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February 22, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
AT&T Inc.'s wireless unit, Cingular Wireless, said Wednesday that it had completed its two-year, $1.3-billion investment to expand and enhance service in Greater Los Angeles. The wireless unit, being renamed AT&T, built 257 new cell sites in the area last year -- 560 over two years -- and enhanced network capacity. Cingular said much of the beefed-up coverage was in metropolitan Los Angeles, the area around Costa Mesa's South Coast Plaza and parts of the Inland Empire from Temecula to Hesperia.
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BUSINESS
February 22, 2007 | James S. Granelli, Times Staff Writer
Southern California Edison Co. is taking a first step toward supporting municipal wireless Internet networks after holding up such projects in cities throughout the region for more than 18 months. The state's second-largest power utility has agreed to let EarthLink Inc. build a small network using Edison streetlights in Santa Ana as part of a wider-ranging trial of wireless gear. "This is long overdue," said Esme Vos of MuniWireless.com, an authority on such high-speed wireless projects.
BUSINESS
February 9, 2007 | From the Associated Press
The jockeying to bring the most popular names from TV and the Web to cellphones produced another exclusive deal Thursday with Verizon Wireless nabbing a multiyear agreement to offer ESPN's flashy feed of sports scores, newscasts and video highlights on the tiny screen. The plan to revive Mobile ESPN -- initially born as a full-blown cellphone company that would compete with big players such as Verizon before Burbank-based Walt Disney Co.
BUSINESS
January 30, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Verizon Wireless added 2.3 million customers, most of them prized monthly subscribers, to put a shine on a fourth quarter in which Verizon Communications Inc.'s profit was cut by restructuring costs. In reporting the 38% drop in quarterly profit Monday, Verizon Communications emphasized that growth in its DSL and new FiOS Internet businesses had outpaced the loss of traditional telephone customers. In the final three months of 2006, Verizon earned $1.
BUSINESS
January 6, 2007 | From the Associated Press
EarthLink Inc. and Google Inc. have finalized a four-year deal to provide free wireless Internet service throughout San Francisco after seven months of sometimes-tense negotiations that stalled the city's effort to ensure all its residents, visitors and businesses have easy access to the Web. San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom signed off on the contract Friday, but the details still require the approval of the city's Board of Supervisors and Public Utilities Commission.
BUSINESS
January 5, 2007 | From the Associated Press
South Korea's antitrust regulator said Thursday that it had launched a full-scale investigation into alleged unfair market practices by U.S. wireless technology company Qualcomm Inc. The Fair Trade Commission early last month formed a task force to push forward a probe into allegations that the company used its dominant position in wireless technology to seek excessive royalties, said Shin Yeong-ho, a commission official.
BUSINESS
December 5, 2006 | From the Associated Press
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 20, 2006 | Sara Lin, Times Staff Writer
Riverside has signed a deal with telecommunications giant AT&T to offer all city residents free wireless Internet access -- a move city leaders hope will help transform Riverside into a more business-friendly, tech-savvy city. Riverside is the latest city -- others include Philadelphia and Anaheim -- to embrace a nationwide trend of creating citywide wireless internet access for residents and businesses.
BUSINESS
October 13, 2006 | Jim Puzzanghera, Times Staff Writer
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.
BUSINESS
September 19, 2006 | Jim Puzzanghera, Times Staff Writer
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.
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