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How spectrum allocation became a political football

December 22, 2011 12:31 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The question of what to do with white space spectrum gets tangled up in the bitter partisan wrangling over tax policy in Washington.

AT&T rivals lobby FCC for conditions on Flo deal

December 22, 2011 12:00 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

With the threat of AT&T's merger with T-Mobile USA passed, the operator's competitors are turning their attention to its acquisition of 700 MHz spectrum used for Qualcomm’s discontinued Flo TV mobile television service.

Videotron names Brouillette prez of consumer services

December 22, 2011 11:44 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

A reorganization effort by Videotron has landed Manon Brouillette into the newly created position of president for consumer services.

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IEEE all-in-one home networking standard progresses

December 21, 2011 1:38 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

IEEE 1905.1, which bridges Wi-Fi, MoCA, Ethernet and HomePlug, takes an important step toward ratification.

Myriad develops an app store for MSOs

December 21, 2011 1:37 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Myriad Group announced a system that enables MVPDs to run Android apps on set-top boxes. The system includes an app store, developed in conjunction with AppCarousel, that service providers can private label.

Report: Worldwide pay-TV revenue to hit $236B at end of 2012

December 21, 2011 1:34 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The worldwide pay-TV market will generate service revenues of $236 billion by the end of next year, but cable’s share of the revenue pie will be down slightly, according to a study by ABI Research.

Super Bowl to be streamed online, to mobile phones

December 21, 2011 1:15 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Super Bowl will be streamed online and to phones in the U.S. for the first time. NBC's broadcasts of wild card Saturday, the Pro Bowl and the Super Bowl will be available on the league's site and on the network's sites and through Verizon's NFL Mobile app.

Report: LTE experience varies by device, network

December 21, 2011 1:13 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Metrico released its full-year report on the state of LTE and the customer experience in 2011. The report gauges various aspects of LTE-capable devices on both AT&T and Verizon Wireless' networks.

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Leap's 1st LTE takes off in Tucson

December 21, 2011 1:12 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Cricket Communications parent Leap Wireless International switched on its first LTE service in Tucson, Ariz., marking the start of what the company described as a "multi-year transition" to the next-generation mobile broadband technology.

This Technology develops SpotLink plug-in for FreeWheel

December 20, 2011 2:09 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

This Technology is developing a plug-in for its SpotLink interconnect software that will enable FreeWheel to play in cable’s dynamic ad insertion space with programmers and operators.

Sidera Networks hires Heiden as president

December 20, 2011 2:06 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Fiber-optics network service provider Sidera Networks announced that Clint Heiden was hired as its new president.

AT&T drops $39B T-Mobile bid; 'duopoly' averted

December 19, 2011 10:43 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

AT&T is hanging up on its $39 billion bid to buy smaller wireless provider T-Mobile USA, nearly four months after the U.S. government raised concerns that the deal would raise prices, reduce innovation and give customers fewer choices.

TV channel squeeze proposed to pay for tax cuts

December 19, 2011 2:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Congress is considering letting cell phone companies pay television stations to give up their frequencies so they can be put to better use for wireless broadband.

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Optimum Lightpath lights up 5K NYC metro-area buildings

December 19, 2011 2:04 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cablevision’s Optimum Lightpath announced that its fiber-based service has connected more than 5,000 buildings in the New York metropolitan area that it serves.

WhiteSpace Alliance forms with eye on international markets

December 19, 2011 2:01 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The WhiteSpace Alliance plans to address the world market with the new IEEE 802.22 wireless broadband technology.

Don’t cut that fiber just yet

December 19, 2011 2:00 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Will end users opt to cut the data cord in the same way they've cut their voice landlines? While it might sound improbable, LTE is certainly capable of providing such a service.

Videotron targets rural Québec for wireless data offering

December 19, 2011 1:57 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In partnership with Industry Canada's Broadband Canada program, Videotron is offering its wireless Internet service in remote areas of Québec that were previously without data services.

Trilithic promotes 3 execs in Broadband Instruments group

December 19, 2011 1:54 pm | by Traci Patterson | News | Comments

Trilithic promoted three executives, including Daniel Dillon, who was named director of product marketing for mobile systems applications within the company's Broadband Instruments Division.

Cox sells AWS spectrum to Verizon; they agree to sell each other’s services

December 16, 2011 2:47 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The other shoe just dropped now that Cox Communications announced that it is selling its 20 MHz Advanced Wireless Services licenses to Verizon Wireless for $315 million.

Rogers launches beta version of iPad app for live streaming

December 16, 2011 2:38 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

As part of its overall TV anywhere strategy, Rogers Communications announced the beta launch of its Rogers Live TV app for iPads, which enables live streaming of shows in subscribers’ homes.

Time Warner Cable tunes in 20 new HD channels in Dallas

December 16, 2011 2:29 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable recently added 20 new HD channels in the Dallas area to give it a total offering of 134 HD channels.

GSMA warns of LTE spectrum fragmentation

December 16, 2011 2:26 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

For all the promise of LTE, it appears that global roaming on so-called “world phones” is one thing it might not be able to deliver.

Apple continues tablet dominance; Amazon snags share

December 16, 2011 2:23 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Apple continued to drive worldwide media tablet shipments in the third quarter, according to the IDC Worldwide Quarterly Media Tablet and eReader Tracker.

Time Warner Cable in an Android state of mind

December 15, 2011 2:15 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable has released its second Android-based app in as many weeks, with the latest, My TWC, taking flight.

Suddenlink offers any-room DVR with TiVo Premiere

December 15, 2011 2:10 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Suddenlink Communications subscribers that currently enjoy TiVo Premiere in their homes can now pause a recorded program in one room and resume watching it in another.

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