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FCC and DoJ approve Verizon’s cable spectrum deal

FCC and DoJ approve Verizon’s cable spectrum deal

Last December, Verizon struck a deal with several cable companies, including Comcast and Time Warner, to be able to leverage their AWS spectrum for wireless services. The deal has been pending approval from the FCC and DoJ, and today the regulatory bodies gave the gohead on the sale. The move is deemed to be “pro consumer” due to Verizon’s spectrum swap deal with T-Mobile in addition to making plans to allow other carriers to roam on its network.

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Verizon no longer allowed to block tethering apps

Verizon no longer allowed to block tethering apps

This week Verizon has found itself under the legal gun for blocking tethering apps on Android and iOS devices, with the FCC fining them on top of it all for $1.25 million USD. This case appears to be forcing Verizon to adhere to Net Neutrality rules on its 700 MHz spectrum, thusly resulting in the company having to rescind its standing policy of blocking wireless tethering without an additional fee to its smart devices. The spectrum under investigation in this case is used to operate Verizon's 4G LTE network.

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Stolen AT&T smartphones get lockdown sequence

Stolen AT&T smartphones get lockdown sequence

Starting on July the 10th, AT&T customers who've had their iPhone, Android, or any other smartphone stolen will be able to take action in a way that's totally new to the carrier. AT&T is currently near ready to launch a stolen phone database with which they'll be able to cut out voice, data, and SMS messaging from devices reported stolen while maintaining their overall account. This service will be spreading to other carriers soon as AT&T and Verizon, amongst others, have agreed to be part of an FCC pact to make this database a reality.

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Boxee and Comcast reveal cable encryption workaround

Boxee and Comcast reveal cable encryption workaround

Comcast and Boxee are collaborating on a new system that could eventually replace CableCARD and allow third-party set-top boxes like the Boxee Box to access encrypted all-digital cable broadcasts. The two companies detailed the proposed approach in a joint FCC filing, initially using an external cable box that would hook up to STBs via ethernet, but eventually migrating to a licensed integrated digital transport adapter (Integrated DTA) that would provide a more streamlined solution.

 

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LG Optimus Vu could hit Verizon

LG Optimus Vu could hit Verizon

Our pals at the FCC have let slip what appears to be a new version of the smartphone from LG called the Optimus Vu. The line art on the left-hand side of the image below is clearly the back panel of the Optimus Vu. In place of the LG logo, you'll note a model number and the 4G LTE logo.

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Google Project Glass demo units ramped up to 722

Google Project Glass demo units ramped up to 722

This week it's been tipped by no less than the FCC that Google's Project Glass will soon be expanding in a rather large way. What before looked to be the testing ground for Project Glass in the listing for a "next-generation personal communication device." While it's possible that this is not the Project Glass device exactly, it does excite us too much to simply not report that the Project Glass testing unit might soon be on the heads of more than just a few top Google representatives.

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Verizon likely to divest spectrum for cable deal

Verizon likely to divest spectrum for cable deal

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.

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FCC CEO touts “the fastest growing technology in history”

FCC CEO touts “the fastest growing technology in history”

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."

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