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  • The FCC approved opening nearly 11 gigahertz of high-frequency spectrum for mobile, flexible and fixed-use wireless broadband. The FCC said the new rules "will provide vital clarity for business investment in this area." Verizon Communications Inc and AT&T Inc have said they will begin deploying 5 G trials in 2017, and the first commercial deployments at...

  • SAO PAULO, June 23- Brazil's biggest bankruptcy filing ever is sending shockwaves far beyond the recession-hit country's borders as operator Oi SA seeks creditor protection from global telecoms suppliers and export banks around the world. The biggest Brazilian fixed-line carrier also owes about $1 billion to foreign development banks in China, Finland,...

  • SYDNEY, June 23- Australia's largest telecoms group Telstra Corp Ltd has taken a bet on the resource industry's appetite for cash-saving technology from drones to wireless production-tracking, snapping up a specialist firm to set up a dedicated mining services unit. It has also hired the former chief automation researcher at mining giant Rio Tinto Ltd, Eric...

  • *FCC's net neutrality rules put in place last year. *FCC head hails a "victory for consumers and innovators". In siding with the FCC, the court treated the internet like a public utility and opened the door to further government internet regulations.

  • In siding with the FCC, the court treated the internet like a public utility and opened the door to further government internet regulations. Opponents of the regulations said the FCC exceeded its authority and condemned the ruling as an endorsement of investment-chilling public-utility regulation. But Senator John Thune, a South Dakota Republican who...

  • NEW YORK, June 8- The seven-week strike by Verizon Communications Inc's wireline workers will hurt the company's second-quarter earnings and potentially cost up to 7 cents per share, its chief financial officer said. The company "will see about a 5 cent to 7 cent impact to the bottom line for the quarter," CFO Fran Shammo said at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch...

  • May 30- An agreement between Verizon Communications Inc and unions potentially ending a nearly seven-week strike includes 1,400 new jobs and pay raises topping 10 percent, the company and unions representing about 40,000 workers said on Monday. Verizon, the No. 1 U.S. wireless provider, and the Communications Workers of America had reached a tentative deal on...

  • May 30- Verizon Communications Inc said on Monday it will add 1,400 new jobs and provide 10.5 percent in pay raises under terms of a new four-year tentative deal with unions representing about 40,000 workers. The telecommunications company and the Communications Workers of America had reached a tentative deal on May 27. Verizon will add 1,300 new call center...

  • JERUSALEM, May 26- Israel's largest telecoms group, Bezeq Israel Telecom, reported a bigger-than-expected 38 percent drop in quarterly profit, blaming expenses related to taking full control of its satellite TV unit YES. The company maintained its 2016 net profit forecast of 1.4 billion shekels and earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and...

  • A "Brexit" may prove beneficial for U.K. telecommunication companies, but could create headaches for consumers, according to industry watchers.

  • SEOUL/ JAKARTA, April 22- Months after its global rollout, Netflix Inc is facing problems in several major Asian markets as it struggles to provide enough strong content to attract consumers amid tough local competition, and also faces many regulatory hurdles, underlining concerns about disappointing subscriber numbers reported this week.

  • Environment for mergers has changed: OVUM's Howett

    Matthew Howett, practice leader for regulation at OVUM, comments on the collapsed merger talks between French telecom giants Bouygues and Orange.

  • WASHINGTON, March 31- The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday approved a proposal to expand a telephone subsidy for low-income Americans to include Internet access, after a deal to cap the cost of the plan collapsed. The commission voted 3-2 to approve a proposal by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, unveiled earlier this month, to expand the $9.25 monthly...

  • Matthew Berry, chief of staff to FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai, a Republican, told reporters that Democratic Commissioner Mignon Clyburn had signed onto a deal with Republicans earlier in the day after intensive negotiations, then changed his decision. Berry said FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler had "bullied" his fellow Democrat Clyburn into withdrawing from the "...

  • March 31- The U.S. Federal Communications Commission may approve a $2 billion a year budget cap as part of an expansion of a subsidy for low-income Americans for phone and Internet services though last minute discussions could derail the deal, two sources briefed on the talks said. At least three of the five commissioners had agreed to the deal early on Thursday,...

  • March 31- The U.S. Federal Communications Commission is expected to approve a $2 billion a year budget cap as part of an expansion of a subsidy for low-income Americans for phone and internet services, two sources briefed on the talks said. The FCC delayed the start of its meeting by 90 minutes as talks continued over a proposal unveiled earlier this month to...

  • WASHINGTON/ NEW YORK, March 29- The U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday kicked off an auction of low-frequency spectrum relinquished by television broadcasters to wireless companies and other bidders that are seeking new airwaves to build and improve wireless networks. The so-called "broadcast incentive" auction is considered one of the...

  • BT is a target for Ofcom: Bob Parker

    Bob Parker, senior advisor at Credit Suisse, says BT is being targeted by the regulator.

  • Europe's digital economy needs 5G

    Günther Oettinger, European Commissioner for the digital economy, says new digital services are not feasible without 5G.

  • Since last year, the FCC has been considering revamping the $1.5 billion annual program, called Lifeline, which has helped lower income Americans get access to telecommunications technologies since 1985.. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has said he wants to give those receiving the subsidy a choice of using it for phone services, high-speed Internet, or both.