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FCC issues NPRM for 3.5 GHz band

December 14, 2012 2:52 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The FCC will move ahead with a plan to make available 100 megahertz of shared spectrum in the 3.5 GHz Band (3550-3650 MHz) for the use of small cell and database technologies. The Commission said the proposal lays the groundwork for the widespread deployment of small cell technologies across the spectrum.

Seattle adds partner to develop computing network

December 14, 2012 2:51 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn says the city has reached an agreement with a broadband developer to build out its fiber network for high-speed computing for homes, businesses and services. The deal allows Gigabit Squared to start raising money for engineering work.

U.N. group gives nod for greater Internet oversight

December 14, 2012 2:49 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A U.N. conference weighing possible Internet rules shifted into a high-stakes showdown after advancing a proposal for greater government oversight. The proposal was a blow to U.S.-led efforts to keep new regulations from touching the ’Net.


South Korea Says Samsung Chip Plant Caused Cancer

December 14, 2012 2:47 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A South Korean government agency said that working at a Samsung Electronics factory caused the breast cancer of a worker who died earlier this year, only the second time it has recognized a link between cancer and Samsung's chip plants.

Shhhh! A new law says TV ads can't blare anymore

December 13, 2012 8:41 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TV viewing could soon sound a little calmer. The CALM Act, which limits the volume of TV commercials, goes into effect. The act is designed to prevent TV commercials from blaring at louder volumes than the program content they accompany.

Verizon moves pension obligations to Prudential

December 11, 2012 2:34 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Verizon Communications said it has transferred $7.5 billion in pension obligations to Prudential Insurance after a retiree association failed to convince a court to stop the move. Members of the Association of BellTel Retirees sued to stop the deal.

Dish: Sprint trying to block new market entrant

December 10, 2012 12:30 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The back and forth between Dish Network and Sprint continued, as Dish Network submitted an ex parte filing that blasts Sprint's suggestion that the FCC do more to protect the H-block from being interfered with by Dish's AWS-4 spectrum.

Cablevision hikes data cost by $5 a month

December 7, 2012 2:17 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The cost of Cablevision’s video and voice services will remain the same, and the price increase doesn’t apply to subscribers who are currently part of a promotional package, but the new pricing will go into effect once a customer’s promotion ends.


WSJ: Google’s auction for Moto ending today

December 7, 2012 2:10 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Google is reportedly closing up its auction for Motorola Mobility’s Home unit, with Arris, Pace and Technicolor among the list of prospective suitors. The last round of bids were due, although the deadline could be extended, according to one of the sources.

CTIA: Dish spectrum will not interfere with GPS

December 7, 2012 1:57 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

In the ongoing drama surrounding Dish Network's AWS-4 spectrum, the CTIA in a filing said there is no need for the adoption of GPS-specific technical requirements in the Federal Communications Commission's final rules on Dish Network's holdings.

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.

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