• Group asks FCC to probe iPhone Skype restrictions

    It didn't take long for Skype's free application for Apple's (AAPL) iPhone to climb to the top of the App Store bestseller list -- nor for net neutrality advocates to cry foul over the restrictions placed on its use.

    In the first two days after its release, the iPhone Skype app has been downloaded more than a million times -- about six downloads per second, according to Skype's official blog.

    The application MORE

    - Apr 3, 2009 12:12 PM ET
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  • Million of households unprepared for digital TV

    By Michal Lev-Ram

    Couch potatoes, listen up: If you're still using an analog TV, you might find static instead of "American Idol" on your screen come Feb. 18, 2009. That's when the Federal Communications Commission plans to end a half-century of analog broadcasting.

    This is the final step in switching to digital television broadcasting, which takes up less bandwidth and allows for high-definition pictures. With the government's auction of the old analog MORE

    - Mar 26, 2008 12:17 PM ET
  • Verizon the big winner in spectrum auction

    By Michal Lev-Ram

    The Federal Communications Commission said Wednesday that Verizon Wireless was the biggest winner in the recently-closed government auction of 700MHz wireless spectrum.

    FCC records show that Verizon bid an estimated $9.5 billion for the airwaves, which will become available next year and are well-suited for broadband services.

    The company won the majority of large licenses in the coveted C block of the spectrum, in addition to a significant number of MORE

    - Mar 20, 2008 4:12 PM ET
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  • Wireless spectrum auction comes to a close

    By Michal Lev-Ram

    After nearly eight weeks and 261 rounds of bidding, the government's spectrum auction finally ended Tuesday.

    In January,  the Federal Communications Commission began auctioning off the coveted 700MHz spectrum, which is particularly suited for broadband services and is the last major chunk of nationwide spectrum.  The FCC had hoped to raise at least $10 billion from the auction, but as the last bid came in late Tuesday the total MORE

    - Mar 18, 2008 5:41 PM ET
  • AT&T and Verizon in race to "open up"

    By Michal Lev-Ram

    The race to be the most "open" wireless carrier is heating up. On Wednesday, Verizon (VZ) will release a set of technical specifications that will enable non-Verizon branded cell phones to work on its network for the first time. Not to be outdone, early Tuesday AT&T (T) unveiled a new website which includes resources for consumers who want to use phones they've purchased outside of the carrier's stores MORE

    - Mar 18, 2008 2:20 PM ET
  • Wireless spectrum auction winding down

    By Michal Lev-Ram

    The federal government's high-profile wireless spectrum auction will likely end in the next few days. That means we could soon find out who won the last major chunks of spectrum available in the United States, which have attracted nearly $20 billion in bids.

    Analysts say it will likely take about a week after the auction concludes for the Federal Communications Commission to compile and release the list of winners MORE

    - Mar 10, 2008 11:45 AM ET
  • FCC wireless auction nearing $20 billion

    By Michal Lev-Ram

    Despite worries that economic uncertainty would hamper bidding, the Federal Communication Commission's wireless spectrum auction has raised nearly $20 billion to date, well over the agency's minimum goal of $10 billion.

    Out of five available portions of spectrum, the so-called C block -- whose airwaves are considered particularly suited for broadband Internet because they can travel long distances and penetrate walls -- has raised the most cash. A $4.7 MORE

    - Feb 8, 2008 4:00 AM ET
  • Google gets its way with new wireless network

    By Michal Lev-Ram

    Somewhere in the Googleplex, Sergey Brin, Larry Page and Eric Schmidt are celebrating right about now.

    That's because the Internet search giant Thursday scored its first big win in the mobile business: The minimum $4.6 billion bid has been met in the Federal Communications Commission's auction of the so-called C block of the 700 MHZ wireless spectrum, and that means that the eventual winner of those airwaves will have MORE

    - Jan 31, 2008 1:59 PM ET
  • Spectrum auction kicks off in dismal market

    By Michal Lev-Ram

    This is not exactly the best week to kick off a multi-billion dollar wireless spectrum auction, what with the markets melting down and tech stocks like Google, Sprint, Motorola and Apple taking big hits.

    But on Thursday the Federal Communications Commission's 700 MHz spectrum auction begins, and analysts worry that the current economic climate could make it harder for newcomers to come up with the cash needed for MORE

    - Jan 24, 2008 1:18 AM ET
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  • Google officially cleared for spectrum auction

    By Michal Lev-Ram

    Surprise, surprise: Google (GOOG) is now a qualified bidder in the upcoming Federal Communications Commission spectrum auction, joining the likes of Verizon Wireless (VZ), AT&T (T) and satellite television provider EchoStar (DISH). In total, 214 bidders have made it to the final round, the FCC announced late Monday. So who's out of the running? Over 50 companies and individuals, including early entrants like Faithfone Wireless, the Navajo MORE

    - Jan 15, 2008 8:12 AM ET
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