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Broadband Briefs for July 20, 2010

Tue, 07/20/2010 - 8:00am
Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer

New wireless broadband network to launch next year
By Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer

NEW YORK (AP) – U.S. consumers and businesses are going to get more options in wireless service starting next year, with the launch of a new wireless broadband network that will provide competition to the incumbent phone companies.

Private-equity firm Harbinger Capital Partners on Tuesday revealed details of the launch of its wireless network, LightSquared, which aims to cover 92 percent of the population by 2015.

It's a rare new entrant in the wireless market. LightSquared plans to start providing service in the second half of 2011 in Las Vegas, Phoenix, Denver and Baltimore.

In the media: Redbox gunning for Netflix
By Brian Santo

Movie kiosk company Redbox is trying to figure out how it can also begin to stream movies, a la Netflix, according to a report from Bloomberg.

The article says Redbox is actually losing sales to Netflix, even as both combine to eviscerate the last major rental operation, Blockbuster.

More Broadband Direct 7/20/10:

•  SCTE hires cable polymath as CTO
•  Digital movie locker `UltraViolet' nears launch
•  Optimum Lightpath expands Ethernet reach with Cenx
•  Suddenlink pushes VOD into parts of Arkansas
•  Videotron to install Tek's Sentry system
•  Cedar Point joins itaas' developers group
•  FCC: Broadband market not serving all Americans
•  Kerry, Snowe introduce spectrum bill
•  Nokia looking for new CEO?
•  The Ski Channel inks on-demand deal with Comcast
•  Starz serves up free previews, launches iPad book app
•  Broadband Briefs for July 20, 2010
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