Category: "Telecom"

Tom Wheeler Named as Next FCC Chairman

With Federal Communications Commission chairman Julius Genachowski departing this month, President Obama has nominated Tom Wheeler as his successor. Wheeler is no stranger to the telecom business, having led the National Cable Television Association in the 1980s and served as CEO of CTIA-The Wireless Association for 12 years. He thus brings experience in both cable [...]

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Windstream’s Network Suffers Severe Outages

Windstream’s network suffered a widespread outage yesterday, drawing the ire of several customers. The problem seems to have begun on Sunday afternoon in Florida, where the failure of one of the company’s switches interrupted service to 30,000 local business and residential lines in surrounding areas including Miami and Fort Lauderdale. However, customers have since reported [...]

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FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski Announces Resignation

Federal Communications Commission chairman Julius Genachowski is stepping down from his position. The news isn’t entirely surprisingly since Genachowski’s four year term was up in a few months anyway, but apparently he decided to exit slightly earlier. With Republican FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell’s announcement last week that he was leaving, Genachowski’s departure leaves the normally [...]

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Remaining Assets of Bankrupt Nortel Networks Headed for Courts

Nortel Networks was once a telecommunications equipment giant with a global operation and a workforce of 93,000. Now the former world-wide units of the bankrupt company are heading to court to battle it out for Nortel’s remaining $9 billion in cash. The decision when it finally arrives will determine who among the many retirees, governments, [...]

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Alcatel-Lucent’s Busy Week

It’s been a busy week for Alcatel-Lucent. Bloomberg reported that the Franco-U.S. vendor is a candidate to step into the Nokia Siemens Networks joint venture. Siemens is looking to exit the partnership and has apparently already held talks discussing the possibility of selling its stake to Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent as a strategic partner. While none [...]

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Three More Telecom Patent Lawsuits

It’s business as usual for telecom companies this month, which means another round of patent lawsuits. First up are Apple and LG Electronics who are being sued by Multimedia Patent Trust, a subsidiary of Alcatel-Lucent, over alleged infringement of three patents regarding video technology. All of Apple’s products which use QuickTime technology (including the iPhone, [...]

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SMS Texting Available on Tablets with Mighty Text

Tablets are just like smartphones, but bigger, right? Well, with the new MightyText app, tablet computers blur the line between tablets and smartphones. The app will bring SMS texting to PC and Android tablets, making them text messaging-capable. MightyText started not so long ago with its no longer private beta app, and has seen exponential [...]

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AT&T Adds 8 New Markets to 4G LTE

Still running to catch up with Verizon, AT&T announced that an additional 8 markets are being added to its 4G LTE network. The company said that it is still working hard to deliver faster service to more people. The new service areas including bit cities: Milwaukee, Wisconsin Denver, Colorado Louisville, Kentucky Orlando, Florida York, Pennsylvania [...]

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Apple Increases OS Security and Removes Java

Because of the growing concern over mobile security and internet security in general, Apple has taken another step to make its OSX safer on the web by removing the Java plugin from all Mac-compatible browsers. The latest OS X update was released on Wednesday, showing the removal of the Java plugin. Java updates are only [...]

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AT&T Flags Users Stealing Copyright Material

In a bid to end piracy on the Internet, AT&T is cracking down on downloaders who steal copyright material. That means if you’ve downloaded a torrent or grabbed music illegally off the Internet, AT&T will block your access to the site. Other internet service providers are joining AT&T in this endeavor to end bootlegging online. [...]

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