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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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@ 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.

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.

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.

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