Apple adds cellular tracking to WiFi Assist; FirstNet issues RFP

More wireless news from across the Web:

> Some commenters are arguing that T-Mobile has stepped out too far with its Binge On service. Bloomberg article

> In the 9.3 version of its iOS operating system, Apple added a mechanism that allows users to track their cellular data usage if they activate the company's Wi-Fi Assist function. PhoneScoop article

> FirstNet issued its long-awaited RFP. Filing

Telecom News

> AT&T has responded to the FCC's investigation of its special access pricing regime, saying that competitive service providers' allegations that it locks-in certain volume-related commitments are false. Article

> Midcontinent Communications has rebranded itself under its nickname Midco and plans to roll out 1 Gbps services to its entire serving area by the end of 2017. Article

Online Video News

> What will the OTT industry look like in 2016? Editor's Corner

> As pressure from investors builds around putting up for sale HBO's parent company Time Warner, rumors are emerging that Apple is eyeing the company's sizable programming assets, as a way to make its entry into the SVOD market easier. Article

Installer News

> The deployment of VoLTE and the refarming of PCS spectrum (as well as the deployment of the AWS spectrum) are key initiatives for the U.S. wireless industry that could potentially result in $28 billion to $30 billion in business for American Tower over the next few years, according to the company's CEO. Article

> Level 3 took the road less traveled in the wireless backhaul race by not aggressively pursuing selling wireless backhaul services to wireless operators' towers. However, it sees greater potential in the emerging small cell market. Article

European Wireless News

> Günther Oettinger, the European commissioner for the Digital Economy and Society, called the leaders of 10 major European telecoms operators and infrastructure vendors to a meeting in a bid to accelerate the development and rollout of 5G technology. Article

> Arcep asked French mobile operators to make specific plans for terminating network-sharing and national roaming agreements that have also been used to delay the construction of their own mobile networks. Article

Cable News

> Canadian cable operator Shaw Communications has sold its programming networks division to Corus Entertainment for $1.9 billion in cash and stock. Article

> TiVo has appointed its CFO, Naveen Chopra, as its interim CEO, replacing Tom Rogers, who is stepping aside on Jan. 31 to assume the role of non-executive chairman. Article

And finally… Google Maps is now guessing where motorists want to go. Article