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Sense and Copyrightability

March 24, 2014 6:42 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

The fact that OTA broadcast stations are also carried on cable systems is thoroughly and absolutely irrelevant to Aereo – Cablevision is absolutely irrelevant to Aereo, and even if five Supreme Court Justices disagree I still won’t buy the argument.

China demands U.S. respond to report of Huawei hack

March 24, 2014 12:19 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

After months of open suspicion that Huawei is party to Chinese espionage, press reports allege that the U.S. has hacked Huawei equipment. The report alleges the U.S. spying activity began around the time that concerns were growing in Washington that the telecommunications equipment manufacturer was a threat to U.S. national security.

Comcast promotes Buchholz, Arbogast to senior vice president roles

March 19, 2014 11:56 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast announced this morning that it had promoted Karen Dougherty Buchholz to senior vice president of administration and Rebecca Arbogast to senior vice president of global public policy. They both report to David Cohen, executive vice president, Comcast.

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DSA urges FCC to move on opening more unlicensed spectrum

March 17, 2014 2:00 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The Dynamic Spectrum Alliance, among whose members are Google, Microsoft, and Facebook, has filed with the FCC advocating that the Commission move ahead with a plan to open more unlicensed spectrum in the U.S. – spectrum that could end up being used for new wireless services in the 600 MHz, 3.5 GHz, and 5 GHz bands.

Kit Carson Electric taps Fujitsu for FTTH project

March 13, 2014 1:19 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Kit Carson Electric Cooperative has contracted with Fujitsu to be the system integrator for its fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) project. The network will end up being used not only for Internet access, voice over IP, and eventually video services, but also for a Smart Grid project that KCEC has planned.

Aereo shut down in Denver, Salt Lake City

March 10, 2014 12:35 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

After a recent court ruling, Aereo was forced to shut down its service in Denver and Salt Lake City Saturday morning. On Friday the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals panel turned down Aereo’s request to suspend a federal judge’s preliminary injunction order to stop its service in six states.

Antitrust official recused from Comcast-TWC review

March 7, 2014 12:15 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Justice Department says its top antitrust official, Bill Baer, is recusing himself from the department's review of Comcast's $45 billion purchase of Time Warner Cable Inc. Spokeswoman Gina Talamona says that Baer, an assistant attorney general, was not heading the review due to some work he did while in private practice.

FCC set to bar TV stations from retrans "collusion"

March 6, 2014 10:58 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is circulating a proposal among his fellow Commissioners recommending several measures, including the elimination of a certain loophole in current rules that allows media companies to circumvent ownership consolidation rules, and prohibiting multiple local broadcasters from negotiating together.

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GCI qualifies for wireless broadband grant

March 6, 2014 12:50 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The money, coming as part of the FCC’s Tribal Mobility Fund Phase I, will go toward serving 37,000 people across 48 communities in Alaska. GCI expects to deploy the mobile broadband service within two or three years depending on “construction schedules and the type of technology deployed.”

Verizon CEO: ObamaCare might be a boon for broadband providers

March 4, 2014 1:53 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Lowell McAdam thinks the Affordable Care Act could be a big growth opportunity for broadband service providers, given the “disruptive” potential Obamacare could have for the M2M market. Specifically, he saw health care providers needing to reduce costs and how that could drive growth in M2M connections.

Dish Network sweeps H Block spectrum auction

March 3, 2014 1:24 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Dish, as many expected, bought all the licenses available. It has not stated its intentions for the spectrum, but using it for broadband connectivity is a possibility. The company is currently working with Sprint to deploy fixed mobile broadband on a trial basis in Corpus Christi. The trial is scheduled for later this year.

FCC blesses AT&T plan to test TDM-to-IP transition

February 28, 2014 1:50 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The two locations are Carbon Hill, Ala., and West Delray Beach, Fla. The trials are expected to extend for years. AT&T wants to investigate a number of potential issues, including what might be the proper mix of wireline and wireless services to offer.

Google begins process to expand Fiber in 2015

February 20, 2014 1:03 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

As with the previous three Google Fiber cities, Google is playing for the most favorable possible build conditions, including guarantees the company will be able to string fiber with a minimum of fuss, plus any regulatory grease that might be forthcoming. Cox, Comcast, Time Warner Cable and AT&T are at risk for a little more competition. Verizon? Not so much. Not at all, in fact.

