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Verizon to Disclose Law Enforcement Requests for Customer Info in Report

December 19, 2013 4:22 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Verizon today announced its intent to early next year publish a transparency report detailing all the U.S. law enforcement requests for customer information the carrier received in 2013. The company plans to release the first report in early 2014 and then semi-annually after that.

Judge's Word on NSA Program Won't Be the Last

December 17, 2013 9:53 am | by Frederic J. Frommer, Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge made headlines Monday by declaring that the National Security Agency's bulk collection of millions of Americans' telephone records is likely unconstitutional. But even he realized his won't be the last word on the issue.

DOT Seeking Ban on In-Flight Cell Phone Use

December 13, 2013 2:53 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Transportation is weighing in on the possiblity that cell phones could be allowed on planes. In a statement, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx acknowledged the FCC's recent Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), which suggests the issue isn't a technological one. 

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FCC Moves to Put Airlines in Pilot Seat on In-Flight Device Use

December 12, 2013 4:42 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

"Let me say up front that, I get it. I don’t want the person in the seat next to me yapping at 35,000 feet any more than anyone else," wrote FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler in a statement discussing today's Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) for new policies governing in-flight cell phone use. 

House Committee Passes Spectrum Incentive and FCC Reform Acts

December 11, 2013 4:52 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The House Energy & Commerce Committee today passed through H.R. 3674, the Federal Spectrum Incentive Act of 2013 and H.R. 3675, the Federal Communications Commission Process Reform Act. Both bills were introduced on Monday. Both bills now move onto the House for approval.

German Prosecutor: Still Weighing NSA Probe

December 11, 2013 9:37 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Germany's chief federal prosecutor says he hasn't decided whether to open an investigation into alleged surveillance by the U.S. National Security Agency but is suggesting that he's skeptical. Prosecutor Harald Range's office has been considering since June whether it has grounds to investigate reports of NSA surveillance in Germany, which later included allegations that Chancellor Angela Merkel's cellphone was monitored.

New Bill Offers Government Agencies Incentive for Clearing Airwaves

December 10, 2013 9:49 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

U.S. Representatives Brett Guthrie (R-KY) and Doris Matsui (D-CA), co-chairs of the House Energy and Commerce Committee Spectrum Working Group, on Monday introduced legislation that offers financial incentives to government agencies for vacating their unused spectrum. 

Stephenson: New FCC Showing 'Bias Towards Action'

December 10, 2013 9:26 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

AT&T is hoping for a more agile, fast-acting FCC under new Chairman Tom Wheeler’s direction. Randall Stephenson, CEO of AT&T, said in a remarks at the UBS Media & Telecom Investor Conference, that his company had filed its intentions with the FCC to move to an all-IP network but noted there was very little movement...

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ACLU: Law Enforcement Getting Unfettered Access to Mobile Devices

December 9, 2013 11:06 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

As major tech companies petition the White House for data collection reform, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Monday released a press release that highlights the rising number of law enforcements requests for cell phone subscriber data in 2012. 

New Rules Hasten FCC Approval of Verizon's Vodafone Buy

December 4, 2013 4:18 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The FCC Wednesday approved Verizon's petition for a declaratory ruling on its acquistion of Vodafone's 45 percent stake in the Verizon Wireless joint venture. The ruling, which involved the International Bureau, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, and Office of Engineering and Technology, was the first time...

Report: HP Replaces Verizon Terremark as Obamacare Site Host

December 2, 2013 10:11 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Verizon’s enterprise IT and cloud services acquisition Terremark is being replaced by HP as website host for Healthcare.gov, the federal health insurance marketplace. The Wall Street Journal spoke with people familiar with the matter who said the Department of Health and Human Services is in the process of moving the web operations over to HP’s data centers in a move that could take months to complete.

Pentagon Agreement Opens AWS Spectrum for Auction

November 26, 2013 11:02 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The Pentagon and the incumbent TV broadcasters have agreed to a spectrum-sharing deal for the 2025-2110 MHz bands. The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) is urging the FCC to make changes that would allow the Department of Defense (DoD) to move its operations from the 1755-1780 MHz spectrum and free up that spectrum for pairing with 2155-2180 MHz bands.

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.

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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. 

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.

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...

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.”

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)...

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