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Broadcasters petition Supreme Court to kill Aereo

October 14, 2013 1:51 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

In a maneuver that has important ramifications for retransmission consent arguments, ABC, CBS, Fox and Comcast-owned NBC, along with Univision, Telemundo, PBS and several individual TV stations have signed the petition asking the Court to decide that Aereo's methods violate copyright law.

New gadget frees mobile TV from blocky attachment

October 11, 2013 1:06 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A new gadget lets you watch TV on your phone or tablet without a blocky attachment. Audiovox's "mobiletv" gizmo allows you to pick up free TV signals and watch them on Apple and Android mobile devices without eating into your cellular data plan. The accessory doesn't have to be attached to the mobile device physically

GE pulls AT&T, Cisco, Intel into its M2M schemes

October 9, 2013 1:49 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

AT&T has agreed to provide connectivity for GE’s ambitious “Industrial Internet” strategy. GE already has an ongoing relationship with Cisco Systems, which has its own Internet of Everything plan. Meanwhile, GE will also be working with Intel on sensors and connectivity chips.

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Comcast Venture’s CTI Towers secures $30 million in debt financing

October 9, 2013 12:44 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

CTI Towers, which is backed by Comcast Ventures, announced this morning that it had received $30 million in debt financing to build its war chest for future acquisitions. CTI Towers also said that it had completed its first third-party acquisition with the purchase of five towers from a major wireless carrier. 

Belgacom to use Cisco routers in 4G upgrade

October 8, 2013 1:05 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The Belgian company, which combines fixed, mobile information technology (IT), and media services, will use the Cisco Aggregated Services Router (ASR) 5000 to help increase bandwidth, improve speed, and add greater intelligence to its networks, as well as provide new broadband-based services.

Time Warner Cable forks out $600 million for regional fiber network

October 7, 2013 12:36 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable has expanded its fiber footprint in the Southeast by reaching an agreement to buy DukeNet Communications for $600 million in cash. Time Warner Cable reached the agreement, which included the repayment of debt, with Duke Energy Corporation and investment funds managed by Alinda Capital Partners, both of which had 50 percent stakes in DukeNet.

In the media: Cisco, Google, SAP in the hunt for BlackBerry

October 7, 2013 12:27 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

BlackBerry is reportedly discussing selling itself whole or piecemeal with Google, Cisco and SAP.  Should any of those companies decided to bid on Blackberry, they will have to compete with the $4.7 billion offer that Fairfax Financial has already put forth to take BlackBerry private.

TWC broadens Wi-Fi reach in Austin

October 3, 2013 2:14 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable held a press event in Austin this morning to announce that its TWC WiFi service was available across 900 hotspots. Earlier this week, AT&T announced it would have a 1 Gbps service available next year in Austin, which also roughly coincides with a Google Fiber’s 1 Gig service launch in Austin.

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Internet for low-income families in KC area

October 3, 2013 1:32 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A consortium of nonprofit groups has been trying to bridge the digital divide by building what, for Kansas City, is a new kind of Internet service using microwave dishes and Wi-Fi systems. One that for now is absolutely free to the 1,000 people who already can get it in Kansas City and Kansas City, Kan.

Dish working wireless broadband proposal

September 30, 2013 1:02 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Dish Network is petitioning the FCC for waiver of certain technical rules governing a terrestrial deployment on its 20 MHz of AWS-4 spectrum as well as a one-year extension for that deployment. In return for the FCC granting the waiver and time extension, Dish has promised to bid in the upcoming H Block auction for the paired 1915-1920 MHz and 1995-2000 MHz bands.

Dish mulls H block auction

September 27, 2013 11:35 am | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Dish Network is petitioning the FCC for waiver of certain technical rules governing a terrestrial deployment on its 20 MHz of AWS-4 spectrum as well as a one-year extension for that deployment. Dish said the waiver and extra time will give it the opportunity to determine if it will use its spectrum (2000-2020 MHz) for downlink or for uplink. 

New Broadcom Chips Go In-Car with 5G Wi-Fi, Bluetooth

September 26, 2013 12:42 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Broadcom is taking its chips on the road, with today's announcement of a new line of wireless chips for use in automotive infotainment applications. The new chips feature the latest in 11AC/5G Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Smart Ready technology on a single chip.

$4.7 billion bid for Blackberry

September 24, 2013 1:49 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

BlackBerry today announced that it has agreed to sell itself for $4.7 billion to a consortium ed by Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited, which plans on taking the Canadian OEM private.  BlackBerry shareholders would receive $9 in cash for each share of BlackBerry that they hold.

