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Cable broadband pioneer wins Marconi Prize

June 19, 2012 3:03 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Broadcom co-founder Henry Samueli is recognized for his development of analog and mixed-signal circuitry that helped enable cable modem technology.

FCC may open cell phone radiation inquiry

June 18, 2012 2:54 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The FCC is considering opening an investigation into cell phone radiation standards, a controversial issue that has yet to find consensus within the scientific community.

N.J. Senate panel considers call center measure

June 18, 2012 2:48 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

New Jersey lawmakers considered penalizing companies that move call center jobs overseas by making those companies ineligible for state grants, loans and tax benefits for three years.

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Weber latest Cablevision exec to join the Charter club

June 15, 2012 2:54 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Scott Weber will clock in at Charter Communications as the executive vice president of network operations, which makes him the fourth executive that has left Cablevision in favor of Charter.

TWC increases broadband penetration to low-income families in NYC

June 15, 2012 2:51 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable has extended a partnership that fosters greater digital penetration to low-income families in New York City.

Verizon rebuts spectrum warehousing claims

June 15, 2012 2:48 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless continues its effort to convince the FCC to approve its $3.9 billion purchase of AWS spectrum as the clock ticks down on the deal.

In the media: CenturyLink gears up for video service in Colorado Springs

June 15, 2012 2:44 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

CenturyLink is working on franchise agreements in order to offer an IPTV service to communities near Colorado Springs, Colo., which are currently being served by Comcast.

Obama measures aim to promote broadband

June 14, 2012 2:12 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The president signs an order to make it easier to build on federal lands and announces a program to encourage new uses of broadband networks.

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Democrats push FCC, DOJ to scrutinize Verizon AWS deal

June 14, 2012 1:59 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

A group of House Democrats are urging the FCC and Justice Department to closely scrutinize Verizon Wireless' purchase of a nationwide block of AWS spectrum from four cable operators.

FCC mulls best use of 4.9 GHz band

June 14, 2012 1:56 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The FCC has adopted rules allocating 50 MHz of spectrum in the 4.9 GHz band for fixed and mobile wireless services.

DOJ investigates data caps

June 13, 2012 2:15 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Justice is conducting an antitrust investigation into whether traditional pay-TV companies are acting improperly in their competition with online video companies.

FCC effectively kills 'viewability' rule

June 12, 2012 3:38 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The Commission votes to extend the rule for only six months, essentially allowing it to lapse in December.

Comcast slapped for Xfinity ad claim

June 12, 2012 3:36 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

An ad industry watchdog says Comcast is going too far with unqualified claims that Xfinity is the fastest broadband service available.

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Dish pays Qualcomm to design mobile broadband chip

June 12, 2012 3:33 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The move anticipates receiving a favorable ruling from the FCC on spectrum use that is by no means assured.

Sprint cleared for 1900 MHz CDMA, LTE on U.S.-Mexico border

June 11, 2012 1:36 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

It’s all part of new spectrum-sharing agreements between the FCC and the Mexican government.

Hundt joins board of DSL start-up

June 11, 2012 1:28 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The former FCC chairman takes a seat on the board of Assia, which has developed software tools for DSL network management.

Pegasus Wireless CEO sentenced in stock fraud

June 11, 2012 1:24 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Pegasus' former chief financial officer, Stephen Durland, has also been sentenced in connection with the scheme.

Dish chairman pushes FCC chiefs on spectrum rules

June 8, 2012 3:12 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Dish Network Chairman and former CEO Charlie Ergen held a series of high-level meetings with FCC officials urging the agency to allow it to use 40 MHz of satellite spectrum for cellular services.

Broadband expands to 4K more in Vermont

June 7, 2012 2:08 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

This moves the state a step closer to its goal of high-speed Internet access in every corner of the state by the end of 2013.

Verizon argues against PCS fix for LTE traffic

June 6, 2012 2:44 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless said re-farming its PCS spectrum won't give it the capacity it needs to handle rising traffic on its LTE network

Hackers shut down India telecom operator's website

June 6, 2012 2:30 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A hacking group said it attacked the website of an Indian state-owned telecommunications provider, accusing the company of censoring content on the Internet.

Breakdown in Beantown

June 6, 2012 1:19 am | by Brian Santo and Mike Robuck | Articles | Comments

The cable industry is responding to consumer demands and countering the competition with a heavy arsenal of services and features. At The Cable Show, there were numerous examples of how the cable industry is rapidly evolving to improve the consumers experience while adding cash to the bottom line.

Leveraging Big Data to improve subscriber service management

June 6, 2012 12:06 am | by Stephen Collins, vice president of product marketing and business development at Active Broadband Networks | Articles | Comments

Broadband companies are already working with enormous volumes of data. Moving forward, those volumes are only going to increase, and to deal with it all, service providers are going to need to gain a more thorough understanding of how to handle “Big Data.”

Memory Lane - Nightmare on DVR Street

June 5, 2012 5:46 pm | by Stewart Schley, media and technology writer | Articles | Comments

From the evil Dr. Caligari of the silent film era to the freaky Ghostface of the modern “Scream” film series, Hollywood has produced an impressive lineup of scary characters over a 90-year run of horror movie-making. But no fictitious villain ever elevated Hollywood’s chill meter as high as a real-life industry entrant that made its premiere 13 years ago at CES.

Capital Currents - Online video uncertainties

June 5, 2012 4:48 pm | by Jeffrey Krauss, president of Telecommunications and Technology Policy | Articles | Comments

When it comes to online delivery of video programming services, the uncertainties still haven’t been resolved, but more entities with a variety of business plans have entered the marketplace.

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