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Level 3, Birch and BT Americas say FCC has power to regulate ILEC special access rates

Level 3, Birch and BT Americas, three dominant U.S. competitive telcos, say that the FCC has broad power to adopt regulations governing rates for incumbent local exchange carrier (LEC) special access services.

CWA says 10 Mbps broadband requirement should apply to Lifeline program

The Communications Workers of America (CWA) union has joined the rallying cry for the Federal Communications Commission to modernize the Lifeline affordable phone service program by adopting the 10/1 Mbps broadband speed standard that the regulator has already set as the minimum speed providers should deliver to consumers.

LTE, Wi-Fi delegates collaborate, not clash, during coexistence workshop in Beijing

Despite what appeared to be a lot of defensive posturing before the meeting, there were no fists flying when delegates from the Wi-Fi and LTE communities met over the weekend for a 3GPP coexistence workshop in Beijing, China, to discuss Licensed Assisted Access (LAA) technology.

Verizon passes on $144M in CAF II funding as wireline asset sale rumors swirl

Verizon is not accepting funding of $144 million total per year for six years to expand broadband in the rural areas it serves from the second phase of the FCC's Connect America Fund (CAF-II), fueling new rumors that it's considering a sale of another large piece of its wireline asset portfolio.

NAB, others sue to block FCC's ruling on 'effective competition' for cable operators

The National Association of Broadcasters, the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA) the local Minnesota Franchise Authority have filed suit in federal court in order to stop a June "effective competition" ruling, which presumes competition for cable operators in every market.

Report: TeliaSonera and Telenor plan new concessions to secure Danish deal

TeliaSonera and Telenor plan to make deeper concessions to secure European Union approval for a proposed joint venture in Denmark, because commitments submitted on Aug. 12 have reportedly failed to convince regulators.

EC seeks clarity on whether Uber is a digital or traditional transport company

The European Commission (EC) was tipped to be preparing a study that will help it to decide if ride sharing app company Uber is a digital or real-world service in a bid to guide future regulation of such companies.

Verizon could be sued by NYC over reportedly broken FiOS promises

A number of New York City officials said they are considering suing Verizon for not meeting their proposed FiOS buildout obligations set in their 2008 franchise agreement.

NCTA: FCC's Downloadable Security Committee 'veers off course' with AllVid support

An FCC advisory committee has presented the agency with several different software-based options for securing MVPD video content on retail devices.

Sinclair says FCC actually 'delayed' new deal with Dish, didn't help lead to it

Taking a shot at a regulatory agency that is about to make key decisions on the future of broadcast retransmission negotiations, Sinclair Broadcast Group said the FCC did "nothing" to lead it to make a deal with Dish Network earlier this week that ended a record-sized TV station blackout.