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Boingo, Google Offers team on free Wi-Fi in NYC

June 25, 2012 2:24 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

New York City residents are getting free Wi-Fi access from Boingo Wireless through a deal sponsored by Google Offers.

Verizon to 'promptly' use AWS for LTE

June 22, 2012 2:49 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless will move quickly to use the AWS spectrum it is paying $3.9 billion to acquire from four cable operators.

Study: Digital TV subs to reach nearly 129M by 2016

June 22, 2012 2:48 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

According to recent research, digital TV subscribers in North America will increase from 114 million last year to 129 million in 2016.

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Report: Clearwire's flavor of LTE going 'mainstream' by 2016

June 22, 2012 2:46 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Research firm Ovum offered Clearwire some good news with a report predicting TD-LTE will go "mainstream."

A battle for Internet freedom as U.N. meeting nears

June 22, 2012 2:45 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Secret negotiations among dozens of countries preparing for a United Nations summit could lead to changes in a global treaty that would diminish the Internet's role in economic growth and restrict the free flow of information.

Tech requirements set for first responders network

June 22, 2012 2:42 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The FCC approved the minimum technical requirements for its interoperable first responders network, which operates in the D-block of the 700 MHz band.

Google’s got your back for safe browsing

June 22, 2012 2:40 pm | by Mike Robuck | Blogs | Comments

Whether you view Google as a burgeoning, Borg-like Evil Empire or not, it has been proactive on the safe browsing front.

Charter sponsors 2nd Battle of the Bands

June 22, 2012 2:36 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

For the second year, Charter Communications is hosting Charter Center Stage 2012 Battle of the Bands, with the winner performing at the Taste of St. Louis.

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Google stock split wins approval; CEO loses voice

June 22, 2012 2:33 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Google shareholders gave CEO Larry Page what he wanted by approving an unconventional stock split meant to cement his authority, but he wasn't around to hail the victory.

Comcast offers Verizon Wireless in more markets

June 21, 2012 3:25 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The MSO has begun offering the wireless service in several areas in Michigan and in a number of cities in states across the Southeast.

Verizon CEO: Video is 'the future' of wireless

June 21, 2012 3:24 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Verizon's top executive is aiming to use the company's spectrum deal with the cable industry as a key entry point for what he sees as the next major part of its business: mobile video.

LG, TP Vision offer smart TV developers kit

June 21, 2012 3:23 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The two argue that TV makers need to create a common development ecosystem for smart TVs, similar to development platforms in the PC and cable industries.

Amendment for rural broadband attached to Farm Bill

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

The measure would extend programs to extend broadband to unserved areas, but the fate of the entire bill remains uncertain.

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Verizon adds 46 LTE markets; total hits 304

June 21, 2012 3:18 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

These latest markets bring Verizon's total to 304, making the next-generation network available to two-thirds of the U.S. population.

South Korea sees big demand for fastest mobile network

June 21, 2012 3:12 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

South Korea is forecasting blistering growth in the use of a network technology that gives the fastest speeds for connecting to the Internet from a mobile device.

On guard: Comcast adds latest version of Norton Security Suite

June 20, 2012 2:22 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast, the nation’s largest ISP, recently made the latest version of Norton Security Suite available for its broadband subscribers at no additional cost.

Shaw Direct bows streaming VOD service

June 20, 2012 1:53 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Shaw Direct is laying claim to being the first direct-to-home provider in Canada to use adaptive streaming technology to deliver video-on-demand content directly to subscribers’ set-top boxes.

Cogeco opens doors on new data center in Toronto

June 20, 2012 1:43 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Instead of pushing the data center out into the suburbs, Cogeco chose to put it next to some of Canada's most important institutions.

AT&T, Sirius offer rules for 2.3 GHz band

June 20, 2012 1:31 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Sirius and other SDARS providers had felt there was room for improvement as they look toward possible complications from the coming rollout of LTE.

ERF Wireless speeds up network expansion

June 20, 2012 1:25 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

ERF Wireless is moving ahead of schedule on a three-state network expansion that targets major oil and gas drilling areas in Kansas, Nebraska and Montana.

SeaChange snaps up iTV software developer Flashlight

June 19, 2012 3:14 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

SeaChange International is continuing in its evolution as a software-based company with the purchase of interactive TV software developer Flashlight Engineering and Consulting.

Netflix appears to be eating into pay-TV VOD

June 19, 2012 3:12 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

A new report suggests that even with limited viewing options, Netflix remains a highly viable option for many viewers vis-à-vis VOD.

Chunghwa doubles down on Envivio equipment

June 19, 2012 3:11 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The Taiwanese service provider expands its Envivio infrastructure to enable the delivery of Olympics content to subscribers viewing on PCs, tablets and smartphones.

Report: Verizon Wireless’ LTE scores fastest network

June 19, 2012 3:08 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Tests found that Sprint's LTE network will be able to compete with AT&T and Verizon, but that it isn't quite as fast as its larger competitors.

Sprint adds 2G coverage to Direct Connect

June 19, 2012 3:04 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Sprint is offering iDEN customers clinging to old push-to-talk phones another reason to switch over to its CDMA-based Direct Connect service.

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