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GOP Rep Warns FCC Against Spectrum Caps in Upcoming Auctions

November 18, 2013 10:42 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Rep. Greg Walden (D-Ore.) has warned the FCC against limiting the participation of AT&T and Verizon in upcoming spectrum auctions through the use of spectrum caps. The Hill said that Rep. Walden, chairman of the House Communications and Technology subcommittee, told reporters that Congress might step in if it doesn’t like the FCC auction rules.

Report: AT&T Rakes in $10M a Year from C.I.A for Phone Records

November 7, 2013 9:58 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The C.I.A. pays AT&T over $10 million a year for phone records, according to a report from the New York Times, which cites government officals. The agreement is part of a voluntary contract between AT&T and the C.I.A. and does not involve the subpoenas or court orders which would traditionally compell an operator to comply with such an request. 

What is Google Building out in San Francisco Bay?

November 5, 2013 8:52 am | by Martha Medoza, AP National Writer | News | Comments

San Francisco's mayor says he doesn't know what it is. Police say it's not their jurisdiction. And government inspectors are sworn to secrecy. Google is erecting a four-story structure in the heart of the San Francisco Bay but is managing to conceal its purpose by constructing it on docked barges instead of on land...

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Friday Flick: Stop Watching Us!

October 25, 2013 10:05 am | Videos | Comments

Edward Snowden revealed the true extent of the NSA's massive surveillance program. The United States government now has access to essentially all forms of electronic communication, from texts to emails and voice calls. Check out this statement from some well-known names in the whistle blower community, as well as a few celebrities. 

Wireless Broadband: Finding the Right Balance

October 15, 2013 1:05 pm | by Andrew M. Seybold | Articles | Comments

Network operators need more spectrum for wireless broadband but there is a spectrum shortage. To help alleviate the shortage, the FCC will auction more spectrum in 2013 and this will be followed by the incentive auctions. Further, the NTIA/FCC is exploring spectrum sharing options. However, none of these actions will result in more bandwidth anytime soon.

Growing Backlash to Government Surveillance

October 14, 2013 9:21 am | by Martha Mendoza, AP National Writer | News | Comments

From Silicon Valley to the South Pacific, counterattacks to revelations of widespread National Security Agency surveillance are taking shape, from a surge of new encrypted email programs to technology that sprinkles the Internet with red flag terms to confuse would-be snoops.

LA Students Get iPads, Crack Firewall, Play Games

October 7, 2013 9:56 am | by John Rogers, Associated Press | News | Comments

Education officials in the nation's second-largest school district are working to reboot a $1 billion plan to put an iPad in the hands of each of their 650,000 students after an embarrassing glitch emerged when the first round of tablets went out.

ITU: 50 Percent of all People on Earth Covered by 3G

October 7, 2013 9:33 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The ITU has published its annual report, which estimates that by the end of 2013 there will be 6.8 billion total mobile-cellular subscritions. The report, which also looks at fixed-line broadband, concluded that mobile broadband over smartphones and tablets...

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Facebook, Yahoo Want to Disclose FISA Orders Data

September 10, 2013 9:29 am | by Frederic J. Frommer, Associated Press | News | Comments

Facebook and Yahoo asked a secret court Monday to allow them to disclose data on national security orders the companies have received under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. The two tech companies filed separate, similar motions Monday with the secret court that oversees that law.

Overcoming the Regulatory Challenges Posed by Small Cells

September 6, 2013 1:10 pm | by Stephen Priestman, Chairman of the Small Cell Forum Regulatory Working Group & Managing Director ClearWave Consulting | Articles | Comments

The last few years has seen a rapid increase in the use of small cells in mobile networks around the globe. This is not surprising, given the various benefits which their use brings to operators, customers and society at large. For the operator, small cells bring the opportunity to extend...

Report: NSA Cracked Most Online Encryption

September 6, 2013 8:53 am | by Jack Gillum, Associated Press | News | Comments

The National Security Agency, working with the British government, has secretly been unraveling encryption technology that billions of Internet users rely upon to keep their electronic messages and confidential data safe from prying eyes, according to published reports based on internal U.S. government documents...

Report: AT&T Grants DEA Access to 26 Years Worth of Phone Records

September 3, 2013 10:51 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The New York Times says it received “law enforcement sensitive” Powerpoint slides that outline the scope of the partnership, dubbed the Hemisphere Project. The government foots the bill for AT&T employees to work alongside DEA teams and pull up phone records from a massive database when they are requested. The database is stored by AT&T and the DEA is allowed to search it by acquiring “administrative subpoenas.”