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AT&T gets nod from FCC on Alltel deal

September 23, 2013 12:23 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

AT&T has recieved final FCC approvel of its acquisition of Atlantic Tele-Network, Inc.’s U.S. retail wireless assets operated under the Alltel brand. As part of the deal, AT&T acquired wireless properties in six states, including spectrum licenses, network assets, retail stores and approximately 590,000 subscribers.

Liberty Global envisions pan-Europe Wi-Fi network

September 19, 2013 1:34 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Liberty Global executive Peter Dorr raised the possibility of creating a pan-European Wi-Fi network that would be free to cable subscribers. Dorr also spoke about the ease with which Liberty Global was able to update its Horizon multi-screen service, which is based on ActiveVideo’s cloud-based technology.

Boingo plans to buy AWS

September 19, 2013 12:51 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Wi-Fi provider Boingo Wireless today announced that the company will acquire Advanced Wireless Group, the second largest airport Wi-Fi provider in the United States.  Boingo said the expanded reach allowed by the acquistion will accelerate the process of bringing new products to market.

DIY gives way to outsourcing in Multi-screen

September 17, 2013 7:19 pm | by Brian Santo | Articles | Comments

For service providers, the challenges of multi-screen are no less daunting for being well known. It is a marvelously complex process to deliver video to an ever-expanding universe of devices running multiple major operating systems all with different screen sizes and supporting unique combinations of streaming formats and digital rights management (DRM) schemes.

Time Warner Cable’s Wi-Fi service goes live in Hawaii

September 13, 2013 12:19 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Oceanic Time Warner Cable announced this morning that it has started to deploy Wi-Fi hotspots in Hawaii. Starting today, Time Warner Cable subscribers with Standard Internet or above data tiers that live in Oahu can access more than 400 hotspots across the island. 

Expo to kick off with C-suite execs in general session

September 13, 2013 12:14 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) has lined up Cox Communications president Pat, Esser, Comcast executive vice president and chief operating officer Dave Watson and Arris chairman and CEO Bob Stanzione for the opening general session at next month’s SCTE Cable-Tec Expo in Atlanta.

Why MSOs need HotSpot 2.0

September 11, 2013 7:58 pm | by Gopi Mohan, Assistant Vice President, Technology, Aricent Group | Articles | Comments

HotSpot 2.0, which was recently re-named Wi-Fi Certified Passpoint by the Wi-Fi Alliance, has the potential to make a big impact on the mobile connectivity landscape. The new approach to public Wi-Fi access is aimed at greatly improving the Wi-Fi user experience. Part of the movement is a certification process for existing hotspots and technology.

Capital Currents: 5 GHz Unlicensed Devices

September 11, 2013 6:40 pm | by Jeffrey Krauss, President of Telecommunications and Technology Policy | Articles | Comments

 The FCC regulates the 5725-5850 MHz “WiFi” band under Section 15.247 of the FCC Rules. But much of the current interest deals with the bands known as U-NII. An important part of the FCC proceeding deals with two bands in the 5 GHz range that are not currently allocated for either WiFi or U-NII use. The big dispute is over interference.

AT&T closes $1.9B deal for Verizon spectrum

September 11, 2013 12:27 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

AT&T gets 39 lower 700 MHz B Block licenses reportedly covering 42 million people in 18 states—California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Louisiana, Montana, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington and Wyoming.

EarthLink set to offer wireless residential broadband

September 10, 2013 1:17 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

EarthLink is about to start offering a residential broadband service in 80 U.S. markets, to complement the mobile service the company introduced in June. Both service uses Clearwire’s WiMAX network, following a deal the two companies signed a year ago.

Arris announces whole-home box with Sling streaming

September 9, 2013 12:59 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Arris announced its own version of a Sling Box, built in conjunction with Sling Media. The Arris MS4000 can offer up to 4 simultaneous HD channels, of both live and on-demand content to mobile devices. It will be commercially available starting in the first quarter of 2014.

Cablevision reaches 100K milestone for Wi-Fi hotspots

September 4, 2013 12:25 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cablevision’s Wi-Fi hotspots have been seemingly cropping up like mushrooms after a hard rain. To wit: the New York City area cable operator has reached the 100,000 milestone for hotspots deployed in its tri-state footprint. Cablevision started its Wi-Fi network build out in Long Island back in 2008 at estimated cost of $300 million

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