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DoJ Tosses Monkey Wrench Into Sprint-Softbank Merger Plans

Citing national security concerns, the Justice Department on Tuesday asked the FCC to put the brakes on the pending Sprint-Softbank merger. The DoJ, FBI and DHS are reviewing the buy for national security, law enforcement and public safety concerns, according to a letter Justice sent to the FCC. "We...

Google Plans Mysterious Wireless Network Project

Google has filed an application with the Federal Communications Commission for a new or modified radio station for an experimental radio service other than broadcast. The initial base station will be deployed on Google's campus in Mountain View, Calif. It appears the company intends to build a dense...

AT&T Wheels and Deals to Fend Off Spectrum Squeeze

AT&T has reached an agreement with Atlantic Tele-Network to buy its wireless assets for $780 million. The deal will add approximately 585,000 subscribers -- mainly in Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, North Carolina, Ohio and South Carolina -- to AT&T's user ranks. Perhaps more importantly, AT&T...

AT&T Wheels and Deals to Fend Off Spectrum Squeeze

AT&T has reached an agreement with Atlantic Tele-Network to buy its wireless assets for $780 million. The deal will add approximately 585,000 subscribers -- mainly in Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, North Carolina, Ohio and South Carolina -- to AT&T's user ranks. Perhaps more importantly, AT&T...

Dish Meddles With Sprint-Softbank Merger

Dish Network has asked the U.S. Federal Communications Commission to pause its review of Softbank's proposed $20.1 billion acquisition of Sprint while the two companies battle over their bids to buy Clearwire. Dish contended in a filing this week that the FCC's review of Softbank's acquisition is "u...

FCC Unveils Smartphone Security Checklist

The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday launched a smartphone security checker website to help consumers ensure their devices are as secure as possible. The page lists various mobile operating systems and also points to a general checklist of actions users can take to secure their smartpho...

FCC Gives AT&T Thumbs-Up to Buy LTE Spectrum

The Federal Communications Commission has approved AT&T's purchase of licenses for new wireless spectrum after years of maneuvering. The purchases will be in the Wireless Communications Service and AWS-1 bands. AT&T will purchase the spectrum from Comcast; NextWave; Horizon Wi-Com, which was...

Dish Network Gets Down to Earth

The Federal Communications Commission approved a proposal from the Dish Network that would allow it to convert spectrum currently allocated for satellite service into airwaves that could support a land-based wireless network. Dish did not lay out specific plans for its next step with the spectrum, s...

FCC to FAA: Let’s Get Real About Device Use on Planes

The FCC is interjecting itself into a long-standing argument over the safety of using electronic devices during flights. Chairman Julius Genachowski sent a letter to Michael Huerta, acting administrator of the FAA, calling for an expansion of the permitted use of tablets, e-readers, and other portab...

BOOK REVIEW

‘The Politics of Abundance:’ Lessons From the Last Era of Prosperity

The duo that led the Clinton-era FCC, Reed Hundt and Blair Levin, recently published a new e-book titled "The Politics of Abundance." It looks to the success of the 1990's for solutions to today's problems. They lay out a framework and a path to regenerate the kind of growth and innovation we saw du...

The Skies Have It: Affordable Broadband Internet for All

The rural broadband delivery business is rapidly changing. When Dish Network's super-cheap broadband-via-satellite service, dishNET, went live in October, it prompted a satellite Internet price-war. dishNET download speeds reach 10 Mbps. Service starts at $39.99 a month for 10 GB of data at 5 Mbps i...

A New FCC Rule Might Change How You Watch TV

The Federal Communications Commission passed a little-publicized order last month that changes how cable television providers can deliver basic broadcast channels. This rule change has far-reaching implications for those who legally grab their basic broadcast channels for free from cable, but don't ...

TECH TREK

eBay Launches Luxury Site for China’s Fashionistas

eBay is taking another stab at the Chinese market. The retailer's new Chinese site, which is a joint venture with luxury retailed xiu.com, is described as low-key but stylish, and focuses on mid-range to high-end products such as clothing, handbags and accessories. Banana Republic, Clinique and Gues...

Sprint Snatches Midwest Spectrum

Sprint will acquire wireless spectrum and customers from U.S. Cellular in the Midwest, in a $480 million deal to expand its services in the area, the companies announced Wednesday. Under the agreement, Sprint will pick up segments of PCS spectrum in multiple Midwestern markets, including Chicago and...

GOVERNMENT IT REPORT

FCC Draws mHealth Road Map, Part 2

The U.S. government's efforts to advance health technology include work taking place at two obvious agencies: the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Department of Veterans Affairs. However, an unlikely player in the healthcare arena has emerged -- the Federal Communications Commission,...

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