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Verizon Wireless acquires New Mexico carrier Plateau Wireless

October 17, 2012 3:48 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | Comments

Verizon Wireless has purchased rural New Mexico carrier Plateau Wireless, a deal which will allow it to expand its 3G and LTE networks in five counties across the southeast portion of the state. The transaction provides Verizon with Plateau Wireless' cellular, PCS and AWS spectrum.

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Leap LTE live in 2nd market 10 months after Tucson debut

October 17, 2012 3:47 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | Comments

Leap Wireless International flipped the switch on its second LTE market in Las Vegas. The launch brings the Cricket Communications parent company closer to its goal of covering 21 million people with the new network by the end of this year, but its LTE coverage is still scarce compared to other operators.

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Isis to launch Oct. 22; app for T-Mobile goes live

October 17, 2012 3:45 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | Comments

Isis has confirmed it will launch trials of its NFC-based mobile payments service in Austin, Texas, and Salt Lake City after delaying the summer debut of the app. The company had planned on going live during the summer but abandoned the summer launch.

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KGP Logistics to acquire TriNet

October 17, 2012 3:43 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

KGP Logistics, one of the country's largest single-source providers of equipment and integrated services to the communications industry, is making a play to acquire TriNet Communications. KGP’s intent is to integrate TriNet Communications into its existing supply chain operations.

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@ Cable-Tec Expo: Home networking – Power to the people

October 16, 2012 1:21 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

The complexities of digital home networks can overwhelm end users and prove costly to cable operators with truck rolls and calls to customer service reps, but the cable industry can counter those issues by harnessing the power of in-home applications.

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FCC relents, lifts basic tier encryption ban

October 16, 2012 1:08 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

After Congress passed the Cable Television Consumer Protection and Competition Act of 1992, the FCC implemented the ban, with the intent of assuring that the many cable subscribers who were getting cable without a set-top box could continue to do so.

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Stern takes on larger role at Time Warner Cable

October 16, 2012 12:31 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Time Warner Cable revamped its senior management team by giving additional responsibilities to Peter Stern. Stern, who is the cable operator’s executive vice president and chief strategy officer, has taken on the roles of chief people officer and leader of corporate development.

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Chinese government backs Clearwire TD-LTE band

October 16, 2012 12:22 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | Comments

The Chinese government is backing the use of the 2.6 GHz band for TD-LTE, the same band Clearwire plans to use for its TD-LTE network in the United States. The announcement is a victory for Clearwire, which has been working with China Mobile to build global support for TD-LTE in the band through the Global TD-LTE Initiative.

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Numéricable picks Calix, Arcadiz for broadband business service

October 16, 2012 12:19 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Brussels cable operator Numéricable has picked Calix’s GPON technology to upgrade its service delivery platform in Belgium and Luxembourg. Numéricable is also using Calix’s Ethernet Service Access Platform (ESAP) and will work with optical specialist Acradiz Telecom to launch the new business services across the region.

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EU regulators ask Google to change privacy policy

October 16, 2012 12:16 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

European regulators have asked Google to clarify its new privacy policy and make it easier for users to opt out of it because of concerns that the Web giant may be collecting too much data and holding it for too long. France's data protection agency led a European investigation into Google's new unified privacy policy.

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Broadcom, Hyundai collaborate on in-car Ethernet

October 16, 2012 12:10 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | Comments

Broadcom announced a joint initiative with auto manufacturer Hyundai to create a new in-car infotainment system that will be built around Broadcom's Ethernet technology. The companies say the solution will make advanced safety and entertainment options cheaper and available in more cars.

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In the media: Cablevision ponders selling Bresnan subsidiary

October 15, 2012 2:50 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Cablevision is exploring its options in regard to selling its Bresnan Broadband Holdings division after purchasing the systems just two years ago. Cablevision is in preliminary discussions to sell off the Bresnan systems out West, but to date, no investment banks have been engaged to advise on a potential deal.

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Softbank pays $20B to gain control of Sprint

October 15, 2012 2:46 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | Comments

Japanese operator Softbank is shelling out $20.1 billion to acquire a controlling 70 percent stake in Sprint, a transaction that will give Sprint much-needed cash to compete with AT&T and Verizon Wireless. The buyout buoys Sprint's heavily indebted balance sheet with $8 billion in new capital.

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Sprint, Softbank deal renews Clearwire rumors

October 15, 2012 2:43 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | Comments

Softbank's massive investment in Sprint has renewed analyst speculation about the transaction's implications for Clearwire. Sprint is Clearwire's largest shareholder, and the two companies are closely connected on mobile broadband services.

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Reports: U.S. regulators move closer to suing Google

October 15, 2012 2:34 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Federal regulators are moving closer to suing Google over allegations that the company has abused its dominance of Internet search to stifle competition and drive up online advertising prices. Staff members at the FTC are preparing to recommend that the agency file an antitrust lawsuit against the search giant.

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