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How spectrum allocation became a political football

December 22, 2011 12:31 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The question of what to do with white space spectrum gets tangled up in the bitter partisan wrangling over tax policy in Washington.

AT&T rivals lobby FCC for conditions on Flo deal

December 22, 2011 12:00 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

With the threat of AT&T's merger with T-Mobile USA passed, the operator's competitors are turning their attention to its acquisition of 700 MHz spectrum used for Qualcomm’s discontinued Flo TV mobile television service.

Sprint sues 4 cable giants over voice patents

December 21, 2011 1:41 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

With Sprint's legal battle against AT&T's merger with T-Mobile effectively at an end, the operator is turning its attention to cable operators.

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Concurrent gains patent for ads during trick play

December 21, 2011 1:39 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Ads can still appear, even while viewers pause, fast forward or rewind through content – including through embedded commercials.

IEEE all-in-one home networking standard progresses

December 21, 2011 1:38 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

IEEE 1905.1, which bridges Wi-Fi, MoCA, Ethernet and HomePlug, takes an important step toward ratification.

Judge sides with Microsoft in Moto patent dispute

December 21, 2011 1:17 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

An administrative law judge issued an initial determination that Motorola Mobility is in violation of one of six Microsoft patents listed in a patent infringement suit filed by Microsoft against Motorola Mobility.

AT&T drops $39B T-Mobile bid; 'duopoly' averted

December 19, 2011 10:43 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

AT&T is hanging up on its $39 billion bid to buy smaller wireless provider T-Mobile USA, nearly four months after the U.S. government raised concerns that the deal would raise prices, reduce innovation and give customers fewer choices.

Bill aims to eliminate retrans rules

December 19, 2011 2:09 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Passing the Next Generation Television Marketplace Act is highly unlikely for a number of reasons, however.

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TV channel squeeze proposed to pay for tax cuts

December 19, 2011 2:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Congress is considering letting cell phone companies pay television stations to give up their frequencies so they can be put to better use for wireless broadband.

WhiteSpace Alliance forms with eye on international markets

December 19, 2011 2:01 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The WhiteSpace Alliance plans to address the world market with the new IEEE 802.22 wireless broadband technology.

British Telecom files patent suit against Google

December 19, 2011 1:56 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

British Telecom (BT) has filed allegations of patent infringement against Google with a district court in Delaware.

Justice fines Comcast CEO $500K over filing flub

December 19, 2011 1:52 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Justice Department is fining Comcast CEO Brian Roberts $500,000 for failing to notify authorities that he had acquired more voting stock in the company after Comcast bought the cable assets of AT&T in 2002.

Cox sells AWS spectrum to Verizon; they agree to sell each other’s services

December 16, 2011 2:47 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The other shoe just dropped now that Cox Communications announced that it is selling its 20 MHz Advanced Wireless Services licenses to Verizon Wireless for $315 million.

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Sprint uses Carrier IQ on 26M phones; AT&T lists 900K

December 16, 2011 2:25 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Sprint uses Carrier IQ's software on 26 million devices, and AT&T uses the technology on 900,000 phones.

TV companies have a year to pipe down loud ads

December 15, 2011 2:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Shush, already. That's the message the Federal Communications Commission is sending with new rules that force broadcast, cable and satellite companies to turn down the volume on blaring TV commercials.

Networks shell out billions for NFL

December 15, 2011 1:56 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

With NFL games enjoying seemingly invincible ratings while most everything else on TV goes down, down, down, the league's traditional broadcast partners embraced a deal that sends their rights fees up, up, up.

Netflix increases Q3 spending to woo lawmakers

December 15, 2011 1:51 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Netflix spent more money currying favor with U.S. lawmakers and regulators in the third quarter while the video subscription service's customers rebelled against a price increase.

Feds: LightSquared interferes with 'majority' of GPS

December 15, 2011 1:47 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

A key government committee said that LightSquared’s network affects a “majority” of general purpose GPS receivers and technology used to land planes, but it doesn’t appear to have a significant impact on cell phones.

Judge grants delay in Sprint, C Spire cases over T-Mobile deal

December 14, 2011 2:53 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

A judge has agreed to postpone legal proceedings in Sprint and C Spire Wireless' lawsuits challenging AT&T's merger with T-Mobile USA as AT&T decides whether to abandon the deal.

Cisco spends $850,000 to lobby in Q3

December 14, 2011 2:48 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Cisco Systems, the world's largest maker of computer networking gear, spent $850,000 in the third quarter to lobby the federal government on corporate taxes and other issues, according to a disclosure report.

AT&T's Flo build-out carries $1B-plus cost

December 13, 2011 2:55 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

AT&T told the FCC that it will cost between $1 billion and $2 billion to use Qualcomm's Flo TV spectrum for supplemental downlink capacity in its LTE network.

AT&T to decide on T-Mobile deal by Jan. 12

December 13, 2011 2:50 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

A judge agreed to put legal proceedings in the Department of Justice's antitrust case against AT&T's merger with T-Mobile USA on hold until Jan. 18 as the operator scrambles to salvage the deal.

LightSquared offers new network changes for GPS fix

December 13, 2011 2:47 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

LightSquared is again modifying the deployment plan for its hybrid satellite-terrestrial LTE network to address problems with GPS interference.

MPLS spec introduced for cell backhaul

December 12, 2011 2:14 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

For anyone performing cell backhaul, there’s a new specification for handling wireless data traffic from a combination of traditional TDM networks and packet-based transport technologies as wireless operators migrate from 2G/3G to 4G and LTE services.

NTCA sues FCC over USF, ICC reform order

December 12, 2011 2:07 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The National Telecommunications Cooperative Association (NTCA) is challenging the FCC's efforts to overhaul its Universal Service Fund (USF) and intercarrier compensation systems.

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