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FCC pauses shot clock on AT&T-DirecTV merger, as Andreessen and Cuban offer their support

While that other big proposed pay-TV mega-merger has seen increasing amounts of flak thrown at it via FCC filings, the suggested union of AT&T and DirecTV seems to be mounting powerful backers in the media technology world.

T-Mobile looks to settle FTC lawsuit over premium SMS charges

T-Mobile US is looking to settle a lawsuit filed against it by the Federal Trade Commission that alleges the carrier netted hundreds of millions of dollars by knowingly charging customers for purported "premium" SMS subscriptions that, in many cases, were "bogus charges" subscribers never authorized.

Huawei to increase procurement spending in Europe

Huawei said it plans to increase its procurement spending in the European Union as part of its overall investment strategy for Europe, and expects to make direct purchases worth an estimated $4.08 billion (€3.8 billion) in 2015.

Magyar Telekom faces tax hike under Hungarian web duty plan

Magyar Telekom faces a tax bill of HUF10 billion (€32.6 million/$41.4 million) if the Hungarian government fails to cap the liability of communications service providers (CSPs) to pay a proposed new Internet service tax.

Leahy asks Comcast to permanently get rid of fast lanes

The head of the Senate Judiciary Committee has asked Comcast to permanently ban Internet fast lanes, putting further pressure on the conglomerate as it tries to get its increasingly controversial purchase of Time Warner Cable through regulatory processes.

EU drops threats against Huawei, ZTE

The European Commission dropped its threat to launch an investigation into alleged illegal subsidies for Chinese mobile equipment manufacturers, in what will come as a relief to Huawei and ZTE--the two leading Chinese vendors operating in Europe.

Telenor completes 100% purchase of Indian unit Uninor

Telenor has increased its stake in Indian unit Uninor to 100 per cent from 74 per cent, following a similar move by Vodafone in April that saw the UK-based operator increase its stake in Vodafone India to 100 per cent.

Investor says Globalstar's Wi-Fi tests are 'not real tests'

The short-seller activist investor who declared war on Globalstar is not backing down, releasing yet another scathing report against the company. In its latest salvo, hedge fund Kerrisdale Capital released a report saying it conducted tests using an independent firm, Allion Engineering Services--the same firm that Comcast uses to test its Wi-Fi--and found the test results that Globalstar filed with the FCC in June 2013 "do not reflect real-world tests."

FCC to explore 5G services, auctioned or unlicensed, above 24 GHz

WASHINGTON--The FCC voted 5-0 to launch an inquiry into how best to deploy next-generation wireless services at spectrum frequencies above 24 GHz. Such spectrum is being eyed as a key element of still-undefined "5G" networks.

AT&T-DirecTV to FCC: We're not like that other merger

Striking a defensive tone eerily similar to another FCC petition issued by Comcast three weeks ago, AT&T and DirecTV tried to distance their proposed merger from that being undertaken by Comcast and Time Warner Cable.