April 2, 2012
Policymakers have long agreed that Washington needs to make more spectrum available for wireless services, but they've struggled to convince the federal agencies that control more than half of the usable frequencies. A new report from the Obama administration raised hopes last week, suggesting a way to squeeze more room for commercial networks out of some prime frequencies that are crowded with federal users. More than 20 agencies now have exclusive rights to the spectrum in question (1755 Mhz to 1850 Mhz)
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April 1, 2012 |
The rows of experiments at the Los Angeles County Science Fair began with a simple question: Is a dog's mouth cleaner than a human's? Answer: It isn't. How about this: Is the closest living relative of the Tyrannosaurus rex a chicken? Not quite. It's the red junglefowl, a wild chicken. Or: Could a sixth-grader build a hovercraft? He could, capable of carrying both him and his mother. But he couldn't figure out how to propel his creation. "I read that some fire extinguishers would work," he wrote, "but my parents wouldn't let me try. " These results and many others were presented by more than 1,000 young scientists whose work for the 62nd annual science fair was on display at the Pasadena Convention Center on Saturday.
March 28, 2012 |
— With public airwaves getting crowded, the Defense Department and other federal agencies need to share a swath of valuable government spectrum with wireless companies to help meet rising demand from smartphones and other mobile devices, the Commerce Department says. Sharing the spectrum would be a new approach and would involve finding ways to prevent commercial systems from interfering with key government functions, according to a 155-page report released Tuesday by the Commerce Department's National Telecommunications and Information Administration.
February 24, 2012 |
Shares of Clearwire Corp., the unprofitable wireless-broadband provider, fell the most in two months after Google Inc. said it planned to sell its stake in the company. Clearwire shares declined 16 cents, or 6.8%, to $2.11 for the biggest one-day slump since Dec. 20. The stock has tumbled 56% in the last 12 months. Google plans to sell its stake at $1.60 a share, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing. The sale of the stake, for less than a tenth of what Google paid for it, comes amid increasing obstacles for Clearwire's prospects, said Christopher King, an analyst with Stifel Nicolaus & Co. in Baltimore.
February 16, 2012
The Federal Communications Commission announced this week that it would seek to block a promising new wireless venture by the Virginia company LightSquared because of the interference it caused with Global Positioning System signals. The commission's hands may have been tied; GPS plays a crucial role in navigation, and a Commerce Department report found "no practical way to mitigate the potential interference at this time. " But the FCC shouldn't leave future start-ups sidelined by the apparent shortcomings of GPS equipment.
February 11, 2012 |
Google Inc., the company behind the Web's most popular search engine, is working on a home entertainment device, according to a filing with the Federal Communications Commission. And reports say that device will stream music wirelessly in people's homes. Google plans to test 252 of the devices in its employees' homes in Mountain View, Calif., where it has its headquarters; in Los Angeles; in New York; and in Cambridge, Mass. The device uses wireless home networks and "requires testing outside the laboratory environment," the filing said.
February 10, 2012 |
The iPhone has been a huge hit for Apple Inc., helping send the company's stock to all-time highs and producing record-breaking profits. But for AT&T Inc., Sprint Nextel Corp. and Verizon Communications Inc., it's breaking the bank. The three wireless carriers all found themselves answering to Wall Street in recent weeks for posting depressed quarterly earnings, and analysts pointed to the heavy cost of offering the iPhone as a culprit. The iPhone has become the single most popular smartphone in the U.S., and that has left the carriers trapped in a kind of Faustian deal: The more iPhones they sell, the more money they lose.
February 8, 2012 |
Sprint is the latest wireless service provider to report an earnings hit from subsidizing the iPhone. The company had hoped to give the likes of AT&T and Verizon a run for the iPhone money when it cut a $15.5-billion deal with Apple to carry the white-hot handset. From October to December, Sprint activated about 1.8 million iPhones , compared with 7.6 million at AT&T and 4.3 million at Verizon Wireless. But Sprint estimates that the phone launch widened its quarterly loss by $630 million, or $350 per phone activated.
December 31, 2011 |
Verizon Wireless, under fire from consumers and federal regulators, scrapped plans to charge a $2 "convenience fee" for those who pay their phone bills online or by phone with their credit or debit cards. The decision to cancel the fee was made "in response to customer feedback about the plan, which was designed to improve the efficiency of those transactions," Verizon said in a statement. "At Verizon, we take great care to listen to our customers," said Dan Mead, Verizon Wireless' president and chief executive.