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LightSquared petitions FCC affirm GPS has no right to protection

LightSquared petitions FCC affirm GPS has no right to protection

This past month the folks at LightSuared have had less than an awesome time dealing with the idea that their network had been accused of interfering with GPS receivers of all kinds, and this week after already having sent word out to the world that the whole thing was just a simple misunderstanding, they've petitioned the FCC directly to have them affirm their spectrum rights. LightSquared is currently looking into building a new national LTE network using frequencies that sit next to those generally devoted to GPS, and as their petition for declaratory ruling notes this week, they're living in peace, not bashing each other around. On the other hand, specifically what they're asking is that the FCC affirm that their rights to use the spectrum outweighs the fact that because GPS receivers are not licensed and do not operate inside service rules, they are not entitled to interference protection.

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T-Mobile USA details “record high break-up fee” from AT&T

T-Mobile USA details “record high break-up fee” from AT&T

T-Mobile USA owner Deutsche Telekom has gleefully set out exactly what it can expect from AT&T as its break-up fee, after the collapse of the acquisition deal this week. AT&T was originally to pay $39bn for T-Mobile USA; now, with regulators frowning on the deal, the carrier will be forced to cough up what Deutsche Telekom describes as a "record high break-up fee" of $3bn in cash and "a large package" of AT&T's AWS spectrum. A long-term US-wide UMTS roaming agreement is also mandatory.

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AT&T asset sale stalls as T-Mobile deal sours

AT&T asset sale stalls as T-Mobile deal sours

AT&T's strategy to sell off assets until regulators looked more fondly at its T-Mobile USA acquisitions have stalled, it's reported, with the carrier simply unable to shed sufficient weight to sway the deal in its favor. Execs at the two carriers had hoped that, by scything off more than 30-percent of T-Mobile USA, the US Justice Department might soften its stance on potential anti-competitiveness concerns about the deal; however, negotiations with Leap Wireless and Dish Network stuttered over the past two weeks, the WSJ reports, amid the growing realization that it still wouldn't be enough to fully convince the agency.

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Carrier IQ meets with FTC and FCC over rumored inquiry

Carrier IQ meets with FTC and FCC over rumored inquiry

Carrier IQ has been questioned by the FTC and the FCC this week over allegations of data privacy transgressions, though the analytics company insists the meetings were at its own behest. News of the meetings was broken by the Washington Post, but Carrier IQ quickly responded by pointing out no official investigation has been undertaken - as far as it knows - in a statement to AllThingsD; "CarrierIQ sought meetings with the FTC and FCC" the company says, "to educate the two agencies about the functionality of its software and answer any and all questions."

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FCC manual confirms Nokia Lumia 710 for T-Mobile

FCC manual confirms Nokia Lumia 710 for T-Mobile

You have to love the FCC as a geek. Those government workers just leak stuff willy-nilly and it makes us all happy. Today the FCC has posted up a manual for the T-Mobile version of the Nokia Lumia 710 smartphone. We have already spent our share of hands-on time with the Lumia 710 not too long ago. It should be a nice budget handset for some users.

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Verizon buys $3.6bn AWS spectrum for LTE expansion

Verizon buys $3.6bn AWS spectrum for LTE expansion

Verizon Wireless has splashed out on $3.6bn worth of spectrum for its LTE expansion, grabbing 122 AWS licenses covering approximately 259m people from a joint venture made up of Comcast Corporation, Time Warner Cable, and Bright House Networks. The deal, the carrier has announced, will also include several produce and service agreements, allowing each company to sell the other's products and, eventually, each of the cable companies being able to offer Verizon Wireless service wholesale, likely rebranding it as their own wireless offerings.

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AT&T blasts FCC T-Mobile report: “obviously one-sided”

AT&T blasts FCC T-Mobile report: “obviously one-sided”

AT&T has lashed back at the FCC over its comments regarding the T-Mobile USA acquisition, calling preliminary analysis "obviously one-sided" and "an advocacy piece, and not a considered analysis." Penned by Jim Cicconi, AT&T's Senior Executive Vice President of External & Legislative Affairs, the rebuke claims the FCC report "cherry-picks facts to support its views, and ignores facts that don't" while "where facts were lacking, the report speculates, with no basis, and then treats its own speculations as if they were fact."

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