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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.

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.

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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.

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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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Alcatel-Lucent provisions 100 Gbps network in S. Amer.

December 15, 2011 1:58 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Thanks to gear from Alcatel-Lucent, Cablevision Argentina is laying claim to being the first cable operator in South America to deliver 100 Gbps speeds over an optical network.

Networks shell out billions for NFL

December 15, 2011 1:56 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

With NFL games enjoying seemingly invincible ratings while most everything else on TV goes down, down, down, the league's traditional broadcast partners embraced a deal that sends their rights fees up, up, up.

Netflix increases Q3 spending to woo lawmakers

December 15, 2011 1:51 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Netflix spent more money currying favor with U.S. lawmakers and regulators in the third quarter while the video subscription service's customers rebelled against a price increase.

Feds: LightSquared interferes with 'majority' of GPS

December 15, 2011 1:47 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

A key government committee said that LightSquared’s network affects a “majority” of general purpose GPS receivers and technology used to land planes, but it doesn’t appear to have a significant impact on cell phones.

Verizon upgrading FiOS IP backbone

December 14, 2011 3:09 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Verizon will be upgrading the IP backbone of its FiOS service, deploying Cisco CRS-3 carrier routers in several major markets to support 100G transport.

Pace, Amino both name new CEOs

December 14, 2011 3:08 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

There was an odd coincidence in the set-top box market, with both Amino Technologies and Pace announcing they are replacing their respective chief executives, effective immediately.

Report: Cable broadband gear up 14% year-over-year

December 14, 2011 2:54 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The worldwide sale of cable broadband equipment was up 14 percent year-over-year in the third quarter, according to a new report by Infonetics Research.

Cisco spends $850,000 to lobby in Q3

December 14, 2011 2:48 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Cisco Systems, the world's largest maker of computer networking gear, spent $850,000 in the third quarter to lobby the federal government on corporate taxes and other issues, according to a disclosure report.

Best Buy’s Q3 profit falls, shares skid

December 14, 2011 2:46 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Electronics retailer Best Buy’s third-quarter net income fell 29 percent as it cut prices in popular categories such as tablets and TVs to drive sales and traffic during the busy holiday season.

AT&T's Flo build-out carries $1B-plus cost

December 13, 2011 2:55 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

AT&T told the FCC that it will cost between $1 billion and $2 billion to use Qualcomm's Flo TV spectrum for supplemental downlink capacity in its LTE network.

LightSquared offers new network changes for GPS fix

December 13, 2011 2:47 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

LightSquared is again modifying the deployment plan for its hybrid satellite-terrestrial LTE network to address problems with GPS interference.

Using Pseudowire to Keep Up in Cell Backhaul

December 12, 2011 5:06 pm | by Chris York, product marketing manager at DragonWave | Articles | Comments

Cable operators have been in a strong position to address the demand for mobile backhaul and business services. The biggest impediment to satisfying that demand is that cable networks built to support primarily residential video and data services do not meet the SLA requirements of large enterprise customers.

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