Apple reportedly testing iWatch with professional athletes; T-Mobile's Legere 'underwhelmed' with Android Fire phone

Quick news from around the Web.

> As expected, two senators introduced legislation aimed at freeing up spectrum in the 5 GHz band for unlicensed Wi-Fi. Article

> The FCC announced a plan to deploy Wi-Fi more broadly in schools and libraries. Post

> T-Mobile CEO John Legere is "underwhelmed" by Amazon's new Fire smartphone, which will be available exclusively through T-Mobile rival AT&T. Article

> Dish Network said the 3GPP is now reviewing a band plan that would extend across the AWS-1, AWS-3 and upper AWS-4 spectrum and would complete its study by December. FCC Filing

> Amazon is paying developers to build apps for its new Fire smartphone but is making the payments in virtual Amazon currency. Article

> European operator 3 in the UK announced its new InTouch app, which enables users to make calls and send texts when only on Wi-Fi. Article

> Apple is reportedly testing the fitness functions of its iWatch with some professional athletes. Article

Wireless Tech News

> Dali Wireless rolled out its 10 Gbps High Density System (HDS), which is based on the company's existing RF Router technology that can be used to create radio-signal-distribution networks. Dali says the HDS can simultaneously and dynamically allocate wireless coverage and capacity on demand. Article

> The Small Cell Forum is preparing a new technical release that will tackle deployment of small cells in rural and remote areas, and it is also initiating a work stream aimed at introducing virtualization into the small-cell arena, said the group's top executives. Article

Online Video News

> Aereo is looking less likely to win its case before the Supreme Court, but the outcome of the case will change the online-video landscape, some industry players say. Article

Telecom News

> Longmont, Colo.-based municipal electric and broadband utility Longmont Power & Communications (LPC) is moving ahead with its 1 Gbps fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) plan, using Calix's GPON gear. Article

> AT&T, BT and other traditional telcos' moves to migrate more of their customers from TDM-based T1 and E1 access to IP-based services, such as Ethernet, are expected to create a bountiful market opportunity for EFM (Ethernet in the first mile) bonded copper and fiber EAD (Ethernet access device) vendors. Article

Cable News

> Comcast on Monday announced that its TV Everywhere services will be viewable through Google's Chrome browser … and, by extension, the popular Chromecast player dongle. Article

> A federal judge on Friday blocked Viacom's attempt to have dismissed a suit filed against it by Cablevision over its channel-bundling practices. Article

European Wireless News

> Vodafone has taken another step in the development of its machine-to-machine (M2M) activities by teaming up with UK-based Cyan Holdings to address the smart-metering market in India. Article

> Eircom said an IPO is among its options to improve its balance sheet. Article

And finally… The original iPhone, released in 2007, could be worth as much as $15,000 today. Article


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