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December 21, 2010  7:47 PM

FCC issues net neutrality order, but don’t expect much change

Posted by: Tom Nolle
Broadband, Congress, Court of Appeals, FCC, Mobile, net neutrality, regulation, Title II, usage-based pricing, wireless

The FCC’s neutrality vote went as expected, with commentary by various people involved in the process, including the Commissioners. I found a lot that I agreed with, but I disagreed with...

November 4, 2010  5:11 PM

The handwriting on the tablet: Users, mobility and wireless networks

Posted by: Tom Nolle
3G, 4G, Alcatel-Lucent, KPN, mobile devices, mobility, tablet, tablets, user behavior, Wi-Fi, wireless, wireless networks

One of the prime areas of focus for tech recently has been the tablet PC space. Tablets are far from new — in fact, some of the "new" models are more like reprises of earlier tablets, in that they're little more than a keyboard-less notebook. The

August 9, 2010  11:48 AM

Q2 reports show cause for concern for CenturyLink-Qwest

Posted by: Tom Nolle
CenturyLink, CenturyTel, fiber to the home, FTTH, mergers and acquisitions, Qwest, wireless

The CenturyLink acquisition of Qwest is starting to look like an alliance of the weak, much as we'd feared. Neither company did all that well in their latest quarter in our view. Qwest reported better profits but sharply...

July 29, 2010  12:00 PM

Sprint gains customers, but MNVOs/wholesale dominates

Posted by: Tom Nolle
MNVO, smartphones, Sprint, wireless

Sprint gained customers overall in the last quarter, turning around a problem that it’s had for three years, but it continued to lose people in the post-pay market where most profits are found. The gains were also largely...

July 8, 2010  6:57 PM

AT&T mobile upload speed problem could lead to usage caps

Posted by: Tom Nolle
Alcatel-Lucent, AT&T, iPhone, wireless

A reported problem with AT&T’s mobile upload speeds -- so severe as to bring back performance levels not seen since dial-up days -- was first thought to be an example of carrier traffic shaping. But AT&T says it’s a

June 28, 2010  1:13 PM

FCC may step in to regulate rules on mobile ‘bill shock’

Posted by: Tom Nolle
billing, FCC, Mobile, Regulations, wireless

The mobile industry has been hit with a number of stories involving high monthly bills created by either a

May 10, 2010  5:55 PM

Verizon CEO eyes fiber-fueled future sans ‘voice-only’ service

Posted by: Tom Nolle
Broadband, fiber to the home, FiOS, FTTH, Ivan Seidenberg, mobile services, telecom networks, telecom service providers, Verizon, Verizon FiOS, wireless, wireline

Verizon CEO Ivan G. Seidenberg is no shrinking violet, as we all know. His recent comments on the company's plans suggest that Verizon is essentially dividing...

March 5, 2010  2:37 PM

Sony mobile gaming-centric consumer electronics to compete with Apple

Posted by: Tom Nolle
4G, gaming-systems, mobile devices, service delivery platforms, wireless

According to The Wall Street Journal, Sony is preparing for a major launch of mobile-connected consumer electronics that will compete more directly with Apple,...

January 7, 2010  5:22 PM

Mobile smartphones lead to increased wireless backhaul investment

Posted by: Tom Nolle
capex, capital expense, mobile backhaul, wireless

Mobile operators in the U.S., and in some other wireless-centric geographies, are pushing to deploy faster wireless services and to reduce wireless congestion through increases in cell density and...

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December 17, 2009  2:42 PM

FCC’s national broadband plan updated with gap analysis

Posted by: Tom Nolle
broadband stimulus, FCC, national broadband plan, service layer architecture, wireless

The FCC has released another status update on its national broadband policy initiative, and we don’t fault any of the points in the document. We’re even impressed by its...

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