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Building the next-generation broadcast community: IBC 2015 Preview

Welcome to Fierce's IBC Preview Issue, ahead of IBC 2015, which takes place in Amsterdam from Sept. 10-15. In this issue, Fierce editors take a look at some of the topics we think will be among the most-discussed or debated during this year's conference and exhibition.

Google applies for experimental 3.5 GHz license in Kansas City

Google is asking the FCC for special temporary authority to expand testing in the 3.5 GHz band in Kansas City, but its public filing doesn't reveal much more than that.

NTCA: Unsubsidized RLECs should provide reasonably priced broadband, voice services

A number of service providers may have set the amount of money they will accept from the FCC's CAF-II program, but the NTCA said that the regulator should require that non-subsidized carriers be required to provide reasonably priced broadband and voice services.

Lifeline broadband proposal gets mixed response from state and local leaders

The FCC's proposal to realign its Lifeline service program to focus on providing low-cost broadband services is being met with objections from a number of state and local government officials.

Spain plans 2.6 GHz spectrum auction in coming weeks

Spain plans to launch an auction of frequencies in the 2.6 GHz band in the coming weeks to enable the market's four mobile network operators to further improve 4G network coverage.

Frontier: soon-to-be-acquired Verizon wireline assets see $1.45B revenue climb

Frontier Communications reported in a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) 8-K filing that the wireline assets it is acquiring from Verizon in California, Texas and Florida performed well during the second quarter with revenues rising year-over-year to $1.45 billion.

Apple teams with Cisco to create 'fast lane' to optimize iOS business data traffic

Apple and Cisco Systems are collaborating to optimize Cisco's networking gear for iOS enterprise users, part of a larger push Apple is making to get its iPhones and iPads into more business customers' hands.

Level 3, Birch and BT Americas say FCC has power to regulate ILEC special access rates

Level 3, Birch and BT Americas, three dominant U.S. competitive telcos, say that the FCC has broad power to adopt regulations governing rates for incumbent local exchange carrier (LEC) special access services.

CWA says 10 Mbps broadband requirement should apply to Lifeline program

The Communications Workers of America (CWA) union has joined the rallying cry for the Federal Communications Commission to modernize the Lifeline affordable phone service program by adopting the 10/1 Mbps broadband speed standard that the regulator has already set as the minimum speed providers should deliver to consumers.

LTE, Wi-Fi delegates collaborate, not clash, during coexistence workshop in Beijing

Despite what appeared to be a lot of defensive posturing before the meeting, there were no fists flying when delegates from the Wi-Fi and LTE communities met over the weekend for a 3GPP coexistence workshop in Beijing, China, to discuss Licensed Assisted Access (LAA) technology.