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LightSquared: Tests prove interference fix

December 8, 2011 2:24 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

LightSquared says new tests prove it has fixed the GPS interference problem that has held up the deployment of its hybrid satellite-terrestrial LTE network.

Copps sets departure date; nominee vote pending

December 7, 2011 2:08 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

FCC Commissioner Michael Copps formally announced his retirement just days before a key Senate vote for two nominees to the agency.

Verizon sees opportunity with online ID service

December 5, 2011 2:04 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Verizon has achieved a certification for a digital credentials program that in the short term will give the company a big advantage competing for work with the federal government, and in the long term might point the way toward the establishment of secure digital IDs in the consumer market.

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Carrier IQ controversy continues; 2 lawsuits filed

December 5, 2011 1:56 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Company battles perception that it is capturing consumer data.

Ad watchdog slaps Verizon for FiOS quality claim

December 2, 2011 1:42 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Comcast challenged Verizon Communications’ claim and asked the National Advertising Division of the Council of Better Business Bureaus to investigate it.

AT&T, FCC clash over merger report

December 2, 2011 1:40 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

AT&T has come out swinging against the FCC's scathing report on its merger with T-Mobile USA, calling the agency's analysis "obviously one-sided" in a post on its official blog.

Comcast, TWC, Bright House sell wireless spectrum to Verizon for $3.6B

December 2, 2011 12:11 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Strange days indeed. Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks announced that they are selling their wireless spectrum, which was held under the guise of joint venture SpectrumCo, to Verizon Wireless for $3.6 billion.

Cable backs cybersecurity bill

November 30, 2011 3:17 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The House Intelligence Committee has introduced legislation aimed at improving the nation's cybersecurity by encouraging better communication between private industry and the federal government.

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Congressman: 'Sooner the better' on spectrum inventory

November 30, 2011 3:04 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Republican Congressman Cliff Stearns called the United States' standing in global broadband deployment and speeds "embarrassing."

FCC report critical of AT&T, T-Mobile deal

November 30, 2011 3:02 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The FCC blasted AT&T's proposed merger with T-Mobile USA in a 111-page report, citing "substantial material questions of fact" about many of AT&T's claims about the deal's benefits.

AT&T, T-Mobile merger opponents want withdrawal blocked

November 29, 2011 1:41 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Two advocacy groups want the FCC to block AT&T's attempt to withdraw its application to merge with T-Mobile USA – Public Knowledge and Media Access Project.

Qualcomm pushes FCC to move on Flo deal approval

November 29, 2011 1:39 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

It's been nearly a year since AT&T announced it would pay $1.93 billion for the airwaves used in Qualcomm's discontinued Flo TV mobile television service.

Verizon has 6 months to re-engineer FiOS VOD

November 28, 2011 2:18 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

In the latest development in its long-running patent infringement case brought against it by ActiveVideo, a U.S. District Court decided to grant ActiveVideo's request for an injunction against FiOS VOD.

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EU court: Countries can't impose Internet filters

November 28, 2011 2:17 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A European Union court said Internet service providers cannot be required to install filters that would prevent the illegal downloading of files.

AT&T pulls T-Mobile application to avoid FCC hearing

November 28, 2011 2:15 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

AT&T is threatening to sue the FCC if it moves forward with a plan to hold a hearing on the troubled T-Mobile USA deal after the operator withdrew its application for the $39 billion merger.

AT&T 'reviewing all options' on T-Mobile deal after FCC setback

November 23, 2011 1:38 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Chairman Julius Genachowski plans to refer AT&T's merger with T-Mobile USA to an administrative law judge after the agency was unable to approve the deal on the grounds it would diminish competition and lead to "massive" job losses.

Super committee flop dashes spectrum auction hopes

November 22, 2011 1:53 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The "super committee" charged with cutting $1.5 trillion from the federal deficit over the next decade was unable to break its bipartisan gridlock, triggering major cuts to the nation's spending on defense, Medicare and other programs.

CableLabs takes lead on new green CPE program

November 18, 2011 2:41 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

CableLabs is establishing a new lab dedicated to improving the energy efficiency of cable customer premises equipment.

Huawei, ZTE target of House investigation on security threats

November 18, 2011 2:35 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

A key congressional intelligence committee has opened an investigation into national security threats posted by Chinese-owned telecommunications companies working in the United States, specifically Huawei and ZTE.

Gorman named SCTE Member of the Year

November 15, 2011 7:00 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The SCTE bestowed one of its highest honors – certainly its most secret one – to Charter Communications’ vice president of field operations Tom Gorman, naming him 2011 SCTE Member of the Year.

@ Cable-Tec Expo: Multi-screen viewing is a challenge

November 15, 2011 5:42 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

There are a lot of operational hurdles to consider when it comes to offering a true multi-screen experience across TVs, tablets and mobile devices, but cable operators can cut through the clutter by following a few key strategies.

CED's Cable-Tec Expo 2011 Show Dailies

November 14, 2011 10:56 am | by CED Magazine | Events

CED's complete coverage of Cable-Tec Expo - the industry's engineering show of the year. Expo provides vital access to the latest in cable technology, products and services, and 40-plus technical sessions.

Senate rejects GOP bid to overturn Internet rules

November 11, 2011 2:33 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Senate Democrats turned back a Republican attempt to repeal federal rules designed to prevent Internet service providers from discriminating against those that send content and other services over their networks.

Mobile Future urges NTIA to hasten spectrum auctions

November 11, 2011 2:23 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Mobile Future Chairman Jonathan Spalter sent an open letter to the NTIA asking them to quickly free more spectrum.

Cable, FCC, to offer low-cost broadband

November 9, 2011 2:44 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

A contingent of cable companies is about to start offering reduced-cost broadband to low-income households with students who otherwise lack access to the Internet.

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