Verizon launches LTE-to-the-home service

On Thursday, Verizon Wireless launched HomeFusion Broadband, a service that provides high-speed in-home Internet access using its 4G LTE network.

Massachusetts commuter rails launch e-ticketing system

This week, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) and Masabi US Ltd, a provider of transit mobile ticketing, jointly announced that they will be bringing mobile ticketing to MBTA commuter rail riders this fall. With applications for iPhone, Android, and Blackberry, customers will be able to purchase commuter rail tickets and passes.  Once tickets are purchased, customers will be able to use and display directly via their phone screen.

AT&T profit beats estimates as iPhone sales drop helps margins

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On Tuesday, AT&T Inc reported a higher-than-expected quarterly profit as iPhone sales declined, reducing the amount of cash it had to pay Apple Inc and boosting its margins.

Verizon says will sell billions of dollars of spectrum if cable deal closes

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Verizon Wireless plans to put a chunk of wireless spectrum up for sale as it looks for regulatory approval of its controversial plan to purchase a block of spectrum from cable service providers.  According to a Wall Street Journal report, the spectrum sale could be worth billions of dollars.

Electric Vehicles emissions vary greatly by region

While emissions levels associated with the electricity an electric vehicle (EV) consumes vary widely by region, drivers can expect to reduce emissions compared to average gasoline-powered vehicles, according to a new analysis by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS).

Broken down by category and divided by electric grid regions, the analysis concludes that in every part of the country, EVs outperform most gasoline-powered vehicl

City to save $2.7 million annually with remote LED light monitoring

On Tuesday, the city council of Chattanooga, Tenn., approved a contract proposal to replace existing municipal lights with high efficiency lighting fixtures that incorporate FlexNet wireless remote monitoring and control capabilities from smart grid infrastructure provider, Sensus.

Real-time, in-car communication system helps find missing child within 45 minutes

COPsync, Inc., a company that operates a law enforcement real-time, in-car information sharing, communication and data interoperability network, announced that the Gonzales County, Texas Sheriff’s Office used the COPsync network to locate a missing child within 45 minutes and hours before an Amber alert would have been issued.

Verizon Wireless to charge $30 fee for upgrades

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Verizon Wireless will start charging customers a $30 fee for cellphone upgrades, on top of the price they pay for the new device, as the company looks to supplement its income to cover costs.


The change at the biggest U.S. mobile provider follows a fourth-quarter decline in its wireless profit margins, which came under pressure from hefty subsidies it had to pay Apple Inc (Cupertino, Calif., USA) for the popular iPhone. Carriers pay such subsidies because devices like the iPhone help to attract new customers and boost revenue.

UnitedHealthcare grants $700,000 to California Telehealth Network

UnitedHealthcare has donated $700,000 to the California Telehealth Network to help expand telemedicine training and provide technical support for rural and medically underserved clinics and hospitals in California.

Sensus invests $6.5 million for 15% stake in Navetas

Sensus, a provider of smart grid infrastructure technologies for electric, gas and water utilities, last week announced it has invested $6.5 million for a 15% stake in Navetas Energy Management in order to have exclusive rights to market its technology in the United States.


Navetas’s (Suffolk, U.K.) patented energy management software allows consumers to monitor the electricity consumption of discrete devices on their premise.

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