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Pac-12 working to get satellite, telco deals

August 13, 2012 3:12 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Pac-12 said it is unlikely it will have distribution agreements in place for its new television networks with all four of the major satellite and telco providers in time for launch.

Report: AT&T tops for Ethernet services; Cox 5th overall

August 10, 2012 2:51 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

AT&T is the top dog on Vertical Systems Group’s latest business Ethernet services leaderboard, while Cox Communications and Time Warner Cable were ranked fifth and seventh, respectively.

Windstream shares down after Q2 report

August 10, 2012 2:49 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Phone company Windstream's second-quarter service revenues came in below Wall Street expectations, sending its stock down close to a two-year low.

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Lake joins Cablevision as SVP of branding, creative

August 10, 2012 2:47 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cablevision has hired Matt Lake as its senior vice president of branding and creative.

FEMA upgrades to Sprint Direct Connect

August 10, 2012 2:46 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The Federal Emergency Management Agency will use the carrier's Direct Connect service to support its nationwide mass evacuation program.

Hawaiian Telcom earns $5.5M in Q2

August 10, 2012 2:42 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hawaiian Telcom said its profits were down nearly 18 percent in the second quarter as depreciation costs rose because of investments in its broadband network.

CenturyLink posts lower Q2 net income; revenue up

August 9, 2012 12:36 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Phone company CenturyLink reported lower net income for the second quarter on Wednesday, dragged down by expenses related to early debt retirement and severance and other charges related to recent acquisitions.

GreenPeak hooks up ZigBee connectivity for home automation

August 9, 2012 12:08 pm | by Mike Robuck | Product Releases | Comments

RF semiconductor vendor GreenPeak Technologies is rolling out new radio chips to support a range of ZigBee networking technologies that will enable more home automation services. 

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Dish mum on Clearwire investment rumors

August 9, 2012 11:52 am | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Dish Network Chairman Charlie Ergen is staying quiet on speculation that the company has become a major investor in Clearwire.

Comcast keeps customers connected with Movers Edge Program

August 8, 2012 4:04 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast is somewhat easing the burden of moving for its customers with its new Movers Edge Program, which offers various amenities and options for keeping subscribers connected to their triple-play services.

Cablevision app lights up on Kindle Fire

August 8, 2012 4:01 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cablevision has unleashed its Optimum App for the Kindle Fire to give subscribers access to live and on-demand programming.

MetroPCS outs 1st VoLTE phone

August 8, 2012 3:59 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

MetroPCS has become the first operator in the country to launch voice service on an LTE network.

Cash isn’t king in the mobile wallet

August 8, 2012 3:52 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The mobile wallet is coming, and it could be closer than you think.

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GAO report recommends FCC review of SAR limits

August 8, 2012 3:49 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The United States Government Accountability Office released a study recommending that the FCC review limits placed on specific absorption rate (SAR), the amount of radio frequency absorbed by the body when using a cell phone.

Charter narrows basic video subscriber loss in Q2

August 7, 2012 3:19 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Charter Communications narrowed its revenue loss, improved on the number of basic video subscribers it had lost over the previous quarter a year ago and added 29,000 new data subscribers.

Cablevision holds the line on video subs in Q2

August 7, 2012 3:15 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

It was no surprise that Cablevision added data and phone customers in the second quarter, but the nation’s fifth-largest cable operator also managed to retain its basic video subscribers, as well.

Sprint goes public with LTE small cells, hires Alcatel-Lucent

August 6, 2012 2:59 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Sprint is using small cells provided by Alcatel-Lucent to supplement the capacity of its LTE network.

MetroPCS starts selling phone with TV tuner

August 6, 2012 2:52 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

In time for the Olympics, MetroPCS is selling the first phone that can receive local TV signals, potentially lending TV stations some relevance in the age of the smartphone.

AT&T to ax 2G by 2017, reuse spectrum

August 6, 2012 2:51 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

AT&T plans to shut down its 2G service by the beginning of 2017 as it works to address a spectrum shortage limiting capacity on its networks.

Broadcom takes wraps off of full-band diagnostic tools

August 6, 2012 2:48 pm | by Mike Robuck | CED | Product Releases | Comments

Broadcom will be showing its full suite of remote monitoring and diagnostic tools at the CableLabs Summer Conference in Keystone, Colo.

Former Comcast exec Craddock joins SeaChange’s board; Goldfarb departs

August 6, 2012 2:46 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

SeaChange International announced that former Comcast engineering executive Steve Craddock has joined its board of directors.

AT&T Mobile Share plans coming Aug. 23

August 6, 2012 2:44 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Customers will be able to sign up for a Mobile Share plan at any AT&T retail store or by calling AT&T.

Time Warner Cable adds Wi-Fi network in Charlotte

August 3, 2012 3:30 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The company intends to provide free access to all during the Democratic National Convention that will begin later this month.

Cable companies rebut Sprint claims on AWS deal

August 3, 2012 3:19 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The four cable companies Verizon Wireless is buying AWS spectrum from have filed a rebuttal with the FCC to claims made by Sprint that the deal would adversely affect fair competition in the backhaul and Wi-Fi offload markets.

AT&T continues dash for spectrum

August 3, 2012 3:15 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

An AT&T spokesman also confirmed that the carrier has come to an agreement to purchase AWS spectrum from cable company Comcast and Horizon Wi-Com.

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