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Consolidated to buy SureWest Communications for $340.9M

February 6, 2012 3:05 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In a move that merges two Tier 2 service providers, Consolidated Communications Holdings announced that it was buying SureWest Communications for roughly $340.9 million in cash and stock.

Dish protests AT&T’s rapid LTE build-out, affirms retail plans

February 6, 2012 3:02 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Dish Network wants the FCC to ignore a proposal from AT&T that it be forced to construct its LTE network faster than it had originally planned.

Google installing fast Internet service in Kansas City

February 6, 2012 2:58 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Google plans to begin construction on its long-awaited, super-speed Internet service in Kansas City, Kan.

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Harris plans to intro video file quality tools

February 6, 2012 2:54 pm | by Brian Santo | CED | Product Releases | Comments

The company will have different versions of the tool appropriate for content producers, broadcasters, cable networks, post houses and other digital media operations.

Calix rolls with 12 more broadband stimulus projects

February 6, 2012 2:53 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The dozen service providers together have a total of about $153 million in stimulus money for projects across the United States.

New Hampshire broadband project advances

February 6, 2012 2:51 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Work has been completed on four New Hampshire mountaintops to construct a wireless microwave network designed to help public safety agencies communicate better with each other.

Cablevision preps app to buy Super Bowl merchandise

February 3, 2012 1:47 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Cablevision is working with Shazam, Delivery Agent, and FMI to give consumers the ability to buy NFL paraphernalia during the Super Bowl.

Comcast hires former Cisco exec as SVP of finance and strategic planning

February 3, 2012 1:42 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Inder Singh is responsible for Comcast Cable's forecasting, strategy, business trends, and long-range plan preparation.

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MetroPCS Revives $40 LTE Plan

February 3, 2012 1:37 pm | by Maisie Ramsay | News | Comments

The company brings back a popular plan that was suspended when the company stopped selling a specific handset.

Towns push back as Georgia tries to crush municipal broadband

February 3, 2012 1:36 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The state government is set to consider legislation that backers claim will make public broadband networks play by the same rules as private service providers.

Japanese Entrepreneurs Aim for Silicon Valley

February 3, 2012 1:34 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

For an emerging generation of Japanese innovators, the dream isn't a job for life at a big company. They have new ambitions, and they're determined to go places.

Evolution on evolution

February 3, 2012 12:49 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

The digital terminal adapter is one-way device, a limitation that both justifies its existence and bars it from being a long-term solution. From its introduction, the DTA has been considered a dead end – a very, very useful device – but a dead end. Evolution Digital thinks maybe not.

Comcast, Verizon's joint marketing effort docks in Bay Area

February 2, 2012 2:25 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Amid increasing congressional scrutiny over their spectrum and reselling deal, Comcast and Verizon Wireless are now cross-promoting each other's products in San Francisco.

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Comcast's Coblitz to keynote SCTE's SEMI Forum

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

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers has lined up a heavy-hitter for the keynote address at its upcoming SEMI Forum with Comcast's Mark Coblitz.

U.S. Cellular plans March LTE launch

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

U.S. Cellular will light up its LTE network in six states, covering about a quarter of its customers in Iowa, Wisconsin, Maine, North Carolina, Texas and Oklahoma.

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.

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.

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.

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