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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.

Sprint to shut down Nextel as early as June 2013

May 29, 2012 1:43 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Sprint says it will shut down the Nextel network as early as June 30 of next year, cutting off service for its characteristic walkie-talkie-like Nextel phones.

U.S. campaigns mine online data to target voters

May 29, 2012 12:54 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The 2012 election could be decided by the campaign that better exploits voters' Internet data.

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Broadcasters sue Dish over ad-skipping DVR service

May 25, 2012 12:15 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Broadcasters Fox, NBC and CBS sued Dish Network Corp. on Thursday over a service that offers commercial-free TV.

Minority groups ask FCC for Lifeline extension

May 25, 2012 12:14 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Nine leading senior, consumer, disability and minority organizations are calling on FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski to allow states seven additional months to modernize the Universal Service Fund’s (USF) Lifeline program.

Kohl asks DOJ, FCC to 'carefully scrutinize' Verizon AWS deal

May 25, 2012 12:10 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The same senator that asked the FCC and Justice Department to block AT&T's merger with T-Mobile USA is now asking the agencies to "carefully scrutinize" Verizon's AWS spectrum purchase and marketing deals with four cable companies.

FCC action clears Sprint CDMA, LTE on 800 MHz

May 25, 2012 12:09 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Sprint will be able to use its 800 MHz spectrum for CDMA and LTE after the FCC passed regulations permitting more flexible use of the band.

New Google data show Microsoft's piracy problems

May 25, 2012 12:08 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Google's Internet search engine receives more complaints about websites believed to be infringing on Microsoft's copyrights than it does about material produced by entertainment companies pushing for tougher online piracy laws.

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Jury: Google didn't infringe on Oracle’s patents

May 24, 2012 1:35 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal jury ruled that Google did not infringe on Oracle's patents when the Internet search leader developed its popular Android software for mobile devices.

New ad zapper has TV networks worried about sales

May 23, 2012 11:42 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Dish Network is letting consumers zap away broadcast TV commercials at the touch of a button with its Auto Hop feature on its new DVRs.

@ The Cable Show: FCC chief commends cable’s innovation efforts

May 22, 2012 2:03 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In stark contrast to the dark days of former Federal Communications Commission chairman Kevin Martin’s reign, current FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski lavished praise on the cable industry for its innovative efforts.

Verizon advances 700 MHz sale with advisor picks

May 22, 2012 1:50 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless is taking steps to move forward with the sale of some of its valuable 700 MHz assets, a plan it said it will only follow through on if the FCC approves its AWS acquisition.

Google replaces Jha after closing Motorola deal

May 22, 2012 1:48 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Google has appointed Dennis Woodside as CEO of Motorola Mobility, wasting no time taking over control of the company.

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T-Mobile, MetroPCS lobby FCC to limit Dish to 20 MHz

May 21, 2012 1:02 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

T-Mobile USA and MetroPCS are lobbying the FCC to limit Dish Network's use of the spectrum it plans to use for an LTE network.

China approves Google acquisition of Motorola Mobility

May 21, 2012 1:01 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

China’s go-ahead was all that was needed for the deal to move forward after antitrust agencies in the United States and Europe issued their statements of approval.

In Cuba, mystery shrouds fate of Internet cable

May 21, 2012 12:56 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The government never mentions the cable anymore, and Internet here remains the slowest in the hemisphere.

Suddenlink’s Kent sounds off on cable industry, Vanguard Award

May 21, 2012 11:42 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Suddenlink Communications Chairman and CEO Jerry Kent will be honored with the NCTA’s Vanguard Award for Distinguished Leadership during a luncheon and awards ceremony.

Verizon, MetroPCS spar on LTE roaming claims

May 18, 2012 2:43 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless is again going on offense against critics of the AWS deal, this time targeting MetroPCS.

FCC set to advance mHealth

May 18, 2012 2:34 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

An FCC proposal to allocate spectrum for wireless health monitoring devices could lead to the development of products that may lower healthcare costs and improve outcomes for patients.

Comcast trades bandwidth cap for a threshold

May 17, 2012 5:21 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

The MSO suspends its 250-GB-a-month usage allocation for all, effective immediately. On the way is a 300 GB allowance, plus the option to buy additional bandwidth.

Sprint: Mergers on back burner, not off table

May 17, 2012 1:53 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Sprint plans to wait until it finishes upgrading its network before seriously considering merging with another company, but it is not altogether dismissing the possibility of a near-term deal.

N.H. House resurrects Internet access tax ban

May 17, 2012 1:47 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

After it killed it, the House resurrected a bill that would ban taxing Internet access in New Hampshire.

Cox, AT&T, T-Mobile among new spectrum swaps

May 16, 2012 2:39 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

AT&T is buying eight 700 MHz lower B-block licenses off of Cox in areas of Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Virginia.

Unity Telecom preparing another OTT challenger

May 16, 2012 2:32 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Based on Entone’s FusionTV platform, Unity TV will unite Web-based content with free-to-air channels using a scheme designed to avoid retrans agreements.

Cox, Verizon Wireless debut cross-promotion in Oklahoma

May 15, 2012 2:47 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

After previous deployments by Comcast and Time Warner Cable, Cox Communications is on the scoreboard now that it has rolled out its cross-promotional effort with Verizon Wireless in Oklahoma.

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