AT&T matches Verizon's 34% share, Sharma finds; AT&T to sell Galaxy S5 Active

Quick news from around the Web.

> With its acquisition of Leap Wireless, AT&T Mobility now controls essentially the same amount of the U.S. wireless market as Verizon Wireless--34 percent--according to new numbers from Chetan Sharma. Post

> New legislation would forbid the FCC from reclassifying broadband as a utility. Article

> Apple is reportedly paying less than $500 million for the Beats Music streaming music service. Article

> Intel said it is making progress building LTE Advanced chipsets. Post

> Activ8 Consulting, Fleksy and Ludei are among the 37 new members of the Tizen Association. Release

> MobileIron is targeting a $128 million initial public offering. Article

> AT&T will sell the Samsung Galaxy S5 Active. Release

> Alliance Corporation announced a sales and co-marketing agreement to re-sell Straight Path Spectrum's licensed 39 GHz microwave spectrum in the United States. Release

> SaskTel said it is turning off its EV-DO network. Article

Telecom News

> Windstream is aware that the pending Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger could potentially have implications in the competitive business market, but in the near-term the hybrid telco/CLEC says it will have the upper hand in the multi-site enterprise market where cable has little experience in serving. Article

> FairPoint Communications is bringing its new 1 Gbps speed Ethernet services to 32 markets across its New England serving territory of Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. Article

Cable News

> Time Warner Inc. Chairman and CEO Jeff Bewkes said he's not concerned about Dish Network's planned OTT service. Article

> Netflix CEO Reed Hastings said Comcast "wants the whole Internet." Article

European Wireless News

> The CEOs of Orange and Alcatel-Lucent continue to call for greater consolidation on the French market--a move they say would provide a more level playing field for the market's mobile operators. Article

> Alcatel-Lucent notched up another deal for its IP technology by securing a contract to help resolve the backhaul requirements of the highly regarded Japanese operator NTT DoCoMo, which operates in one of the world's most advanced mobile communications markets. Article

And finally… Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer plans to buy the L.A. Clippers for $2 billion. Article

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