I’ve always been impressed by the coordination required to keep our country safe. From our nation’s earliest skirmishes to the invasion of Normandy and Operation Desert Storm, teamwork across all branches of the armed services has been essential to the protection of our nation, and the world. It’s much the same in our industry.
The FCC has a proceeding underway to update its cable TV technical regulations. For the most part, there is agreement that the version of SCTE 40 adopted last year contains the appropriate technical specifications for digital cable systems. But the FCC also asked whether it should regulate the picture quality that is delivered to viewers.
Clearwire said it is still considering acquisition offers from both Sprint Nextel and Dish Network. The WiMAX provider said the special committee reviewing the deal has not made any determination to change its current recommendation of the Sprint transaction.
Dish Network told the FCC that it would not file to block Softbank's proposed $20 billion acquisition of Sprint Nextel. Dish had asked that the shot clock in the Sprint-Softbank proceeding be paused until Sprint's bid for Clearwire had been settled.
Verizon Wireless has joined the discussion on Sprint's potential acquisition of Clearwire. If the FCC applies a screen and finds the deal could pose spectrum aggregation concerns, it could result in a limit to how much of Clearwire's spectrum Sprint is allowed to use.
After the Library of Congress made it illegal to unlock cell phones in the United States, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has drafted a "wireless code" that would set limits on early termination fees and require providers to unlock phones under "reasonable terms."
The U.N. telecommunications agency says its members have agreed upon a new compression format that could dramatically cut the amount of Internet bandwidth currently used by video files. The ITU says the format, or codec, known as H.265 would require just half the amount of data needed by its predecessor, H.264.
The FCC announced a number of new actions that it hopes will help accelerate the deployment of wireless broadband by removing barriers from a number of areas in the build-out of new networks. New rules would make it easier to modify an existing wireless tower or base station.
The CALM Act requires video service providers (VSPs) to meet specific audio leveling standards. This paper reviews a best-of-breed solution that enables VSPs to solve loudness problems and avoid penalties, without compromising the audio experience.
Verizon Wireless said that it will sell 39 lower 700 MHz B-block licenses to AT&T in exchange for a payment of $1.9 billion and the transfer by AT&T to Verizon Wireless of AWS (10 MHz) licenses in certain western markets, including Los Angeles, Phoenix, Fresno, Calif., and Portland, Ore.
DTS and RGB Networks said they will integrate the former’s audio solutions into the latter’s multi-screen IP video delivery products. The result is a product that video distributors can use to control program and advertising sound levels in conformance with the CALM Act.
AT&T announced that it has signed an agreement to buy Atlantic Tele-Network (ATNI) to acquire the company’s U.S. retail wireless operations, operated under the Alltel brand, for $780 million in cash. AT&T will acquire wireless properties, including licenses, network assets, retail stores and approximately 585,000 subscribers.
Spanish telecom Telefonica denied that it has anything to do with an undersea fiber-optic cable between Cuba and Venezuela, even as an analyst who monitors global data traffic noted an additional uptick in data speed to and from the island – suggesting the cable is in full operation.
Idaho landline phone companies contend a 13-year-old law forbidding them from cold-calling existing customers is crippling their ability to market high-speed Internet. The Idaho Cable Telecommunications Association, representing Cable One and Time Warner Cable, is meeting to discuss the phone companies' deregulation gambit.
Chinese tech giant Huawei criticized U.S. claims the company might be a security risk as trade protectionism that harms consumers. The comments came as Huawei disclosed details of its 2012 performance in an effort to show transparency and allay security concerns.
The FCC launched a website that aims to keep broadcasters informed and engaged in the upcoming incentive auctions. The new LEARN website provides access to a range of information and resources that the FCC hopes will help broadcasters and other stakeholders make more informed business decisions.
In comments submitted to the FCC, the consumer advocate wrote that while searching the ULS for data to support policy positions in several spectrum proceedings, “PK noticed how challenging it is to gather meaningful information on carriers’ spectrum licenses and affiliate control in order to understand the mobile wireless market.”
BCI, a new company formed by several former executives of Bresnan Communications, said it has purchased Allegiance Communications. No purchase price was provided. BCI and its venture partner said they expect this will be the first move in what they termed “an aggressive growth plan.”
The DVD and games rental company has become the latest entertainment firm to go into a form of bankruptcy in Britain. Blockbuster in Britain is a subsidiary of U.S.-based Blockbuster, which itself was reorganized under American bankruptcy laws and then acquired by Dish Network.
Shaw Communications and Rogers Communications have signed a series of agreements that include the sale of Hamilton-based Mountain Cablevision and Shaw’s AWS wireless spectrum to Rogers. The agreements total $700 million and also include Shaw gaining Rogers’ one-third stake in TVtropolis.
Clearwire filed with the FCC an opposition to Crest Financial’s earlier petition to reconsider the Eagle River Holdings deal from 2012, which gave Sprint a controlling interest in Clearwire. The WiMAX provider states Crest's petition "provides no credible basis for the FCC to reverse its actions" and should be "promptly denied."
Before we Start Over with a New Year, here’s a Look Back at 2012 through the prism of CED’s Broadband 50, which is now 12 years old. We have scoured the cable world to come up with the people, stories and trends that were the most meaningful.
It seems everyone agrees that the Federal Communications Commission needs to simplify its spectrum screen, but there's a big division on exactly how that should be done. Such was the case in a spate of comments filed recently with the FCC.
The Crow Creek Sioux Tribe Utility Authority has filed a petition with the FCC to block Sprint's impending 70 percent share transfer to Softbank on the basis that Sprint has "demonstrated a blatant disregard for the jurisdiction and sovereignty of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe and its regulatory authority over Sprint’s operation on the Crow Creek reservation."
Lynn Murphey was recently named as Cox Communications’ executive field director for its Middle Georgia market. In the newly created position, Murphey, who has worked for Cox for 16 years, will oversee day-to-day operations for Cox in the market.