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Daily news and top headlines for broadband communications engineering and design professionals

Commissioner Pai laments loopholes in new auction rules

June 26, 2015 10:22 am | by Andrew Berg, Executive Editor | Comments

Pai argues the new rules will create "yet more loopholes to allow corporate giants to abuse the designated entity program."

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Google’s Project Fi offering invite updates

June 26, 2015 10:12 am | by Ben Munson, Editor, @wwbenmunson | Comments

Google estimates that at the current rate it’s sending out invites, it should get one to everyone who put in the request by mid-summer.

Briefs: NCTA, Poste Italiane, Xtera Communications, Five9

June 26, 2015 9:43 am | by CED staff | Comments

Alongside ISPs, vendors, and equipment manufacturers the National Cable & Telecommunications Association and the Consumer Electronics Association announced a new voluntary agreement to improve the energy . . .

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Confirmed: Wheeler sides with AT&T, Verizon on spectrum reserve

June 25, 2015 3:29 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | Comments

In a statement, Wheeler said that he will begin circulating a draft Order that will be voted on at the Commission's next meeting which concludes...

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Charter says customers will benefit from $67.1B merger

June 25, 2015 1:34 pm | by Tali Arbel, AP Business Writer | Comments

In an effort to sway government approval of Charter's $67.1 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks, Charter said it will roll out faster internet with no data caps for Time . . . 

Qwilt secures $25M in additional funding

June 25, 2015 11:57 am | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Qwilt has obtained $25 million in funding through investments led by venture capital firm Disrupt-ive. As a result of the series D funding round, the company has secured $65 million in total that it plans . . .

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Fox News launching new SiriusXM news channel this fall

June 25, 2015 11:48 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Fox News is launching a new radio channel that will bring breaking news and other reports to SiriusXM subscribers.

DOJ prods FCC to side with smaller carriers on auction rules

June 25, 2015 11:38 am | by Ben Munson, Editor, @wwbenmunson | Comments

The Justice Department appears to be siding with T-Mobile, Dish Network, Sprint and other interested parties...                     

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AT&T adds Apple Watch support, channels to U-verse app

June 25, 2015 11:18 am | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

AT&T U-verse subscribers can control their services through an Apple Watch. The Apple Watch can be used as a remote control, and serve as an alert for upcoming . . .

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Verizon OTT service signs content deal with Food Network, Travel Channel

June 25, 2015 10:18 am | by Ben Munson, Editor, @wwbenmunson | Comments

Verizon today announced a mobile-first content distribution agreement with Scripps Networks Interactive.                       

Briefs: Intelesat, Anvato, S3 Group, SCTE

June 25, 2015 9:45 am | by CED Staff | Comments

Intelesat has signed an agreement with OneWeb to build and launch a low orbit Ku-band satellite constellation, and will invest $25 million in the company. Intelesat will leverage OneWeb's LEO platform . . .

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Google building next data center at Alabama power plant site

June 25, 2015 9:10 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

The $600 million project announced Wednesday marks Google's first commitment in eight years to build a U.S. data center.

Briefs: Espial, Marvell, Klas Telecom, Frontier Communications

June 24, 2015 12:15 pm | by CED Staff | Comments

Espial announced the acquisition of Bluestreak Technologies, which is a software and services provider of video solutions for connected devices, but also set-top boxes, smart TVs, smartphones, and tablets . . . 

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Google startup replacing NYC pay phones with free Wi-Fi

June 24, 2015 12:01 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Google startup Sidewalk Labs is leading a group of investors that will acquire the newly formed Intersection. Intersection is part of a group that is developing a free city-wide Wi-Fi project . . .    

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Vivint launches 100Mbps fixed wireless broadband service

June 24, 2015 10:12 am | by Ben Munson, Editor, @wwbenmunson | Comments

The service already counts 15,000 customers in pilot cities including El Paso, San Antonio and several cities in Utah.             

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