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Muni broadband with a twist

November 1, 2012 2:25 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

Chicago intends to do what no American city even remotely its size has ever pulled off – get a municipal broadband network built. There isn’t a city in the country that doesn’t want better broadband infrastructure. Several cities, tiring of waiting for the market to create those networks, have attempted to build their own.

@ 4G World: AT&T exec dishes on small cells, SON, DAS

November 1, 2012 2:24 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

AT&T network technology executive Kris Rinne told a packed crowd yesterday that the operator's early small cell deployments showed promise, but some hurdles still remain. But there's still a lot of optimization that needs to be done, Rinne said.

FCC: Communications slowly improving after Sandy

November 1, 2012 2:17 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Cell towers knocked out by Superstorm Sandy were slowly coming back to life, federal regulators said, but about 1 in 5 were still out of service in a storm-hit area stretching from Virginia to Massachusetts. That compares with 1 in 4 cell towers that were out of service the day after the storm made landfall.

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Icahn buys 10 percent stake in Netflix

November 1, 2012 2:10 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Netflix's slumping stock price and weakening financial performance has finally attracted an opportunistic and sometimes nettlesome investor in Carl Icahn. In a regulatory filing, Icahn revealed he had used some of his $14 billion fortune to accumulate a 10 percent stake in Netflix.

In wake of Sandy, Comcast offers free access to Wi-Fi hotspots

October 31, 2012 2:14 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast is lending a helping hand to those impacted by Hurricane Sandy. It owns and operates thousands of Wi-Fi hotspots across Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts and Washington, D.C.

Shaw to add more Wi-Fi hotspots in Winnipeg

October 31, 2012 2:06 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Shaw Communications has signed an agreement with the city of Winnipeg to offer its Wi-Fi service in more locations across the city, including libraries, arenas, recreation facilities and community centers. The Wi-Fi hotspots can be accessed by Shaw subscribers.

Sprint investments in Clearwire limited by Softbank deal

October 30, 2012 1:51 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Softbank's pending control of Sprint's purse strings could be bad news for Clearwire's ability to tap its largest shareholder for cash. Sprint has been a frequent source of capital for the perennially cash-poor WiMAX operator, having invested billions to fund Clearwire and gain access to its mobile broadband network.

Cable Center elects 3 new board members, realigns focus

October 30, 2012 1:50 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The new board members are Paul Cronin, senior vice president of customer experience at Cox Communications; Phil McKinney, president and CEO of CableLabs; and Comcast’s Kyle McSlarrow, who was recently named regional vice president of the Mountain Region.

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FCC opens review of T-Mobile, MetroPCS merger

October 29, 2012 1:06 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The FCC kicked off its formal review of T-Mobile USA's merger with MetroPCS when it accepted the companies' application to transfer control of spectrum licenses. The deal will strengthen T-Mobile's position as the country's fourth-largest wireless operator.

Bahamas cable company plans Florida expansion

October 29, 2012 1:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A cable and Internet provider in the Bahamas says it is planning to expand to the nearby U.S. state of Florida. Cable Bahamas says a $65 million deal would give the Nassau-based company access to millions of potential customers in Florida.

Spectrum sale, increase in data subs drive Comcast’s Q3 results

October 26, 2012 3:50 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The sale of spectrum to Verizon Wireless and a 10 percent gain in data subscribers contributed to Comcast more than doubling its third-quarter profit. In its third-quarter earnings report, Comcast’s net income was $2.11 billion, or 78 cents per share.

VeriSign’s Q3 profit rises on higher revenue

October 26, 2012 3:09 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

VeriSign, which registers domain names on the Internet, said its third-quarter profit rose 32 percent, topping expectations. But it said that the U.S. Commerce Department might not finish reviewing the company's registry agreement before it expires.

Comcast’s McSlarrow heads to wide open spaces

October 25, 2012 3:39 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Kyle McSlarrow will immerse himself in the operational side of the cable operator business in his new post as regional vice president of Comcast’s Mountain Region, which includes overseeing operations in Utah and Arizona. Before, McSlarrow led Comcast’s office in Washington, D.C.

