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BellSouth Denies Giving Records to NSA, Copps Calls for FCC Inquiry

BellSouth Corp. says it has conducted an internal review to determine whether it gave customer phone records to the National Security Agency, as was reported last week by USA Today, and announced that it did not. BellSouth on Monday did say the question was whether it had provided the information under a contract with the […]

Phone Companies Accused of Letting Government Spy on Consumers

The Beltway was abuzz Thursday with fallout from a USA Today report that the National Security Agency (NSA) has been collecting phone data on millions of Americans since Sept. 11, 2001. Citing anonymous sources, USA Today wrote that AT&T Inc., BellSouth Corp. and Verizon Communications Inc. all turned over their customers phone records to the NSA […]

New products

Cellebrite UME-36 Transfers Phonebooks, Multimedia Content Cellebrite USA Inc. released UME-36, the latest version of its Universal Memory Exchanger, which now allows wireless dealers to transfer not only users phonebooks, but pictures, videos, ringtones, MP3s and short messaging service logs from one cell phone to another. The UME-36 guarantees mobile phone users will not lose […]

QUALCOMM, Samsung Demo FLO Technology

QUALCOMM Inc., a developer of CDMA technologies, and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. announced on Tuesday at CTIA they will conduct a live, over-the-air demonstration of FLO technology during this weeks expo in Las Vegas. The demonstration will mark the first public showing of FLO technology on a UMTS handset; it will feature multiple channels of […]

Wireless Extenders Offers Special Pricing for Channel Partners Attendees

Wireless Extenders Inc. (Booth 226), a developer of cell phone signal boosters that enhance reception, at the Spring 2006 Channel Partners Conference & Expo announced special reseller pricing, regardless of the quantity of items ordered at the trade show. Down from the suggested retail price of $299, resellers will pay $199 for the new YX500CEL […]

Virgin Mobile Extends Relationship with MTV

Virgin Mobile USA, an MVNO that uses Sprint Nextel Corp.’s network, said today it is extending its relationship with MTV Networks so users can access music and entertainment programming from both MTV and Comedy Central. The agreement calls for Virgin Mobile to become an advertising sponsor for two of MTV’s most popular daily programs, “Total Request Live” […]

Siemens Communications Names New Executive

Siemens Communications Inc. yesterday named Berndt Baumgartl its new president and CEO. Baumgartl succeeds Andy Mattes, who has left the company, and will serve on the Siemens Communications board. Baumgartl joined Siemens AG in Munich, Germany in July of 1986, where he held management positions in the Defense Electronics Group until late 1993. He then […]

New Wireless Player Enters U.S. Market

British BWA vendor LastMile Communications will enter the United States in 2006 via a new subsidiary, LastMile USA Inc. LastMile offers hardware and software that enable the delivery of location-based high-speed wireless services. LastMile makes its network gear free to emergency and similar public services, and otherwise targets government agencies, businesses and enterprises. Meanwhile, ISPs, network […]

PNG Places 56th on Cincinnati 100

PowerNet Global, the Ohio-based CLEC, for the third consecutive year has placed on the Deloitte & Touche USA LLP and Cincinnati Enquirer list of largest and fastest-growing privately held companies in the Cincinnati area. PNG this year places 56 out of 100 on the Greater Cincinnati 100 Award directory; last year it ranked No. 40. […]

USA Today: Martin Considering Cable TV Competition Enforcement

FCC Chairman Kevin Martin this week told USA Today he might put into effect a little-known rule in the 1992 Cable Act that would enforce cable TV competition. The provision could give the FCC the power to require cities to let RBOCs compete with cable TV operators. “Several weeks ago I asked the staff to […]

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