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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.

Cablevision’s Rutledge resigns

December 16, 2011 2:42 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Cablevision Systems COO Tom Rutledge has abruptly resigned and will leave the company. Legal documents show that Rutledge, 58, still had several years left on his management contract.

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.

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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.

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.

Nielsen: Android, iOS solidify U.S. dominance

December 15, 2011 1:49 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

If you needed more evidence that Android and iOS are crushing the competition, Nielsen has come out with some numbers today showing just how entrenched the rival operating systems are in the U.S. market.

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Rumors swirl around Verizon acquisition of Netflix

December 14, 2011 3:11 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

If LTE is set to usher in the age of mobile video in 2012, Verizon might be preparing to dive right in with an acquisition of DVD and streaming video provider Netflix. At least, that's the gist of the rumors being reported recently.

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.

Judge grants delay in Sprint, C Spire cases over T-Mobile deal

December 14, 2011 2:53 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

A judge has agreed to postpone legal proceedings in Sprint and C Spire Wireless' lawsuits challenging AT&T's merger with T-Mobile USA as AT&T decides whether to abandon the deal.

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NAMIC announces next year’s chapter officers

December 14, 2011 2:51 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC) announced election results for its 2012 chapter officers

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.

Bright House signs ad agreements with Verizon, Comcast, Knology

December 13, 2011 3:05 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Bright House Media Strategies, the advertising division of Bright House Networks, has signed up Verizon FiOS, Comcast Spotlight and Viamedia/Knology to serve up national and regional spot ads in the Tampa Bay area through its Tampa Bay Interconnect.

Motorola, FourthWall form a multi-screen bond

December 13, 2011 3:02 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Motorola Mobility has adopted products from FourthWall Media to support tighter integration between set-top boxes and mobile devices.

Turner’s Heller joins Arris’ board

December 13, 2011 2:59 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Arris has added Turner Broadcasting System (TBS) vice chairman Andrew Heller to its board of directors.

In the media: Comcast to carry BBC World News

December 13, 2011 2:57 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

BBC World News is coming to America thanks to a distribution deal with Comcast. The New York Times reported that a deal between the BBC and Comcast has been reached, with the expectation of an official announcement from the two later.

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.

AT&T to decide on T-Mobile deal by Jan. 12

December 13, 2011 2:50 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

A judge agreed to put legal proceedings in the Department of Justice's antitrust case against AT&T's merger with T-Mobile USA on hold until Jan. 18 as the operator scrambles to salvage the deal.

Report: Android hits 53 percent market share

December 13, 2011 2:45 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Android and iOS continued to gain market share at the expense of struggling platforms like BlackBerry and Windows Phone 7 (WP7), according to a new report from NPD Group.

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.

NTCA sues FCC over USF, ICC reform order

December 12, 2011 2:07 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The National Telecommunications Cooperative Association (NTCA) is challenging the FCC's efforts to overhaul its Universal Service Fund (USF) and intercarrier compensation systems.

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