Verizon's proposed $3.6 billion deal to snatch up unused AWS spectrum from a coalition of cable companies in exchange for joint marketing will likely require the carrier to divest some of that spectrum. Senator Herb Kohl, chairman of the Senate Antitrust Subcommittee, who urged against the AT&T and T-Mobile deal that later crumbled, has issued a letter this week raising competition concerns surrounding the Verizon deal.
This week at CTIA, FCC CEO Julius Genachowski noted that they will be re-dedicating themselves to a fair and safe expansion of the wireless industry. Genachoski has spoken today on leadership, how the FCC enjoys attending CTIA, and how it's only a matter of time before the whole world sees the power of the wireless industry. He noted then that he'd recently seen a note which blew his mind, that "more people across the world have mobile phones than running water or electricity."
This morning we're sitting in on the first big CTIA keynote speech as headed by FCC CEO Julius Genachowski, here to play how to talk about how, as he says, "Wireless is THE Game Changer." This keynote speech series will also include MasterCard Wordwide president Gary Flood as well as Pandora CEO Joe Kennedy - plus Cellcom 2012 CTIA chairman Patrick Riordan. We're likely to hear several bits on how the FCC will continue to work with the wireless industry through the future to bring you the information you need while the wireless industry improves our lives in so many more ways than one. Stick with us all day long, but especially here in the first couple hours as we see how these titans in the industry will affect the near future.
Nokia's 808 PureView has sashayed through the FCC, flaunting its sizable camera sensor and revealing functionality details thanks to the prematurely-published user manual. The size, of course, comes as little surprise, given Nokia's imaging team has managed to pump 41-megapixels into the Symbian smartphone.
Although it is sure to pose a lot of problems, the idea of being able to send a text message to emergency services is something that is long overdue. Texting is becoming the primary means of communication for Americans throughout the country. You can think of many reasons where it might be more useful to text - when you're in a noisy situation and can't speak clearly, or when you're in a life-or-death spot and can't talk. Or, for those who are deaf or hard of hearing.
Google may have avoided any messy legal trouble with the FCC in the United States over the Street View case, but Europe isn’t quite done with the search company just yet. The New York Times reports that privacy groups in the UK, France, and Germany may reopen their investigations into the Street View case after it was revealed that the engineer behind the project knew exactly what the capabilities were.
Beleaguered would-be 4G carrier LightSquared could eke out an extension on its financing, if outspoken director Philip Falcone agrees to step down and concede to anti-bankruptcy provisions. LightSquared faces the expiration of a debt-terms violations waiver later today, but according to insiders whispering to the WSJ could extend that for a week if Falcone drops out of public sight. However, Falcone's presence isn't the only aspect worrying investors: there are also concerns that he could push for bankruptcy and leave lenders with nothing.
Suspicions around Google's handling of data privacy in Street View data collection have been reawakened, with allegations that the incident was not solely the work of one "rogue engineer." Google released a lightly-redacted version of the full report this weekend, leaving more details visible than the FCC's heavily censored version; in it, it's confirmed that the engineer who began the Street View project as his "20%" spare time project at Google "specifically told two engineers working on the project, including a senior manager, about collecting payload data."
Google has decided to voluntarily release the results of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) probe into its Street View privacy probe. The governmental organization looked into allegations that the search giant was collecting data from millions of households throughout the country, specifically information about wireless networks. The FCC concluded that what Google did was wrong but not illegal.