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AWS-3 Auction: Nov 2014

Posted by Sam Churchill on July 21st, 2014

The FCC last week updated rules for use of the AWS-3 spectrum that will be auctioned to commercial cellular operators on November 13, 2014, notes RCR Wireless. The FCC in late March released its initial AWS-3 rules. The FCC’s Report and Order sets flexible-use regulatory, licensing, and technical rules for 65 megahertz of spectrum in […]

GoAntenna: 10 Mile Cell Communications – Without Towers

Posted by Sam Churchill on July 21st, 2014

GoTenna has developed a 6-inch-long antenna that connects to iPhones and Android phones via Bluetooth low energy. The antenna then transmits the data to other GoTennas through proprietary protocols, at 151-154 MHz. You can send text messages up to 160 characters as well as share your location on offline maps. The gadget is available for […]

Senate Passes Unlocking Legislation

Posted by Sam Churchill on July 16th, 2014

The Senate passed a bill Tuesday that would allow consumers to “unlock” their cell phone, reports The Hill. It will allow phone owners to switch providers once their contract is up. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) introduced S. 517, the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act, which would restore an exemption to the Digital Millennium […]

Digital Ad Spending: Over the Top?

Posted by Sam Churchill on July 16th, 2014

Will Google, Facebook or others invest in wireless? Let’s look at the numbers provided by eMarketer. While nobody’s projections can be expected to be very accurate, I’m fond of eMarkerter’s charts. They’re clear and don’t equivocate. According to eMarketer, advertisers in the US and Canada both devoted around one-quarter of total media budgets to digital […]

Facebook & Microsoft: Big Gain in Digital Ad Bucks

Posted by Sam Churchill on July 16th, 2014

Microsoft will surpass Yahoo in global digital ad market share this year, according to E-Marketer. Yahoo’s share of the $140.15 billion digital advertising market will fall from 2.86% to 2.52% this year, anticipates EMarketer, while Microsoft will grow its net worldwide ad revenues by more than 20% over 2013 to reach $3.56 billion, or 2.54% […]

Dish Will Participate in TV Auction

Posted by Sam Churchill on July 10th, 2014

Dish Network plans to take part in the U.S. government’s TV spectrum auction next year, reports Bloomberg. The FCC plans to sell airwaves between TV Channels 30 and 51 which may be given up voluntarily by TV stations. The company “looks forward to meaningfully participating” in the sale, Englewood, Colorado-based Dish said in a regulatory […]