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Verizon-cable deals slated for Senate hearing

February 29, 2012 1:51 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The Senate antitrust committee will take a look at the competitive effects of four cable companies selling their spectrum to Verizon, and then bundling each other's services.

New law could free up TV airwaves for mobile use

February 29, 2012 1:49 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The idea is to squeeze over-the-air television, which has few viewers, into a smaller slice of the airwaves.

Apple expected to unveil iPad 3 at event next week

February 29, 2012 1:47 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Various unconfirmed reports speak of a sharper screen and faster cellular broadband options.

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SCTE names finalists for Technology Challenge at Canadian Summit

February 29, 2012 1:46 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) has named the five finalists that will compete in next month's Technology Challenge that will be held during the SCTE Canadian Summit in Toronto.

Revenue up, net profit down in Cablevision's Q4

February 28, 2012 3:14 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Cablevision Systems reported increased revenue in its fourth quarter, though its net profit was down 47 percent.

Comcast partners with EcoFactor on energy management

February 28, 2012 3:13 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast is keeping busy on the home automation front: It announced it has struck a partnership with EcoFactor, which enables a cloud-based energy management system, and it added four new features to its Xfinity Home service.

After LightSquared flop, FCC chief talks policy at MWC

February 28, 2012 3:11 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The head of the FCC touted the agency's pro-wireless policies during a speech at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona but made no mention of its decision to block AT&T's merger with T-Mobile USA or the failure of LightSquared's LTE plans.

Rutledge settles in at Charter

February 28, 2012 2:53 pm | by Mike Robuck | Blogs | Comments

With two weeks under his belt as Charter's new CEO and president, Tom Rutledge faced the inevitable questions from analysts that sought to compare and contrast his current job with his former position at Cablevision.

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Charter pushes back TiVo launch

February 27, 2012 2:53 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In its fourth-quarter earnings conference call, Charter Communications executives said the company was pulling back on the reins for its planned deployment of TiVo's Premiere box.

Arris demos converged video on universal QAM

February 27, 2012 2:50 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Kabel Deutschland is using Arris' D5 Universal Edge QAM to deliver DVB-C2 video to a Sony TV equipped with a DVB-C2 tuner.

Sprint raises $2B in debt, stays mum on MetroPCS rumors

February 27, 2012 2:48 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Sprint plans to raise $2 billion in new debt funding that it said could be used to defray the cost of upgrading its network, pay off its debt or pour additional cash into Clearwire.

Ericsson, Qualcomm show new wireless video tech

February 27, 2012 2:47 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The two are collaborating on a more efficient way to deliver video over cellular networks using the evolved Multimedia Broadcast Multicast Services (eMBMS) standards.

Google sells off Clearwire stake for $47M

February 24, 2012 2:17 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Google is selling off its entire stake in Clearwire for $47 million, well below the market value of the shares.

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Rogers debuts TV + Web whole-home service

February 24, 2012 2:16 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Rogers Communications has started offering a combination whole-home PVR and TV Everywhere-style service based on Cisco's Videoscape architecture.

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.

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.

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.

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