Thanks to partnerships with Google, local entrepreneurs and a host of vendors, a group in Council Bluffs, Iowa, launched a free municipal Wi-Fi network that it hopes to keep expanding this year and into next and beyond.
T-Mobile US is seen as the carrier with the clearest shot to acquiring spectrum in next year's incentive auction of 600 MHz broadcast TV airwaves, especially now that Sprint has decided not to participate. However, dozens of smaller carriers that are members of the Competitive Carriers Association are still likely to participate and try to grab spectrum-- it's just not clear at this point how many ultimately will.
After Google blasted the approach Globalstar wants to take with wireless operations on channel 14, Globalstar shot back with a missive warning that if Google gets its way, its position would have severe negative implications for competition in the wireless industry as all spectrum would become "Google-ized," including emerging Wi-Fi First service offerings.
Social media giant Facebook is testing a new section of its web and mobile sites that will provide a dedicated location for users to find, view or share videos with their Facebook friends. The addition lays a direct challenge at the feet of YouTube and puts other social media sites on notice.
Comcast said that the actual deployment of the FCC's "AllVid" proposal would cost consumers $1.6 billion each year in additional energy expenses.
Google now gets more search activity worldwide from mobile devices than from desktop PCs. In May the search giant said was the case in 10 countries, including the United States and Japan.
Google has "almost perfected" its Project Loon balloon technology and its first deal with operators is set to be announced "hopefully very soon," a Google executive said at the GSMA Mobile 350 Series held in Cape Town, South Africa, last week, according to Mobile World Live.
How did the wireless industry perform in the third quarter of 2015? In this earnings summary, we list results from the wireless industry's carriers, handset makers, equipment suppliers and others.
Google defended its business practices following a ruling by Russian regulators regarding the pre-installation of its own apps in the Android operating system, telling FierceWireless:Europe that it offers device makers and consumers a free choice.
By the end of the month, Amazon shoppers won't be able to buy Apple TV or Google Chromecast streaming devices from the online retail giant's website. While ostensibly made to prevent "customer confusion," some analysts are scratching their heads.