• U.S. District Court Judge Ellen S. Huvelle, of the District of Columbia court, has set February 13, 2012 as the date on which trial will start in the Department of Justice suit to block the proposed AT&T/T-Mobile merger. The trial is expected to last four to six weeks. AT&T and T-Mobile have until September 30, 2011 to file a planned motion to dismiss similar complaints filed by Sprint Nextel Corp. and Cellular South, Inc. Oral argument on the motions to dismiss will be heard October 24, 2011. United States v. AT&T Inc., et al., 11-cv-01560 (D.D.C.), Sprint Nextel Corp. v. AT&T, Inc., et al., 11-cv-1600 (D.D.C.), Cellular South, Inc. v. AT&T, Inc., et al., 11-cv-1690 (D.D.C.).
  • Google, Inc. officially launched “Google Wallet” last week. The new application is currently only available to customers on Sprint’s 4G wireless network, but the company plans to make it available on Verizon Wireless, AT&T, and T-Mobile. The program utilizes near-field communication (NFC) technology to transmit digital credit card information that is stored on the phone. With an NFC-equipped phone, consumers can make purchases simply by waving their phone in front of a checkout scanner. Google Wallet currently works with Citi-Mastercards or Google Prepaid Cards. Google and Visa separately announced last week, however, that Google Wallet will work with Visa cards in the future.
  • Comments on the FCC Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding the use of microwave links for wireless backhaul are due October 4, 2011, and Reply Comments are due October 25, 2011. For more information, click here. To view the NPRM, click here.
  • Comments on the draft Mobile Medical Applications guidelines from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are due October 19, 2011. The draft guidelines are available here. Filing instructions are provided in the document.