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Verizon Reaches $5M Settlement with FCC on Rural Call Completion

January 26, 2015 3:36 pm | by Andrew Berg, Senior Editor, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

This is the fourth major resolution of a rural call completion investigation. The Bureau entered into consent decrees related to rural call completion performance with...                         

House 'Regulatory Accountability Act' Could Hobble FCC

January 14, 2015 10:55 am | by Andrew Berg, Senior Editor, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

Called the...

Obama Stresses Data Protection in Connected Age

January 13, 2015 10:35 am | by Nedra Pickler, Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama...

Wheeler: Title II Can Be Done Right

January 8, 2015 10:44 am | by Andrew Berg, Senior Editor, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

Speaking Wednesday...

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FTC's Ramirez Urges Connected Device Makers to Focus on Privacy

January 7, 2015 10:28 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

While gadget companies are celebrating a coming bonanza of health trackers, connected cars and "smart" home appliances, the head of the Federal Trade Commission...             

Verizon CEO McAdam Pans AOL Acquisition Rumors

January 6, 2015 11:46 am | by Andrew Berg, Senior Editor, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

When asked about the reports, McAdam said that there were a lot of media players that might make great partners for Verizon, but he said...                         

Mexican Regulators Approve AT&T Acquisition of Iusacell

December 22, 2014 11:33 am | by Andrew Berg, Senior Editor, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

The Mexican Federal Competition Commission Monday said that it had approved AT&T's...                                 

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California Mulls Safety of Driverless Cars

December 22, 2014 9:35 am | by Justin Pritchard, Associated Press | News | Comments

California's Department of Motor Vehicles will miss a year-end deadline to adopt new rules for cars of the future because regulators...                                   

T-Mobile Settles Cramming Suit with FTC for $90M

December 19, 2014 12:35 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler called the settlement a win for consumers and promised to do more to ensure...                                   

Canadian Spectrum Auction Favors New Carriers

December 19, 2014 10:27 am | by James Keller, The Canadian Press | News | Comments

The Canadian government confirmed Thursday that a forthcoming wireless auction will reserve more than...                                        

FCC Issues Roaming Order, Lack of Vote Ruffles Feathers

December 19, 2014 10:04 am | by Andrew Berg, Senior Editor, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

The declaratory ruling, which was not voted on but was rather issued by the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, will allow the Commission...                              

New Arguments Heard in NSA Surveillance Appeal

December 9, 2014 10:56 am | by Gene Johnson, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal appeals court heard arguments Monday in an Idaho woman's challenge to the National Security Agency's...                                  

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Aereo Files Bankruptcy Following Court Ruling

November 21, 2014 10:23 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The Internet startup, which is backed by Barry Diller, made waves earlier this year by letting people record and stream broadcast...                             

NSA Was Warned of Surveillance Program Backlash in 2009

November 20, 2014 9:26 am | by Ken Dilanian, AP Intelligence Writer | News | Comments

Dissenters within the National Security Agency, led by a senior agency executive, warned in 2009 that the program to secretly collect...                      

Senate Kills Bill Aimed at Curbing NSA Powers

November 19, 2014 9:48 am | by Ken Dilanian, AP Intelligence Writer | News | Comments

The Senate on Tuesday blocked a bill to end bulk collection of American phone records by the National Security Agency, dealing a blow to President Barack Obama's...

WhatsApp Seeks to Evade Surveillance with High-End Encryption

November 19, 2014 9:26 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

WhatsApp, the globally popular instant messaging system owned by Facebook, has begun using a powerful new encryption program aimed at protecting...                

Apple, Google Push for Passage of Freedom Act

November 17, 2014 4:45 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

In an open letter to the Senate, the companies asked that the USA Freedom Act be passed in order to prevent the bulk collection of...                           

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Do Net Neutrality Rules Hinder Management of Wireless Networks?

November 13, 2014 4:58 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

OTI claims the study, which was conducted by CTC Technology and Energy, "demonstrates the fallacy of wireless industry claims that adherence to strong...                   

SmartWatch, Episode 27: Obama Fancies Self an Internet Advocate with Title II Remarks

November 13, 2014 10:56 am | Videos | Comments

President Obama this week entered the ring with millions of Americans in an effort to protect the Internet. He jabbed, he bobbed, he weaved, and those that own and have built the networks upon which the Internet was built did the same.

AT&T Pauses Fiber Expansion On Title II Concerns

November 12, 2014 11:07 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Stephenson's comments come just days after President Obama's strongest statement yet on...                                 

Obama Urges Title II Classification for ISPs

November 10, 2014 10:32 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

President Obama Monday stirred up a hornet's nest with his strongest comments yet in favor of stronger rules to protect the...                         

SmartWatch, Episode 25: Auction Delays Haunt Industry and FTC Spooks AT&T

October 30, 2014 12:32 pm | Videos | Comments

In this episode of SmartWatch, we scare up the details of the FCC's recent delay on the 600 MHz incentive auction. We'll run down who in the industry might see the delay as...          

SmartWatch, Episode 24: FCC Tackles Tower Siting, High-Band Spectrum, Butt Dialing

October 23, 2014 1:34 pm | Videos | Comments

The FCC makes SmartWatch with what Jonathan Adelstein called the “Super Bowl of regulatory proceedings.” If that’s so, this week’s episode tackles...                         

Talking to Siri While Driving Could Be Dangerous

October 8, 2014 9:15 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | Articles | Comments

Voice-activated systems were graded on a distraction scale of 1 to 5, with 1 representing no distraction and 5 comparable to doing complex math problems and word memorization.                                                                  

Apple's iPhone 6 Gets Approval for Sales in China

September 30, 2014 10:47 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Approval for use of the iPhone 6 on Chinese networks was granted after Apple "promised 'it never constructed a so-called ...                                                                                      

Europe Loosening In-Flight Cell Phone Rules

September 29, 2014 9:38 am | by David Rising, Associated Press | News | Comments

"We're basically opening the door where, in theory, you'll be able to continue making your phone call through the gate throughout the flight ... like you would on a train," spokesman Ilias Maragakis told The Associated Press.                

Attwell Baker Says Existing Open Internet Rules Sufficient

September 22, 2014 9:55 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

In comments made at the kickoff of a GSMA event in Atlanta today, Attwell Baker said that under existing Open Internet rules, which allow exceptions for wireless providers, "we see new plans, new options, new exciting pro-consumer services like Music Freedom, and Sponsored Data. Consumers can pick the best service and network for them."

Regulation Hits Self-Driving Cars in California

September 17, 2014 9:38 am | by Justin Pritchard, Associated Press | News | Comments

The permits formally regulate testing that is already was underway. Google alone is closing in on 1 million miles. The technology giant has bet heavily on the vehicles, which navigate using sophisticated sensors and detailed maps.

Google Fined $19M to Cover In-App Purchase Refunds

September 5, 2014 9:36 am | by Mae Anderson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

According to the FTC complaint, when Google introduced in-app charges to the Google Play in 2011, they were not password protected. As a result, children could buy virtual items just by clicking on popup boxes within an app while they used it. 

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