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Comcast ups Avgiris to EVP, GM of data group

February 16, 2012 3:16 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast has promoted Cathy Avgiris to executive vice president and general manager of the data and communications group, where she will lead the rollout of the joint bundle offerings with Verizon Wireless.

CTIA applauds tax cut continuation act

February 16, 2012 3:14 pm | by Monica Alleven, Wireless Week | News | Comments

CTIA is happy that lawmakers have agreed to extend the payroll tax cut because it includes a provision to auction off airwaves and give its members access to precious spectrum.

NewNet sees opportunity in WiMAX

February 16, 2012 3:12 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

NewNet's announcement that it has officially closed an acquisition of Nokia Siemens' WiMAX business (originally Motorola's WiMAX business) is a reminder that the technology might still afford a healthy business opportunity, although not perhaps as a strictly consumer-facing mobility solution.

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Grassley: Still blocking FCC nominees

February 16, 2012 3:10 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Senator Chuck Grassley, a vocal critic of the FCC's handling of LightSquared, says he will continue to bar two FCC nominees from being confirmed despite the agency's decision to block LightSquared's network.

Fandango's former CEO joins Invidi's advisory board

February 16, 2012 3:08 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Invidi Technologies has invited Chuck Davis, best known as the former chairman and CEO of movie site Fandango, to serve on the company's advisory board.

Former Cox exec Kinsey joins Charter as VP of IP engineering

February 16, 2012 11:49 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

After a 12-year career at Cox Communications, Randy Kinsey has joined Charter Communications as its vice president of IP engineering.

Comcast nearly zeroes out subscriber defections in Q4

February 15, 2012 2:24 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Comcast managed to accomplish what few had expected any cable company could accomplish in the competitive video era: It minimized subscriber defections to the point where customer loss was almost negligible.

TWC reaches out to PCs, Macs with live streaming app

February 15, 2012 2:23 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable has queued up live streaming on PCs and Macs via its TWC TV app.

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Shaw Business lands contract to provide services to energy camp

February 15, 2012 2:21 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Shaw Communications was the winning bidder on providing Snamprogetti Canada with communications services to the Sunrise Energy Project construction camp.

End of the road for LightSquared?

February 15, 2012 2:20 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The FCC has hammered what could be the final nail in the coffin for LightSquared's LTE plans.

Jab Broadband advances network upgrade

February 15, 2012 2:18 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

One of the country's largest wireless Internet service providers is upgrading more than 200 towers with new backhaul equipment as part of a large-scale network upgrade project.

Chicago asked not to stifle wireless at summits

February 15, 2012 2:12 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A city councilman wants to forbid the Police Department from pulling the plug on all of that electronic communication during the G-8 and NATO summits in May, taking away a tactic employed by authorities during a crackdown on democratic protests in Egypt.

U.S., EU clear Google's $12.5B Motorola Mobility bid

February 14, 2012 3:33 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Google's $12.5 billion bid to buy cell phone maker Motorola Mobility has won approvals from U.S. and European antitrust regulators, moving Google a major step closer to completing the biggest deal in its 13-year history.

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AT&T, Verizon top 2011 Ethernet Leaderboard

February 14, 2012 3:31 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

AT&T, Verizon and tw telecom held down the top three spots, respectively, in Vertical System Group's 2011 U.S. Business Ethernet Leaderboard, while Cox Communications ranked fourth overall.

Groups push Congress to protect white space spectrum

February 14, 2012 3:28 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

More than 100 corporations, trade associations and public interest groups are worried that white space spectrum could become a casualty of the showdown between the House and Senate over the payroll tax cut extension bill.

Alcatel-Lucent introduces Wi-Fi solution

February 14, 2012 3:27 pm | by Monica Alleven, Wireless Week | Product Releases | Comments

Over at Alcatel-Lucent, they're feeling the love for Wi-Fi, which might not have been the case some years back. But times have changed.

Start-up that streams broadcast TV picks up $20M in venture funds

February 14, 2012 3:25 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

IAC Chairman Barry Diller takes a seat on the board of Aereo, which has devised a new over-the-top scheme based on antenna farms and network DVRs.

Report: March launch for smaller, LTE-capable iPads

February 14, 2012 3:24 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

A pair of reports attempted to shed light on the rumored early-March iPad 3 release, claiming Apple is planning to launch a smaller 8-inch iPad and will offer LTE-capable versions of its slate through Verizon Wireless and AT&T.

LaJoie keynote speaker at SCTE Canadian Summit

February 14, 2012 3:22 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable executive vice president and CTO Mike LaJoie will be the keynote speaker at the SCTE Canadian Summit 2012 in Toronto.

Verizon betting big on medical IT

February 13, 2012 4:46 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

A collaboration with Health Evolution is designed to figure out how to transform the delivery of medical services.

Verizon defends cable deal redactions

February 13, 2012 3:07 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless is refusing to reverse redactions about its marketing side deal with cable operators forged in its $4 billion acquisition of their AWS spectrum.

N.Y. cable dispute blacks out Knicks, 4 NHL teams

February 13, 2012 3:02 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

More than 2 million Time Warner Cable subscribers lost TV access to the NBA's Knicks and the NHL's Rangers, Devils, Islanders and Sabres because of a fight over rate increases between the cable giant and MSG Network.

Comcast’s thePlatform promotes three execs

February 13, 2012 3:00 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Video management and publishing vendor thePlatform announced that three of its executives have been promoted.

AT&T customers surprised by 'unlimited’ data limit

February 13, 2012 2:55 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Under a new policy, AT&T has started cutting their data speeds as part of an attempt to manage data usage on its network.

Netflix trims Q4 earnings to account for $9M settlement

February 13, 2012 2:49 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Netflix pressed the rewind button on its fourth-quarter earnings after settling allegations that the video subscription service violated a consumer privacy law.

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