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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.

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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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ACA to FCC: Over-the-top companies are not MVPDs

May 15, 2012 2:41 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The legal distinction would give companies like Hulu and Netflix rights to programming they have not earned, the ACA argues.

Verizon AWS deal opponents form alliance

May 15, 2012 2:39 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Sprint, T-Mobile USA and a number of other groups have come together to put added pressure on the FCC as it reviews Verizon Wireless' purchase.

LightSquared files for Chapter 11

May 15, 2012 2:29 pm | by Monica Alleven, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Boeing Satellite Systems is its biggest unsecured creditor, with a disputed $7.5 million claim, followed by Alcatel-Lucent with a $7.3 million disputed claim.

Reports: LightSquared could file for bankruptcy

May 14, 2012 1:54 pm | by Monica Alleven, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Some reports speculated that Dish Network head Charlie Ergen could step in.

Best Buy: Dunn did not misuse company resources

May 14, 2012 1:52 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

An independent investigation of Brian Dunn, the ex-CEO of Best Buy, confirmed that he violated company policy, but he didn’t misuse company funds or resources.

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Bing to duel Google with Facebook-friendly format

May 11, 2012 2:48 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft hopes leveraging the data it gets from partner Facebook will allow it to craft a search engine that really does provide more relevant results.

@ CTIA: FCC touts spectrum policies

May 9, 2012 3:20 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The head of the FCC took a swipe at his critics during a keynote address, when he defended the agency's decision to block AT&T's merger with T-Mobile USA.

Liberty to boost stake in Sirius XM to 45%

May 9, 2012 3:17 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The company plans to take effective control of the satellite radio operation, despite having its original petition rebuffed by the FCC.

Ohio panel clears $3.1M for broadband boost

May 8, 2012 2:44 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The investment would help 33 universities, community colleges and technical schools to enhance their networks with boosts of up to 1 Gbps.

Time Warner Cable doles out digital research program stipends

May 7, 2012 2:33 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable announced that it awarded stipends to two scholars as part of its ongoing Research Program on Digital Communications effort.

Powell to speak at Cable Center’s ACT Forum

May 4, 2012 1:53 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

NCTA President and CEO Michael Powell has signed on to speak at The Cable Center’s second-annual Academic and Cable Telecommunications (ACT) Forum.

Verizon plans 2013 text-to-911 service

May 4, 2012 1:50 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless announced a major text-to-911 push, making it the only top-tier operator in the country to offer the emergency service.

Possible jury impasse looms in Oracle-Google trial

May 4, 2012 1:48 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal court jury is having a difficult time reaching a verdict in a complex copyright infringement trial pitting Oracle against Google.

Bloomberg wins FCC dispute with Comcast

May 3, 2012 2:32 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Comcast plans to appeal the decision forcing it to change channel assignments for Bloomberg TV.

Verizon goes on offense against AWS deal critics

May 3, 2012 2:28 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless sent the FCC a 14-page screed denouncing critics of its AWS purchase to "address a litany of erroneous claims" from T-Mobile USA and a number of other groups.

Colorado telecom overhaul in doubt this year

May 3, 2012 2:22 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A bill to end subsidies for phone service in rural areas is faltering.

FCC prolongs Verizon AWS review on document issues

May 2, 2012 2:29 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The FCC has tacked three weeks onto its review of Verizon's AWS spectrum purchase after the company and its partners failed to produce documents on time.

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