Kansas City Star

Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure targets one-third Hispanic, African-American employment

Location:
Sprint Nextel, 6550 Sprint Parkway, Overland Park, KS, 66251, United States
Recommendation:
1

Sprint Corp chief executive Marcelo Claure set a target that one-third of the company’s employees and management team should be Hispanic or of African-American descent.

Google Fiber is selling to businesses in limited neighborhoods for $100 a month

Location:
Kansas City, KS, United States
Recommendation:
1

Google has begun to solicit customers for its first Internet service geared not for homes but for businesses. The company said it would charge $100 a month for broadband speeds of 1 gigabit per second through its new Google Fiber service for small businesses.

Overland Park appears set to sign on for Google Fiber

Location:
Overland Park, KS, United States
Recommendation:
1

Well, it appears that Google Fiber will finally arrive in Overland Park (KS). The Overland Park City Council is poised to approve two agreements that would allow the California-based tech giant to bring super-high-speed Internet to the city.

Within its fiberhoods, Google rules the roost

Location:
Kansas City, KS, United States
Recommendation:
2

Survey results from Bernstein Research, a Wall Street research firm, suggest Google Fiber is snaring much of the customer base in the growing number of neighborhoods where it sells TV and Internet hookups.

Missouri suburbs wait and wait for Google Fiber deal

Location:
Kansas City, MO, United States
Recommendation:
2

Google’s plans for stretching its TV and light-speed Internet service across the Kansas City market include deals with more than a dozen cities, but gaping holes exist -- especially in the Missouri suburbs.

SoftBank ups its Sprint stake again, now past 80 percent

Location:
Sprint Nextel, 6550 Sprint Parkway, Overland Park, KS, 66251, United States
Recommendation:
2

A series of recent stock transactions has pushed Tokyo-based SoftBank's ownership in Sprint to more than 80 percent.

Overland Park delays OK of Google Fiber because of technicality

Location:
Overland Park , KS, United States
Recommendation:
1

Overland Park residents in Kansas will have to wait to see if Google Fiber is coming to town.

After completion of SoftBank deal, a new Sprint emerges

Location:
Sprint, 6550 Sprint Parkway, Overland Park, KS, 66251, United States
Recommendation:
5

Sprint Nextel Corp. wrapped up its $21.6 billion deal with Tokyo-based SoftBank Corp., which now owns a controlling stake in America’s No. 3 wireless carrier. The new Sprint Corp., 78 percent owned by SoftBank and without Nextel in its name, will make its debut on Wall Street on July 11.

Public broadcasting funding in danger in Kansas

Location:
KS, United States
Recommendation:
2

Little by little, Kansas public broadcasters feel the pinch of state budget cuts.

New wireless pricing: more data, bigger bill

Recommendation:
1

Working up a holiday shopping list? New cell phone, iPad Mini, Netflix subscription - check, check, check. Now don't forget the wireless plan that makes all those family gifts work on the move. Pricing has changed dramatically since last year.

Google trying to land local sports from Time Warner Cable

Location:
Kansas City, KS, United States
Recommendation:
2

Google and Time Warner Cable appear at odds over whether the new player in Kansas City television service will be able to include some regional college basketball games in its subscription package.

Troost is where east/west divide trips up Google

Location:
Troost Avenue, 3100 Troost Avenue, Kansas City, KS, United States
Recommendation:
2

Google is poised to stumble into Kansas City’s racial past, entangled in the historic boundary between black and white that is Troost Avenue.

Google Fiber could widen the digital divide

Location:
Kansas City, KS, United States
Recommendation:
2

Two weeks remain for dozens of neighborhoods to sign up enough potential customers to qualify for Google’s service before a Sept. 9 deadline. But many neighborhoods — chiefly the least prosperous pockets of the metro area — remain far behind the pace needed to hit the Google-established thresholds of customer penetration.

Rosedale Wi-Fi co-op to share Google Internet hook-ups

Location:
Rosedale Development Association, 1403 Southwest Boulevard, Kansas City, KS, 66103, United States
Recommendation:
3

Two local groups are teaming to create a kind of Wi-Fi cooperative that would tap into Google’s promises of mega-bandwidth Internet connections — splicing them into faster hookups for paying customers and free and fast-enough wireless connections for low-income families.

Google’s ‘antenna farm’ plans hint at TV service

Location:
Kansas City, KS, United States
Recommendation:
2

If Google plans to draw customers to its ultrafast Internet service, it would help to bundle it with a cable-style TV package.

