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.
FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai said the agency has "fallen behind" on a 2010 pledge to free up spectrum for the wireless industry. "The Commission has fallen behind schedule in meeting the goals set forth in the National Broadband Plan," Pai said before the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C.
House lawmakers have scheduled a hearing on the FCC's management of LightSquared's botched attempt to build an LTE network. The Commission has been criticized for granting LightSquared a waiver for the service, only to block the company from moving forward with its plan because of problems with GPS interference.
In a preliminary move, a federal judge has denied Samsung's request for a ban on imports of the iPhone, iPad and iPod. It's another setback for Samsung in a globe-spanning legal battle, where each company is accusing the other of violating its patents.
Two major Chinese technology companies denied allegations that some of their equipment is designed to facilitate spying but struggled to convince U.S. lawmakers that they are independent from the dictates of Beijing's communist government.
An official of Huawei Technologies said he is concerned that new Australian laws to protect communications networks from cyber attacks could exclude companies from tendering for work simply because they're Chinese. Huawei's Australian subsidiary was last year barred on security grounds from working on a national broadband network that is now under construction.
The Canadian Competition Bureau is suing the country's three biggest wireless carriers and an industry association for $31.79 million in customer refunds over advertising of texting services. The federal agency said it is seeking $10.25 million each from Telus, Rogers Communications and Bell Canada.
Chairman Julius Genachowski said the FCC will execute "key recommendations" of a government report that advocated spectrum sharing between the feds and commercial wireless operators. The Commission will take formal steps to move forward with parts of the report.
U.S. lawmakers will question executives of two major Chinese technology companies as part of a congressional probe into whether those firms' ambitions to carve out a bigger niche in the American market pose a threat to national security.
Cablevision said it will address its upcoming debt maturities by making tender offers for $400 million of its 8.5 percent Senior Notes due 2015 and 8.5 percent Senior Notes due 2014, repaying $100 million of its Term Loan B-2 and for general corporate purposes.
The Chinese-American Planning Council is the first community service organization in lower Manhattan to receive a Learning Lab, which is a Time Warner Cable-funded program providing New Yorkers with access to computers, e-learning programs and high-speed Internet.
Comcast should benefit from the move toward usage-based billing for broadband. Charging by the gigabyte could encourage more households to sign up for cheap, basic tiers and start to bring in more money if wealthier households start adopting data-hungry "4K" or "Ultra HD" TV sets.
Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski said the agency would vote on a "detailed proposal" for implementing the auctions at the meeting, "an important step toward pioneering the world’s first incentive auctions and freeing up significant spectrum for mobile broadband."
Regional provider C Spire Wireless has switched on its LTE network in Mississippi after problems getting equipment compatible with its 700 MHz A-block spectrum caused a nine-month delay in the service's launch. The network went live in Greenville, Miss.
The House Intelligence Committee will hold a hearing on cybersecurity threats from Chinese telecommunications vendors Huawei and ZTE, companies long scrutinized for alleged ties to the Chinese government. ZTE confirmed that it intends to participate.
The FCC is stepping up its data collection on mobile broadband service, bringing its information on wireless on par with the statistics it holds on fixed Internet access. The Commission has already taken steps to produce accurate measurements of fixed broadband service, but its data on the performance of mobile broadband has been limited.
Chinese telecoms equipment maker Huawei Technologies has issued a report on cybersecurity that includes a pledge never to cooperate with spying in a fresh effort to allay concerns in the United States and elsewhere that threaten to hamper its expansion.
T-Mobile USA has gone live with a new unlimited data plan that could help it compete with rival Sprint, the only other top-tier provider in the country to offer all-you-can-eat plans. The plan differs from T-Mobile's other data plans by not "throttling."
In the lore of the wireless broadband technology known as Wi-Fi, the recognized “father” of the category is Victor Hayes, a former NCR Corp. engineer from the Netherlands who first chaired the famous 802.11 Working Group of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
The FCC recently released its 14th “Annual Assessment of the Status of Competition in the Market for the Delivery of Video Programming.” The most interesting part to me was the back story, and the nearly five-year interval between the 13th report and the 14th.
Thomson Video Networks' ViBE VS7000 multi-screen video platform has been enhanced with new features, SeaChange demonstrated the latest innovations of its Nucleus soft box gateway, and Volicon’s loudness monitoring and logging solution is now available on its Observer Scout platform.
Time Warner Cable is hooking up attendees at the Democratic National Convention with Wi-Fi gear from Ruckus Wireless. TWC has installed Ruckus’ ZoneFlex family of Smart Wireless LAN (WLAN) systems to deliver high-speed Wi-Fi throughout the 19,000-seat Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C.
A top ratings agency says there's still a chance for Sprint to merge with T-Mobile USA despite years of failing to come to fruition. T-Mobile had long been an acquisition target of Sprint before AT&T threw down a $39 billion offer to buy the German-owned operator, a bid that failed amid government opposition.