Verizon's Big Spectrum Deals Spark DOJ Antitrust Probe
Over the last month, the Dose has been keeping tabs on Verizon's purchases of Advanced Wireless Spectrum (AWS), including a $3.6-billion deal with "SpectrumCo" and a $315-million deal with Cox Communications. The fact that both deals were "pending government approval" didn't raise any major flags when the stories originally broke, but now it turns out that approval will not be as promptly forthcoming as initially assumed. The Justice Department has opened investigations into whether the deals concentrate too much control of the limited available spectrum into the hands of one company and whether the cooperation deals between Verizon and the cable companies constitute violations of antitrust law.
Qualcomm, Verizon, Zephyr Technology Partner on M-Health Monitoring
Patients with congestive heart failure in rural Arizona are receiving the latest innovation in mobile health technology: a Motorola Droid X, loaded with software to help monitor, record and report health issues to their doctors. The device will be able to take readings from a variety of medical equipment, such as wireless blood pressure cuffs and pulse oximeters, and report the data to doctors in hospitals. The project is aimed at helping patients without ready access to medical facilities get better care, while cutting down on unnecessary and costly physician visits.