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AT&T's Flo build-out carries $1B-plus cost

December 13, 2011 2:55 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

AT&T told the FCC that it will cost between $1 billion and $2 billion to use Qualcomm's Flo TV spectrum for supplemental downlink capacity in its LTE network.

AT&T to decide on T-Mobile deal by Jan. 12

December 13, 2011 2:50 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

A judge agreed to put legal proceedings in the Department of Justice's antitrust case against AT&T's merger with T-Mobile USA on hold until Jan. 18 as the operator scrambles to salvage the deal.

LightSquared offers new network changes for GPS fix

December 13, 2011 2:47 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

LightSquared is again modifying the deployment plan for its hybrid satellite-terrestrial LTE network to address problems with GPS interference.

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MPLS spec introduced for cell backhaul

December 12, 2011 2:14 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

For anyone performing cell backhaul, there’s a new specification for handling wireless data traffic from a combination of traditional TDM networks and packet-based transport technologies as wireless operators migrate from 2G/3G to 4G and LTE services.

NTCA sues FCC over USF, ICC reform order

December 12, 2011 2:07 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The National Telecommunications Cooperative Association (NTCA) is challenging the FCC's efforts to overhaul its Universal Service Fund (USF) and intercarrier compensation systems.

Vermont vows statewide broadband in 2 years

December 12, 2011 2:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Gov. Peter Shumlin promised that every Vermonter will have access to broadband computer services in their homes and businesses by the end of 2013.

DOJ questions viability of AT&T merger, seeks trial delay

December 12, 2011 2:00 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The Department of Justice told a judge it will seek to delay proceedings in its antitrust suit over AT&T's merger with T-Mobile USA after the operator's withdrawal of its FCC application for the transaction left the deal's future in doubt.

LightSquared backer faces possible SEC probe

December 12, 2011 1:53 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

A draft government report on LightSquared's proposed LTE network leaked to the media shows the service knocked out 75 percent of GPS receivers studied in a recent test.

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Cablevision sues Verizon over accuracy of ads

December 9, 2011 3:10 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Cablevision Systems is suing rival Verizon Communications in an effort to stop an advertising campaign deriding the speed of Cablevision's Internet service.

FCC nominees pass committee vote; Grassley block looms

December 9, 2011 3:01 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

FCC nominees Jessica Rosenworcel and Ajit Pai passed a key vote by the Senate Commerce Committee, but Sen. Chuck Grassley will attempt to block their appointment when it goes for a full floor vote.

Status hearings start for DOJ, Sprint suits over T-Mobile deal

December 9, 2011 2:59 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Two hearings began on the status of separate lawsuits from the Justice Department and Sprint challenging AT&T's $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile USA.

Motorola wins key battle with Apple in German courts

December 9, 2011 2:58 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Apple Sales International is infringing one of Motorola Mobility's core cellular communications patents related to data packet transfer technology (GPRS) through its sales of the iPhone and iPad devices.

Ensuring Network Performance in the TV Everywhere Era

December 9, 2011 1:38 pm | by James Welch, senior consulting engineer at IneoQuest Technologies | Articles | Comments

Most service providers currently deliver MPEG transport streams to their customers, although on at least one leg of their journeys, those streams are likely to travel on a packet network. As streaming services gain popularity, that's guaranteed to happen more often. There are new standards available that operators can use to assure their networks are able to properly handle the traffic.

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Netflix sharing on Facebook may be coming to U.S.

December 8, 2011 2:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

It may not be much longer before there's an easier way for Netflix's U.S. subscribers to share their taste in movies on Facebook.

LightSquared: Tests prove interference fix

December 8, 2011 2:24 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

LightSquared says new tests prove it has fixed the GPS interference problem that has held up the deployment of its hybrid satellite-terrestrial LTE network.

Copps sets departure date; nominee vote pending

December 7, 2011 2:08 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

FCC Commissioner Michael Copps formally announced his retirement just days before a key Senate vote for two nominees to the agency.

Verizon sees opportunity with online ID service

December 5, 2011 2:04 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Verizon has achieved a certification for a digital credentials program that in the short term will give the company a big advantage competing for work with the federal government, and in the long term might point the way toward the establishment of secure digital IDs in the consumer market.

Carrier IQ controversy continues; 2 lawsuits filed

December 5, 2011 1:56 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Company battles perception that it is capturing consumer data.

Ad watchdog slaps Verizon for FiOS quality claim

December 2, 2011 1:42 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Comcast challenged Verizon Communications’ claim and asked the National Advertising Division of the Council of Better Business Bureaus to investigate it.

AT&T, FCC clash over merger report

December 2, 2011 1:40 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

AT&T has come out swinging against the FCC's scathing report on its merger with T-Mobile USA, calling the agency's analysis "obviously one-sided" in a post on its official blog.

Comcast, TWC, Bright House sell wireless spectrum to Verizon for $3.6B

December 2, 2011 12:11 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Strange days indeed. Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks announced that they are selling their wireless spectrum, which was held under the guise of joint venture SpectrumCo, to Verizon Wireless for $3.6 billion.

Cable backs cybersecurity bill

November 30, 2011 3:17 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The House Intelligence Committee has introduced legislation aimed at improving the nation's cybersecurity by encouraging better communication between private industry and the federal government.

Congressman: 'Sooner the better' on spectrum inventory

November 30, 2011 3:04 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Republican Congressman Cliff Stearns called the United States' standing in global broadband deployment and speeds "embarrassing."

FCC report critical of AT&T, T-Mobile deal

November 30, 2011 3:02 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The FCC blasted AT&T's proposed merger with T-Mobile USA in a 111-page report, citing "substantial material questions of fact" about many of AT&T's claims about the deal's benefits.

AT&T, T-Mobile merger opponents want withdrawal blocked

November 29, 2011 1:41 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Two advocacy groups want the FCC to block AT&T's attempt to withdraw its application to merge with T-Mobile USA – Public Knowledge and Media Access Project.

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