FCC fined Purple Communications $11.9M for improper billing; Orange could buy Bouygues Telecom

Wireline news from across the web:

> The FCC has fined Purple Communications $11.9 million for improperly billing the Telecommunications Relay Service Fund, which enables people with speech or hearing disabilities to make and receive phone calls. Release

> Wisconsin has been mapping out what business parks offer fiber-based broadband service, but it left out Milwaukee. StateTech article

> It looks like Orange might be interested in purchasing Bouygues Telecom to ensure it retains its leadership stance in France's telecom market. TechCrunch article

> Telephone and Data Systems and United States Cellular Corporation are jointly presenting at the 2016 Citi Internet, Media & Telecommunication Conference on Jan. 6, 2016, at 7:15 p.m. ET. Release

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> Comcast and its NBCUniversal division are considering a $16 billion purchase of Britain's ITV broadcast unit, according to numerous reports originating out of the U.K. Article

> Despite the record-breaking $517 billion worldwide performance of its new Star Wars movie, the Walt Disney Co. finds itself once again reeling on Wall Street due to the struggles of its suddenly faltering ESPN networks. Article

Wireless News
> Facebook once again was the most popular smartphone app of the year among U.S. users, according to data from Nielsen. And its Messenger app was the fastest-growing title this year. Article

> AT&T executives met with FCC officials last week to discuss the repacking process for next year's incentive auction. Article

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