle with AT&T Mobility over the size of the spectrum reserve in next year's incentive auction of 600 MHz airwaves--and over access to low-band spectrum generally--moved into a new venue. T-Mobile asked the FCC to block AT&T's deal to buy some 700 MHz spectrum in parts of Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia, arguing that with the deal "AT&T will prove far more able to exclude competitors, raise their costs, damage their businesses and ultimately lessen competition" in the markets in question.

AT&T, CWA begin negotiations for 27,000 Southeast employees

AT&T has begun contract negotiations with 27,000 employees in its Southeast territory represented by the Communications Workers of America. Both parties met yesterday with both presenting their own position statements on the negotiation process.

FCC starts review of Charter's TWC and Bright House deals

The FCC announced that it has begun a review of Charter's proposed purchases of both Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks.

Mallinson: Germany's spectrum auction shows how monopoly power can be exploited- and hurt operators

Spectrum is too valuable to be given away. However; a more sophisticated array of operations obligations and commitments could encourage more capital to be invested in improving mobile networks and services, and making them cheaper, rather than simply siphoning off as much money as possible from operators in auction proceeds for governments to spend on other programmes outside telecommunications.