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TWC, Verizon Wireless could have joint products this year

April 27, 2012 3:20 pm | by Mike Robuck | Blogs | Comments

The current marketing effort between the two includes a $200 prepaid debit card for customers that choose to add Verizon Wireless’ service and upgrade at least one of their Time Warner Cable services.

Clearwire’s 31-city LTE launch to include N.Y., L.A.

April 27, 2012 3:12 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Clearwire didn't always follow the usual big-cities-first approach when it rolled out its WiMAX network, but it let investors know it would take a different tactic with its TD-LTE deployment.

Verizon resurrects T-Mobile merger comments in AWS defense

April 27, 2012 3:11 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

T-Mobile USA's own words are being used against it by Verizon Wireless, which resurrected comments T-Mobile made during its failed merger with AT&T to defend its AWS spectrum purchase.

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Bill outlaws taxing Internet access in N.H.

April 27, 2012 3:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The New Hampshire Senate's Finance Committee unanimously voted to outlaw taxing Internet access in hopes of clearing up confusion over how a tax is being applied 22 years after it was created.

Hubbub over content rights greets Google Drive

April 27, 2012 3:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Internet search leader may need to win more trust based on the suspicions swirling around Google Drive, a new online storage service for personal documents, photos and other content.

FCC approves AT&T spectrum transfer to T-Mobile

April 26, 2012 2:08 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The FCC has approved the transfer of AT&T AWS spectrum licenses to T-Mobile, a crucial part of the agreement in the failed merger of the two companies.

Bill aims to put 1755-1780 MHz band on auction block

April 26, 2012 1:17 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The "Efficient Use of Government Spectrum Act" would require the FCC to pair the 1755-1780 and 2155-2180 MHz spectrum blocks, which are already set for auction, for reallocation and auction for commercial wireless use.

Delay sought in Verizon AWS sale

April 25, 2012 2:42 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Sprint, DirecTV and seven other groups are asking the FCC to stall its review of Verizon's $3.9 billion AWS purchase because of problems accessing documents about the transaction.

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Apple stock soars 10% on Q2 performance

April 25, 2012 2:23 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Apple’s stock gained back much of the 12 percent loss it suffered in the previous weeks’ nose dive after the company reported $39.2 billion in revenue and sales of 35.1 million iPhones in its fiscal second quarter.

Britt, White appeal for retrans consent reform

April 24, 2012 2:18 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The CEOs of Time Warner Cable and DirecTV add their voices to those who say the retransmission rules are outdated and broken.

CTIA backs CISPA amid privacy concerns

April 23, 2012 1:32 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

CTIA is throwing its support behind a controversial cybersecurity bill set for a House vote.

Sprint rebuts tax-dodging charges

April 20, 2012 2:04 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Sprint is denying allegations from the New York Attorney General that it has dodged $100 million in state taxes to gain a competitive advantage by making its plans cheaper.

FCC aims to track carrier progress on bill shock

April 20, 2012 2:00 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The FCC is looking to ensure an end to wireless bill shock with the announcement of a new website that will track the carriers’ progress in preventing unexpected charges at the end of the month.

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LightSquared pays Inmarsat bill, suspends spectrum deal

April 20, 2012 1:55 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

LightSquared has put the brakes on a deal that gave it additional spectrum for its stalled wireless network, which is mired by problems with GPS interference.

Verizon holds steady, adding 180K FiOS TV subs

April 19, 2012 2:31 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The company said it now has more than 5 million FiOS Internet customers.

Google CEO Page gets grilled in Oracle trial

April 19, 2012 2:27 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Google CEO Larry Page spent nearly an hour in a federal courtroom deflecting questions about his role in a copyright dispute over some of the technology in his company's Android software for smartphones.

Cox slams Sprint with patent countersuit

April 18, 2012 2:01 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Cox Communications is suing former business partner Sprint for patent infringement, a countersuit aimed at deflating a patent suit Sprint filed against Cox and three other companies.

Verizon to sell A-block, B-block spectrum licenses

April 18, 2012 1:55 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless announced plans to sell off its 700 MHz A-block and B-block spectrum licenses but said it's all contingent on approval of its bid to purchase AWS licenses from the likes of SpectrumCo, Cox and Leap Wireless.

FCC moves on rules benefitting Dish wireless plans

April 18, 2012 1:53 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The FCC brought Dish Network's wireless plans one step closer to advancing when it set deadlines for comments on a plan for flexible use of the 2 GHz satellite band, a proposal that could ultimately allow Dish to launch its LTE network.

FCC chief defends spectrum auctions at NAB

April 17, 2012 2:15 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The head of the FCC tried to convince broadcasters to sell off their spectrum in voluntary auctions during a speech at the National Association of Broadcaster's annual conference in Las Vegas.

Oracle skewers Google as Android trial opens

April 17, 2012 2:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Oracle began trying to convince a jury that Google's top executives have long known that they stole a key piece of technology to build the Android software that now powers more than 300 million smartphones and tablet computers.

CTIA survey highlights growing data demand

April 16, 2012 2:24 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

According to CTIA, the annual U.S. wireless data traffic grew 123 percent – from 388 billion megabytes in 2010 to 866.7 billion megabytes in 2011.

Verizon’s tech switch interrupts FiOS VOD service

April 13, 2012 2:23 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Meanwhile, the city of Philadelphia will hold a hearing about Verizon’s foot-dragging on its FiOS rollout plans.

Dodgers' reorg snagged on Time Warner Cable involvement

April 13, 2012 2:11 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The MSO is not publicly involved, but Fox demands assurances that it won’t be.

Time Warner Cable, Verizon Wireless debut cross-promotional bundles

April 12, 2012 3:03 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable and Verizon Wireless are now offering cross-promotional bundles in Raleigh, N.C.; Kansas City; and Columbus and Cincinnati, Ohio.

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