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The National Football League and Verizon Communications have agreed to deliver live NFL Network sports and entertainment programming via Verizon's consumer broadband services, beginning Dec. 7 with the matchup between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cleveland Browns. Verizon already offers the NFL Network television channel to subscribers of its FiOS TV Service and is the only Internet service provider to deliver selected NFL Network programming over broadband. The deal includes live, online broadcasts of NFL Network's Thursday and Saturday regular season games, certain college football bowl games telecast by the NFL Network, plus other programming for Verizon consumer broadband subscribers who also receive the NFL Network. Additionally, all Verizon consumer broadband customers - including customers of both Verizon's FiOS Internet Service and Verizon Online's DSL serv... (more)

Slowly but Surely: Wireless Networks of All Types, Including WLAN, Bluetooth, UWB, and RFID Will Permeate Society, Says Research

(November 27, 2002) - Wireless networks are slowly pervading society. Advanced 2.5G and 3G cellular networks are only the beginning as other technologies, including wireless local area networks (WLAN), Bluetooth, radio frequency identification (RFID), and even ultra wideband (UWB) networks are deployed. Cumulative revenues garnered through the global adoption of these technologies, excluding cellular, will likely exceed $33 billion by 2007, according to Allied Business Intelligence (ABI). Wireless technologies, nearly ubiquitous for voice communications, will begin to penetrate n... (more)

Samsung Forging Ahead With WiBro Wireless

Samsung demonstrated an assortment of WiBro (wireless broadband) products and technology at the annual Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association (CTIA) trade show. In the five months since it unveiled the first WiBro demo in November 2004 in Korea, Samsung has been able to reduce the size of the WiBro compartment, shrinking the equipment to a tenth of the size of the original demo. Samsung intends to commercially launch WiBro data access systems and handsets in Korea next year with sector data throughput speeds of up to 30 Mbps. Samsung is to use the experience gained fr... (more)

eBay: "Skype Has Not Performed As Well As We Hoped"

'Skype has not performed as well as we would have hoped,' said an eBay spokesman yesterday as the company announced drastically reduced bonuses would be paid to Skype founder Niklas Zennstrom and others due to Skype's poor financial performance since eBay acquired it two years ago for $2.6BN. 'But we still believe Skype to be an extremely valuable asset.' Skype's founder, Niklas Zennstrom (pictured), has resigned as CEO of Skype and will instead become non-executive chairman. A permanent successor has not yet been hired, but eBay's chief strategy officer, Michael van Swaaij, will ... (more)

DIRECTV Integrates SMS Into Katrina Disaster Relief

DIRECTV has launched a dedicated 24/7 “Hurricane Katrina Information” channel that is providing vital information concerning hurricane Katrina relief and recovery efforts to evacuees in shelters across the Gulf Coast as well as to DIRECTV viewers nationwide. Since it went live, The Hurricane Katrina Information channel has been providing viewers with the ability to send text messages to family and friends separated by the hurricane and its aftermath – messages are scrolled across the bottom of the television screen on DIRECTV channel 100. To place a message on ... (more)