Marriott International, the American Hotel & Lodging Association and Ryman Hospitality Properties on Friday withdrew their petition with the FCC that sought rules and clarity around Wi-Fi networking management tools--also known as the "Wi-Fi blocking" petition.
While the FCC is cracking down hard on Wi-Fi blocking and blasting Marriott International's request to do just that, the FCC so far hasn't addressed other questions that Marriott and the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) put forth in their petition last year.
Count Time Warner Cable CEO Rob Marcus as one of the closest watchers of Cablevision's disruptive new Wi-Fi-only phone service, Freewheel.
Cablevision announced Thursday that it has filed a lawsuit against Verizon in federal court for the Eastern District of New York, alleging that the telecom made false and misleading claims about the MSO's Wi-Fi service in ads.
In case there were any doubts, the FCC is making it clear that it will not tolerate any form of Wi-Fi blocking, whether it's in hotels, conference centers or some other commercial establishment.
Don't expect the announcement of Cablevision's Freewheel Wi-Fi-only phone service to spin Randall Stephenson into reenacting the bunker scene from Downfall when AT&T delivers its fourth-quarter earnings report Tuesday afternoon. Freewheel is not a threat of any kind to the incumbent wireless industry.
Cablevision announced the soon-to-be-launched Freewheel, its Wi-Fi phone service with unlimited data, talk and text, marking the first all-Wi-Fi service from a cable provider. Offered initially with the Motorola Moto G smartphone, it will work exclusively over Wi-Fi when it launches next month.
Cablevision announced it will launch a mobile phone service using its Wi-Fi network, making it the first cable MSO to do so. The no-contract service will cost just $9.95 for current Cablevision broadband customers and $29.95 for non-customers.
With just a few weeks on the job, Tom Keathley is already well-versed in all aspects of AT&T's network. Keathley, a long-time AT&T veteran, was named the company's senior vice president of network and product planning replacing Kris Rinne, who retired at the end of November. Keathley recently spoke with FierceWirelessTech Editor in Chief Sue Marek about the company's progress with carrier aggregation and VoLTE and shared his vision of 5G and the future of the wireless network. The following is an excerpt of that conversation.
As Scottish startup pureLiFi rolls out its first products to industry customers worldwide, the company reports that is has raised $2.25 million in its latest round of investment.