1Gb Internet service could be coming to a city near you.
Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman Julius Genachowski issued a nationwide "Gigabit City Challenge" to broadband providers and state and municipal community leaders to roll out 1Gb Internet service in all 50 states by 2015. Genachowki's hope is that establishing at least one gigabit community in each state will spur innovators to create new businesses and industries.
All four major wireless carriers in the U.S. are committed to rolling out text-to-911 emergency service.
Soon you'll be able to text 911 for help from your mobile phone, regardless of whether you're a T-Mobile, AT&T, Verizon, or Sprint subscriber. FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski announced that all four wireless carriers have agreed to accelerate the availability of text-to-911, with major deployment expected in 2013. They've also committed to nationwide availability by May 15, 2014.
It's looking increasingly likely that Amazon is gearing up to launch a full-size Kindle Fire tablet to sell alongside its existing 7-inch model that's been so popular up to this point. Courtesy of some savvy online detective work, it was discovered that Amazon once again may have used a shell company to sneak through paperwork for its next generation Kindle Fire device, though details are fairly light at this point.
Comcast, the nation's largest cable TV operator, has settled a complaint brought forth by federal regulators for failing to comply with certain conditions of its NBCUniversal acquisition. As part of the settlement, Comcast will fork over an $800,000 voluntary contribution to the U.S. Treasury and offer broadband Internet access as standalone service "at reasonable prices and with sufficient bandwidth" without requiring a subscription to cable video service.
Google's market capital is over $200 billion, and shares of the search giant sell for about $625 a pop. Why is this relevant? Well, let's just say that a $25,000 fine wouldn't exactly be painful to Google. In fact, it would barely register as a prick, yet it's the amount the Federal Trade Commission is seeking after accusing the sultan of search of acting like one, or more specifically, for 'impeding' an investigation into how it collects personal and private data, including emails and text messages, through its Street View service.
AT&T is finally putting all that T-Mobile unpleasantness behind it with a new filing at the FCC. AT&T and T-Mobile have filed for approval to transfer about $1 billion in AWS spectrum holdings to T-Mobile as penance for failing to ram the $39 billion acquisition through. AT&T has already paid $3 billion in cash to T-Mobile parent company Deutsche Telekom AG.
LTE wholesaler LightSquared is breathing a little easier today as its someday business partner Sprint has granted it a 30-day deadline extension. By that time, LightSquared hopes to finally have FCC approval to run its 4G LTE network in the US. Sprint announced the partnership last summer, but since then, GPS makers have been frighting back. They claim that LightSquared signals will interfere with nearly all available GPS receivers.
It’s been a long hard climb up the mountain for AT&T as it sought regulatory approval for its $39 billion purchase of T-Mobile USA. Well, it looks like AT&T will never see that mountaintop. The carrier has announced via press release that it is walking away from the deal in search of greener spectrum pastures. Though, Ma Bell did offer a parting swipe at the regulators that essentially killed the deal.
AT&T Chief Financial Officer John Stephens sounded defiant today at a media conference in New York. Stephens made it clear that AT&T was going to move ahead with the deal to buy T-Mobile US despite the heavy opposition in regulatory circles. Easier said than done, though. Both the Justice Department and FCC have come out against the deal, and AT&T has not been a terribly good sport thus far.
It was up to AT&T to convince U.S. regulators that its proposed $39 billion takeover of T-Mobile was in the best interest of the public. Plain and simple, "the applicants failed" to do that, the Federal Communications Commission found. Among the list of concerns in the FCC's 109-page report is that the merger would ultimately result in heavy job losses.