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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Vermont vows statewide broadband in 2 years

December 12, 2011 2:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Gov. Peter Shumlin promised that every Vermonter will have access to broadband computer services in their homes and businesses by the end of 2013.

DOJ questions viability of AT&T merger, seeks trial delay

December 12, 2011 2:00 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The Department of Justice told a judge it will seek to delay proceedings in its antitrust suit over AT&T's merger with T-Mobile USA after the operator's withdrawal of its FCC application for the transaction left the deal's future in doubt.

LightSquared backer faces possible SEC probe

December 12, 2011 1:53 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

A draft government report on LightSquared's proposed LTE network leaked to the media shows the service knocked out 75 percent of GPS receivers studied in a recent test.

Cablevision sues Verizon over accuracy of ads

December 9, 2011 3:10 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Cablevision Systems is suing rival Verizon Communications in an effort to stop an advertising campaign deriding the speed of Cablevision's Internet service.

FCC nominees pass committee vote; Grassley block looms

December 9, 2011 3:01 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

FCC nominees Jessica Rosenworcel and Ajit Pai passed a key vote by the Senate Commerce Committee, but Sen. Chuck Grassley will attempt to block their appointment when it goes for a full floor vote.

Status hearings start for DOJ, Sprint suits over T-Mobile deal

December 9, 2011 2:59 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Two hearings began on the status of separate lawsuits from the Justice Department and Sprint challenging AT&T's $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile USA.

Motorola wins key battle with Apple in German courts

December 9, 2011 2:58 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Apple Sales International is infringing one of Motorola Mobility's core cellular communications patents related to data packet transfer technology (GPRS) through its sales of the iPhone and iPad devices.

Ensuring Network Performance in the TV Everywhere Era

December 9, 2011 1:38 pm | by James Welch, senior consulting engineer at IneoQuest Technologies | Articles | Comments

Most service providers currently deliver MPEG transport streams to their customers, although on at least one leg of their journeys, those streams are likely to travel on a packet network. As streaming services gain popularity, that's guaranteed to happen more often. There are new standards available that operators can use to assure their networks are able to properly handle the traffic.

Netflix sharing on Facebook may be coming to U.S.

December 8, 2011 2:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

It may not be much longer before there's an easier way for Netflix's U.S. subscribers to share their taste in movies on Facebook.

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.

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