A new Internet domain that launched Wednesday -- .tel -- could provide a virtual phone book to help people get in touch with the domain's owners even if they have not actually built a Web site. Site owners can register for a .tel domain that will act as a universal contact point that users can access through traditional online platforms or mobile devices such as the iPhone or BlackBerry, according to Telnic, the company that will run the registry.
Over the objections of many carriers, FCC Chairman Kevin Martin said Wednesday that the agency would take up a proposal Dec. 18 that could lead to the creation of a national wireless broadband service using valuable AWS-3 spectrum being auctioned off to wireless companies. The FCC would require the winning bidder to devote 25% of the spectrum to build a network that penetrates 95% of the U.S. within 10 years, although some carriers object on the grounds that the service would be anti-competitive and could interfere with signals from its own networks.
Mobile-TV companies continue to vie for market space after the recent closing of Modeo's network. MediaFlo and MobiTV have both reaffirmed their respective contracts with Verizon Wireless and Sprint Nextel, as both companies expect the mobile-TV market to boom in the near future.