Archive for February, 2008

Reed Hundt Talks

Posted by Sam Churchill on February 29th, 2008

Former FCC Chairman Reed Hundt formed Frontline Wireless to build a nationwide emergency communications network using 700 MHz spectrum. Frontline bailed out of the auction just before it began, but is widely regarded as a visionary. Reed spoke with Telephony Magazine in an exclusive interview this week. On a national emergency communications network: First the […]

Sprint-Nextel: Deal from Hell

Posted by Sam Churchill on February 28th, 2008

Sprint has written down nearly $30 billion related to their 2005 merger with Nextel. That’s “B” as in Boy. Which is pretty much what they paid for Nextel. According to The Wall Street Journal, it’s the ‘Deal From Hell’ The company reported a net loss of $29.45 billion, which is more than its market capitalization. […]

Satellite Fallout

Posted by Sam Churchill on February 28th, 2008

C/Net says last week’s spy satellite shootdown left some questions hanging in the air. Was the mission really necessary? Was it worth the cost? How much of a threat was the hydrazine fuel, really? Did we escalate a space weapons race? Here are some opinions: Five myths about the satellite smash-up from MSNBC’s space analyst […]

WiMAX Deployment Maps

Posted by Sam Churchill on February 28th, 2008 has a global map of WiMAX deployments from Maravedis, which operates the WiMAXCounts site. More than 250 trials and deployments of WiMAX technologies exist today, according to Intel and the WiMAX Forum. The WiMAXCounts online subscription service tracks over 250 broadband wireless access (BWA) operators around the world. Each operator profile includes the company’s […]

Worldwide Telescope Demoed

Posted by Sam Churchill on February 28th, 2008

Science educator Roy Gould and Microsoft’s Curtis Wong give an astonishing sneak preview of Microsoft’s new WorldWide Telescope. Yes, it’s the demo that made Robert Scoble cry. WWT combines feeds from satellites and telescopes all over the world and the heavens, and weaves them together holistically to build a comprehensive view of our universe. Blog […]

Sprint Joins $99/month Club

Posted by Sam Churchill on February 28th, 2008

Sprint has joined the $99/month club, for unlimited mobile connectivity. But it’s not just unlimited voice — like AT&T and Verizon, or voice + SMS — like T-Mobile, it’s everything — voice, data, text, Sprint TV, GPS and more. “Simply Everything” is available today to both CDMA and iDEN customers, and is open to existing […]