Archive for November, 2011

First Responders Get Bills for D-Block

Posted by Sam Churchill on November 30th, 2011

Lawmakers of both parties have announced separate legislation to create a nationwide public safety broadband network, reports the Washington Post. On Tuesday, Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) introduced a discussion draft of the Jumpstarting Opportunity with Broadband Spectrum bill (JOBS), which would allocate the D block of spectrum to public safety users — not auctioning off […]

Spy Software on Android Phones?

Posted by Sam Churchill on November 30th, 2011

Wired reports that the Android developer who raised the ire of a mobile-phone monitoring company last week is on the attack again, producing a video of how the Carrier IQ software secretly installed on millions of mobile phones reports most everything a user does on a phone. Carrier IQ was installed by carriers such as […]

D-Day for Clearwire

Posted by Sam Churchill on November 30th, 2011

WiMax network operator Clearwire may not be long for this world if they don’t make the the right decision about a looming debt payment, opines TechCrunch. According to Bloomberg , the company owes $237 million in the form of an interest payment due on Thursday, and the wrong choice could spell the end of the […]

Intel: ARM No Threat, Windows 8 is Huge

Posted by Sam Churchill on November 30th, 2011

Intel CEO Paul Otellini said Windows 8 is “one of the best things that’s ever happened to our company,” reports C/Net Speaking at a Credit Suisse technology conference, Otellini said it was a myth that the PC is toast, that ARM will hurt Intel, and that the chip giant can’t do mobile well. Myth No. […]

Verizon and Cricket Swap Spectrum

Posted by Sam Churchill on November 30th, 2011

Verizon Wireless and Leap Wireless, parent of Cricket, have applied for a significant exchange of spectrum between the two companies, reports Mobile Burn. Leap will give Verizon a spectrum license that covers about 18.7 million residents, and Verizon will give Leap some Chicago area licenses that cover about 11 million residents (FCC pdf). In the […]

FCC Releases Critical Report on AT&T Merger

Posted by Sam Churchill on November 29th, 2011

The FCC staff study of the AT&T/T-Mobile merger proposal found substantial questions of fact and misstatements by AT&T regarding the effect the merger would have on competition in the wireless market (pdf report). The Verge summarizes the report’s skeptical findings. The FCC released the 109-page staff report (pdf), in a highly unusual move. The report […]