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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.

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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.

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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.

Dead zones? There’s a map for that.

February 13, 2012 2:52 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Forget the colorful maps wireless operators use to advertise their coverage. The FCC has come out with a map of its own in black, white and grey.

Netflix trims Q4 earnings to account for $9M settlement

February 13, 2012 2:49 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Netflix pressed the rewind button on its fourth-quarter earnings after settling allegations that the video subscription service violated a consumer privacy law.

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Apple expands Samsung, Motorola patent fight

February 13, 2012 2:47 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Apple took new steps in its international patent battles against Motorola Mobility and Samsung, filing fresh legal motions in its home state of California.

Synacor debuts as a public company

February 10, 2012 3:18 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Synacor finally became a public company, opening on the Nasdaq exchange.

Delay sought in Verizon, cable AWS deal

February 9, 2012 4:39 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

DirecTV, T-Mobile USA and Sprint want the FCC to stop the clock on its review of Verizon Wireless' $4 billion deal to buy a nationwide chunk of AWS spectrum from four cable companies.

AT&T, competitors spar over FCC legislation

February 9, 2012 4:32 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

AT&T and a number of its competitors have come out on opposite sides of the fence about provisions in a House bill that would strip the FCC of some of its authority to govern spectrum auctions.

Cable’s not-Romney

February 9, 2012 4:26 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

And now it’s Boxee versus the cable industry, which should be making cable nervous. We’ve seen this David vs. Goliath thing before, with TiVo in the Boxee role, and it didn’t end well for cable.

Invidi secures another addressable ad patent

February 8, 2012 2:21 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The patent supports the company’s own addressable advertising system, which enables ad decisions to be made at individual set-top boxes based on information provided to the network by the devices.

Industry Canada clears Dish Network, TerreStar deal

February 7, 2012 1:26 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Industry Canada cleared Dish Network's acquisition of TerreStar's satellite spectrum across the United States' northern border.

Consolidated to buy SureWest Communications for $340.9M

February 6, 2012 3:05 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In a move that merges two Tier 2 service providers, Consolidated Communications Holdings announced that it was buying SureWest Communications for roughly $340.9 million in cash and stock.

Dish protests AT&T’s rapid LTE build-out, affirms retail plans

February 6, 2012 3:02 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Dish Network wants the FCC to ignore a proposal from AT&T that it be forced to construct its LTE network faster than it had originally planned.

SCTE announces committee chairs

February 6, 2012 2:56 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers announced the committee chairs that will lead its eight core groups.

Calix rolls with 12 more broadband stimulus projects

February 6, 2012 2:53 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The dozen service providers together have a total of about $153 million in stimulus money for projects across the United States.

New Hampshire broadband project advances

February 6, 2012 2:51 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Work has been completed on four New Hampshire mountaintops to construct a wireless microwave network designed to help public safety agencies communicate better with each other.

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