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It's official: Obama signs spectrum, public safety bill

February 24, 2012 2:09 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

President Barack Obama has signed a payroll tax cut extension bill that includes provisions allowing the FCC to auction off television spectrum and the long-awaited creation of a national mobile broadband network for public safety.

Report: Backhaul macro base stations will near 1.8M by 2014

February 24, 2012 1:59 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

New research by NPD In-Stat projects that the number of fiber-enabled backhaul macro base stations will approach 1.8 million by 2014.

Bright House locks up telecom contract for Republican convention

February 23, 2012 2:54 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Bright House Networks is the official telecommunications provider for the Republican National Convention that will be held at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

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Dish Network added 220,000 subs in Q4

February 23, 2012 2:52 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Dish Network said its net income rose 24 percent in the latest quarter, beating analyst expectations, as it added a modest number of subscribers.

In the media: Google files for OK to offer video

February 23, 2012 2:50 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Google has requested approval from Missouri and Kansas to offer video services on its FTTH network in Kansas City.

Comcast gears up for launch of Streampix

February 22, 2012 2:43 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

While it would appear on the surface that Comcast's new streaming video service, which it calls Xfinity Streampix, is an answering salvo to OTT competition such as Netflix and Hulu Plus, Comcast is positioning it as an additional feature to its stable of online video offerings.

T-Mobile to FCC: Block Verizon AWS deal

February 22, 2012 2:38 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

T-Mobile USA has asked the FCC to block Verizon Wireless' $3.9 billion acquisition of a nationwide swath of AWS spectrum held by four cable companies.

TiVo, Pace buddy up on global partnership

February 22, 2012 2:35 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In a deal that was designed to advance Pace's presence in North America and TiVo's abroad, DVR pioneer TiVo and set-top box vendor Pace announced that they have entered into a global partnership.

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Technicolor adding tougher Wi-Fi

February 22, 2012 2:32 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The company will integrate chips from Quantenna to support the multi-room distribution of HD video.

Microsoft hits Motorola, Google with EU complaint

February 22, 2012 2:30 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft lodged a formal complaint with the European Union's competition regulator against Motorola Mobility and its soon-to-be owner Google, saying Motorola's aggressive enforcement of patent rights against rivals breaks competition rules.

Edmunds exits Cox for new job at Comcast Cable

February 22, 2012 2:28 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cable industry veteran Kimberly Edmunds has moved on from a 15-year career at Cox Communications to become senior vice president of customer care for Comcast Cable.

Report: Operators lose big on social messaging

February 22, 2012 2:16 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

New estimates from research firm Ovum indicate that consumers' increasing use of IP-based social messaging services on their smartphones cost telecom operators $8.7 billion globally in lost SMS revenues in 2010 and $13.9 billion in 2011.

BendBroadband adds HBO Go, Max Go to TV Everywhere mix

February 21, 2012 3:29 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

BendBroadband has beefed up its recently launched TV Everywhere service with the addition of HBO Go and Max Go.

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Comcast provisions health care facility with faster Ethernet

February 21, 2012 3:24 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast Business Services has upgraded Seattle-based health care provider Navos' network infrastructure from a 1.5 Mbps T1 line to its 50 Mbps business-class Ethernet service.

AT&T pressures FCC on Dish build-out

February 21, 2012 3:22 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

AT&T continues to pressure the FCC to force Dish into rapid build-out requirements for its planned mobile broadband network, requirements that the satellite provider has resisted.

Ericsson boosts hetnet offering with BelAir acquisition

February 21, 2012 3:18 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Ericsson is buying Canadian Wi-Fi specialist BelAir Networks as part of a move to develop telecommunications equipment that integrates both Wi-Fi and cellular technologies.

Evolution Digital's DTAs available through NCTC

February 21, 2012 3:16 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

NCTC members will be able to get Evolution's DTAs and TiVo DVRs at lower prices through NCTC volume purchasing.

Cass Cable TV migrates to hosted digital TV

February 21, 2012 3:14 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The small provider in Illinois signs up for Avail-TVN's MPEG-4 service, freeing bandwidth for TV Everywhere and other services.

YouTube enlists big-name help to redefine channels

February 21, 2012 3:09 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

YouTube is enlisting Hollywood's help to reach a generation of viewers more familiar with smartphones than TV remotes.

Netflix reaches multi-year movie deal with Weinstein

February 21, 2012 3:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Netflix says it will stream certain movies from The Weinstein Co., including "The Artist," under an exclusive licensing agreement.

LightSquared misses $56M Inmarsat payment

February 21, 2012 3:05 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

LightSquared, still reeling from the FCC's decision to block its wireless network, has withheld a $56.25 million payment to Inmarsat for use of the company's L-band satellite spectrum.

BlueHighways TV signs carriage agreement with NCTC

February 21, 2012 3:02 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

BlueHighways TV has inked a multi-year carriage agreement with the National Cable Television Cooperative that will make the network available to the NCTC's nearly 1,000 member cable operators.

Youth shaping future of online TV, movies, music

February 21, 2012 3:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Young people want their music, TV and movies now – even if it means they get these things illegally.

Cable might cut ties with Clearwire

February 17, 2012 2:37 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Clearwire warns its partnership with Comcast and Time Warner Cable is threatened by the MSOs' new relationship with Verizon Wireless.

Brightcove shares soar on 1st day of Nasdaq trading

February 17, 2012 2:35 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Brightcove's shares are surging in their first day of trading on the Nasdaq exchange.

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