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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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Nokia Siemens to sell fixed line broadband to Adtran

December 12, 2011 1:51 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nokia Siemens Networks says it will sell its fixed-line broadband access business and transfer 400 personnel worldwide to Adtran.

Expo: Playing Out of Bounds

December 12, 2011 1:14 am | by CED Magazine | Articles | Comments

At Cable-Tec Expo, we ran into Comcast CTO Tony Werner, mentioned what Verizon’s Eric Bruno had announced about Home Control, and asked him if Comcast had any plans to do likewise: sell broadband-based services outside of its traditional footprint.

In Perspective – An Extra Helping

December 11, 2011 5:44 pm | by Brian Santo | Articles | Comments

Ordinarily, we include coverage of Cable-Tec Expo in our November/December print issue. This year, Expo was scheduled too late in the year for us to include it in that edition, prompting this extra online installment.

Time Warner Cable boosts data speeds, adds HD nets in Carolinas

December 9, 2011 3:15 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable has ramped up the upstream and downstream speeds of several of its data tiers in its Carolinas system, as well as added more HD channels.

SeaChange adds a half-dozen multi-screen customers

December 9, 2011 3:07 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Drama in its boardroom may have dominated recent headlines, but the big story at SeaChange International is that it is finding singular success with its evolution to a multi-screen strategy.

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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.

Maple Leafs and Raptors sold to Rogers and BCE

December 9, 2011 2:56 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Canada's largest telecommunication companies have agreed to buy the NHL's Toronto Maple Leafs and NBA's Toronto Raptors; the fierce telecom rivals seek live content for their sports channels, digital properties and smartphones.

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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Cisco names former Juniper exec mobility CTO

December 8, 2011 2:31 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Cisco has named a former executive with rival Juniper Networks as the new chief technology officer for its mobile business.

Hollywood flubs movie system launch, miffs users

December 8, 2011 2:28 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Warner Bros. is learning a hard lesson about launching an ill-conceived product in the age of social media.

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.

Game streaming service OnLive coming to tablets

December 8, 2011 2:22 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

OnLive, the start-up whose technology streams video games over an Internet connection, is expanding its service to tablets and mobile devices.

Microsoft launches Xbox app for iOS

December 8, 2011 2:20 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Microsoft launched Xbox Live apps for both Windows Phone 7 (WP7) and Apple's iPhone.

In the media: Verizon down with OTT

December 7, 2011 2:12 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Verizon Communications is working on an over-the-top service that would stream movies and TV shows to customers outside of its FiOS video service footprint.

Qualcomm paints HomePlug green

December 7, 2011 2:10 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Qualcomm Atheros is sampling a green version of its HomePlug PHY circuitry aimed at supporting applications such as plug-in electrical vehicles, smart energy, Smart Grid and remote monitoring applications.

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.

AT&T hits bottom in consumer survey

December 7, 2011 2:05 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

For the second year in a row, AT&T finds itself at the bottom of Consumer Reports' annual survey that measures consumer satisfaction with wireless carriers. Meanwhile, a relatively little-known provider called Consumer Cellular topped the ratings.

Humbled Netflix CEO still thinking, talking big

December 7, 2011 2:04 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

To hear Netflix CEO Reed Hastings tell it, the bone-headed decisions that have dragged down the Internet's leading video subscription service during the past five months eventually will be forgotten like a bad movie made by a great film director.

Cablemas phasing out VOD for streaming

December 6, 2011 2:18 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Last May, Cablemas bought more than a quarter million hybrid set-tops. The other shoe just dropped: Cablemas is going to phase out its traditional video-on-demand (VOD) system for a quarter of its TV subscribers in favor of a broadband-based streaming service managed by Avail-TVN.

Shaw bows Wi-Fi trials in 3 cities

December 6, 2011 2:14 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Shaw Communications launched the trial of its Wi-Fi network for customers in Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton.

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