FCC spectrum auction kicks off with a bang; Verizon has to pay back Maryland FiOS customers

Cable industry news from across the Web:

> BT Group has asked British regulators to let it fold its wholesale division into its telecom unit, Openreach. Story

> TNT continues to overhaul its schedule under new creative chief Kevin Reilly, cancelling Eric McCormack's procedural drama Perception after three seasons. Story

> Netflix is enhancing its viewer recommendations by adding programming picks from the fictional characters of its original shows. Story

> The AWS-3 spectrum auction, the FCC's first major auction since 2008, kicked off with winning first-round bids totaling $1.767 billion on 1,012 licenses. Story

> The U.S. Marshals Service is using fake cellular towers to intercept the phone conversations of passengers in small aircraft. Story

> New York State regulators have delayed a vote on the proposed merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable. Story

And finally … Verizon has agreed to pay Maryland customers $1.377 million for what the state's Consumer Protection Division says was improper charges for various FiOS services. Story

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