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Vendors, video service providers onboard energy conservation agreement for STBs

December 6, 2012 12:46 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The companies involved are Comcast, DirecTV, Dish Network, Time Warner Cable, Cox Communications, Verizon, Charter Communications, AT&T, Cablevision, Bright House Networks and CenturyLink, as well as manufacturers Cisco, Motorola Mobility, EchoStar Technologies and Arris.

Dish concedes 5 MHz of uplink spectrum

December 5, 2012 3:55 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Dish Network says it's willing to accept a 5 MHz guard band on its AWS spectrum that would protect the H-block from interference. In a filing with the FCC, Dish said it recognizes that the Commission desires to retain flexibility in the future use of the H-block.

Court rejects Verizon challenge to roaming rule

December 4, 2012 3:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A three-judge panel ruled that the FCC had the legal authority to issue the "data roaming rule." The rule requires big wireless carriers to open their data networks to smaller regional operators in places where they don't have their own systems.


U.S. seeks to drop Internet from U.N. telecoms talks

December 4, 2012 3:16 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

American envoys say they are working with other nations on a proposal to drop all discussions on possible Internet regulations from a U.N. telecommunications conference in Dubai. The U.S. is leading calls to reject possible new codes on the ’Net by the ITU.

N.Y. appeals court skeptical about start-up's live TV

December 3, 2012 2:30 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A start-up company trying to defend the legality of how it sends live TV programming to laptop computers, iPhones and other mobile devices encountered a skeptical appeals court panel. Three judges of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals seemed poised to reverse a lower court judge.

Verizon retirees sue to stop transfer of pensions

November 30, 2012 2:35 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Verizon retirees have sued the phone company because it's planning to transfer the responsibility of paying their pensions to an insurance company, where they will have weaker legal protection. The deal effectively turns the company's defined-benefit pensions into annuities.

TiVo shares get a boost from surprise Q3 profit

November 30, 2012 2:33 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Shares of TiVo rose after the company posted a surprise third-quarter profit and analysts cheered the growth of its subscriber base. The digital video recording company has struggled to make money, posting annual losses in eight of the past 10 years.

VeriSign wins ‘.com’ renewal, can't hike prices

November 30, 2012 2:29 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. government has cleared VeriSign to run the key directories that keep track of ".com" domain names for another six years, but the company won't be allowed to raise prices without prior approval. VeriSign's contract is with ICANN.


Digital addiction growing in South Korea

November 29, 2012 4:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

In South Korea, the government provides counseling programs and psychological treatment for an estimated 2 million people who cannot wean themselves from playing online computer games. Some now fret about the effects that South Korea's digital utopia is having on its children.

Public Knowledge: Increase OOBE limits on H-block

November 29, 2012 3:48 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

In an ex parte filing with the FCC, Public Knowledge recommended that the FCC not reduce the power approved for Dish’s uplink spectrum and instead impose higher Out of Band Emission (OOBE) limits on the H-block. The approach would allow Dish to use the already approved 3GPP standard, whereas adjustment of the power levels would require modification of the approved standard.

Clear Talk purchases Verizon Wireless B-block spectrum

November 28, 2012 3:19 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Clear Talk, a wireless service provider with operations in multiple states, last week signed an agreement to acquire from Verizon Wireless 10 lower 700 MHz B-block licenses covering five markets in Texas, as well as markets in Maryland, Georgia, Florida, Nevada and New Mexico.

Ericsson files patent suit against Samsung

November 28, 2012 3:17 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Ericsson filed a lawsuit against Samsung for infringing its patents. The suit comes after the companies have spent nearly two years at the negotiating table in an attempt to reach an agreement on Samsung's use of Ericsson's patents, which fall under FRAND licensing terms.

Comm giants respond to Chicago broadband RFI

November 28, 2012 3:06 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Chicago may end up succeeding where so many other cities have failed with its plan to build a municipal broadband network. Two dozen communications companies have responded to the city’s request for interest (RFI), including Cisco, Alcatel, AT&T, Verizon, Level 3 and Motorola Mobility.


