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Apple set to unveil iPad 3

March 7, 2012 2:00 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Apple is set to unveil its next-generation iPad at an event in San Francisco, and analysts and news outlets also have speculated that the company could take the wraps off of a new Apple TV product.

Google aggregates content into Google Play Store

March 7, 2012 1:45 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Google launched Google Play, a media hub that aggregates all of its many content storefronts – Google Music, Android Market, Google eBookstore – into one central entertainment hub.

HomeFusion makes Verizon Wireless 'cantenna' a reality

March 6, 2012 3:05 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless introduced HomeFusion Broadband, a new service that will bring wireless LTE service into the home as a primary broadband connection for those in areas with limited options.

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N.Y. Gov. proposes $25M for rural broadband

March 6, 2012 2:59 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to use a job creation fund to extend broadband to rural New York communities, some of which lack even cellular coverage.

Apple to get Android data from Google, Motorola

March 6, 2012 2:57 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Google and Motorola Mobility have been ordered to hand over information to Apple about the development of the Android operating system.

Verizon, cable ops defend AWS sale

March 5, 2012 1:53 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless defended its $3.9 billion purchase of spectrum from four cable companies against critics of the deal in documents filed with the FCC, and it continued to insist the Commission exclude a marketing side deal from its review of the transaction.

FCC puts Dish LTE on ice

March 5, 2012 1:51 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The FCC cleared Dish Network's satellite spectrum acquisition but put the company's wireless plans on the back burner, denying a waiver to use the airwaves for a land-based next-generation LTE-Advanced network.

Verizon, MetroPCS net neutrality suit to proceed

March 2, 2012 1:50 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

A court challenge to the FCC's controversial net neutrality regulations will proceed after the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed the agency's request to delay the case.

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Broadcast networks gang up on Aereo

March 2, 2012 1:46 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The start-up based its approach on the network DVR concept that Cablevision established as legally defensible.

AT&T officially throttles all unlimited plans

March 2, 2012 1:45 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

AT&T confirmed that it will begin throttling customers with 3G unlimited plans that exceed 3 GB of data in a single billing cycle. Speeds will return to normal at the start of the next billing cycle.

Rogers shoots, scores on Toronto Raptors live streaming

March 2, 2012 1:43 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

NBA fans will be able to watch Sportsnet's live coverage of Toronto Raptors hoops games on their computers and smartphones.

Q&A: CableLabs CEO Liao weighs in on Canoe, industry initiatives

March 1, 2012 4:05 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

There's a busy year ahead for Liao and CableLabs before he leaves in December.

Microsoft, Adobe, others line up behind MPEG DASH

March 1, 2012 4:02 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Support for a universal streaming video technology is growing, but Apple's refusal to play along could be problematic.

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Cisco preps next-gen Wi-Fi hotspots

March 1, 2012 4:00 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | Product Releases | Comments

Cisco is taking aim at the burgeoning small cell market with a new generation of hotspots that will bring a cellular-type roaming experience to Wi-Fi.

FCC to vote on 700 MHz interoperability, MSS

March 1, 2012 3:59 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Small wireless operators whose LTE services can't roam onto the networks of national providers because of interoperability problems could see some progress on the issue at the FCC's next open meeting.

Former Nextel exec rumored as new LightSquared CEO

March 1, 2012 3:54 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

LightSquared may hire the former head of Nextel as its new CEO while it tries to turn around its LTE plans, which were left dead in the water by the FCC's decision to stop it from moving forward.

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.

Charter pushes back TiVo launch

February 27, 2012 2:53 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In its fourth-quarter earnings conference call, Charter Communications executives said the company was pulling back on the reins for its planned deployment of TiVo's Premiere box.

Sprint raises $2B in debt, stays mum on MetroPCS rumors

February 27, 2012 2:48 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Sprint plans to raise $2 billion in new debt funding that it said could be used to defray the cost of upgrading its network, pay off its debt or pour additional cash into Clearwire.

Ericsson, Qualcomm show new wireless video tech

February 27, 2012 2:47 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The two are collaborating on a more efficient way to deliver video over cellular networks using the evolved Multimedia Broadcast Multicast Services (eMBMS) standards.

Isis adds options ahead of mid-year launch

February 27, 2012 2:45 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Isis has added three new banks to its mobile wallet ahead of its mid-year debut in Salt Lake City and Austin, Texas.

Google sells off Clearwire stake for $47M

February 24, 2012 2:17 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Google is selling off its entire stake in Clearwire for $47 million, well below the market value of the shares.

Rogers debuts TV + Web whole-home service

February 24, 2012 2:16 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Rogers Communications has started offering a combination whole-home PVR and TV Everywhere-style service based on Cisco's Videoscape architecture.

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