Internet TV faces big obstacles

Recommendation:
2

Technology increasingly blurs the lines between computer, television, phone and tablet. But true Internet TV is facing a big obstacle: It’s the old-school cable and cable-like services, after all, that have got the makers of programming locked up in mega-contracts.

Google Fiber work in KCK is delayed by dispute over how its wires are hung

Location:
Kansas City, KS, United States
Recommendation:
2

When Google announced last spring that Kansas City (KS) had landed the tech company’s much-pursued super-speed Internet project, the company gushed about the local utility poles. Now it turns out that differences over where and how to hang wires on those poles, and what fees or installation costs may be required, have created a troublesome bump in plans to launch the project at “Google speed.”

Google’s high-speed gamble in KC

Location:
Kansas City, KS, United States
Recommendation:
1

Let’s settle one thing up front: Google’s plan to build a far faster Internet for our homes could be, as the kids say, an epic fail.

For first time in history, TV ownership declines

Location:
Nielsen, 770 Broadway, New York, NY, 10003-9595, United States
Recommendation:
2

Nielsen, the TV ratings people, are out with the 2012 edition of their Television Audience report, and amidst all the charts and graphs -- total number of U.S. households with TV sets declined year to year for the first time since Nielsen started counting TV ownership.

Sprint to do emergency text alerts

Location:
Sprint Nextel, 6550 Sprint Parkway, Overland Park, KS, 66251, United States
Recommendation:
2

Sprint Nextel will launch wireless emergency alerts, allowing the Federal Emergency Management Agency and more local organizations to use mass text alerts about impending dangers.

Race is on to find best ways to use fast Google service

Location:
Kansas City, KS, United States
Recommendation:
2

Google promises to wire Kansas City like no other place in the country. But what to do with all that rocket-fast Internet speed? A local technology start-up incubator isn't content to leave use of the 1-gigabit-per-second connections to chance. Instead, Think Big Partners is organizing the Gigabit Challenge to analyze ideas for applications of Google Fiber.

Kansas City, Missouri to get super-fast Google hook-ups, too

Location:
Kansas City, MO, United States
Recommendation:
4

Google’s plan to bring ultrafast Internet connections to Kansas City, Kansas will be extended across the state line to Kansas City, Missouri.

Nell Minow responds to "vast wasteland" critique

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
2

Nell Minow has a bone to pick with Barnhart after his harsh assessment of her father’s historic 1961 address to the National Association of Broadcasters — the “vast wasteland” speech.

Why the ‘vast wasteland’ speech was a failure

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
2

As a rhetorical throwing-down-of-the-gauntlet, the “vast wasteland” speech was a success. Then-Federal Communications Commission Chairman Newt Minow had used his federal power to crystallize a decade of elitist critiques of TV. It wasn't just the medium’s relentless salesmanship or hypnotic hold over children. To many, TV’s worst offense was shifting the nation’s cultural center from the middlebrow realm of Broadway and Hollywood toward the lowbrow end of Hopalong Cassidy and the sports pages.

Looking deeper into Google’s plans for KCK

Location:
Kansas City, KS, United States
Recommendation:
2

In Kansas City (KS), Google aims to do what the cable industry has been unable or unwilling to do: Internet download speeds from 10 to 100 times above what most Americans consider broadband. Uploads at the same speed — or 200 to 300 times quicker than the broadband norm.

Sprint enlists army of lobbyists to fight T-Mobile-AT&T merger

Location:
Sprint Nextel, 6550 Sprint Parkway, Overland Park, KS, 66251, United States
Recommendation:
2

Sprint Nextel is taking the battle against AT&T Inc.’s proposed merger with T-Mobile USA to Washington. It’s signing up lobbyists to man its barricades and standing in alliance with consumer groups. Seven members of Congress own more than $100,000 in AT&T stock.

Embarq sues government for $31.6 million in income taxes it says it mistakenly paid

Recommendation:
1

Telephone company Embarq Corp. is suing the government for $31.6 million in income taxes it says it mistakenly paid for the tax years 1990 through 1994. The company says it filed federal income tax returns in those years that erroneously included as taxable income government payments it received from the Universal Service Fund.

Sprint resolves VoIP dispute

Recommendation:
1

Sprint sued Paetec in January 2008 over its use of technology for voice over packet, the process by which voice files are organized into discrete chunks for transmission and switching through a data network.

Merger and acquisition talk surrounds Embarq

Recommendation:
1

Embarq, the former Sprint unit that sells local phone service and high-speed Internet connections in parts of 18 states, is cutting costs and focusing on rapidly growing niches while confronting continued deterioration in its home phone business.