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Telefonica: 'No involvement' with Cuba cable

January 22, 2013 1:24 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Spanish telecom Telefonica denied that it has anything to do with an undersea fiber-optic cable between Cuba and Venezuela, even as an analyst who monitors global data traffic noted an additional uptick in data speed to and from the island – suggesting the cable is in full operation.

Telecoms to lawmakers: Lift cold-call restrictions

January 21, 2013 3:22 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Idaho landline phone companies contend a 13-year-old law forbidding them from cold-calling existing customers is crippling their ability to market high-speed Internet. The Idaho Cable Telecommunications Association, representing Cable One and Time Warner Cable, is meeting to discuss the phone companies' deregulation gambit.

China's Huawei criticizes U.S. security complaints

January 21, 2013 3:16 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chinese tech giant Huawei criticized U.S. claims the company might be a security risk as trade protectionism that harms consumers. The comments came as Huawei disclosed details of its 2012 performance in an effort to show transparency and allay security concerns.

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FCC launches website to keep broadcasters informed on auctions

January 18, 2013 3:19 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The FCC launched a website that aims to keep broadcasters informed and engaged in the upcoming incentive auctions. The new LEARN website provides access to a range of information and resources that the FCC hopes will help broadcasters and other stakeholders make more informed business decisions.

Public Knowledge suggests ULS is broken

January 18, 2013 3:13 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

In comments submitted to the FCC, the consumer advocate wrote that while searching the ULS for data to support policy positions in several spectrum proceedings, “PK noticed how challenging it is to gather meaningful information on carriers’ spectrum licenses and affiliate control in order to understand the mobile wireless market.”

BCI buys Allegiance Communications

January 16, 2013 2:16 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

BCI, a new company formed by several former executives of Bresnan Communications, said it has purchased Allegiance Communications. No purchase price was provided. BCI and its venture partner said they expect this will be the first move in what they termed “an aggressive growth plan.”

Blockbuster U.K. goes into administration

January 16, 2013 2:03 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The DVD and games rental company has become the latest entertainment firm to go into a form of bankruptcy in Britain. Blockbuster in Britain is a subsidiary of U.S.-based Blockbuster, which itself was reorganized under American bankruptcy laws and then acquired by Dish Network.

Shaw enters into $700M deal with Rogers that includes AWS, Mountain Cable

January 15, 2013 1:56 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Shaw Communications and Rogers Communications have signed a series of agreements that include the sale of Hamilton-based Mountain Cablevision and Shaw’s AWS wireless spectrum to Rogers. The agreements total $700 million and also include Shaw gaining Rogers’ one-third stake in TVtropolis.

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Clearwire files opposition to Crest's petition for reconsideration

January 15, 2013 1:50 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Clearwire filed with the FCC an opposition to Crest Financial’s earlier petition to reconsider the Eagle River Holdings deal from 2012, which gave Sprint a controlling interest in Clearwire. The WiMAX provider states Crest's petition "provides no credible basis for the FCC to reverse its actions" and should be "promptly denied."

CED's Broadband 50

January 14, 2013 1:22 pm | by CED Magazine | Articles | Comments

Before we Start Over with a New Year, here’s a Look Back at 2012 through the prism of CED’s Broadband 50, which is now 12 years old. We have scoured the cable world to come up with the people, stories and trends that were the most meaningful.

Carriers spat over spectrum weighting

January 11, 2013 2:28 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

It seems everyone agrees that the Federal Communications Commission needs to simplify its spectrum screen, but there's a big division on exactly how that should be done. Such was the case in a spate of comments filed recently with the FCC.

Crow Creek Sioux Tribe files to block Sprint-Softbank deal

January 11, 2013 2:22 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The Crow Creek Sioux Tribe Utility Authority has filed a petition with the FCC to block Sprint's impending 70 percent share transfer to Softbank on the basis that Sprint has "demonstrated a blatant disregard for the jurisdiction and sovereignty of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe and its regulatory authority over Sprint’s operation on the Crow Creek reservation."

