links for 2009-08-28

  • The Federal Communications Commission is taking a closer look at the practices of the wireless industry, potentially the first step toward more regulations intended to push down prices and increase choices for consumers.
    At its first meeting with all five commissioners seated since the inauguration of President Barack Obama, the FCC voted unanimously Thursday to open an inquiry into the state of competition in the wireless industry. The FCC also wants to explore factors that encourage innovation and investment in wireless.
    (tags: fcc wireless)
  • It shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that VCs have, over the past few quarters, been reluctant to put term sheets down on new investments. Most venture folks have instead been preoccupied with tending to their portfolio companies, either ensuring that their most promising companies have enough capital and resources to weather the downturn, or trying to sell off the others. money
    The statistics bear this out. U.S. venture-backed companies raised $9.28 billion in the first half of 2009, according to VentureSource. That’s 44 percent less than the $16.47 billion raised during the same period in 2008.
    It may be too soon to pop the champagne, but the mood in the venture community appears to be slowly improving.

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