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Verizon deploys additional contractors as CWA, IBEW reject telco's new labor offer

Verizonhas made another move to keep its maintenance and installation schedules on time by deploying thousands of additional employees as wireline workers represented by the Communications Workers of America and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers continue their labor strike.

Chronicling former lobbyist Tom Wheeler's transition into cable-industry's dreaded foe

How does a guy go from being a cable industry lobbyist to proposing two of the most unpopular ideas to hit the business since the retrans fee was invented? However FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler did it, such a transition is not all that common.

CenturyLink, FairPoint and Frontier protest special access changes, say it will impact rural market growth

CenturyLink, FairPoint and Frontier banded together in protest of the FCC's passing of a proposal to realign the special access market, saying that it would have a detrimental effect on how service providers address Tier 2 and Tier 3 markets.

FCC moves forward with special access reforms, marking a win for T-Mobile and Sprint

A divided FCC voted to move forward with reforms of so-called "special access" lines, marking a big win for T-Mobile and Sprint and perhaps forestalling price hikes as 5G networks eventually come online.

Charter merger conditions not 'unduly onerous,' analyst says

Having had a chance to review the conditions agreed to by Charter Communications in exchange for FCC approval of its Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks purchases, media investment analyst Craig Moffett has deemed them livable.

FCC clears maximum amount of 126 MHz of spectrum for 600 MHz incentive auction

The FCC today announced an initial spectrum clearing target of 126 MHz for the 600 MHz incentive auction, a figure that represents the maximum amount of spectrum the commission had hoped to offer.

Telenor CFO, general counsel resign as report points to weaknesses in handling of VimpelCom

Telenor CFO Richard Olav Aa and general counsel Pål Wien Espen resigned from the Norway-based operator, after a law firm said it found weaknesses in the way the operator handled allegations of corruption at VimpelCom.

Wheeler: Comcast just proved the point for 'Unlock the Box'

Pivoting course on the terse response he issued last week when Comcast announced it was integrating its set-top functionality into Samsung smart TVs and Roku streaming devices, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler offered backhanded praise for the MSO's new "Program Partners" initiative. He said the plan is exactly the kind of strategy he hopes will become ubiquitous once his "Unlock the Box" proposal becomes law.

Verizon presents 'last, best final' labor contract offer to wireline union workers

Verizon has put what it says is a final labor contract proposal on the table for wireline workers represented by the CWA and IBEW.

Comcast fears that FCC's special access proposals could harm new business service entrants

The FCC may have passed an order to explore how it can realign special access, or what it now calls Business Data Services (BDS) rules, but emerging business service providers like Comcast are fearful that new regulation could impede new competitors from growing.
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