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Verizon relents, licenses Veveo’s search technology

March 15, 2012 3:06 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Verizon has agreed to license start-up Veveo’s technology for cloud-based search associated with its FiOS TV service.

Canada moves to open wireless market to new entrants

March 15, 2012 3:04 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Canada is opening its telecommunications market to foreign investors and capping the amount of spectrum that can be owned by operators as it works to inject more competition into its wireless market.

VZW closes purchase of spectrum in Poconos

March 15, 2012 3:01 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless closed its purchase of a regional wireless provider in northeast Pennsylvania from U.S. Cellular

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TD-LTE: Ready for liftoff

March 15, 2012 2:57 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

With its most high-profile backer sent back to the bench, does that mean TD-LTE is out of the running? Not by a long shot.

Cricket, Clearwire sign 5-year LTE deal

March 14, 2012 2:38 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Cricket Communications has signed a five-year agreement with Clearwire for wholesale access to its not-yet-built TD-LTE network.

Clearwire LTE plans intact as partner China Mobile hits snag

March 13, 2012 3:13 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Clearwire said its TD-LTE plans remain unchanged despite a major setback at key technology partner China Mobile.

T-Mobile USA joins RCA

March 13, 2012 3:09 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

T-Mobile USA has joined the Rural Cellular Association (RCA), which bills itself as standing up for "competitive wireless providers" and is in frequent conflict with Verizon Wireless and AT&T

Dish closes DBSD, TerreStar buyouts

March 12, 2012 2:09 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Dish Network has closed its acquisitions of satellite companies DBSD North America and TerreStar Networks, but its plans to use the companies' spectrum for an LTE network are a long way from being realized.

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FCC demands more info on Verizon, cable marketing deal

March 9, 2012 4:03 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless and four cable companies are being asked to provide more information to the FCC about a marketing and cross-selling agreement they signed at the same time they forged a multi-billion-dollar spectrum deal.

Sprint said to nix LightSquared network deal

March 7, 2012 2:03 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Sprint is reportedly planning to end its network-sharing agreement with LightSquared, another setback for the struggling company.

N.Y. Gov. proposes $25M for rural broadband

March 6, 2012 2:59 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to use a job creation fund to extend broadband to rural New York communities, some of which lack even cellular coverage.

Apple to get Android data from Google, Motorola

March 6, 2012 2:57 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Google and Motorola Mobility have been ordered to hand over information to Apple about the development of the Android operating system.

Verizon, cable ops defend AWS sale

March 5, 2012 1:53 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless defended its $3.9 billion purchase of spectrum from four cable companies against critics of the deal in documents filed with the FCC, and it continued to insist the Commission exclude a marketing side deal from its review of the transaction.

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FCC puts Dish LTE on ice

March 5, 2012 1:51 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The FCC cleared Dish Network's satellite spectrum acquisition but put the company's wireless plans on the back burner, denying a waiver to use the airwaves for a land-based next-generation LTE-Advanced network.

Upfront - March 2012

March 2, 2012 7:15 pm | by CED Magazine | Articles | Comments

Comcast, Verizon come out punching; Canoe Ventures shuts down iTV business; Cable closes in on universal support for TV apps; IP-based home security on the rise ...

Pushing 802.11n technology to new heights

March 2, 2012 6:58 pm | by Sam Heidari, CEO Quantenna | Articles | Comments

In most cases, 802.11n technology actually offers superior video-handling performance, coverage and cost-effectiveness to wired options including MoCA, HPNA and powerline communications (PLC).

In Perspective - Proceed with caution

March 2, 2012 5:37 pm | by Brian Santo, Editor-in-Chief | Articles | Comments

After a teenage girl from Minnesota recently shopped at Target, Target evaluated her purchases, surmised she was pregnant and sent her coupons that only an expectant mother might need.

Engineering-Wise - Smart energy management

March 2, 2012 5:21 pm | by Thomas Russell, Senior director of standards for the SCTE | Articles | Comments

Growing energy costs are not limited to consumption by electronics alone. An undesirable byproduct of high-speed broadband transmission electronics is heat, and plenty of it.

Capital Currents - FCC Advisory Committees

March 2, 2012 5:11 pm | by Jeffrey Krauss, President, Telecommunications & Technology Policy | Articles | Comments

Maybe you’ve heard the term “FCC Advisory Committee” and wondered what it means. Or maybe you’ve read about a particular one of the FCC’s Advisory Committees and wondered what it does. Here’s an answer to your questions.

Verizon, MetroPCS net neutrality suit to proceed

March 2, 2012 1:50 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

A court challenge to the FCC's controversial net neutrality regulations will proceed after the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed the agency's request to delay the case.

Broadcast networks gang up on Aereo

March 2, 2012 1:46 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The start-up based its approach on the network DVR concept that Cablevision established as legally defensible.

FCC to vote on 700 MHz interoperability, MSS

March 1, 2012 3:59 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Small wireless operators whose LTE services can't roam onto the networks of national providers because of interoperability problems could see some progress on the issue at the FCC's next open meeting.

Former Nextel exec rumored as new LightSquared CEO

March 1, 2012 3:54 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

LightSquared may hire the former head of Nextel as its new CEO while it tries to turn around its LTE plans, which were left dead in the water by the FCC's decision to stop it from moving forward.

Verizon-cable deals slated for Senate hearing

February 29, 2012 1:51 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The Senate antitrust committee will take a look at the competitive effects of four cable companies selling their spectrum to Verizon, and then bundling each other's services.

New law could free up TV airwaves for mobile use

February 29, 2012 1:49 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The idea is to squeeze over-the-air television, which has few viewers, into a smaller slice of the airwaves.

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