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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

Report: Google prepping new leadership for Motorola

February 24, 2012 2:14 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Google's promise to keep Motorola Mobility at arms length following final approval of a proposed $12.5 billion acquisition of the Chicago-based OEM could prove empty.

It's official: Obama signs spectrum, public safety bill

February 24, 2012 2:09 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

President Barack Obama has signed a payroll tax cut extension bill that includes provisions allowing the FCC to auction off television spectrum and the long-awaited creation of a national mobile broadband network for public safety.

Report: Backhaul macro base stations will near 1.8M by 2014

February 24, 2012 1:59 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

New research by NPD In-Stat projects that the number of fiber-enabled backhaul macro base stations will approach 1.8 million by 2014.

Comcast gears up for launch of Streampix

February 22, 2012 2:43 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

While it would appear on the surface that Comcast's new streaming video service, which it calls Xfinity Streampix, is an answering salvo to OTT competition such as Netflix and Hulu Plus, Comcast is positioning it as an additional feature to its stable of online video offerings.

Cable closes in on universal support for TV apps

February 22, 2012 2:42 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

An interop event at CableLabs demonstrates the ability to run a single app on different players from different vendors, all based on updated CableLabs specs.

T-Mobile to FCC: Block Verizon AWS deal

February 22, 2012 2:38 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

T-Mobile USA has asked the FCC to block Verizon Wireless' $3.9 billion acquisition of a nationwide swath of AWS spectrum held by four cable companies.

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