AT&T Goes After Leap Wireless In A Spectrum Grab

By:  Virginia Butala

You can be sure that both the FCC and the Department of Justice will carefully scrutinize this transaction.

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Happy 40th Birthday, Cell Phone

By:  Virginia Butala

We pause today on the 40th anniversary of the first cellular telephone call ever placed and congratulate Mr. Cooper on being awarded the 2013 Marconi Prize for his revolutionary contribution to wireless telecommunications.

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How Sprint Nextel Is Positioning To Win Market Share

By:  Virginia Butala

In exchange for new capital of $8.0 billion and an additional $12.1 billion to be distributed to shareholders, SoftBank will acquire a 70% ownership interest in a new entity known as New Sprint.

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The Senate Commerce Committee, which directly oversees the FCC and from which the FCC receives its suggested priorities, held its first oversight hearing of the year last Tuesday.

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FCC Releases White Paper On Mobile Broadband Spectrum Challenges

By:  Virginia Butala

The Wireless Telecommunications Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission published a White Paper on February 26, 2013 addressing the challenges facing the United States and many other countries as they try to keep up with mobile broadband demand.  The paper primarily outlined the opportunities and challenges in freeing up both licensed and unlicensed spectrum for mobile broadband.

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With data traffic reportedly doubling on an annual basis, the demand for spectrum is expected to exceed supply in some U.S. markets starting this year.

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Phablets Dominate the Consumer Electronics Show (CES)

By:  Carole Downs

One of the terms possibly overused at CES was the "super phone", also known as the "phablet". Phablet characteristics include a large screen, powerful battery life and cutting edge display capabilities.

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Julius Genachowski: A Great FCC Chairman

By:  Shannon Downs

A veteran commission aide with a strong focus on mobile broadband, Smartcomm has always felt that the President made a great choice with Genachowski.

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The FCC’s Drive For More Spectrum

By:  Smartcomm

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has announced that it will be seeking to add more bandwidth available for mobile broadband thereby increasing the spectrum space that is currently being offered to carriers by 2015.

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Sprint iDEN Replacement Hits Million Customer Mark

By:  Smartcomm

Sprint in a September announcement declared that its push-to-talk service that is replacing its iDEN network has reached more than 1 million customers.

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