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Sprint/T-Mobile Appears More Likely Under Trump, But Questions Remain

Sprint and T-Mobile combining looks more likely with the election of Donald Trump, said analysts and industry lawyers. The companies flirted with a deal in 2014, before dropping plans under pressure from FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler (see 1408070044) … Subscribe to Read >>

Globalstar TLPS Plans Seen by Some as Becoming Uncontroversial

As some former opponents to Globalstar's terrestrial low-power service (TLPS) broadband plans sign off on its revised structure, some interested parties and observers tell us the proceeding could be at the stage where it's considered uncontroversial. It thus could … Subscribe to Read >>

Emphasis on Indecency by Trump FCC Is Unclear

Incoming President Donald Trump's FCC isn't seen as more likely to pursue broadcast indecency enforcement than past commissions, and cleaning up TV content isn't seen as a high priority for the incoming administration, anti-indecency consumer groups and industry … Subscribe to Read >>

Senate Enters Final Hours of Session Without Rosenworcel Cloture; Telecom Bills Doomed

No cloture petition was filed by our deadline Friday to reconfirm FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, further diminishing chances that the Senate will approve her before leaving imminently. Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John Thune, R-S.D., told us earlier Thursday a … Subscribe to Read >>

Verizon General Counsel Sees Congress Playing Big Role Recasting Net Neutrality

Verizon supports net neutrality but thinks Congress should act to “codify” net neutrality principles, said Verizon General Counsel Craig Silliman in an interview on C-SPAN’s The Communicators, which was to have been televised Saturday. The debate over net … Subscribe to Read >>

RLECs Press FCC for More USF Funding But Seek Final Model Offers Regardless

Rural telco groups are pushing the FCC to hike funding for rate-of-return USF mechanisms, but urging the commission to move ahead with a new model-based mechanism, even if the funding comes up short. NTCA stressed to agency officials the … Subscribe to Read >>

Private Sector Wants to Continue Leading Fixes to Digital Marketplace for Copyrighted Works

Copyright stakeholders again heard the federal government can play a role at the margins in improving the U.S. digital marketplace for copyrighted works, but cautioned during a joint NTIA-Patent and Trademark Office meeting that the private sector is working … Subscribe to Read >>

DOE TV Test Procedure the ‘Right Testing Method’ for Energy Star, LG Tells EPA

LG “strongly believes” the current TV test procedure at the Department of Energy is the “right testing method” under U.S. law for measuring TV energy consumption under typical consumer use cycles, the company told EPA in comments on … Subscribe to Read >>

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Today’s Featured Article

Eisenach's Industry Ties Draw Criticism; Conservatives Supportive, Liberals Wary

Jeff Eisenach has become a lightning rod for criticism of Donald Trump's willingness to tap people with corporate and Washington ties despite the president-elect's vow to "drain the swamp" of insider politics in the nation's capital. The Trump transition team Monday named Eisenach -- managing director of NERA Economics Consulting and a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute -- and fellow AEI scholar Mark Jamison to its FCC landing team (see 1611210045). … Read More >>

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