December 5, 2006 |
Qualcomm Inc. said Monday that it was expanding its wireless semiconductor capabilities with the acquisitions of a company that develops Wi-Fi technology for laptops and hotspots, and a business that specializes in Bluetooth connections between mobile devices such as cellphones and headsets. Qualcomm is paying an undisclosed amount to acquire all of Airgo Networks Inc. and $39 million to buy the majority of RF Micro Devices Inc.'s Bluetooth operations.
October 13, 2006 |
The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday struck a compromise that would give technology companies some access to the white space between television channels while addressing broadcasters' fears that new gadgets could interfere with their signals. Under pressure from Congress, the FCC took the first step toward allowing fixed wireless devices, such as broadband receivers in homes, to use most of the vacant channels in any given market after the digital TV transition in February 2009.
September 19, 2006 |
T-Mobile USA is opening its pocketbook to ease the SigAlerts on its Los Angeles data highway. The wireless provider was the big winner in the federal government's auction of radio-wave spectrum that ended Monday, agreeing to pay $4.2 billion so it can upgrade services in Los Angeles, New York and other major cities. In all, the auction raised $13.9 billion.
September 13, 2006 |
New York has signed a $500-million contract with Northrop Grumman Corp. to build a high-speed wireless data network for emergency services. The Citywide Mobile Wireless Network would give police and firefighters responding to emergency situations high-speed data access to share information such as federal and state anti-terrorism databases, fingerprints, mug shots, maps and video, the statement said.
July 27, 2006 |
As cities across the nation roll out their own wireless Internet networks, some Southern California communities are hitting an unexpected bottleneck: Southern California Edison Co. The state's second-largest power utility owns many of the residential street lights that cities need to form the backbone of their networks. But Edison acknowledges that it has yet to act on year-old requests for access to its poles and electricity. That has left cities waiting for a signal.
June 29, 2006 |
Internet service provider EarthLink Inc. expects to launch its first municipal wireless system today, with high-speed connections in six square miles of downtown Anaheim. The Orange County city is key to EarthLink's strategy as it adapts to changing online habits and the evaporation of its dial-up business. Anaheim is the biggest city so far to embrace a nationwide trend of creating citywide wireless Internet access for residents and businesses.
April 6, 2006 |
Google Inc.'s bid to blanket San Francisco with a free wireless Internet service cleared a major hurdle Wednesday when a city panel identified the Internet search engine leader and EarthLink Inc. as the best candidates to complete the ambitious project. The recommendation, completing a six-week review, clears the way for the city to begin final negotiations with Google and EarthLink, which decided to work together this year after initially bidding against each other.
November 29, 2005 |
Walt Disney Co. is again counting on the loyal audience of its ESPN sports franchise to help it establish a toehold in mobile media -- this time with a wireless phone service that delivers news, scores and video highlights. Mobile ESPN is the latest example of neophytes in the mobile phone market targeting lucrative niche audiences and attempting to peel them away from established carriers such as Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile.
November 13, 2005 |
More than 85 years ago, Lompoc women had a hard time using electric irons because the Lompoc Light and & Power Co. supplied their tiny Central Coast town with electricity only a few hours a week. At the same time, rumpled city leaders didn't like being left in the dark, so they bought the private utility and ran it themselves.
November 12, 2005 |
Don't stand between bureaucrats and their BlackBerrys. Eager to keep federal thumbs tapping, the Justice Department this week stepped into a long-running patent dispute that threatens to pull the popular and addictive BlackBerry hand-held e-mail device off the market. The feds want to ensure that even if a judge stops BlackBerry sales and service, government workers won't get cut off.