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FilmOn, Aereo laud FCC vote to explore MVPD reclassification

The FCC's five commissioners have all approved a rulemaking proposal that could make it possible for over-the-top providers with services similar to FilmOn or Aereo to be classified as multichannel video program distributors.

T-Mobile to pay $90M to settle FCC probe into unauthorized third-party charges

T-Mobile US agreed to pay at least $90 million to resolve an FCC investigation into allegations that the company billed customers for millions of dollars' worth of unauthorized third-party subscriptions and premium text messaging services.

Verizon says net neutrality should not touch interconnection arrangements

Verizon sent a letter to the FCC this week saying the government can't regulate the interconnection deals the company strikes with third-party content providers like Netflix.

Analysts: Bidding in NYC, LA and Chicago in AWS-3 auction is 94% above average prices

A new report from Wells Fargo analysts highlights just how important major U.S. metro markets are for wireless carriers. The report shows that AWS-3 spectrum license prices for the top three U.S. markets are 94 percent above the average prices in the auction.

FCC report fails to find U.S. wireless industry competitive, highlights consolidation

The FCC did not conclude that the U.S. wireless industry is "effectively competitive" and in a new report declared that the market remains highly concentrated among the four Tier 1 carriers. In its 17th "Mobile Wireless Competition Report," the FCC's Wireless Telecommunications Bureau notes that consolidation is continuing.

Time Warner Cable contends Lincoln, Neb., franchise deal gives Windstream preferential treatment

Windstream's proposed buildout of its new Kinetic IPTV service in Lincoln, Neb., is facing protest from local cable incumbent Time Warner Cable, which says the telco is getting a better franchise deal.

UK's £5B mobile coverage deal could end uncertainty over 2G licence fees: analyst

A UK government agreement with mobile operators to plug rural coverage gaps could end ongoing uncertainty over an Ofcom revaluation of 2G license fees, a leading Ovum analyst said.

FCC sides with T-Mobile, rules against AT&T, Verizon in roaming dispute

Handing a victory to T-Mobile US and smaller carriers, the FCC agreed to provide guidance on what exactly constitutes a "commercially reasonable" data roaming agreement. The move represents a blow to AT&T Mobility and Verizon Wireless, which had urged against such action.

Sprint hit with government lawsuit over third-party charges, as FCC's $105M fine looms

Sprint is facing a lawsuit by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau that alleges the carrier illegally billed wireless consumers for tens of millions of dollars in unauthorized third-party charges.

Koch-backed group accounted for 56% of anti-net neutrality letters to FCC, Sunlight says

A "shadowy" group inundated the FCC with letters opposing net neutrality during the commission's second-round commenting period in September, accounting for more than half of the anti-net neutrality comments overall, the Sunlight Foundation reports.