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Majority Whip to Wheeler: 'Abandon' Unlock the Box

In perhaps the strongest rebuke yet to the "Unlock the Box" proposal delivered by a Congressional lawmaker yet, U.S. House of Representatives Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-Louisiana) has called on FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler to abandon his NPRM focused on opening pay-TV information flows to third-party device makers.

Nebraska Sen. Fischer: 'Vibrant competition in the video market already exists'

Speaking to a gathering of small cable operators, Sen. Deb Fischer (R-Nebraska) discounted the FCC's push to reform rules governing pay-TV set-tops.

Verizon: CAF-II auction rules should focus on locations where funding was declined by provider

Verizon did not accept funding from the second phase of the FCC's Connect America Fund program, but the service provider wants the regulator to recognize the need for faster broadband nationwide by ranking bids higher for territories where funding was declined.

'Ditch the Box' backers to make DVR functions in apps optional

The NCTA's "Ditch the Box" proposal will make DVR functions optional in third-party apps and will not include elements of the FCC's "Unlock the Box" NPRM, which it is countering.

Globalstar CEO keeps pressure on FCC to allow TLPS

Globalstar CEO Jay Monroe rang up FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler's legal advisor Edward "Smitty" Smith last week, saying the commission should expeditiously adopt rules to authorize Globalstar to use Terrestrial Low Power Service (TLPS).

Wheeler appoints two industry veterans to WRC-19 advisory committee

In preparation for the International Telecommunication Union's (ITU) next World Radiocommunication Conference scheduled to convene in 2019, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler appointed two professionals, from both the wireless and satellite industries, to represent the U.S.

CenturyLink says dark fiber for E-Rate applications should not be treated as "special construction"

CenturyLink says that a request made by the Illinois Department of Innovation and Technology to classify dark fiber leases or indefeasible rights of use agreements as special construction could have grave consequences.

NCTA responds to FCC 'Ditch the Box' questions with huge data dump

The NCTA has delivered more than 1,000 pages of technical information on its "Ditch the Box" proposal to the FCC after the agency published a series of questions seeking more information about the counter-initiative.

Report: Ericsson's Telcordia beats Neustar for key number portability contract

The FCC has awarded a key government number portability contract to the Ericsson subsidiary Telcordia in a huge blow to Neustar despite security concerns by some in the intelligence community.

Verizon's XO acquisition hits roadblock as FCC asks about EoC, interconnection agreements

Verizon's proposed $1.8 billion acquisition of XO Communications-- a deal that will deepen its fiber and millimeter wave wireless spectrum holdings for future 5G wireless deployments-- has hit a speed bump as the FCC has asked the two service providers for additional information.