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Cox slams Sprint with patent countersuit

April 18, 2012 2:01 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Cox Communications is suing former business partner Sprint for patent infringement, a countersuit aimed at deflating a patent suit Sprint filed against Cox and three other companies.

Verizon to sell A-block, B-block spectrum licenses

April 18, 2012 1:55 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless announced plans to sell off its 700 MHz A-block and B-block spectrum licenses but said it's all contingent on approval of its bid to purchase AWS licenses from the likes of SpectrumCo, Cox and Leap Wireless.

FCC moves on rules benefitting Dish wireless plans

April 18, 2012 1:53 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The FCC brought Dish Network's wireless plans one step closer to advancing when it set deadlines for comments on a plan for flexible use of the 2 GHz satellite band, a proposal that could ultimately allow Dish to launch its LTE network.

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FCC chief defends spectrum auctions at NAB

April 17, 2012 2:15 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The head of the FCC tried to convince broadcasters to sell off their spectrum in voluntary auctions during a speech at the National Association of Broadcaster's annual conference in Las Vegas.

Oracle skewers Google as Android trial opens

April 17, 2012 2:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Oracle began trying to convince a jury that Google's top executives have long known that they stole a key piece of technology to build the Android software that now powers more than 300 million smartphones and tablet computers.

CTIA survey highlights growing data demand

April 16, 2012 2:24 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

According to CTIA, the annual U.S. wireless data traffic grew 123 percent – from 388 billion megabytes in 2010 to 866.7 billion megabytes in 2011.

Verizon’s tech switch interrupts FiOS VOD service

April 13, 2012 2:23 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Meanwhile, the city of Philadelphia will hold a hearing about Verizon’s foot-dragging on its FiOS rollout plans.

Dodgers' reorg snagged on Time Warner Cable involvement

April 13, 2012 2:11 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The MSO is not publicly involved, but Fox demands assurances that it won’t be.

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Time Warner Cable, Verizon Wireless debut cross-promotional bundles

April 12, 2012 3:03 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable and Verizon Wireless are now offering cross-promotional bundles in Raleigh, N.C.; Kansas City; and Columbus and Cincinnati, Ohio.

VTel to expand IPTV reach

April 12, 2012 2:47 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The carrier will use equipment from Alcatel-Lucent to bring fiber-based broadband to rural Vermont customers.

Elevate expands Sprint MVNO deal, adds WiMAX

April 11, 2012 2:47 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Elevate said it will use Clearwire's WiMAX network for fixed and mobile broadband services through an expanded MVNO deal with Sprint.

Tribune Broadcasting, DirecTV reach 5-year deal

April 10, 2012 5:26 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The deal restores broadcast signals in 19 DirecTV markets.

Boston regains power to regulate basic cable

April 10, 2012 5:25 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

And do we think the atmosphere at The Cable Show in Boston next month might be a little tense?

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TiVo users in Bay Area tap into Comcast’s VOD streams

April 10, 2012 5:22 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

TiVo and Comcast’s long-term relationship has been somewhat consummated with the news that Comcast is letting subscribers in its San Francisco system access its Xfinity on-demand content through TiVo Premiere boxes.

Leap, T-Mobile swap AWS spectrum

April 9, 2012 2:07 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

T-Mobile and Leap Wireless plan to swap spectrum in a number of markets as they work to find additional bandwidth for their respective LTE networks.

China: Australia's ban on Chinese firm 'unjust'

April 9, 2012 2:03 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

China protests being shut out of Australia’s broadband projects.

AOL to sell more than 800 patents to Microsoft

April 9, 2012 2:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft strengthens its position against Internet rivals.

T-Mobile attacks Verizon spectrum claims

April 6, 2012 2:14 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

T-Mobile USA is going after Verizon Wireless' claims that it uses spectrum more efficiently than other operators, a new line of attack in its fight to block Verizon's $3.9 billion purchase of nationwide AWS spectrum.

Falcone: Bankruptcy a maybe for LightSquared

April 5, 2012 1:13 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The hedge fund backing LightSquared may have the struggling company filing for bankruptcy, according to a report.

Paramount to add 500 films to YouTube rentals

April 4, 2012 3:11 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

YouTube and Paramount Pictures have reached a deal to make nearly 500 films available to rent online, even while their parent companies continue to feud over a $1 billion lawsuit.

LightSquared, Inmarsat renegotiate on payment deadline

April 4, 2012 3:09 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

LightSquared said it was "renegotiating" its contract for the use of Inmarsat's L-band spectrum as it works to slash expenses amid ongoing government opposition to the launch of its LTE network.

European Commission opens Motorola investigation

April 3, 2012 2:59 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

As Google awaits approval from China on its bid to purchase Motorola Mobility, the Internet giant will no doubt also be keeping an eye on two formal antitrust investigations against Motorola Mobility.

MetroPCS axes 3 unlimited plans

April 3, 2012 2:55 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

MetroPCS wiped out all but one of its unlimited data plans today, capping usage on its three cheapest plans and leaving only its most expensive rate in place for all-you-can-eat LTE service.

Tribune pulls its signals from DirecTV

April 2, 2012 2:52 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

DirecTV thought it had forged a gentlemen’s agreement with Tribune just before their retrans contract expired, but. …

Verizon pledges mobile video if AWS deal closes

April 2, 2012 2:50 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Verizon is reportedly planning a mobile video service if the government clears its multi-billion-dollar spectrum and marketing deal with four cable operators.

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