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FCC: 19M Americans lack broadband access

August 22, 2012 3:47 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The FCC reports that 19 million U.S. residents still lack access to high-speed Internet service, especially in rural and tribal areas. Even if broadband is available, about 100 million Americans - nearly one-third of the population - still don't subscribe to the service, the agency said in a report on broadband access and adoption.

AT&T: FaceTime policy within FCC net neutrality rules

August 22, 2012 3:45 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

AT&T says its policy to reserve FaceTime use over a cellular connection for those customers who move to its new Mobile Share plans does not violate the FCC's net neutrality rules. An AT&T exec argued that it has not violated the FCC's rules on transparency or blocking by stopping customers who aren’t on a Mobile Share plan from using FaceTime on its cellular network.

AT&T’s FaceTime policy could violate FCC rules

August 21, 2012 12:44 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

AT&T's recent announcement that FaceTime over cellular will be reserved exclusively for those customers who switch to the company's new Mobile Share plans is sure to ruffle a few feathers, and some say it might even be in violation of the FCC’s Open Internet rules.

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LightSquared appoints new CEO

August 21, 2012 12:41 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

LightSquared announced that it has appointed Doug Smith as its new chairman of the board of directors and CEO. Smith was previously serving as co-chief operating officer for the company. Smith said LightSquared remains committed to working with all stakeholders to find an equitable resolution to the regulatory challenges that the company has faced this past year.

Liberty boosts Sirius XM stake, aims for control

August 20, 2012 2:53 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Liberty Media said it has boosted its stake in Sirius XM Radio and intends to take control of the satellite radio broadcaster if federal authorities approve. It bought 94.3 million shares in Sirius XM starting in the past week for $234.3 million, raising its stake to 48 percent.

Reaction mixed on FCC, DOJ approval of Verizon AWS

August 17, 2012 3:23 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Depending on who you ask, the government's approval of Verizon Wireless' AWS purchase is either a good thing or the end of competition as we know it for certain segments of the telecommunications industry. The head of the FCC said he was prepared to approve Verizon's acquisition of AWS spectrum from Cox Communications, Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks and Comcast.

Dish: Partner needed for wireless rollout

August 17, 2012 3:17 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

A top Dish Network executive says the company may need to partner with an existing wireless operator to construct its LTE network. Delays securing FCC clearance for its wireless plans may make it necessary to work with an incumbent provider, instead of constructing its own greenfield network.

Comcast closes in on HD DTA deployments

August 17, 2012 12:22 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast is currently in a large field trial with HD digital transport adapters (DTAs), with plans to have them more broadly deployed in customers’ homes later this year. 

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FCC, DOJ to clear Verizon AWS deal

August 16, 2012 3:40 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The FCC and Justice Department are set to clear Verizon Wireless' $3.9 billion purchase of AWS spectrum from a group of cable operators.

Cisco's Q4 earnings rise 56%; company raises dividend

August 16, 2012 3:35 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Cisco Systems, the world's largest maker of computer networking equipment, is seeing its ambitions cramped by the global economic turmoil, but results for its latest quarter were strong enough that it announced an increase to its dividend. Cisco's sales in the latest quarter rose just 4.4 percent from last year, as customers in Southern Europe were in the grips of a recession and government customers on both sides of the Atlantic held back.

In Perspective - Sprinkles and a cherry

August 16, 2012 2:18 am | by Brian Santo | Articles | Comments

I’ve got an idea on how to improve the regulatory environment for video and other communications services that no one else seems to be suggesting, though I’m sure it will work. I am equally sure it isn’t being suggested because it’s unthinkable.

Memory Lane - Switching signals

August 16, 2012 2:07 am | by Stewart Schley, media and technology writer | Articles | Comments

“Switching is easy, oh it’s essential. And you know, when you flick it, you can start a new episode.”

A year after launch, Comcast chalks up nearly 100K families for Internet Essentials

August 15, 2012 3:30 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Since the launch of Internet Essentials, Comcast has helped close the digital divide for nearly 100,000 families, or 400,000 low-income citizens, by connecting them to the Internet.

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FCC clears T-Mobile LTE tests on federal spectrum

August 15, 2012 3:22 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The FCC is allowing T-Mobile USA to move forward with tests of an LTE service that would share spectrum with federal users in the 1755-1780 MHz band.

FCC, DOJ approval rumored for Verizon AWS deal

August 14, 2012 2:12 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The government is said to be set to approve Verizon Wireless' $3.9 billion purchase of AWS spectrum from four cable operators.

Hesse petitions FCC chief on PCS spectrum

August 14, 2012 2:06 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Sprint CEO Dan Hesse is pushing the head of the FCC to move forward with a long-delayed auction of H-block and J-block PCS spectrum.

Steamboat Springs smart meters could zap Internet

August 14, 2012 1:49 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Early evidence shows that wireless signals from the new meters may be interfering with broadband signals.

Google axes 4,000 Motorola jobs

August 13, 2012 3:31 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The bloodletting has begun at Motorola Mobility, as Google said it plans to cut 4,000 jobs in an attempt to reenergize Motorola’s bottom line.

FEMA upgrades to Sprint Direct Connect

August 10, 2012 2:46 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The Federal Emergency Management Agency will use the carrier's Direct Connect service to support its nationwide mass evacuation program.

ETA taps carriers for Mobile Payments Committee

August 10, 2012 2:44 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The success of mobile payments depends heavily on collaboration amongst many different players.

WICT lines up FCC’s Clyburn to deliver keynote at Touchstones Luncheon

August 9, 2012 12:24 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) announced this morning that FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn would deliver the keynote address for its Touchstones Luncheon.

Dish mum on Clearwire investment rumors

August 9, 2012 11:52 am | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Dish Network Chairman Charlie Ergen is staying quiet on speculation that the company has become a major investor in Clearwire.

GAO report recommends FCC review of SAR limits

August 8, 2012 3:49 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The United States Government Accountability Office released a study recommending that the FCC review limits placed on specific absorption rate (SAR), the amount of radio frequency absorbed by the body when using a cell phone.

Cablevision holds the line on video subs in Q2

August 7, 2012 3:15 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

It was no surprise that Cablevision added data and phone customers in the second quarter, but the nation’s fifth-largest cable operator also managed to retain its basic video subscribers, as well.

MetroPCS starts selling phone with TV tuner

August 6, 2012 2:52 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

In time for the Olympics, MetroPCS is selling the first phone that can receive local TV signals, potentially lending TV stations some relevance in the age of the smartphone.

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