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Content tagged with Policy & Regulation posted in October 2008
Sprint Finalizes Early Termination Fee Policy
News  |  10/31/2008  | 
The telecom said its $200 fee will be reduced by $10 per month after month six, but the new policy will only affect contracts signed after Nov. 2.
Sprint Won't Sell Nextel iDEN Network
News  |  10/31/2008  | 
The plan now is to partner with Motorola and move the iDEN spectrum out of the 800-MHz band in a way that will accommodate public-safety networks.
DOJ Approves Verizon-Alltel Merger
News  |  10/31/2008  | 
However, the Justice Department is stipulating that the new combined company divested itself of 100 markets in 22 states.
WiMax Coming To Remote Regions Of Vermont
News  |  10/30/2008  | 
FairPoint, Nortel, and Airspan Networks are investing in building out the 3.65 GHZ spectrum to help spur the use of fixed WiMax in many regions.
Bill Gates, Dolly Parton Tussle Over White Spaces
News  |  10/28/2008  | 
With a crucial vote scheduled in a week, the FCC is being deluged by supporters and opponents of the unlicensed wireless services between the current TV spectrum.
Google Reaches $125 Million Settlement In Book Copyright Lawsuits
News  |  10/28/2008  | 
The deal with book publishers and authors would clear the way for Google Book Search to show digitized images of millions of in-copyright books and other library materials.
European Union Turns Down Plan For 'Super' Regulator
News  |  10/27/2008  | 
Telecoms commissioner Viviane Reding noted that giving individual countries and their respective telecom companies too much power over policy would be a mistake.
'White Space' Opponents File Last-Ditch Opposition With FCC
News  |  10/27/2008  | 
Some in Congress ask to postpone the FCC's scheduled Nov. 4 vote, while supporters argue that the fringes of the spectrum have been tested and debated long enough.
The PCI Protection Racket
Commentary  |  10/27/2008  | 
A hotel operator says his point-of-sale vendor is using PCI as an excuse to force expensive upgrades to POS equipment.
NFL, MLB, NBA Join Battle Over 'White Spaces' Spectrum
News  |  10/24/2008  | 
With a Nov. 4 vote approaching, the Sports Technology Alliance argues that the FCC's spectrum-sensing technology is clearly not ready for prime time.
Sprint Nextel To End Early Termination Fees
News  |  10/23/2008  | 
Previously, the wireless companies usually charged $200 when a subscriber canceled a contract before its conclusion.
IBM, Intel Open Spec To BladeCenter Switch
News  |  10/23/2008  | 
By opening up the spec, IBM hopes more switch vendors will build products for the BladeCenter -- and it will sell more servers.
Financial Upheaval Shakes Verizon's Acquisition Of Alltel
News  |  10/22/2008  | 
The volatile stock market, combined with critical consumer groups, may hinder Verizon's planned $28.1 billion purchase of Alltel.
Legal Hold Software Getting Smarter
Commentary  |  10/21/2008  | 
Recommind and Guidance have launched products to help companies preserve electronically stored information for legal and audit investigations.
Government Study Finds 21% Of H-1B Applications Violate Rules
News  |  10/20/2008  | 
The government estimates that fraud, including below-market wages and filings by fake businesses, is present in 13,000 of the yearly H-1B petitions filed.
Telecom Immunity Law Challenged In Court
News  |  10/17/2008  | 
The Electronic Frontier Foundation argues that the FISA Amendments Act denies telecom customers their rights without due process, since they're subjected to warrantless surveillance.
Broadcasters Slam FCC Over White Spaces
News  |  10/17/2008  | 
The National Association of Broadcasters argues that the commission's technical report on white spaces raises questions about whether it will interfere with nearby spectrum bands.
FCC Chairman Backs Use Of White Spaces
News  |  10/16/2008  | 
Advocates like Google say this spectrum can be used for innovative wireless service, but broadcasters and telecoms say it could interfere with nearby spectrum bands.
Groups Weigh In On Intellectual Property Protection Act
News  |  10/14/2008  | 
The PRO-IP Act, signed this week by President Bush, increases enforcement and raises penalties for copyright infringement.
FCC Paves Way For Free Wi-Fi
News  |  10/13/2008  | 
Wireless carriers' concerns of interference from a free nationwide Wi-Fi network are overblown, according to a report from the FCC.
Contentonomics: Network Neutrality Foes Should Target 'Joe Six-Byte'
News  |  10/7/2008  | 
Everyday computer users may not fully understand that the rules allow bandwidth hogs to clog up the Internet at their expense, experts said.
HTC Sees Q3 Sales Grow 31%
News  |  10/6/2008  | 
The handset manufacturer saw revenue rise 30% to nearly $1.2 billion thanks to the success of its Touch line of smartphones.
Verizon Figures To Acquire Alltel By Year's End
News  |  10/6/2008  | 
Verizon is poised to become the largest cell phone service provider in the United States, leapfrogging over the current leader, AT&T.
CEP: A Technology For These Uncertain Times
News  |  10/3/2008  | 
Complex event processing software started in financial markets, but more companies are considering it to make sense of soaring data volumes.
Group Calls For Online Transparency In Wall Street Rescue
News  |  10/1/2008  | 
Members of the Sunlight Foundation want Congress to post the final draft of the legislation online for 72 hours before voting on it to allow for better citizen review.

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