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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...

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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...

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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...

Report: VZW, T-MO Not Part of NSA Surveillance Program

June 14, 2013 10:45 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile may not have been required to particpate in the NSA's phone surveillance program. Citing people familiar with the matter, the Wall Street Journal today reported that the NSA may have exempted T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless from the program for their foreign ownership...

SF, NY Officials to Meet over Cellphone Thefts

June 6, 2013 9:58 am | by Terry Collins, Associated Press | News | Comments

Top law enforcement officials from San Francisco and New York plan to meet with some of the nation's largest smartphone makers next week to help thwart the rise in cellphone thefts and robberies. San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman...

Report: Obama to Appoint Tom Wheeler as Next FCC Chairman

May 1, 2013 10:25 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

President Obama is likely to appoint wireless industry veteran and lobbyist Tom Wheeler to succeed Julius Genachowski as chairman of the FCC. According to numerous reports from multiple outlets, Wheeler, who has already served as an informal advisor to Obama on telecom matters, is the top pick...

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Carriers Deny Cell Shutdown Following Boston Bombings

April 16, 2013 10:14 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Wireless operators say they did not shut down cell service following the deadly bombings at the finsh line of the Boston Marathon yesterday. Amid the chaos and confusion immediately following the explosions, the Associated Press issued a report citing an unnamed source who claimed cell service had been terminated in the Boston...

Commissioner McDowell Announces Resignation

March 20, 2013 2:49 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

FCC Commissioner Rob McDowell announced Wednesday that he will be stepping down from his post. In a statement, McDowell said that after 7 years of serving with the FCC, he will be turning more his energies to his family. McDowell said he will step down in a "few weeks."

Report: Mobile Adoption by Public Sector Could Be Worth $50B Annually

February 19, 2013 10:51 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Continuing adoption of mobile technologies by government agencies could result in $50 billion in added value annually, according to new research from Deloitte.  The report found that the public sector lags in its ability to use new technologies to their fullest...

FTC Issues Mobile Privacy Guidelines

February 4, 2013 9:42 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The FTC has issued a set of guidelines for mobile application developers. While not legally binding, the new rules were released on the same days as regulators announced a settlement with social network provider Path...

North Korea Loosens Restrictions on Foreign Cellphones

January 21, 2013 9:24 am | by Jean H. Lee, Associated Press | News | Comments

North Korea is loosening some restrictions on foreign cellphones by allowing visitors to bring their own phones into the country. However, security regulations still prohibit mobile phone calls between foreigners and locals. For years, North Korea required...

French Mobile Operators Hit with Antitrust Fines

December 13, 2012 9:29 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

France's competition watchdog has slapped €183 million ($239 million) in fines on the country's two top mobile operators for anti-competitive pricing policies between 2005 and 2008. The Autorite de Concurrence said Thursday that Orange and SFR had abused their dominant...

Clashes over Internet Rules To Mark Dubai Meeting

December 3, 2012 10:40 am | by Brian Murphy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.N.'s top telecommunications overseer sought Monday to quell worries about greater Internet controls emerging from global talks in Dubai, but any attempts for major Web regulations will likely face stiff opposition from groups led by a high-powered U.S. delegation.

BlackBerry 10 Lands Security Certification

November 8, 2012 6:05 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

While still months from launch, Research In Motion’s forthcoming BlackBerry 10 operating system has met key government security standards.

Huawei, ZTE Deny Spying Before Congress

September 14, 2012 5:35 am | by Matthew Pennington, Associated Press | News | Comments

Two major Chinese technology companies on Thursday denied allegations that some of their equipment is designed to facilitate spying, but struggled to convince U.S. lawmakers that they are independent from the dictates of Beijing's communist government.

AT & T: FaceTime Policy Within FCC Net Neutrality Rules

August 22, 2012 7:48 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

AT&T says its policy to reserve FaceTime use over a cellular connection for those customers who move to its new Mobile Share plans does not violate the FCC's net neutrality rules

GAO Report Recommends FCC Review of SAR Limits

August 8, 2012 7:00 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) Tuesday released a study recommending that the FCC review limits placed on specific absorption rate (SAR), the amount of radio frequency absorbed by the body when using a cell phone.

Tech Requirements Set for First Responders Network

June 22, 2012 7:27 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The FCC today approved the minimum technical requirements for its interoperable first responders network, which operates in the D-Block of the 700 MHz band of spectrum.

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