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Analysts: Charter's Time Warner Cable deal could signal shift into wireless

Charter Communications' $56.7 billion bid to buy Time Warner Cable is about more than just the pay-TV and home broadband market--it could also lead to a more assertive push into the wireless realm by the two companies and other cable players, according to financial and industry analysts.

Verizon says fewer customers are purchasing battery backup for fiber home voice services

Verizon is finding that as more of its customers migrate over to FiOS or it switches copper customers onto a fiber-based voice connection, more of its customers are increasingly using their cell phones as their voice connection during a power outage.

Russian LTE deployments gathering pace

Russia is gearing up to hold its first LTE spectrum auction in the second half of 2015, although a lack of auctions has not stopped the country's mobile operators pressing ahead with rollouts of the technology.

Ofcom considers 2-pronged approach to 2.3 and 3.4 GHz award

Ofcom may award frequencies in the 2.3 GHz and 3.4 GHz bands in two stages rather than via a single auction process to accommodate potential changes to the UK mobile market.

Orange clears final regulatory hurdle to €3.4B Jazztel purchase

Orange said Spanish market authorities have given it the green light to make an offer for 100 per cent of the shares in Jazztel, meaning that the way is now clear for the France-based company to pursue its proposed €3.4 billion ($3.7 billion) acquisition of the fixed broadband provider.

FCC fights AT&T, CenturyLink and others over net neutrality rules

The FCC has filed its opposition to requests made by USTelecom, AT&T and CenturyLink to stay the implementation of its net neutrality rules, showing that it is not going to give into the telecom industry's pressure to revise its order.

Germany on starting blocks for 700-MHz spectrum auction

Germany is preparing for its next major spectrum auction, with the final bidding amount expected to come close to the €4.4 billion raised in the last auction in 2010, according to analysts.

Canada's CRTC to measure consumer broadband speeds

Canada has launched a project to gauge the speed experience consumers have with their broadband service providers.  The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) is conducting this project in collaboration with all of the country's major ISPs such as Bell Canada, Telus and Bell Aliant and market researcher SamKnows.

FCC to charge satellite operators per-sub fee just like cable

The FCC wants to charge satellite operators DirecTV and Dish Network a per-subscriber regulatory fee, just as it does for cable and IPTV companies.

FCC Commissioner Rosenworcel nominated for new term

President Obama said he will renominate FCC commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel to another term. The Democratic commissioner initially joined the commission in 2011.