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November 12, 2012
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  • AT&T chief: Looming fiscal issues are a threat
    AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson expressed greater concern about looming economic uncertainty due to governmental stalemate than about the potential of Sprint Nextel's deal with Softbank to turn the wireless carrier into a competitive threat. In an interview last week, Stephenson said the impending "fiscal cliff" -- involving potentially huge cuts in government spending -- and the fate of the Bush-era tax cuts were casting a shadow over the telecom business. "If you give businesses a line of sight, you will see this economy go," he said. The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/DealBook blog (11/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Verizon puts finishing touches on spectrum sale plans
    Verizon Wireless expects to complete the process for shedding some of its A- and B-block 700 MHz frequencies by the end of the first quarter, Chief Financial Officer Fran Shammo said last week at an analyst conference, adding that the carrier will hold on to a portion of its 4G spectrum. "There are other portions that we probably won't sell and that we are developing internal plans for," he added. Light Reading Mobile (11/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Kansas City startups use homes to get Google Fiber service
    Since the high-speed Google Fiber service in the Kansas City area is available only to residential customers, startups are buying homes or leasing space in them to take advantage of the faster Internet service, GigaOm reports. One home that has become known as the Hacker House is renting rooms as office space for local startups. Also, Google Fiber said today that it had completed a deal to offer subscribers a slate of News Corp.-owned cable channels. GigaOm (11/9), The Kansas City Star (Mo.) (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Report: Impatient online viewers tune out on slow start times
    Online-video viewers might change the channel if they are made to wait as little as two seconds for their high-speed connections to kick in for the content they are watching, according to a report from a University of Massachusetts computer science professor who says people will stick around a bit more for long-form programming. The research found that 20% of online viewers abandon their videos if they fail to load within five seconds. GigaOm (11/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology Trends 
  • Why telecoms need to partner up and boost services
    Telecoms seeking new revenue need to put more competitive services in play, according to Andreas Bernström, Rebtel's CEO, who says the industry is at a critical crossroad. "To preserve their market position, operators need to be among the vanguard setting new industry trends, to be more flexible so they may respond quicker to market demands. And they must look for opportunities to form intelligent partnerships with relevant technology companies," he writes. GigaOm (11/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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