Cox tabs Murphey as new leader for Middle Georgia market

January 11, 2013 2:16 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Lynn Murphey was recently named as Cox Communications’ executive field director for its Middle Georgia market. In the newly created position, Murphey, who has worked for Cox for 16 years, will oversee day-to-day operations for Cox in the market.

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JDSU hires GM for test unit

January 11, 2013 2:09 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

JDSU has hired Susan Spradley as senior vice president and general manager of the Communications Test and Measurement (CommTest) business segment. She is responsible for the development and management of the communications test product portfolio.

Biden seeks video game industry input on guns

January 11, 2013 1:55 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Vice President Joe Biden, who is leading a task force that will present recommendations to President Barack Obama, met with representatives from the entertainment industry, including Comcast and the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA).

Wave Broadband buys fiber partner

January 10, 2013 3:04 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Expanding its Northwest footprint, Wave Broadband has acquired a fiber network operator that specializes in high-capacity links to public and business customers. Wave Broadband’s parent, WaveDivision Holdings, paid $50 million for Black Rock Cable, which provides fiber connectivity in northwest Washington State.

Report: Sprint doesn't see need to up Clearwire bid

January 10, 2013 3:01 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Sprint isn't sweating Dish Network’s offer to buy Clearwire for $3.30 per share, an 11 percent increase over its $2.97 offer, and doesn't foresee needing to up its bid in acquiring a 100 percent stake in the WiMAX provider. Clearwire stock rose 8 percent on news of Dish’s offer.

FCC to move on better Wi-Fi

January 10, 2013 2:57 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The FCC is pursuing a plan to open a nationwide swath of unlicensed spectrum specifically for the deployment of "Gigabit" Wi-Fi technology in major hubs, such as airports and convention centers. The plan increases the capacity and speed of Wi-Fi networks in public spaces.

Dish jumps in with unsolicited, $3.30-per-share offer for Clearwire

January 9, 2013 2:06 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Dish Network has offered to buy up to all of Clearwire’s common stock at $3.30 per share in a proposed deal that would allow Dish to purchase some spectrum assets from Clearwire. Under the conditions of the preliminary offer, Dish would acquire approximately 11.4 billion MHz-POPs from Clearwire, or 24 percent of its total spectrum holdings, for $2.2 billion.

Aereo to make its streaming service available in 22 more cities

January 9, 2013 1:58 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Bolstered by a $38 million second round of financing, controversial streaming provider Aereo plans on expanding its service to 22 more cities across the nation this year. Aereo launched its streaming service in New York City and was promptly sued by major broadcast networks.

Google to offer public Wi-Fi in NYC neighborhood

January 9, 2013 1:55 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Google said it is teaming up with a New York City neighborhood business group to provide the company's first urban Wi-Fi network. The network will be available free to about a 10-block area surrounding Google's offices in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood.

CES: Motorola provisions new media server for Verizon

January 8, 2013 3:42 pm | by Mike Robuck | Product Releases | Comments

Verizon’s new media server made its official debut at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, along with an IP-based set-top box. Motorola made both the media server and set-top box, with the former rumored to be in the works for some time.

Waz back at Comcast as senior strategic advisor

January 8, 2013 3:28 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

After semi-retiring last year, policy expert Joe Waz has returned to Comcast full-time as its senior strategic advisor. Waz had 17 years of service at Comcast prior to his retirement but remained active as a consultant for the company and the rest of the cable industry.

Can MVNOs help peel the cap off Big Data?

January 7, 2013 2:24 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Imaginative minds have sometimes pegged the Internet as the new Wild West, a vast land of opportunity fraught with peril. That’s a bit of a stretch, but if there’s one ideal that should hold as true in this new frontier as it did in the old, it’s Roy Rogers’ plea to never fence him in

Rural proponents come out for LightSquared proposal

January 4, 2013 2:15 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

A number of comments were filed with the FCC, encouraging the Commission to approve LightSquared’s most recent proposal to give up 10 MHz of spectrum located closest to the GPS band and instead share spectrum currently used by the NOAA.

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