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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.

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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.

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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.

PCIA urges Congress to streamline zoning regulations

November 8, 2011 2:52 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

PCIA is asking Congress to ensure "the streamlined deployment of wireless facilities as part of any spectrum policy recommendations" that might be adopted as the committee seeks to reduce the budget.

Coalition files with FCC to block LightSquared spectrum use

November 8, 2011 2:49 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The Coalition to Save Our GPS called on the Commission to "promptly rule" that LightSquared can never use the upper mobile satellite spectrum (MSS) band for high-powered terrestrial operations.

Schmidt defends Google, mourns Jobs' death

November 8, 2011 2:46 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Google Chairman Eric Schmidt defended his company as a great innovator despite allegations from late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs that the Internet search giant stole ideas from Apple's iPhone.

Tek offers monitor for ad loudness

November 7, 2011 3:34 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

Tektronix expanded its Sentry digital monitoring line with a new product that MVPDs can use to evaluate compliance with legal requirements to prevent ads from getting louder than surrounding programs.

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CWA, OWS to march on T-Mobile store

November 4, 2011 3:16 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The Communications Workers of America said "hundreds" of Occupy Wall Street protesters would march to a NYC T-Mobile store to protest what the group calls "the cell phone carrier's anti-worker and union-busting tactics."

Engineering-Wise - Kennen Sie Kabelnetze?

November 3, 2011 10:14 pm | by Daniel Howard, senior vice president of engineering and CTO at SCTE | Articles | Comments

It hasn’t gotten to the point where we’ve struck a partnership deal with Berlitz yet, but over the past couple of years there’s been a dramatic increase in interest from the international community in SCTE’s products and services.

Capital Currents - New Video Description Rules

November 3, 2011 9:58 pm | by Jeffrey Krauss, president of Telecommunications and Technology Policy | Articles | Comments

In late August, the FCC released new rules for “video description.” This is the audio track for visually impaired viewers that carries both the main program audio and a narrative description of the onscreen action of a TV program or movie.

Judge allows Sprint suit over AT&T, T-Mobile deal

November 3, 2011 3:09 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

A federal judge is allowing Sprint and C Spire Wireless' lawsuits against AT&T's merger with T-Mobile USA to proceed on the grounds that they could have an anticompetitive effect on the market for wireless devices.

House passes freeze on wireless taxes

November 2, 2011 3:19 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Much to the dismay of local governments, the House of Representatives yesterday passed the AT&T- and Verizon-backed Wireless Tax Fairness Act of 2011.

O2 Secure Wireless plans 6-state rural LTE push

November 2, 2011 3:16 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

O2 Secure Wireless said today it will use a $33 million loan from the USDA's Rural Utilities Service to deploy LTE in 65 underserved markets.

Obama nominates Pai, Rosenworcel to FCC posts

November 1, 2011 2:11 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Pai and Rosenworcel will replace outgoing commissioners Meredith Atwell Baker and Michael Copps.

LightSquared defends network plans

October 28, 2011 2:52 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

LightSquared is on the defensive following a conference call yesterday hosted by the Coalition to Save Our GPS.

FCC unveils rules for rural broadband fund

October 27, 2011 2:47 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal regulators have unveiled a plan for overhauling USF: It redirects the money toward broadband expansion.

CTIA sides with FCC in net neutrality challenges

October 27, 2011 2:45 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

CTIA, which long fought against the FCC's net neutrality regulations, may now find itself defending them in court.

U.N. panel sets target to connect poor to broadband

October 26, 2011 1:36 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A United Nations panel has given governments a target of connecting half of the world's poor citizens to broadband Internet by 2015.

Broadcom tests DOCSIS-based EoC offering in China

October 18, 2011 3:49 pm | by Mike Robuck | Product Releases | Comments

Broadcom said Chinese cable operators achieved strong quality of service results during a recent network test of Broadcom's DOCSIS-based Ethernet over Coax (EoC) cable architecture technology.

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