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Verizon says XO's 1-year copper retirement proposal will create unnecessary costs, delay IP transition

Verizon says that while it does not want to leave its wholesale CLEC customers like XO in the lurch, it does not want to delay its transition to IP and fiber by increasing the amount of time required to issue notice that it is retiring copper assets.

FCC's Wheeler reaffirms that incentive auction will take place in Q1 2016

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler reaffirmed his commitment to starting the incentive auction of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum in the first quarter of next year, and his vow to spark competition in the wider broadband market. Yet smaller carriers say the rules being crafted for the auction will not do enough to foster competition in wireless broadband.  

Apple inventions could signal new geofencing features for iPhone

Two Apple patent applications were published last week that demonstrate Apple's ongoing interest in mobile device location sharing, including one that details a new form of indoor request-and-answer location notifications reliant on node-based triangulation, according to  AppleInsider. 

Wheeler gives shout-out to unlicensed spectrum, sharing

Noting that some 60 percent of licensed traffic is carried by unlicensed Wi-Fi--and referring to the fact that wireless operators at one time were Wi-Fi haters--FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said he thinks the industry and regulatory world are going through an evolutionary process where the outcome has to be recognition that spectrum is something that has to be shared.

AT&T, CenturyLink and other ISPs imagined concerns won't hinder broadband, Wheeler says

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said that the continuing declining costs for equipment will make it easier for service providers of all sizes to expand the availability of broadband to more homes and businesses.

Charter says it will 'go further' than net neutrality for merger approval

Attempting to differentiate its merger goals in the eyes of federal regulators, Charter Communications says it will "go further" than the FCC's recently adopted net neutrality order by not imposing data caps or any other usage-based pricing.

T-Mobile asks FCC for more time on rural 3G network buildout due to 'challenging nature' of terrain

T-Mobile US is asking the FCC for a one-year extension to its 3G network-buildout requirements on the agency's 2012 Mobility Fund Phase I Auction due to what T-Mobile described as the "special and challenging nature of the local terrain" in Pike County, Penn.

Internet access neither 'necessity nor a human right,' FCC's O'Rielly says in live-streamed panel

The Internet is likely the greatest invention created in FCC Commissioner Michael O'Rielly's lifetime, but despite its importance to both consumers and businesses, he maintains that access to it is neither a necessity nor a human right.

FCC's Wheeler proposes auction bidding rules that would prevent rerun of Dish's AWS-3 strategy

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has circulated to his fellow commissioners new competitive bidding rules for spectrum auctions that would block the kind of bidding strategy that Dish Network employed during the AWS-3 spectrum auction. The proposed rules would cap for the first time amount of bidding credits small businesses and so-called "designated entities" could get in auctions at $150 million.

Wheeler shoots down T-Mobile's push for 40 MHz spectrum reserve in 600 MHz auction

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is recommending to his fellow commissioners that the FCC reject T-Mobile US' petition to increase the amount of spectrum set aside for smaller carriers to bid on in next year's incentive auction of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum. The move is a victory for AT&T and Verizon Wireless and a major blow to T-Mobile, which has argued since last summer that the size of the reserve should be increased from 30 MHz of spectrum in a given market to 40 MHz. T-Mobile has been increasing its lobbying on the issue the last several weeks as a formal decision neared.