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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.

After LightSquared flop, FCC chief talks policy at MWC

February 28, 2012 3:11 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The head of the FCC touted the agency's pro-wireless policies during a speech at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona but made no mention of its decision to block AT&T's merger with T-Mobile USA or the failure of LightSquared's LTE plans.

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Report: Google prepping new leadership for Motorola

February 24, 2012 2:14 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Google's promise to keep Motorola Mobility at arms length following final approval of a proposed $12.5 billion acquisition of the Chicago-based OEM could prove empty.

It's official: Obama signs spectrum, public safety bill

February 24, 2012 2:09 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

President Barack Obama has signed a payroll tax cut extension bill that includes provisions allowing the FCC to auction off television spectrum and the long-awaited creation of a national mobile broadband network for public safety.

Bright House locks up telecom contract for Republican convention

February 23, 2012 2:54 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Bright House Networks is the official telecommunications provider for the Republican National Convention that will be held at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

In the media: Google files for OK to offer video

February 23, 2012 2:50 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Google has requested approval from Missouri and Kansas to offer video services on its FTTH network in Kansas City.

T-Mobile to FCC: Block Verizon AWS deal

February 22, 2012 2:38 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

T-Mobile USA has asked the FCC to block Verizon Wireless' $3.9 billion acquisition of a nationwide swath of AWS spectrum held by four cable companies.

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Microsoft hits Motorola, Google with EU complaint

February 22, 2012 2:30 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft lodged a formal complaint with the European Union's competition regulator against Motorola Mobility and its soon-to-be owner Google, saying Motorola's aggressive enforcement of patent rights against rivals breaks competition rules.

AT&T pressures FCC on Dish build-out

February 21, 2012 3:22 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

AT&T continues to pressure the FCC to force Dish into rapid build-out requirements for its planned mobile broadband network, requirements that the satellite provider has resisted.

LightSquared misses $56M Inmarsat payment

February 21, 2012 3:05 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

LightSquared, still reeling from the FCC's decision to block its wireless network, has withheld a $56.25 million payment to Inmarsat for use of the company's L-band satellite spectrum.

Youth shaping future of online TV, movies, music

February 21, 2012 3:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Young people want their music, TV and movies now – even if it means they get these things illegally.

Cable might cut ties with Clearwire

February 17, 2012 2:37 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Clearwire warns its partnership with Comcast and Time Warner Cable is threatened by the MSOs' new relationship with Verizon Wireless.

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U.S. Cellular plans new 14-state LTE launch

February 17, 2012 2:34 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

U.S. Cellular pulled back the curtain on its new LTE markets with a round of deployments to span cities in 14 states.

Insider trading charges brought against Broadband Research prez

February 17, 2012 2:27 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

John Kinnucan of Portland, Ore., is awaiting an initial court appearance in Oregon. The president of Broadband Research LLC was arrested at his residence.

CTIA applauds tax cut continuation act

February 16, 2012 3:14 pm | by Monica Alleven, Wireless Week | News | Comments

CTIA is happy that lawmakers have agreed to extend the payroll tax cut because it includes a provision to auction off airwaves and give its members access to precious spectrum.

Grassley: Still blocking FCC nominees

February 16, 2012 3:10 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Senator Chuck Grassley, a vocal critic of the FCC's handling of LightSquared, says he will continue to bar two FCC nominees from being confirmed despite the agency's decision to block LightSquared's network.

End of the road for LightSquared?

February 15, 2012 2:20 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The FCC has hammered what could be the final nail in the coffin for LightSquared's LTE plans.

Chicago asked not to stifle wireless at summits

February 15, 2012 2:12 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A city councilman wants to forbid the Police Department from pulling the plug on all of that electronic communication during the G-8 and NATO summits in May, taking away a tactic employed by authorities during a crackdown on democratic protests in Egypt.

U.S., EU clear Google's $12.5B Motorola Mobility bid

February 14, 2012 3:33 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Google's $12.5 billion bid to buy cell phone maker Motorola Mobility has won approvals from U.S. and European antitrust regulators, moving Google a major step closer to completing the biggest deal in its 13-year history.

FCC urged to end sports blackout rule

February 14, 2012 3:30 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Sports Fan Coalition receives money from Verizon, and has received funding from Time Warner Cable in the past, but insists it is "driven by fans."

Groups push Congress to protect white space spectrum

February 14, 2012 3:28 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

More than 100 corporations, trade associations and public interest groups are worried that white space spectrum could become a casualty of the showdown between the House and Senate over the payroll tax cut extension bill.

Verizon defends cable deal redactions

February 13, 2012 3:07 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless is refusing to reverse redactions about its marketing side deal with cable operators forged in its $4 billion acquisition of their AWS spectrum.

In the media: Insight strikes $3.5M franchise deal with Louisville

February 13, 2012 3:03 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In an effort to tidy up its affairs ahead of its $3 billion purchase by Time Warner Cable, Insight Communications reached a new franchise agreement with the city of Louisville, Ky.

AT&T customers surprised by 'unlimited’ data limit

February 13, 2012 2:55 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Under a new policy, AT&T has started cutting their data speeds as part of an attempt to manage data usage on its network.

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