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Archive for January, 2014

FCC: POTS is History

Posted by Sam Churchill on January 31st, 2014

The FCC gave the go ahead for a next-gen telephone network sending digitized voice and data through the internet rather than copper-based Plain Old Telephone Service and central offices. AT&T and Verizon received a nod to test moving telephone services from existing circuit-switch technology to Internet protocol to see how the change may affect consumers. […]

Airport WiFi Used to Track Users

Posted by Sam Churchill on January 31st, 2014

Airport WiFi was used to track users, according to a top secret document retrieved by U.S. whistleblower Edward Snowden and obtained by CBC News. It shows that Canada’s electronic spy agency, the Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC) used information from the free internet service at a major Canadian airport to track the wireless devices of […]

Google Selling Motorola to Lenovo

Posted by Sam Churchill on January 29th, 2014

Google has agreed to sell Motorola to Lenovo for $2.91 billion, writes Larry Page on the Google blog. According to Page, the smartphone market is super competitive, and they believe that Motorola will be better served by Lenovo—which has a rapidly growing smartphone business and is the largest (and fastest-growing) PC manufacturer in the world. […]

H-Block Auction Winding Down?

Posted by Sam Churchill on January 29th, 2014

The auction of the 1900 MHz PCS H Block is one week old, but it’s already becoming apparent to analysts that Dish Network is set to capture the spectrum in short order, reports Fierce Wireless. The FCC auction (auction 96 and live bidding results), is expected to generate over $1.6 billion for the US Treasury. […]

Justice Cool on Sprint/T-Mobile Merger

Posted by Sam Churchill on January 29th, 2014

Justice Dept Officials have met with Sprint Directors Son and Hesse, but signaled a dim view toward a merger between Sprint and T-Mobile, reports the Wall St Journal. U.S. antitrust authorities regard the current lineup of four national mobile-phone carriers as important to maintaining a competitive market. The FCC also reviews telecom transactions to determine […]

35 NYC Subway Stops Get Wireless Access

Posted by Sam Churchill on January 29th, 2014

Verizon’s voice and 3G and 4G LTE data services are now available in 35 New York City subway stations, reports contractor Transit Wireless The stations cover the west side of Manhattan from 23rd St. to 96th St, including Times Square, Rockefeller Center, Lincoln Center and Columbus Circle. The signals are distributed on fiber optic cable […]