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FCC, S.D. utilities split on broadband fund reforms

July 30, 2012 1:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Broadband Internet access should start reaching more rural parts of the country after the Federal Communications Commission retooled a fund that has traditionally subsidized rural phone service.

In the media: Comcast to pay $170M to explain Xfinity brand

July 27, 2012 12:17 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast seeks to better define Xfinity branding during Olympic spots.

BendBroadband buys Chambers Cable, plans all-digital upgrade

July 26, 2012 2:15 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

BendBroadband has bought Chambers Cable System, which serves 3,500 subscribers in Sunriver and Crossriver, Ore., as well as surrounding areas.

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MetroPCS’ VoLTE plans on track for Q3

July 26, 2012 2:10 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

MetroPCS is confirming its plans to launch an LTE-based voice service in the third quarter after pushing out its debut earlier this year.

Alcatel-Lucent to cut 5,000 jobs after loss in Q2

July 26, 2012 2:04 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Telecoms equipment group Alcatel-Lucent is to cut 5,000 jobs in a multi-million-euro cost drive after it reported a second-quarter net loss of €254 million, or $308 million.

Rogers teams up with SAP for mobile workforce apps

July 25, 2012 12:41 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Rogers Communications has joined forces with SAP AG to develop a platform of enterprise mobile applications that can be accessed by employees on their smartphones and tablets. 

U-verse drives AT&T’s Q2 wireline operations

July 24, 2012 3:17 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The company continues to bleed DSL customers, and some of those are lost completely.

GLDS debuts TV Everywhere authorization

July 23, 2012 2:48 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The system links to the company’s Web-based self-care portal, so subscribers can manage all of their services with a single account.

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Verizon’s broadband adds fewest in 4 years

July 19, 2012 3:15 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Solid subscriber growth of FiOS Internet barely compensates for DSL losses; FiOS TV grows, as well.

Illinois governor signs consumer utility laws

July 19, 2012 3:09 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The scam – with charges ranging from $10 to $45 per bill – has been around for years on landline phone bills and is creeping into the cell phone industry.

Optimum Lightpath powers iSpeech’s text-to-speech cloud service

July 17, 2012 3:16 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Optimum Lightpath said iSpeech is using its fiber network to support its international text-to-speech and speech recognition cloud service.

U.S. Cellular snaps up Actel 700 MHz licenses

July 17, 2012 3:13 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

U.S. Cellular is buying seven lower 700 MHz A-block licenses from CenturyLink subsidiary Actel for an undisclosed sum.

Amino gets 'substantial' order

July 17, 2012 3:10 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Intracom Telecom will use Amino’s IPTV boxes to roll out HD services in two markets in Eastern Europe.

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CSG picks up Ascade for $19M

July 16, 2012 3:17 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

CSG acquires a competitor, strengthening its global reach in the market for wholesale routing and billing for telecom companies.

Behind the blackouts: Power plays for profits

July 16, 2012 3:13 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Programmers are profiting at the expense of distributors, and in the middle of it all, consumers are the ones paying the price.

Report: Mobile broadband pushing mobile services to $976B

July 16, 2012 3:03 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Mobile broadband is poised to push mobile services to $976 billion, according to a recent report.

House Dems again criticize Verizon AWS deal

July 10, 2012 3:11 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

House Democrats are pressuring federal regulators for the second time in a month about Verizon Wireless' marketing deals with those cable operators from which it has proposed buying AWS spectrum.

Comcast’s VoiceEdge arrives in Houston

July 9, 2012 3:26 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The MSO has now extended the new cloud-based business services product to 19 states in its footprint.

C Spire gets into landline replacement biz

July 9, 2012 3:19 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

C Spire Wireless is taking on AT&T's dominance in the home phone market with a new fixed wireless device designed to serve as a replacement for subscribers' landline phones.

Report: Net wireless adds plunge in Q1

July 6, 2012 1:41 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The major wireless providers fell flat in the first quarter on slowing smartphone adoption, according to a report from Fitch Ratings.

Report: Cable will have 25% of fixed broadband subs by 2017

July 3, 2012 1:57 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cable operators’ rollout of DOCSIS 3.0-based data services and digitization efforts in developing economies were cited as key drivers.

Microsemi adds voice chips for DOCSIS modems

July 2, 2012 5:10 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

The semiconductor company has introduced a pair of new subscriber line interface circuits for DOCSIS applications.

Fiber backbone provider Alpheus to expand workforce, network

July 2, 2012 1:47 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Houston-based Alpheus Communications will invest more than $10 million to expand its workforce and fiber network to support its new market of selling high-bandwidth services directly to Texas businesses.

C Spire hires Alcatel-Lucent for LTE build

July 2, 2012 1:41 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

After naming Samsung as its LTE vendor, C Spire Wireless said that Alcatel-Lucent is building and deploying the network ahead of its debut.

Study: LTE in the driver’s seat for IMS deployments

July 2, 2012 1:38 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Infonetics Research recently analyzed trends in the IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) market and found that LTE was the top driver for IMS deployments.

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