Shentel's purchase of nTelos moves forward; Verizon goes public against unions

More wireless news from across the Web:

> According to a new report, Verizon is preparing a next-generation TV service for its FiOS offering for launch later this year. Variety article

> The U.S House of Representatives passed legislation that would essentially prevent the FCC from regulating internet rates. The Hill article

> The FCC has approved Shenandoah Telecommunications' acquisition of nTelos Holdings Corp. Release

> Music identification service Shazam now synchronizes its services across devices. Engadget article

> Daimler, the parent company of Mercedes-Benz, introduced a new service called Moovel that offers alternative mobility and planning services that can help users move from various public and private transportation services. ExtremeTech article

> Verizon is taking its battle public against the CWA-IBEW union representing its wireline workers, with ads in major East Coast newspapers. Multichannel News article

Telecom News

> Level 3 has achieved Advanced Partner in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Partner Network (APN) status, advancing its standing in the cloud delivery ecosystem for its growing large and medium-sized enterprise customer base. Article

> Google Fiber is making progress with its plans to deliver FTTH services to San Antonio residents, beginning network construction in the city. Article

Wireless Tech News

> While AT&T and EchoStar agreed to a potential sharing framework for the 28 GHz band, other stakeholders in the satellite industry and AT&T rival Verizon are still working on complicated technical details to make sharing possible. Article

> Google last week introduced Ephemeral IDs (EID), a beacon frame in the Eddystone format that gives developers more power to control who can make use of the beacon signal, and beacon companies like Gimbal say it's a further testament to the industrywide adoption of beacon technology. Article

European Wireless News

> Virgin Mobile Middle East & Africa (VMMEA) said it is targeting more than 10 million subscribers within five years after the mobile virtual operator (MVNO) announced that it has now reached 2.5 million users in the region. Article

> Deutsche Telekom's MD for healthcare solutions said Germany's health industry is not keeping pace with growing sales of fitness trackers or the expanding capabilities of smartphones, and that hospitals must not be put off digitizing services by a rash of recent cyber attacks. Article

Cable News

> Looking to take the battle for streaming video market share more directly to market leader Netflix, Amazon has unhooked a version of its SVOD service from its "Prime" business segment, and is now offering it as a stand-alone subscription video service priced at $8.99 a month. Article

> Time Warner Cable is offering major broadcast networks, plus premium channels HBO and Showtime, for $10 a month to new customers when they sign up for the MSO's $39.99-a-month 50 Mbps broadband tier. Article

And finally… Why Google can't connect Cuba. Article