Federal regulators opened up a public comment period on an application by John Malone's Liberty Media Corp. to take control of satellite radio company Sirius XM Radio, in which Liberty already has amassed the equivalent of a 47.3 percent stake.
iControl Networks said its OpenHome software platform will enable home security and broadband service providers to integrate energy usage data into their service offerings. OpenHome now provides direct access to Green Button information about energy consumption.
LightSquared wants the FCC to let it share spectrum with the federal government under a new plan for its LTE network, which has been stymied by problems with GPS interference. It wants to swap a slice of spectrum it now has a license to for spectrum used for government weather balloons.
With IP-based video technology maturing, there is a growing number of smaller companies able to provide subscribers in their typically exurban-to-rural areas with services and features that include larger packages of top-ranked channels (with more of those channels in HD), multi-room DVR, TV Everywhere-type services and hybrid features like Caller ID on TV.
Cable operators may have a golden opportunity in the business services market. Old-style PBXs in the enterprise equipment market are gradually being updated to IP PBXs. On the one hand, some new IP-based services are possible with these new systems. On the other hand, however, TDM trunking of those IP PBXs is still the predominant method of interconnection.
Article I, Section 8 gives Congress the power to establish patent and copyright laws. Because it’s a constitutional issue, patent cases are tried in federal court and can be appealed all the way to the Supreme Court. A patent is the right to exclude someone from making, selling or using a patented invention.
As those of us who participate in industry standards development are continually reminded, since standards have strategic and competitive importance, they must be developed using fair methods by committees that allow wide participation and consider all proposals.
In the family of customer premises equipment (CPE), digital transport adapters (DTAs) may lack cachet when compared with the latest set-top boxes, digital video recorders (DVRs) and gateways, but DTAs are playing an increasingly important role in cable operator deployments.
There have always been hackers, but as computer and telecom networks merge and become more extensive and interconnected, it seems that the incidence of hacking is increasing. But the point is that no organization should feel cocky about its security.
Dish Network said it will launch a satellite broadband service targeted at rural consumers with slow Internet connections. The service is based on a satellite launched by Dish’s sister company EchoStar earlier this year. The dishNet service will be available in both rural and suburban areas.
The FCC is poised to allow LTE service in the long-unused 2.3 GHz Wireless Communications Services (WCS) band, clearing the way for AT&T's plan to use the spectrum for its LTE network. Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski's office said the agency would vote on revisions to its WCS rules at its next open meeting.
Cisco Systems trimmed CEO John Chambers' pay package by 9 percent as concerns about growth at the maker of computer networking equipment weighed on the company's stock. The value of Chambers' compensation totaled $11.7 million, down from nearly $12.9 million.
Larger MVPDs have always had the leverage to negotiate programming fees lower than those charged to smaller companies – sometimes far lower. This has been an ongoing source of disgruntlement for many smaller companies, that chafe at being charged far more for programming.
Comcast has struck partnerships with the U.S. Department of Labor and Connect2Compete to further stretch the reach of its low-cost Internet Essentials broadband tier. Comcast said the new partnerships would help close the gap on the digital divide.
Dish Network has stepped up its offense against a Sprint proposal that it says could "severely jeopardize" its wireless plans. The two companies are fighting over the FCC's proposed rule changes to Dish Network's AWS-4 spectrum, 40 MHz of satellite spectrum it wants to use for a land-based LTE network.
The city says Millennium Park has already begun offering free wireless Internet to the public, and all parks in Chicago will eventually offer free Internet. The city also wants to expand high-speed access for residents in underserved areas.
Verizon will pay TiVo at least $250.4 million to settle a patent lawsuit related to its digital video recording technology, and the two have a licensing deal. The two companies agreed to dismiss all pending litigation. They had been scheduled to go to trial in October.
After an appeals court affirmed that Verizon violated ActiveVideo Networks’ patents, the two companies have negotiated a cross-licensing agreement to seal the result of the lawsuit. ActiveVideo charged that Verizon’s FiOS VOD service infringed on four of its patents.
Federal Communications Commission officials told Congress that the GPS industry should have raised concerns about interference long before it gave LightSquared the go-ahead for a wholesale wireless service in an adjacent band. The Commission is in hot water.
In its ongoing efforts to be a more eco-friendly industry, the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers has formed a recycling working group. The Recycling Working Group is part of the SCTE Standards Program’s Sustainability Management Subcommittee (SMS).
A German court has dismissed Apple's claim that Samsung Electronics and Google's Motorola Mobility infringed patents used in touchscreen devices. The Mannheim state court's ruling Friday follows similar decisions in Britain and the Netherlands.
With video constituting an ever-larger percentage of growing worldwide data traffic, communications companies are accelerating the migration to 100 gigabit transmission on backbones and metro area networks. There have been a lot of recent announcements in the U.S.
AT&T continued its WCS shopping spree with the purchase of two licenses in San Diego, a key market in California. The spectrum will be used to supplement AT&T's LTE network in the California market, where competitor Verizon Wireless has already launched LTE.
Liberty Global wants to buy the rest of Belgian cable TV provider Telenet Group Holding for about $2.56 billion. Liberty Global has been the Belgian cable provider's controlling shareholder since 2007 and owns 50.4 percent of Telenet's outstanding shares.
A new FCC ruling will make it easier for smaller cable companies to invest in or outright buy a small phone company. The FCC’s specific act was to grant forbearance on a section of the Communications Act of 1934 – Section 652(b) – which contains specific language that prevents cable ops from buying CLECs.