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Tech Industry Struggles to Address Patent Trolls

April 14, 2015 10:44 am | by Anne Flaherty, Associated Press | Articles | Comments

Congress is expected to take up legislation this year that would make it tougher for patent trolls to claim patent infringement, and put them on the hook for legal costs if they lose. 

FCC's Title II Rules Effective June 12, New Lawsuit Filed

April 13, 2015 10:49 am | by Andrew Berg, Editor In Chief, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

The new rules are already under fire. Industry trade group USTelecom and Alamo Broadband have both launched initial requests for courts to review the rules. 

Sprint Slapped with Fine for Overcharging Government

April 13, 2015 9:57 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The settlement announced late Thursday revolves around a dispute about how Sprint Communications Inc. billed the FBI, Drug Enforcement Administration and...

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AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon Get AWS-3 Licenses; Dish Still Waiting

April 9, 2015 10:27 am | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, @wwbenmunson | News | Comments

The list does not include Northstar or SNR Wireless, the two designated entity (DE) bidding partners Dish aligned itself with during the auction.                                                                 

AT&T Fined $25M Over Consumer Privacy Violations

April 8, 2015 2:27 pm | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, @wwbenmunson | News | Comments

Data center employees confessed to selling personal information obtained to a third party known as “El Pelon.”                                                                                       

Verizon Supports Use-It-or-Share-It Approach for 3.5 GHz Tiered Plan

April 8, 2015 11:48 am | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, @wwbenmunson | News | Comments

The carrier explained that if a PAL licensee has not both deployed services and registered...                                                                                                         

FCC Fines CenturyLink, Intrado Over Large 2014 911 Outage

April 6, 2015 4:58 pm | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, @wwbenmunson | News | Comments

The FCC is continuing to hand out fines related to a widespread 911 outage that resulted in more than 6,600 failed calls...                                                                             

AT&T: No CDMA 700 MHz Voice Roaming Until VoLTE is Deployed

April 6, 2015 11:39 am | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, @wwbenmunson | News | Comments

AT&T last week held a conference call with the FCC’s Wireless Telecommunications Bureau to clarify...                                                                                                                   

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Judge Overturns AT&T Claim of Exemption from FTC Lawsuit

April 6, 2015 11:37 am | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The Federal Trade Commission sued AT&T last October due to the company selling its customers so-called “unlimited” data plans that in effect reduced those customer’s data speeds by up to 90 percent.

Judge Orders Facebook and Zuckerberg To Turn Over Documents

April 6, 2015 10:45 am | by Larry Neumeister, Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. District Judge Vernon Broderick ordered Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg to relinquish documents by Monday that were requested by...

Schools Struggle To Curb Abuse by Smartphone

April 2, 2015 7:06 am | by Kimberly Hefling, AP Education Writer | News | Comments

Just this week, a 16-year-old from Gateway High School in Kissimmee, Florida, was arrested for posting about a bomb threat on Twitter because "she was angry and did not want to go to school," according to the Osceola County Sheriff's Office.

Verizon Allows Customers Way To Exit 'Supercookie' Program

April 1, 2015 10:56 am | by Andrew Berg, Editor In Chief, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

Verizon announced the "Relevant Mobile Advertising" program back in April. It allows Verizon to attach a unique identifier called a UIDH to individual customers as they browse the Internet. 

Holes in the Web: Outages Reveal Broadband Vulnerabilities

March 30, 2015 10:15 am | by Felicia Fonseca, David Lieb, Associated Press | News | Comments

Because Internet service is largely unregulated by the federal government and the states, decisions about network reliability are left to the service providers.

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FCC Releases Order for Spectrum Sharing in 3.5 GHz Band

March 27, 2015 3:22 pm | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, @wwbenmunson | News | Comments

The FCC today released a Report and Order regarding the creation of the Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS)...                                                                                                        

Ericsson’s Telecordia Takes Over for Neustar as LNP Administrator

March 26, 2015 3:43 pm | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, @wwbenmunson | News | Comments

Today’s announcement doesn’t award a contract yet. It opens up negotiations between North American Portability Management (NAPM) and Telecordia.                                                                      

Sprint: Lifeline Mobile Broadband Pilot Sees Weak Adoption

March 25, 2015 11:17 am | by Andrew Berg, Editor In Chief, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

While 70 percent of Assurance Wireless Lifeline subscribers report having no access to Internet, Sprint said that any kind of upfront cost, which ranged from $30 to $70 depending on the offer, was a "significant barrier" to adoption. 

Initial Filings Spark Legal Battle Over Title II

March 24, 2015 11:23 am | by Andrew Berg, Editor In Chief, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

USTelecom on Monday has asked an a federal District of Columbia appeals court to review the FCC's Order that reclassifies Internet service providers (ISPs) under...

T-Mobile Found Guilty of Labor Law Violations

March 19, 2015 3:30 pm | by Andrew Berg, Editor In Chief, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

The NLRB said the case showed how management at T-Mobile worked to suppress workers from organizing through "unlawful corporate policies issued from the highest levels of the company." 

AT&T, Verizon to Litigate Title II Through Industry Organizations

March 19, 2015 10:57 am | by Andrew Berg, Editor In Chief, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

The news comes after AT&T and Verizon have both promised long legal fights over the recently approved Order to reclassify ISPs under what Wheeler has called "light-touch Title II" regulation. 

IBM Study Highlights Security Flaws in Enterprise Apps

March 19, 2015 10:35 am | by Jacob Meister, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

The new research suggests the average company tests less than half of apps for vulnerabilities, while 33 percent never test the mobile apps prior to their release.

Verizon Hit with Big Fine Over 911 Outages

March 18, 2015 11:42 am | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, @wwbenmunson | News | Comments

The April 2014 outage was part of a broader multistate 911 outage that affected over 11 million people and...                                                                                              

Wheeler Denies 'Secret' Instructions from White House on Title II

March 17, 2015 10:49 am | by Andrew Berg, Editor In Chief, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

Wheeler's comments come as the Commission late last week finally published the full 400-page document that outlines the details of the new Open Internet rules.

FCC Makes Public Its Open Internet Order

March 12, 2015 11:04 am | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, @wwbenmunson | News | Comments

The release is coupled with statements from Wheeler and the four other FCC commissioners.                                                                                            

Order in the Court: Why the Title II Debate Must Be Had Now

March 12, 2015 10:49 am | by Andrew Berg, Editor In Chief, @andrewberg32 | Articles | Comments

Lawyers from AT&T and Verizon are likely poring over the just released 400-page document before they ask their clients for the go-ahead signatures to take the issue to the courts.

FTC Alleges DirecTV Ads Deceptive, Misleading

March 12, 2015 10:40 am | by Jennifer C. Kerr, Associated Press | News | Comments

The government is taking the nation's biggest satellite TV provider to court, accusing DirecTV of misleading millions of consumers about the cost of its programming...

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