Silicon Valley Patent Office Shelved

September 3, 2013 10:49 am | by Martha Mendoza, AP National Writer | News | Comments

Silicon Valley's high-tech firms are fighting what they consider a deeply personal federal cut this summer that shelves a planned patent office in this innovation-fueled region. While most of the country is feeling some pinch from the automatic budget cuts known as sequestration...

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Leaked Docs Give New Insight into NSA's Searches

August 1, 2013 10:31 am | by Raphael Satter, Associated Press | News | Comments

Documents published by the Guardian newspaper are providing new insight into the National Security Agency's surveillance of world data, giving an over-the-shoulder look at the programs and techniques U.S. intelligence analysts use to exploit the hundreds of billions of records they gather each year...

U.S. Court: No Warrant Needed to Seize Phone Location Data

July 31, 2013 10:44 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

In another loss for wireless customer privacy, a U.S. court has decided authorities need only a court order to access cell site location data records. The Wall Street Journal reports that the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals undid a previous court ruling that protected cell phone data under the Constitution and that accessing it required a search warrant.

NTIA Unveils Transparency Code for App Developers

July 26, 2013 9:20 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

A group comprised of technology companies, consumer advocate groups and trade associations, yesterday released the first draft of a new code for app developers aimed at increasing transparency. The code, which was posted online by the National Telecommnications and Information Adminsitration (NTIA)...

DoD Offers Plan to Clear Spectrum

July 23, 2013 10:39 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The Department of Defense (DoD) is finally making some concessions in the wireless industry's fight to clear more underused government spectrum for commerical use. The Defense Department is proposing shared access to the 2025 - 2110 MHz band and to make the 1755-1780 MHz band...

Britain to Review Huawei's UK-Based Cyber Center

July 18, 2013 4:48 pm | by Raphael Satter, Associated Press | News | Comments

One of Britain's most senior security officials has been assigned to review a cybersecurity center operated by Chinese company Huawei following concerns that the telecommunications firm — which is playing an increasingly large role in Britain's Internet infrastructure — can't be relied on to police its own systems...

Microsoft Asks Holder to Ease Gag on NSA Program

July 17, 2013 8:58 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft Corp. on Tuesday sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder calling on him to personally review a gag order that prevents the company and others from further discussing secret national security requests for customer emails, Skype calls and documents stored on its servers...

Merkel Urges Stronger Europe, Global Data Rules

July 15, 2013 10:32 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

German Chancellor Angela Merkel called Sunday for tougher European and global rules on data protection amid fallout from recent revelations about U.S. surveillance programs. Merkel pledged that Germany will take a "very strict position" in ongoing talks on European...

Microsoft Wants to Disclose Data on FISA Orders

June 28, 2013 8:01 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Microsoft has asked a court to let it disclose data on national security orders the company has received under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. Microsoft made the request in a motion filed June 19 with the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court and unsealed this week...

FCC Issues Declaratory Ruling on CPNI

June 27, 2013 1:44 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Amid the firestorm set off by Edward Snowden's leaked information about the NSA's surveillance programs, the FCC Thursday took action to protect the privacy of consumers wireless service by clarifying its customer proprietary network information (CPNI) policies...

Bill Aims to Freeze New Wireless Taxes for Five Years

June 27, 2013 9:45 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Pat Toomey (R-Penn.) Wednesday introduced the Wireless Tax Fairness Act, which aims to protect consumers from ballooning taxation. The bill addresses a increasing tendency by State and Local governments to cover budget shortfalls by raising taxes on wireless services...

Privacy Debate Rages as FCC Takes up Mobile CPNI Rules

June 24, 2013 4:49 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The operators right now are in a bit of a bind when it comes to recent revelations of the NSA's surveillance program. They're bound by law to cooperate with the government and most likely legally bound not to discuss the program. The best they can do is offer up the party line, which to this point has been that their customers' privacy...

Google Asks US Secret Court to Lift Gag Order

June 19, 2013 9:22 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Google on Tuesday sharply challenged the U.S. government's gag order on its Internet surveillance program, citing what it described as a constitutional free speech right to divulge how many requests it receives from the government for data about its customers in the name of national security...

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