LIN TV began warning Time Warner Cable subscribers in 14 markets Wednesday that they will lose the feeds for stations carrying ABC, NBC, Fox and NBC on May 31 unless the MSO agrees to cough up increased retransmission-consent fees.
Now that it's owned by T-Mobile US, MetroPCS has decided to drop its lawsuit against the FCC's net neutrality rules for wireless and wired networks, leaving Verizon Wireless as the sole challenger to the rules.
The FCC's Wireless Telecommunications Bureau (WTB) is seeking additional input on band plans for the upcoming 600 MHz auction, but an FCC commissioner indicated the unexpected notice threatens agency plans to hold the auction in 2014.
Verizon Wireless gave the personal cell phone records of at least two journalists from The Associated Press to the government as part of a wide-ranging seizure of telephone records by the Department of Justice, according to the New York Times . Verizon said it was following the law in giving the records to the Justice Department.
The FCC said it requires additional testing of MVNO FreedomPop's iPhone Sleeve, which the company said could "take another couple months and tens of thousands of dollars." As a result, the company is now offering anyone who pre-ordered the company's iPhone Sleeve before February 2012 a FreedomPop Photon mobile hotspot with 2 GB of free data. The company said that "if/when" the iPhone Sleeve does ship, customers will also be eligible to receive a free Sleeve as well.
The FCC wants to conduct trials related to the telecom industry's transition to all-IP networks, a proposal that is getting a mixed response from traditional telcos and industry groups.
Sports media giant ESPN has talked with at least one large U.S. carrier about subsidizing wireless access to its content, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal . The discussions could lead to a "toll-free" data plans with carriers and open up new revenue streams for both parties.
The FCC unanimously opened for public comment a proposed rulemaking that could result in the auction of 500 MHz of spectrum for a high-speed air-to-ground (ATG) broadband service championed by Qualcomm. However, the spectrum would be shared with incumbent users, including fixed satellite services and certain U.S. government agencies.
Mobile broadband providers could gain access to more TV broadcast spectrum under a developing Senate bill that would essentially punish any broadcaster that moves certain programming from over-the-air availability to cable by requiring the FCC to auction that broadcaster's spectrum.
T-Mobile US shot back at rival AT&T, arguing for rules that would prevent larger wireless carriers from dominating the upcoming broadcast TV spectrum auction.