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SCTE's 130 advertising standards garner ITU-T's approval

January 31, 2012 1:09 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Eight advanced advertising technology standards developed by the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers recently received approval from the Standardization Sector of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU-T).

Comcast among latest round of investors for SnagFilms

January 30, 2012 1:24 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Following up on a $10 million round of investment last year, SnagFilms has raised another $7 million in funds from its investors, which included Comcast Interactive Capital.

LightSquared GPS argument up for public comment

January 30, 2012 1:17 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

LightSquared has been fighting for FCC approval of its plans to deploy a hybrid satellite-terrestrial LTE network despite charges of interference with GPS systems.

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Alliance: Super Wi-Fi an 'Inaccurate Moniker'

January 30, 2012 1:15 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Wilmington, N.C., is first city to host services in white spaces – previously unused spectrum that lies between television channels.

Thailand welcomes Twitter's new censorship policy

January 30, 2012 1:13 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Twitter "felt responsible to cooperate with governments to make sure basic rights are not violated through the use of social media."

Charytan to head up Comcast's new regulatory group

January 27, 2012 2:55 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast has formed a new legal regulatory group that will be headed by Lynn Charytan, who is the company's vice president of legal regulatory affairs.

Samsung's Q4 profit rises 17% on smartphone sales

January 27, 2012 2:51 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics reported a 17 percent jump in fourth-quarter profit on the strength of smartphone sales, even as the company battled claims it had copied Apple's iPhone.

Feds drop fraud case against Adelphia founder, son

January 27, 2012 2:50 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A six-year legal battle involving the jailed father-son duo who headed now-defunct Adelphia Communications has ended after prosecutors withdrew tax fraud charges related to their earlier conviction in a $1.9 billion fraud case.

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TWC reports robust Q4, outlines plan for more IP streaming

January 26, 2012 2:36 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

After launching its iPad video app, Time Warner Cable will be sending live video streams to even more devices – including PCs and Macs, game consoles, and Internet-connected TVs – around the home.

AT&T posts $6.7B loss despite surging smartphones

January 26, 2012 2:31 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

AT&T said it lost $6.7 billion during the fourth quarter on the cost of its benefit plans, the downgrade of the value of its directory assets and a $4 billion charge for its attempt to acquire T-Mobile USA.

White space goes live in Wilmington, N.C.

January 26, 2012 2:28 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The city of Wilmington, N.C., has been testing out white space technology for almost a year, and the experiment went live.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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