CTIA: FCC's Wheeler urges operators to commit to 600MHz auction

US operators need to demonstrate their commitment to the incentive auction of 600MHz spectrum in 2015 if broadcasters are to overcome their reservations about the process, according to Tom Wheeler, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission.

Speaking during the keynote session at this week’s CTIA show in Las Vegas, Wheeler expressed frustration that so much of the telecoms industry has been “strangely silent” about the forthcoming sale of sub-1GHz spectrum given the constraints that operators say they are under.

At U.S. wireless convention, spectrum is on everyone's mind

Auction is regarded as the FCC's most complex undertaking to date

Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - This year's top U.S. wireless convention descends on Las Vegas on Monday and will no doubt be abuzz with massive telecom mergers and major policy undertakings of the industry's new top regulator.

But the less glamorous, though no less monumental, subject of spectrum, or radio airwaves, will serve as a backdrop to every conversation at the "Super Mobility Week" trade show thrown by the wireless industry association CTIA.

Telecom mergers rein in growth for U.S. network gear makers

Ciena Corp and Finisar Corp last week joined their peers in forecasting a weak current quarter

Reuters

(Reuters) - U.S. network gear makers are bracing for slower revenue growth in the second half of the year as telecom operators, their main customers, postpone spending until the dust settles on several big mergers.

Telecom giants AT&T Inc and Sprint Corp are taking time to decide whether to upgrade existing wired networks or roll out 4G networks, forcing gear makers to cut expectations for what is usually the stronger half of their year.

Dish said to discuss T-Mobile deal with Deutsche Telekom: Bloomberg

DT views potential offers valuing T-Mobile at $35 a share as being substantially too low

Reuters

(Reuters) - Dish Network Corp's <DISH.O> chairman, Charlie Ergen, recently contacted Deutsche Telekom AG <DTEGn.DE> to express interest in acquiring the German company's unit, T-Mobile US Inc <TMUS.N>, Bloomberg reported, citing people with knowledge of the matter.

Ergen has not made a formal offer or hired any bank to advise it on the potential deal, the report said.

Sprint expands rural roaming program, adding 15 new carriers

4G roaming agreements offer partner carriers more perks and more flexibility

Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Sprint Corp said on Friday it was adding 15 new rural and regional wireless providers to its U.S. roaming program, a move bolstering the company's efforts to cheaply expand its footprint as it fights to stay competitive as a national carrier.

The program allows Sprint and its smaller partners to use each other's networks for roaming at a mutually attractive price. A total of 27 carriers, covering 565,000 square miles and a population area of more than 38 million people, have now entered into roaming agreements with Sprint.

Carmakers, others fund research toward cars that talk to each other

Public-private initiative to lay groundwork for system that wirelessly connects vehicles

Reuters

DETROIT (Reuters) - A group of companies, including several large automakers, have joined a public-private research initiative to lay the groundwork for a system that wirelessly connects vehicles and helps smooth the flow of traffic, the University on Michigan said on Friday.

Time Warner Cable employees to share $416 million under retention plan

Company will hand out golden parachutes of more than $136M to 5 execs if deal closes

Reuters

(Reuters) - Employees of Time Warner Cable will be $416 million richer even if the cable operator's merger with Comcast does not close, a move designed to keep staff from bolting while federal regulators contemplate the deal.

A proxy statement, prepared for the shareholders meetings of both companies in October to vote on the merger, also lays out the nearly $81.8 million golden parachute that Time Warner Cable's chairman and chief executive, Robert D. Marcus, would receive.

Facebook ready to spend billions to bring whole world online: Zuckerberg

Nearly 3 billion will have access to the Internet by the end of 2014, according to ITU

Reuters

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Facebook Inc <FB.O> is prepared to spend billions of dollars to reach its goal of bringing the Internet to everyone on the planet, Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said on Friday.

"What we really care about is connecting everyone in the world," Zuckerberg said at an event in Mexico City hosted by Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim.

"Even if it means that Facebook has to spend billions of dollars over the next decade making this happen, I believe that over the long term its gonna be a good thing for us and for the world."

Verizon to pay $7.4 million over failure to notify consumers on privacy rights

Operator to send opt-out notices on every bill and pay the largest fine in FCC's history of personal data settlements

Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Verizon Communications Inc will pay $7.4 million to settle a U.S. investigation that found the company failed to notify properly some customers of their privacy rights before using their information for marketing, U.S. regulators said on Wednesday.

Baidu boosts location-based platform with new services, $10 million investment

Data shows more people access the Web via mobile device than computer

Reuters

By Paul Carsten

BEIJING (Reuters) - Baidu Inc launched on Wednesday a service that helps retailers advertise on the smartphones of nearby users as China's dominant search engine company expands its location-based technology to drive growth.

Baidu currently makes most of its income from desktop-based search advertising and has lagged peers such as Tencent Holdings Ltd in capitalizing on the popularity of mobile internet in China, the world's largest market for smartphones.

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