R&D-Product Development Metrics Summit - March 12-14, 2013

November 28, 2012 1:33 pm | by CED Magazine | Events

During the first two seminars, the Summit will teach the body of knowledge of R&D and product development metrics - with a focus toward the measures that company officers and senior executives need to manage the organization and its performance as a whole.

CWA, DOJ weigh in on T-Mobile, MetroPCS merger

November 27, 2012 3:05 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The Communications Workers of America, as well as the Department of Justice, have weighed in on the proposed merger of T-Mobile USA and MetroPCS. The CWA is asking the FCC to ensure that the deal does not result in a loss of jobs in the United States.

Rogers hires third-party company to test in-home broadband speeds

November 26, 2012 2:40 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Rogers Communications has signed up to use an independent broadband testing company to measure data speeds in customers’ homes. Rogers is working with SamKnows, which has performed data testing for international regulators, including the FCC.

PISC argues for approval of AWS-4 rules

November 26, 2012 2:38 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The Public Interest Spectrum Coalition (PISC) argues that the FCC imposing lower power and stringent out-of-band emission requirements on the lower boundary of the AWS-4 band would harm rather than promote competition in the wireless industry.

Web access battles brew before U.N. conference

November 26, 2012 2:23 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An upcoming U.N. gathering about Internet oversight is raising alarms from a broad coalition of critics, including the U.S., tech giants such as Google and rights groups, concerned that changes could lead to greater efforts to censor Web content and stifle innovation in cyberspace.

Report: FCC to limit Dish spectrum

November 20, 2012 1:21 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The FCC is saying it intends to limit the use of Dish Network's AWS-4 spectrum, according to a report published by the Wall Street Journal.  FCC officials told the paper that they are leaning towards limiting Dish's 40 MHz of AWS-4 spectrum to prevent interference with the H-block, a chunk of spectrum in which Sprint has expressed interest.

Report: FCC to limit Dish spectrum

November 19, 2012 2:32 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The FCC is saying it intends to limit the use of Dish's spectrum. FCC officials said that they are leaning toward limiting Dish's 40 MHz of AWS-4 spectrum to prevent interference with the H-block, a chunk of spectrum in which Sprint has expressed interest.

Verizon continues lower B-block sales

November 19, 2012 2:29 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless announced that it has agreed to sell Oklahoma-based Panhandle Telecommunications Systems licenses for spectrum in the 700 MHz B-block. The spectrum covers 12 counties in the northwest part of Texas. The sale is subject to FCC approval.

Enablence finds buyer for Swiss subsidiary

November 19, 2012 2:24 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Enablence Technologies has negotiated the sale of its wholly owned Swiss subsidiary, Enablence Switzerland (ENA Switzerland), to Albiva Holdings for a total purchase price of $2 million and the repayment of an intercompany loan over the next 12 months.

Ciciora's Corner - Patents and you

November 19, 2012 12:43 pm | by Walt S. Ciciora, expert on cable and consumer electronics issues | Articles | Comments

Patents are still very much in the news. I discussed a broad review of patents in my last column. This month, I will drill down a bit. I hope you went to Google Patents and downloaded one or more just to see what they look like. Only utility patents will be discussed.

Capital Currents - The FCC’s attack on Channel 37

November 19, 2012 11:18 am | by Jeffrey Krauss, president of Telecommunications and Technology Policy | Articles | Comments

The FCC has a plan to induce broadcasters to give up some of their frequency spectrum assignments so that more spectrum becomes available for mobile communications. But the FCC plan might also bump the radio astronomy scientists out of off-air TV Channel 37.

3GPP approves specs for Dish's AWS-4 spectrum

November 16, 2012 3:02 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The 3GPP has approved technical specifications for 40 MHz of AWS-4 spectrum controlled by Dish Network. The 3GPP's approval will allow Dish the necessary technical blueprints needed to design and build everything from cell phone chipsets to broadband networks.

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