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August 1, 2014
16:19 EDTS, TMUS, VZ, T, DTV, DISHFCC proposes rules that may limit joint bidding in spectrum auctions
Roger Sherman, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau Chief, stated in a blog post that FCC Chairman Wheeler circulated a proposal to open new opportunities for small and growing businesses in the mobile marketplace with the purpose of providing "innovative, smaller companies the opportunity to build wireless businesses that can spur additional investment and bring more choices to consumers." The Notice of Proposed Rule Making being circulated proposes to update FCC rules in a way that "recognizes and confronts the challenges new entrants face in entering the wireless industry," Sherman said, adding "Perhaps most importantly, the NPRM recognizes the challenge of entering into a marketplace in which more than 95% of existing customers are served by the top four providers." Sherman wrote: "The proposal addresses another important issue also linked to the trend towards consolidation in the wireless industry. We must make sure that the biggest providers are not able to limit broad participation in the spectrum auction. As promised in the Mobile Spectrum Holdings Report and Order, we now seek comment on whether and how we should restrict the ability of wireless companies to combine their bids during an auction." Companies that may be impacted by FCC efforts to limit joint bidding on spectrum include Sprint (S), T-Mobile (TMUS), Verizon (VZ), AT&T (T), DirecTV (DTV) and DISH (DISH). Reference Link
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September 5, 2014
06:41 EDTVZ, TFCC head says agency to promote high speed Internet choices, NY Times reports
Stating that fewer than 25% of American homes have access to more than one high speed Internet provider, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said the agency would look to promote additional choices in the sector, according to The New York Times. High speed Internet providers include Comcast (CMCSA), Cablevision (CVC), Verizon (VZ), AT&T (T), and Google (GOOG). Reference Link
05:33 EDTTAT&T to offer Moto X, Moto Hint
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05:19 EDTDTVDirecTV calls on Raycom Media to free NFL, college football games
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September 4, 2014
14:05 EDTTCiena weakness may create attractive entry point, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo believes that Ciena (CIEN) reported solid Q3 results, and the firm was encouraged by the news that the company was named as an AT&T (T) domain 2.0 supplier. However, the firm notes that Ciena's Q4 revenue guidance was lower than expected, partly due to the deal. Nonetheless the firm expects the factors that caused the guidance miss to be transitory, and it is upbeat about the company's outlook for FY15. Wells keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
11:50 EDTTAT&T management to meet with Jefferies
Group dinner to be held in Las Vegas on September 10 in conjunction with the CTIA Conference hosted by Jefferies.
11:32 EDTVZVerizon raises dividend to 55c from 53c
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09:31 EDTTAT&T says 4G LTE network now reaches over 300M people
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September 3, 2014
11:15 EDTVZVerizon to pay $7.4M to settle privacy investigation
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10:47 EDTDISH, TMUSOpco sees DISH trying to buy T-Mobile for $40/share
Oppenheimer earlier today said it sees DISH (DISH) trying to acquire T-Mobile (TMUS) for $40 per share, and that there is a 20% chance a deal could be announced ahead of the September 10 FCC-mandated quiet period. Opco does not believe DISH can successfully partner with Sprint (S) or T-Moblile (TMUS), leaving buying T-Mobile or selling spectrum as its primary options. The firm expects additional wireless consolidation within the next year, and lists the most likely outcomes as a T-Mobile/DISH merger or T-Mobile/Comcast (CMCSA) merger.
10:35 EDTDISH, TMUSDISH may try to acquire T-Mobile for $40/share, says Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer says it believes DISH (DISH) could try to acquire T-Mobile (TMUS) for $40 per share. The firm sees a 20% chance of a deal being announced ahead of the FCC-mandated quiet period on September 10.
10:16 EDTTAT&T confirms will carry Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Note Edge, Gear VR
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08:34 EDTTMUSVodafone speculated as takeover target for Softbank, Nikkei says
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08:28 EDTVZ, T, TMUSISIS Wallet changes name to Softcard
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08:12 EDTSSprint will cut expenses further, says Wells Fargo
After meeting with Sprint's new CEO, Wells Fargo thinks the company will significantly cut its expenses. The firm expects the company to use some of the savings from these cuts for marketing and advertising, but it believes that the savings will exceed the additional expenditures. Wells keeps an Outperform rating on the stock.
06:03 EDTDISHDISH plans to call upcoming internet TV service Nutv, GigaOM reports
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September 2, 2014
13:04 EDTTFinisar retreats after analyst cuts on pricing, demand worries
Shares of optical components maker Finisar (FNSR) are falling after research firm Jefferies downgraded the stock to Hold from Buy in a note to investors today, citing pricing and demand concerns. WHAT'S NEW: After conducting checks, Jefferies analyst James Kisner wrote that Finisar is facing "brutal" prices for datacom optics, particularly in China. Prices for telecom components in North America are also challenging for Finisar, he reported. Various low-cost competitors are driving down prices for datacom optics, while AT&T (T) is trying to force optical systems vendors to cut the prices of their components by 40%, Kisner stated. Meanwhile, demand for mobile backhaul optics slowed significantly in China over the last month, and two of Finisar's customers - Cisco (CSCO) and Huawei - are exploring alternatives to Finisar's products, Kisner indicated. Additionally, Intel (INTC) and numerous start-ups may launch products that will compete with those of Finisar, potentially cutting into its market share beginning in the second half of 2015, the analyst warned. He cut his price target on the shares to $19 from $25. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Finisar slumped 5.5% to $19. Other optical components makers also dropped, with Oclaro (OCLR) falling 1% to $1.75 and JDS Uniphase (JDSU) losing 2% to $11.30.
08:56 EDTTMUSOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:39 EDTSSoftbank to launch robot in U.S. Sprint stores, Bloomberg reports
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06:14 EDTTMUST-Mobile planning September 10 'Uncarrier' event, Re/code reports
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06:08 EDTTCox sued by AT&T for patent infringement, Reuters reports
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