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U.S. digital textbook proposal puts a premium on broadband

February 2, 2012 2:16 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Department of Education and the FCC propose to phase out physical textbooks for electronic versions that can be easily revised and updated.

Suddenlink completes fiber network in Ark.

February 1, 2012 2:19 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Suddenlink Communications has put the finishing touches on a new 162-mile fiber-optic network that was designed to better serve its customers in Arkansas.

FCC OKs Lifeline reforms

February 1, 2012 2:17 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The FCC passed broad reforms of its Lifeline program at its open meeting, paving the way to overhaul a program that provides subsidized telephone service to low-income families.

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Report: Service providers tap into home automation to reduce churn

February 1, 2012 2:15 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Home automation is a burgeoning sector for service providers because it provides incremental revenues and reduces customer churn, according to a report by Infonetics Research.

Amdocs launches M2M, Connected Home services

February 1, 2012 2:13 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Amdocs is launching two new programs that enable service providers to quickly enter the connected devices market – one focused on machine-to-machine (M2M) services and the other on connected devices in home and office.

Sprint gives LightSquared until mid-March for FCC clearance

February 1, 2012 2:11 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Sprint has agreed to give LightSquared until mid-March to resolve GPS interference problems that have delayed the launch of its LTE network.

Clearleap hires Van Orden as product marketing VP

February 1, 2012 2:06 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Clearleap said it has hired television technology industry veteran Bob Van Orden as the company's new vice president of product marketing.

Sony's Hirai to replace Stringer as CEO in April

February 1, 2012 2:04 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Sony announced that Kazuo Hirai, who leads the company's core consumer products business, will replace Howard Stringer as CEO and president, effective April 1, as the electronics and entertainment company desperately tries to engineer a turnaround.

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Super Bowl advertisers go after "second screens"

February 1, 2012 2:03 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

About two-thirds of smartphone and tablet owners use their gadgets to do things like text or post on Twitter while watching TV, according to research firm Nielsen. So for the game, companies from Coke to Chevy are trying to reach fans on all of the "second screens" they have.

Converging on IP: Starting from Parallel Networks

February 1, 2012 3:53 am | by Brian Santo, Editor-in-Chief | Articles | Comments

One immediate consequence of the spectacular non-stop growth of the Internet is that it is pushing the subject of network convergence.

2012 International CES Roundup

February 1, 2012 3:29 am | by Mike Robuck, Senior Editor | Articles | Comments

Here’s a look at a few trends that are either incubating or fully hatched ...

Cable Could Prosper with Messaging Services

February 1, 2012 3:14 am | by Josh Wigginton, Senior Product Manager for Messaging and Billing at Interop Technologies | Articles | Comments

Never before have consumers had so many communication options. Voice, email, short message service (SMS), multimedia message service (MMS), instant messaging and social networking are nearly ubiquitous.

Real-time services make their debut

February 1, 2012 3:04 am | by Chad Dunavant, Vice President of Product Management at CSG International | Articles | Comments

Consumers can’t get enough of high-speed data, voice and the ever-growing inventory of video content available in the marketplace today.

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UP Front - February 2012 - Latest Industry News and Insights

February 1, 2012 2:30 am | Articles | Comments

Numbers and Letters: HTML5, 3-D TV, RF4CE

Open Mic - Who owns the home network?

February 1, 2012 1:51 am | by Benoit Joly, Senior Vice President of Operational Marketing at Technicolor | Articles | Comments

If there’s one safe bet in telecom, it’s that the percentage of households worldwide with connected consumer electronics (CE) devices will continue to grow at a healthy clip.

Capital Currents - FCC CALM Act Rules

February 1, 2012 1:33 am | by Jeffrey Krauss, President of Telecommunications and Technology Policy | Articles | Comments

It’s no surprise that the law imposes new burdens on cable operators and broadcasters. The whole purpose is to regulate the loudness of commercials, which was never regulated before.

New Products February 2012

February 1, 2012 1:20 am | Product Releases | Comments

GreenPeak Technologies has launched its new GP570 chip; Dialogic Debuts PowerMedia XMS for Conferencing; Adtran has added the Total Access 1600 series to its FTTH portfolio.

SCTE's 130 advertising standards garner ITU-T's approval

January 31, 2012 1:09 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Eight advanced advertising technology standards developed by the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers recently received approval from the Standardization Sector of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU-T).

Comcast among latest round of investors for SnagFilms

January 30, 2012 1:24 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Following up on a $10 million round of investment last year, SnagFilms has raised another $7 million in funds from its investors, which included Comcast Interactive Capital.

LightSquared GPS argument up for public comment

January 30, 2012 1:17 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

LightSquared has been fighting for FCC approval of its plans to deploy a hybrid satellite-terrestrial LTE network despite charges of interference with GPS systems.

Alliance: Super Wi-Fi an 'Inaccurate Moniker'

January 30, 2012 1:15 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Wilmington, N.C., is first city to host services in white spaces – previously unused spectrum that lies between television channels.

Thailand welcomes Twitter's new censorship policy

January 30, 2012 1:13 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Twitter "felt responsible to cooperate with governments to make sure basic rights are not violated through the use of social media."

Motorola Mobility posts Q4 loss

January 27, 2012 3:04 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

For the full year, however, STB shipments were up 6 percent compared with 2010, but the operation was barely mentioned during the company's conference call with analysts.

In original Internet shows, hints of coming change

January 27, 2012 2:53 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

After years of experimenting, the top video destinations on the Web are suddenly flush with original programming: documentaries, reality shows and scripted series.

Samsung's Q4 profit rises 17% on smartphone sales

January 27, 2012 2:51 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics reported a 17 percent jump in fourth-quarter profit on the strength of smartphone sales, even as the company battled claims it had copied Apple's iPhone.

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