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FCC effectively kills 'viewability' rule

June 12, 2012 3:38 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The Commission votes to extend the rule for only six months, essentially allowing it to lapse in December.

Comcast slapped for Xfinity ad claim

June 12, 2012 3:36 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

An ad industry watchdog says Comcast is going too far with unqualified claims that Xfinity is the fastest broadband service available.

Dish pays Qualcomm to design mobile broadband chip

June 12, 2012 3:33 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The move anticipates receiving a favorable ruling from the FCC on spectrum use that is by no means assured.

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Sprint cleared for 1900 MHz CDMA, LTE on U.S.-Mexico border

June 11, 2012 1:36 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

It’s all part of new spectrum-sharing agreements between the FCC and the Mexican government.

Hundt joins board of DSL start-up

June 11, 2012 1:28 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The former FCC chairman takes a seat on the board of Assia, which has developed software tools for DSL network management.

Pegasus Wireless CEO sentenced in stock fraud

June 11, 2012 1:24 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Pegasus' former chief financial officer, Stephen Durland, has also been sentenced in connection with the scheme.

Dish chairman pushes FCC chiefs on spectrum rules

June 8, 2012 3:12 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Dish Network Chairman and former CEO Charlie Ergen held a series of high-level meetings with FCC officials urging the agency to allow it to use 40 MHz of satellite spectrum for cellular services.

Broadband expands to 4K more in Vermont

June 7, 2012 2:08 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

This moves the state a step closer to its goal of high-speed Internet access in every corner of the state by the end of 2013.

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Verizon argues against PCS fix for LTE traffic

June 6, 2012 2:44 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless said re-farming its PCS spectrum won't give it the capacity it needs to handle rising traffic on its LTE network

Hackers shut down India telecom operator's website

June 6, 2012 2:30 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A hacking group said it attacked the website of an Indian state-owned telecommunications provider, accusing the company of censoring content on the Internet.

Breakdown in Beantown

June 6, 2012 1:19 am | by Brian Santo and Mike Robuck | Articles | Comments

The cable industry is responding to consumer demands and countering the competition with a heavy arsenal of services and features. At The Cable Show, there were numerous examples of how the cable industry is rapidly evolving to improve the consumers experience while adding cash to the bottom line.

Leveraging Big Data to improve subscriber service management

June 6, 2012 12:06 am | by Stephen Collins, vice president of product marketing and business development at Active Broadband Networks | Articles | Comments

Broadband companies are already working with enormous volumes of data. Moving forward, those volumes are only going to increase, and to deal with it all, service providers are going to need to gain a more thorough understanding of how to handle “Big Data.”

Memory Lane - Nightmare on DVR Street

June 5, 2012 5:46 pm | by Stewart Schley, media and technology writer | Articles | Comments

From the evil Dr. Caligari of the silent film era to the freaky Ghostface of the modern “Scream” film series, Hollywood has produced an impressive lineup of scary characters over a 90-year run of horror movie-making. But no fictitious villain ever elevated Hollywood’s chill meter as high as a real-life industry entrant that made its premiere 13 years ago at CES.

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Capital Currents - Online video uncertainties

June 5, 2012 4:48 pm | by Jeffrey Krauss, president of Telecommunications and Technology Policy | Articles | Comments

When it comes to online delivery of video programming services, the uncertainties still haven’t been resolved, but more entities with a variety of business plans have entered the marketplace.

Clearwire, Jolt Mobile sign WiMAX wholesale deal

June 5, 2012 2:16 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Clearwire signed up another wholesale customer with the addition of Jolt Mobile, a provider of prepaid and international calling for GSM phones.

Last lawsuit dropped against FCC white space order

June 5, 2012 2:14 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The last remaining court challenge to the FCC's white space order was withdrawn when the wireless microphone industry formally dismissed its petition for review of the regulations.

Execs, equity firms buy out Wave Broadband

June 4, 2012 2:05 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

WaveDivision Holdings, which operates cable operator Wave Broadband and data provider Astound Broadband, is being sold to two private equity firms and members of its management team.

AT&T, rivals square off on interoperability

June 4, 2012 1:56 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

AT&T and its smaller competitors faced off on whether the lower 700 MHz band should be made interoperable in statements filed with the FCC.

C Spire sues AT&T over alleged collusion

June 4, 2012 11:56 am | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

C Spire is suing AT&T and two of its vendors for allegedly colluding to manipulate the LTE standards process so it and other regional operators would be prevented from building out their networks.

T-Mobile report slams VZW’s use of spectrum

June 1, 2012 1:05 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

A new study conducted by Roberson and Associates and commissioned by T-Mobile USA refutes Verizon Wireless' claim that it is the most efficient of the major U.S. carriers in its use of spectrum.

Aereo CEO: News Corp.’s lawsuit could kill us

May 31, 2012 2:26 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Aereo accuses News Corp. of deliberately waiting to sue until after it began operations, because waiting was the more damaging course of action.

TiVo swings to $20M Q1 loss

May 31, 2012 2:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TiVo posted a $20.8 million fiscal first-quarter loss, reversing a profit in the same quarter last year, as hefty costs more than offset a jump in revenue.

Liberty Media spells out plan for Sirius control

May 31, 2012 2:16 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Liberty remains intent on increasing its holdings in the radio broadcaster, despite FCC misgivings.

Sprint sets hard stop for iDEN operations

May 30, 2012 3:03 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Sprint plans to shut down its iDEN network as early as June 30, 2013, allowing it to reuse the service's spectrum for LTE.

FCC wireless chief Kaplan resigns

May 30, 2012 3:01 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The head of the FCC's Wireless Telecommunications Bureau has resigned after a tumultuous one-year term.

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