Canadian telecom companies draw battle lines; FairPoint to release 4Q results on March 2

Wireline news from across the Web:

> AT&T's VP of federal regulatory Caroline Van Wie says the FCC appears to be "selectively suppressing the free flow of information to impede public debate on the merits of increased special access regulation," information AT&T says shows the marketplace is competitive and "heavy-handed, monopoly-era regulation" is unnecessary. Broadcasting & Cable article

> Battle lines are being drawn in Canada over smaller telecom companies having access to the high-speed fiber infrastructure that the small handful of major players are planning to roll out soon. Motherboard article

> FairPoint Communications will release its 2015 fourth quarter and full year results on Wednesday, March 2. Release

Cable News 
> Charter Communications said its proposed merger with Time Warner Cable has been approved by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities. Article

> Mediacom reported narrowing video customer losses across its two operating divisions, losing 7,000 pay-TV subscribers in the fourth quarter compared to 10,000 in the year-ago period. Article

Wireless News 
> Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam issued a statement largely in support of Apple's stance against a technological backdoor into its devices for law enforcement -- a statement that is noteworthy considering the nation's largest wireless carrier had so far remained silent in Apple's ongoing battle against an FBI request for access into an iPhone linked to December's San Bernardino shootings. Article

> Verizon once again touted its performance in a RootMetrics test of mobile networks, crowing in a Wednesday press release that it had the top-performing wireless network in New York. A little later that day, though, New York's WABC reported that Big Red customers began to report they weren't receiving data service after network outages in and around Manhattan. Article

And finally… Intel chief executive Brian Krzanich said he opposes any government "back door" into electronic devices, implicitly siding with Apple in its legal fight over federal access to a terrorist's iPhone. Oregon Live article