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Cohere rakes in venture dollars

October 24, 2012 3:13 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

One of the co-founders of Terayon, Shlomo Rakib, has established a new start-up called Cohere and has recently secured $22.7 million in venture funding. Several people formerly associated with Terayon say that Cohere is working on a radical new approach for cable modem termination system (CMTS) technology.

Motorola Solutions, Motorola Mobility fortunes still divergent

October 24, 2012 2:59 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Before Motorola split itself apart, its infrastructure business had long outperformed its handset division, posting regular profits as its smartphone unit sunk further into the red. That trend is still in place nearly two years after the company's separation.

RF Micro Devices beats estimates; stock leaps

October 24, 2012 2:51 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The maker of chips for wireless communications devices, including cell phones and cable modems, posted a net loss of $16.5 million, or 6 cents per share, compared with a profit of $14.3 million, or 5 cents per share, a year earlier. Revenue fell 14 percent to $209.7 million.

Huawei executive urges Australia to avoid U.S. lead

October 24, 2012 2:49 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The head of the Australian subsidiary of Huawei Technologies, Huawei Australia Chairman John Lord, has urged Australia not to be swayed by a report from the U.S. Congress that referred to the Chinese telecommunications giant as a potential security risk.

Sprint, Dish continue spat over PCS, MSS rules

October 23, 2012 2:43 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Sprint and Dish Network continue to lobby the FCC on regulations for 40 MHz of satellite AWS-4 spectrum that Dish wants to use for an LTE-Advanced network. The FCC is evaluating changes to the AWS-4 block that would allow Dish to use the band for a wireless network.

NYC sees progress in quest to become tech capital

October 22, 2012 6:40 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The city plans to be a technology incubator, leveraging its status as the country’s premier financial center – all despite broadband coverage that can range from “sub-par” to “embarrassing.” Mayor Michael Bloomberg predicts the city could surpass Silicon Valley as a tech start-up capital.

Cable Europe adds regulatory heft with appointment of Kurth

October 22, 2012 6:27 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Former German telecom regulator Matthias Kurth is joining Cable Europe’s executive committee as its executive chairman. Matthias recently held the position of president of the agency responsible for telecommunications, postal, energy and railway markets in Germany, including frequency management and digital signature.

AT&T raises objections to Sprint, Softbank deal

October 19, 2012 2:48 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The three-sentence statement from AT&T vice president Brad Burns suggested regulators take a close look at the foreign ownership implications of the transaction, as Softbank is a Japanese company and could gain control of a large amount of spectrum through Sprint.

Google reporting error reveals troubling Q3

October 19, 2012 2:47 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Shares of Google dropped nearly 8 percent to close at $695 on an errant early release of its earnings. Google blamed printer R.R. Donnelley & Sons Co. for submitting its third-quarter filings with the SEC in the middle of the trading day instead of during an after-hours earnings call, as scheduled.

U.K. court sides with Samsung in Apple suit

October 19, 2012 2:45 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The panel's upholding of the findings by a lower court endorses the U.K. judgment, which made headlines around the world when it was handed down in July. Judge Colin Birss had then gushed over Apple's design, while knocking back the company's case against its rival.

FCC approves new WCS rules

October 18, 2012 4:04 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

AT&T and satellite radio provider Sirius XM submitted the revised rules that the two companies say would limit interference between Satellite Digital Audio Radio Services (SDARS) and providers of wireless communications, both of which have been operating for the past 15 years in the 2.3 GHz band.

@ Cable-Tec Expo: Planning for capacity constraints

October 17, 2012 4:01 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The “Bandwidth Hunger Games” session was down to three last contestants: Cisco’s Ron Hranac, Motorola’s John Ulm and InnoTrans’ Mani Ramachandran, who covertly stalked each other, each waiting for the others to make the fatal mistakes that would leave a single survivor.

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