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Analyst: As AWS-3 Auction Hits $24B, Dish Soars, T-Mobile Likely Out

November 20, 2014 11:14 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The FCC’s AWS-3 auction has rocketed past its $10 billion reserve price and surpassed $24 billion in bids after only five days. The rapid pace at which the auction is climbing helped spur a 10 percent rise in...               

Uber Exec May Have Used App to Snoop on Reporter

November 20, 2014 9:29 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Uber Technologies...

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...

AWS-3 Auction Cruises Well Past Reserve Price

November 19, 2014 10:40 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The FCC’s ongoing AWS-3 auction in four days of bidding...

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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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AT&T Kills Cookie Tracking on Smartphones

November 17, 2014 9:23 am | by Jack Gillum, Associated Press | News | Comments

The change by AT&T essentially removes a hidden string of letters and numbers that are passed along to websites that...                        

Smaller Mobile Providers Call Title II a “Disservice to Rural America”

November 14, 2014 10:50 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Cellcom, Bluegrass Cellular and three other regional wireless providers are warning the FCC of the potential havoc Title II reclassification could wreak...                                  

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...                   

AWS-3 Auction Tops $2B in First Two Rounds of Bidding

November 13, 2014 3:53 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The FCC’s auction of 65 MHz of AWS-3 began today and it’s already drawn heavy interest from the 70 approved bidders. Total bids exceeded...                              

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.

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Study: Americans Ticked at Loss of Digital Privacy

November 13, 2014 9:35 am | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Sun Microsystems CEO Scott McNealy infamously quipped "You have zero privacy anyway. Get over it." You'd think we would have gotten...                      

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...                         

Wearables, Smartphones Shift Power from Doctors to Patients

November 7, 2014 4:30 am | by Andrew Berg | Articles | Comments

The amount of information and data that patients have at their fingertips is forcing major changes across an otherwise antiquated...                    

New Malware Targets iPhone, Apple Products

November 6, 2014 8:30 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

WireLurker monitors devices connected by a USB cable to an infected computer and installs malicious applications onto the device. The malware steals a variety...              

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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...          

On Open Internet, Smart Phones Need Smart Policy

October 30, 2014 9:58 am | by Meredith Attwell Baker, President and CEO, CTIA; and Jonathan Spalter, Chair, Mobile Future | Articles | Comments

One area fraught with peril is the insistence by some that if you truly support an open Internet, then you must blindly adhere to the irrefutably false conclusion that...                

NAB Chafes at Being Scapegoat for FCC Auction Delay

October 27, 2014 10:35 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

“We reject suggestions that our narrowly focused lawsuit is cause for delay. We look forward to a speedy resolution of our legal challenge and a successful auction that preserves access to free and local..."

FCC Again Delays 600 MHz Incentive Auctions

October 24, 2014 1:43 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

“We are confident we will prevail in court, but given the reality of that schedule, the complexity of designing and implementing the auction, and the need for all auction participants to have certainty well in advance of the auction, we now anticipate accepting applications for the auction in the fall..."

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...                         

T-Mobile Claims Roaming Better in South Africa than On AT&T in South Dakota

October 20, 2014 11:08 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

T-Mobile claims its customers have a better roaming experience in South Africa than they do on AT&T’s network in South Dakota. The carrier says its customers got speeds twice as fast and unlimited...

FCC Looks Above 24 GHz for More Spectrum

October 17, 2014 3:16 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The inquiry comes on a recommendation from the Technological Advisory Council to better understand how it can make use of millimeter wave spectrum above...                  

AT&T's New Smart Limits Still Won't Let Me Cap My Son's Data

October 17, 2014 10:20 am | by Andrew Berg | Blogs | Comments

After posting a recent grumbling piece about AT&T having done away with a key feature of its family controls program--namely the ability to cap...             

FTC Sees Huge First Week for Refund Claims in AT&T Cramming Settlement

October 16, 2014 9:56 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has already received 359,000 refund claims just one week after an AT&T cramming settlement had been announced. An FTC spokesman said, as far as the agency can tell...

FirstNews Briefs: NetScout, Accenture, GSMA, Alcatel-Lucent, KT

October 13, 2014 9:37 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

NetScout Systems, Inc., a provider of performance analytics and operational intelligence solutions, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the Communications business of Danaher Corporation, comprising Tektronix Communications, Arbor Networks, and certain parts of Fluke Networks. 

T-Mobile, Sprint Urge Extra Scrutiny of AT&T Spectrum Deals

October 9, 2014 3:12 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The group, which also includes representatives from Comptel, Public Knowledge, and CCIA, is concerned that AT&T will control more than one-third of the available low-band spectrum in some markets should the transactions be approved.

AT&T Paying Out $105M in Cramming Agreement

October 8, 2014 1:27 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson today said AT&T has agreed to pay $105 million in part to reimburse customers affected by cramming. Under the deal, AT&T will pay $80 million to the Federal Trade Commission which will then distribute the money to customers nationwide who got stuck with unauthorized third-party fees from premium SMS services. Ferguson’s office estimates almost 500,000 Washingtonians were affected.

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