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How Charlie Ergen turned a satellite TV provider into a spectrum powerhouse, and what he might do next

Dish Network is spending around $10 billion to acquire a wide range of spectrum licenses in the FCC's now-completed AWS-3 spectrum auction. That spectrum, combined with the wide-ranging spectrum licenses that Dish already owns, will turn Charlie Ergen's company into a spectrum powerhouse. But it's still not clear what Ergen's Dish is going to do with all of its airwaves.

T-Mobile's GoSmart and AT&T's Cricket add data to plans, U.S. Cellular drops prepaid pricing

T-Mobile US' GoSmart Mobile prepaid brand is refreshing its pricing and giving customers on its plans more data. Meanwhile, AT&T Mobility's Cricket prepaid brand is also adding more data to its plans, and U.S. Cellular lowered the price on its prepaid offerings.

Cablevision sues Verizon over 'deceptive' ads about Wi-Fi superiority

Cablevision sued Verizon in federal court in New York, alleging that Verizon made false and misleading claims about the MSO's Wi-Fi service in its ads. Verizon has run TV and radio commercials in the New York metropolitan area claiming its Wi-Fi is "the fastest Wi-Fi available" from any local provider.

Reports: Microsoft to invest in startup Cyanogen, which wants to disrupt Google's control of Android

Microsoft is considering an investment in mobile startup Cyanogen, according to multiple reports. Cyanogen is seeking to chip away at Google's control over the Android mobile platform by offering a modified version of the software.

AT&T slapped by FCC with proposed $640,000 fine over microwave license violations

The FCC voted 5-0 to propose fining AT&T $640,000 for allegedly operating numerous wireless microwave stations without authorization over a multiyear period and failing to provide required license modification notices to the commission. AT&T said it is going to review the proposed fine and respond "as appropriate."

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While the FCC is cracking down hard on Wi-Fi blocking and blasting Marriott International's request to do just that, the FCC so far hasn't addressed other questions that Marriott and the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) put forth in their petition last year.

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The FCC is looking to tighten the rules regarding the interconnection terms service providers like Verizon ask for to accept bandwidth-hungry Web traffic from third party providers like Netflix, reports Bloomberg citing an unnamed person close to the proposal.