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Israel sets sights on next-generation Internet

January 26, 2012 2:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Israel is often referred to as "Start-up Nation," thanks to its long history of high-tech breakthroughs produced by scrappy little companies. But in one critical area, the speed of Internet connections, Israel has fallen behind other tech-savvy countries.

Sprint reveals more on roaming; AT&T pounces

January 25, 2012 1:40 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The articles in the Oklahoman and the Kansas City Business Journal seem fairly innocuous: As a cost-cutting measure, Sprint plans to rely more on roaming for rural areas in the two states.

Dish pitches revised LTE plan

January 24, 2012 2:26 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Dish Network pitched a revised plan for its yet-unapproved mobile broadband network to FCC officials, according to ex parte documents posted to the agency's website.

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AT&T seeks approval for spectrum transfer

January 24, 2012 2:15 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

AT&T has officially submitted to the FCC a request for approval to transfer $1 billion worth of spectrum to T-Mobile USA.

Supreme Court gives NDS victory in dispute with Dish

January 23, 2012 1:42 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The legal battle stretches back to 2003, when EchoStar filed a $2 billion claim against NDS alleging that NDS was responsible for compromising EchoStar's content security system.

Sprint hangs up on Carrier IQ

January 23, 2012 1:31 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Sprint has decided to remove the technology from its software through a series of over-the-air updates after disabling it last month because of "customer concerns."

Cable ops divulge Verizon marketing deals to FCC

January 20, 2012 2:13 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Four cable companies selling a massive swath of AWS spectrum to Verizon Wireless for nearly $4 billion have decided to tell the FCC about the extensive marketing deals that go along with the transactions, but they don't want the details made public.

DirecTV dispute with Sunbeam has viewers in dark

January 20, 2012 2:10 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

DirecTV and the owner of TV stations in Miami and Boston are in a standoff over fees the satellite provider pays to run broadcast programming, leaving tens of thousands of viewers unable to see shows ranging from "American Idol" to the NFL playoffs.

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Comcast's Parker box goes for a test drive at the FCC

January 19, 2012 3:09 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast is planning its first major rollout of its next-generation Xcalibur service, so it makes sense that reports are surfacing that the box, which is called "Parker" by Comcast, being used for the service is making its way through testing at the Federal Communications Commission.

U.N. sets stage for blazing-fast new mobile devices

January 19, 2012 3:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A United Nations telecom meeting has approved the next generation of mobile technology, which experts say will make devices 500 times faster than 3G smartphones and eliminate the wait time between the tap of a finger and the appearance of a Web page.

Google, Wikipedia protest U.S. antipiracy proposals

January 19, 2012 2:59 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

January 18 is a date that will live in ignorance, as Wikipedia started a 24-hour blackout of its English-language articles, joining other sites in a protest of pending U.S. legislation aimed at shutting down sites that share pirated movies and other content.

LightSquared: GPS interference tests 'rigged'

January 18, 2012 1:38 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

LightSquared said that GPS industry insiders "rigged" tests that found its planned LTE network interfered with GPS receivers so badly that there was no practical way to fix the problem.

Nortel fraud trial begins

January 17, 2012 1:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A fraud case against three former Nortel Networks executives who are accused of falsifying financial reports began eight years after they were fired.

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ITC: Motorola not violating Apple patents

January 16, 2012 2:01 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Motorola Mobility's smartphones are not in violation of any Apple patents included in a recent suit, according to an initial decision issued today by an administrative law judge with the ITC.

Rural turns to white space

January 16, 2012 2:00 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Like most wireless Internet service providers, Jab Broadband relies on unlicensed spectrum to get its service out to sparsely populated areas where there's only dial-up service.

Officials: Broadband plan would disrupt GPS

January 16, 2012 1:57 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Tests show that even the modified plans of the company LightSquared to start up a national high-speed wireless broadband network would cause harmful interference with GPS signals, federal officials said in a letter.

Cox ups Hightower to lead law, policy team

January 13, 2012 3:32 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cox Communications promoted Jennifer Hightower to senior vice president of law and policy.

FCC opens docket on Verizon AWS buys

January 12, 2012 2:21 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The FCC has started formal proceedings for its review of Verizon Wireless' multi-billion-dollar purchases of AWS spectrum from a group of cable companies that purchased the spectrum five years ago but never realized their plans to use it.

Cisco allies with ActiveVideo

January 12, 2012 2:19 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Cisco adds ActiveVideo technology to enable cloud services through its Videoscape TV platform. Meanwhile, ActiveVideo offers support for the HTML5 environment.

@ CES: Ericsson's Vestberg brings wireless vision to CES

January 12, 2012 2:12 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Ericsson CEO Hans Vestberg is never shy about expressing his vision for the connected-everything world of the future.

FCC plans Lifeline overhaul, broadband subsidies

January 10, 2012 2:49 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

A federal program that provides discounts on landline and wireless phone service for low-income households is slated for a major overhaul under a plan announced by FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski.

High court weighs policy against curse words on TV

January 10, 2012 2:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Supreme Court is considering whether government regulators may still police the airwaves for curse words and other coarse content at a time when so many Americans have unregulated cable television and the Internet is awash in easily accessible adult material.

Motorola Mobility: Patent spats hit Q4 profits

January 9, 2012 3:10 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Motorola Mobility says the cost of defending itself against patent lawsuits and steep competition in the high-end smartphone market has had an impact on its fourth-quarter financial performance, with sales flat over last year and only "modest" profits.

Sprint LTE set for launch in 10 markets

January 6, 2012 2:48 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Sprint plans to turn on its LTE service in 10 markets before the middle of this year, including Atlanta, Dallas, San Antonio and Houston.

AT&T adds 11 new LTE markets

January 6, 2012 2:45 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

AT&T announced today that it has expanded its LTE service to 11 new markets, bringing the total to 26 markets covering 74 million points of presence (POP).

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