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FCC prepares to reassert network neutrality rules

February 19, 2014 1:02 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Following an Appeals Court decision that knocked down two of the three legs that propped up the Federal Communications Commission’s network neutrality rules, the FCC has requested suggestions from the public about how to proceed – how “to consider the court’s decision and what actions the Commission should take.”

NY's Schumer recuses from review of Comcast/TWC deal

February 19, 2014 12:29 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer said Tuesday he is recusing himself from any role Congress plays in Comcast Corp.'s planned acquisition of rival Time Warner Cable Inc. after learning his brother was one of the lead lawyers behind the $45 billion deal. 

The Broadband 50

February 13, 2014 8:17 pm | by CED | Articles | Comments

Technologies are being introduced and are evolving at break-neck speeds. Everybody has their fingers in everyone else’s pies. Competitors pop up, fall by the wayside, morph into allies. We not only figured out what the most important trends, technologies, companies, and people are today, but also ranked them in order of importance. Voila: the 2014 edition of the Broadband 50. Enjoy.

Technology firms urge changes to US spying

February 12, 2014 12:54 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A coalition of leading U.S. technology firms joined an international protest Tuesday against the U.S. government's spying programs, urging more limits on collections of Americans' electronic data and greater oversight and transparency about the secret operations. Executives from Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, Facebook, and AOL published a joint statement and sent a letter Tuesday to President Barack Obama and members of Congress.

SCTE Foundation names board for coming year

February 12, 2014 12:54 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Comcast’s Tony Werner, Bright House Networks’ Nomi Bergman, opXL’s Tom Gorman and Time Warner Cable’s Christine Whitaker will serve as officers of the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) Foundation for the 2013-’14 term, the SCTE Foundation Board.

Upfront: Net Neutrality | White Spaces | 4K @ CES | Charter - TWC

February 11, 2014 8:28 pm | by CED | Articles | Comments

Charter’s $61B bid for TWC goes public -– and nasty | Appeals Court knocks down net neutrality rules | 4K takes center stage at CES | Carlson Wireless okayed to market white spaces system | A federal appeals court ruled that the FCC has authority to create rules to guide the behavior of broadband providers, but its rationale for imposing some key rules regarding network neutrality were built on a weak legal foundation.

Capital Currents: TV Broadcasting – The Next Generation

February 11, 2014 7:07 pm | by Jeffrey Krauss, President of Telecommunications and Technology Policy | Articles | Comments

The emerging picture of ATSC 3.0 resembles a combination of ATSC 2.0 and DVB-T2, and if that's the case, U.S. broadcasting is looking at a significant chicken-and-egg problem. Consumers will have to buy new TVs, and broadcasters will have to switch to a new broadcasting system, but nobody will make a move unless someone else goes first.

Kentucky eases telephony access requirements

January 31, 2014 1:36 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

In a measure that illustrates precisely some of the issues the FCC is currently wrestling with, The Kentucky Senate on Thursday passed a bill aimed at spreading wireless and high-speed broadband service by allowing telecommunications companies to cut back on landline investments.

FCC's IP dreams: Lifeline? Meh.

January 31, 2014 1:24 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

The FCC is encouraging experiments in moving from POTS to VoIP. As a practical matter, the FCC is talking to phone companies, but the results might have some ramifications for cable operators that got into the voice market with VoIP, as well as those cable operators who also operate POTS networks.

FCC inundated with pleas to save LPTV

January 24, 2014 1:11 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The FCC next year will embark on the complicated process of auctioning off 600 MHz spectrum licenses. Part of that entails compensating and relocating/repacking the many low-power TV (LPTV) broadcasters that currently occupy those airwaves. For many, it’s become a legitimate concern that many of the free TV stations simply won’t continue on after the auction.

Some Obama spy changes hampered by complications

January 20, 2014 12:53 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Several of the key surveillance reforms unveiled by President Barack Obama face complications that could muddy the proposals' lawfulness, slow their momentum in Congress and saddle the government with heavy costs and bureaucracy, legal experts warn. 

Obama proposes new limits on NSA phone collections

January 17, 2014 1:32 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Seeking to calm a furor over U.S. surveillance, President Barack Obama on Friday called for ending the government's control of phone data from hundreds of millions of Americans and immediately ordered intelligence agencies to get a secretive court's permission before accessing such records.

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