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T-Mobile, Sprint Make FCC Filing as Fight Against Deal Starts

T-Mobile buying Sprint is important to overall wireless industry competition and good for consumers, said their 678-page public interest statement posted by the FCC Tuesday, as expected (see 1806180044). The transaction is now formally before the FCC. The … Subscribe to Read >>

Range of Questions, Little Controversy Expected at FCC Nominee Starks' Confirmation Hearing

The Senate Commerce Committee's Wednesday hearing for FCC nominee Geoffrey Starks will likely provide further insights on the nominee but don't expect major surprises, lawmakers and communications industry officials said in interviews. He would succeed former Commissioner Mignon … Subscribe to Read >>

From 'Cabined' Decision or Greenlight, Divided Views Seen on AT&T/TW Outcome

The U.S. District Court decision last week greenlighting AT&T buying Time Warner (see 1806120060) was center stage at a Technology Policy Institute event Tuesday, with some experts saying it paves the path for more vertical deals, and … Subscribe to Read >>

Bill to Stop ZTE Reprieve Contains Loophole; Senators Meeting With White House Wednesday

The Senate-passed defense authorization bill includes an amendment to retain ZTE's seven-year export ban (see 1806070040), though the Commerce Department keeps discretion to let the company continue importing semiconductors from U.S. sources, leading to some skepticism. Senate Majority … Subscribe to Read >>

AT&T, Verizon Oppose CenturyLink VoIP Access Fee Request; Rural BDS Price Cap Option Backed

AT&T and Verizon opposed and others supported a CenturyLink petition asking the FCC to allow local carriers and VoIP partners to collect higher end-office switching charges in certain cases even if the VoIP providers don't control last-mile facilities. Separately … Subscribe to Read >>

Wireless Industry Cautious on Further Signal Booster Changes While Booster Backers Seek Changes

The wireless industry said the FCC should reject some proposed changes sought by other commenters (see 1805210044), in replies on a cell-booster Further NPRM. In March, commissioners approved an order 5-0 lifting the personal use restriction on consumer … Subscribe to Read >>

Senate Consumer Protection Democrats Say Facebook Violated 2011 FTC Consent Decree

Senate Consumer Protection Subcommittee ranking member Richard Blumenthal, Conn., and other subcommittee Democrats used a Tuesday hearing on privacy implications of the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica breach to expand what they perceive to be Facebook's violations of its 2011 consent decree … Subscribe to Read >>

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Today’s Featured Article

AT&T/TW Gets OK From Federal Judge in Rejection of DOJ Antitrust Complaint

AT&T's planned $108.7 billion purchase of Time Warner got the green light Tuesday from U.S. District Judge Richard Leon of Washington. as he ruled in favor of the companies in rejecting DOJ's antitrust complaint seeking to block the deal. Leon announced his decision this afternoon to a packed courtroom. … Read More >>

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