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Arris to buy Motorola Home for $2B

December 19, 2012 6:36 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Arris announced it will acquire the Motorola Home business from Google for $2.35 billion. Arris will get outright possession of approximately 1,000 patents, and also an open license to about 1,000 more held by Motorola Mobility (which remains with Google).

FCC approves AT&T's bid to buy Comcast spectrum

December 19, 2012 3:13 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The FCC approved AT&T's bid to soak up spectrum from Comcast, stating the "proposed transactions would serve the public interest." The deal gives AT&T licenses to AWS-1 and WCS spectrum in 608 markets, covering 82 percent of the U.S. population in 48 states.

FCC limits Dish spectrum, sets 4-year timetable for rollout

December 19, 2012 3:12 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

In its order, the FCC said it declined a proposal presented by Dish Network that would have included shifting the AWS-4 uplink spectrum up five MHz to protect the adjacent H-block, a piece of spectrum in which Sprint has expressed an interest.

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Apple, Google snag IP in $525M Kodak patent sale

December 19, 2012 3:04 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Kodak announced that a consortium organized by Intellectual Venture and RPX Corp. have agreed to pay approximately $525 million for the purchase and license of patents. Intellectual Ventures counts heavyweights Apple and Google as members.

Sprint seals deal to buy 100% of Clearwire

December 17, 2012 2:12 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Sprint's bid to own 100 percent of Clearwire has been accepted at $2.2 billion, which equals the $2.97-per-share cap that Sprint majority stakeholder Softbank placed on the deal. Sprint said the deal takes the enterprise value of Clearwire to approximately $10 billion.

Online portal to replace Michigan government TV

December 17, 2012 1:57 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The state is changing how people can keep an eye on the Michigan government. The Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget and Michigan Government Television are launching an enhanced online portal to replace the MGTV cable channel.

FCC issues NPRM for 3.5 GHz band

December 14, 2012 2:52 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The FCC will move ahead with a plan to make available 100 megahertz of shared spectrum in the 3.5 GHz Band (3550-3650 MHz) for the use of small cell and database technologies. The Commission said the proposal lays the groundwork for the widespread deployment of small cell technologies across the spectrum.

Seattle adds partner to develop computing network

December 14, 2012 2:51 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn says the city has reached an agreement with a broadband developer to build out its fiber network for high-speed computing for homes, businesses and services. The deal allows Gigabit Squared to start raising money for engineering work.

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U.N. group gives nod for greater Internet oversight

December 14, 2012 2:49 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A U.N. conference weighing possible Internet rules shifted into a high-stakes showdown after advancing a proposal for greater government oversight. The proposal was a blow to U.S.-led efforts to keep new regulations from touching the ’Net.

South Korea Says Samsung Chip Plant Caused Cancer

December 14, 2012 2:47 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A South Korean government agency said that working at a Samsung Electronics factory caused the breast cancer of a worker who died earlier this year, only the second time it has recognized a link between cancer and Samsung's chip plants.

Shhhh! A new law says TV ads can't blare anymore

December 13, 2012 8:41 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TV viewing could soon sound a little calmer. The CALM Act, which limits the volume of TV commercials, goes into effect. The act is designed to prevent TV commercials from blaring at louder volumes than the program content they accompany.

Verizon moves pension obligations to Prudential

December 11, 2012 2:34 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Verizon Communications said it has transferred $7.5 billion in pension obligations to Prudential Insurance after a retiree association failed to convince a court to stop the move. Members of the Association of BellTel Retirees sued to stop the deal.

Dish: Sprint trying to block new market entrant

December 10, 2012 12:30 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The back and forth between Dish Network and Sprint continued, as Dish Network submitted an ex parte filing that blasts Sprint's suggestion that the FCC do more to protect the H-block from being interfered with by Dish's AWS-4 spectrum.

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Cablevision hikes data cost by $5 a month

December 7, 2012 2:17 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The cost of Cablevision’s video and voice services will remain the same, and the price increase doesn’t apply to subscribers who are currently part of a promotional package, but the new pricing will go into effect once a customer’s promotion ends.

WSJ: Google’s auction for Moto ending today

December 7, 2012 2:10 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Google is reportedly closing up its auction for Motorola Mobility’s Home unit, with Arris, Pace and Technicolor among the list of prospective suitors. The last round of bids were due, although the deadline could be extended, according to one of the sources.

CTIA: Dish spectrum will not interfere with GPS

December 7, 2012 1:57 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

In the ongoing drama surrounding Dish Network's AWS-4 spectrum, the CTIA in a filing said there is no need for the adoption of GPS-specific technical requirements in the Federal Communications Commission's final rules on Dish Network's holdings.

Vendors, video service providers onboard energy conservation agreement for STBs

December 6, 2012 12:46 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The companies involved are Comcast, DirecTV, Dish Network, Time Warner Cable, Cox Communications, Verizon, Charter Communications, AT&T, Cablevision, Bright House Networks and CenturyLink, as well as manufacturers Cisco, Motorola Mobility, EchoStar Technologies and Arris.

Dish concedes 5 MHz of uplink spectrum

December 5, 2012 3:55 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Dish Network says it's willing to accept a 5 MHz guard band on its AWS spectrum that would protect the H-block from interference. In a filing with the FCC, Dish said it recognizes that the Commission desires to retain flexibility in the future use of the H-block.

Court rejects Verizon challenge to roaming rule

December 4, 2012 3:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A three-judge panel ruled that the FCC had the legal authority to issue the "data roaming rule." The rule requires big wireless carriers to open their data networks to smaller regional operators in places where they don't have their own systems.

U.S. seeks to drop Internet from U.N. telecoms talks

December 4, 2012 3:16 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

American envoys say they are working with other nations on a proposal to drop all discussions on possible Internet regulations from a U.N. telecommunications conference in Dubai. The U.S. is leading calls to reject possible new codes on the ’Net by the ITU.

N.Y. appeals court skeptical about start-up's live TV

December 3, 2012 2:30 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A start-up company trying to defend the legality of how it sends live TV programming to laptop computers, iPhones and other mobile devices encountered a skeptical appeals court panel. Three judges of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals seemed poised to reverse a lower court judge.

Verizon retirees sue to stop transfer of pensions

November 30, 2012 2:35 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Verizon retirees have sued the phone company because it's planning to transfer the responsibility of paying their pensions to an insurance company, where they will have weaker legal protection. The deal effectively turns the company's defined-benefit pensions into annuities.

TiVo shares get a boost from surprise Q3 profit

November 30, 2012 2:33 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Shares of TiVo rose after the company posted a surprise third-quarter profit and analysts cheered the growth of its subscriber base. The digital video recording company has struggled to make money, posting annual losses in eight of the past 10 years.

VeriSign wins ‘.com’ renewal, can't hike prices

November 30, 2012 2:29 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. government has cleared VeriSign to run the key directories that keep track of ".com" domain names for another six years, but the company won't be allowed to raise prices without prior approval. VeriSign's contract is with ICANN.

Digital addiction growing in South Korea

November 29, 2012 4:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

In South Korea, the government provides counseling programs and psychological treatment for an estimated 2 million people who cannot wean themselves from playing online computer games. Some now fret about the effects that South Korea's digital utopia is having on its children.

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