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A battle for Internet freedom as U.N. meeting nears

June 22, 2012 2:45 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Secret negotiations among dozens of countries preparing for a United Nations summit could lead to changes in a global treaty that would diminish the Internet's role in economic growth and restrict the free flow of information.

Tech requirements set for first responders network

June 22, 2012 2:42 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The FCC approved the minimum technical requirements for its interoperable first responders network, which operates in the D-block of the 700 MHz band.

Google stock split wins approval; CEO loses voice

June 22, 2012 2:33 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Google shareholders gave CEO Larry Page what he wanted by approving an unconventional stock split meant to cement his authority, but he wasn't around to hail the victory.

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Verizon CEO: Video is 'the future' of wireless

June 21, 2012 3:24 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Verizon's top executive is aiming to use the company's spectrum deal with the cable industry as a key entry point for what he sees as the next major part of its business: mobile video.

Amendment for rural broadband attached to Farm Bill

June 21, 2012 3:21 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The measure would extend programs to extend broadband to unserved areas, but the fate of the entire bill remains uncertain.

Sprint to settle messaging suit for $19M

June 21, 2012 3:14 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The 2010 complaint alleges that Sprint improperly charged customers for using their cell phones to send pictures.

AT&T, Sirius offer rules for 2.3 GHz band

June 20, 2012 1:31 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Sirius and other SDARS providers had felt there was room for improvement as they look toward possible complications from the coming rollout of LTE.

Cable broadband pioneer wins Marconi Prize

June 19, 2012 3:03 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Broadcom co-founder Henry Samueli is recognized for his development of analog and mixed-signal circuitry that helped enable cable modem technology.

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FCC may open cell phone radiation inquiry

June 18, 2012 2:54 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The FCC is considering opening an investigation into cell phone radiation standards, a controversial issue that has yet to find consensus within the scientific community.

N.J. Senate panel considers call center measure

June 18, 2012 2:48 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

New Jersey lawmakers considered penalizing companies that move call center jobs overseas by making those companies ineligible for state grants, loans and tax benefits for three years.

Weber latest Cablevision exec to join the Charter club

June 15, 2012 2:54 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Scott Weber will clock in at Charter Communications as the executive vice president of network operations, which makes him the fourth executive that has left Cablevision in favor of Charter.

TWC increases broadband penetration to low-income families in NYC

June 15, 2012 2:51 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable has extended a partnership that fosters greater digital penetration to low-income families in New York City.

Verizon rebuts spectrum warehousing claims

June 15, 2012 2:48 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless continues its effort to convince the FCC to approve its $3.9 billion purchase of AWS spectrum as the clock ticks down on the deal.

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In the media: CenturyLink gears up for video service in Colorado Springs

June 15, 2012 2:44 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

CenturyLink is working on franchise agreements in order to offer an IPTV service to communities near Colorado Springs, Colo., which are currently being served by Comcast.

Obama measures aim to promote broadband

June 14, 2012 2:12 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The president signs an order to make it easier to build on federal lands and announces a program to encourage new uses of broadband networks.

Democrats push FCC, DOJ to scrutinize Verizon AWS deal

June 14, 2012 1:59 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

A group of House Democrats are urging the FCC and Justice Department to closely scrutinize Verizon Wireless' purchase of a nationwide block of AWS spectrum from four cable operators.

FCC mulls best use of 4.9 GHz band

June 14, 2012 1:56 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The FCC has adopted rules allocating 50 MHz of spectrum in the 4.9 GHz band for fixed and mobile wireless services.

DOJ investigates data caps

June 13, 2012 2:15 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Justice is conducting an antitrust investigation into whether traditional pay-TV companies are acting improperly in their competition with online video companies.

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.

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.

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