Items tagged with FCC

Your phone number is about to get more secure, and you don't even have to do anything to make it happen. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has issued new directives for cell carriers that will force them to take SIM swapping and port-out attacks seriously. Carriers will now have to use secure authentication... Read more...
Artificial Intelligence is bleeding into every facet of technology, especially those that have to do with mundane life tasks and grunt work. One such example of this Google demonstrated five years ago when the company showed AI booking hair appointments and dinner reservations, with humans on the other end of the... Read more...
The Federal Communications Comission (FCC) has opened up the WiFi 6E 6GHz frequency band to a whole new wave of low-powered devices. The move is designed to improve peer to peer communication speeds with devices such as virtual reality helmets, augmented reality glasses, smart watches, and smartphones to name but a... Read more...
The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has moved to restore net neutrality. A vote on Thursday kicked off a rulemaking process that will once again bar internet companies from creating paid fast lanes for data or slowing traffic based on type. The last time regulators managed to enact strong net neutrality... Read more...
History's first ever fine for space junk has been issued by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to Dish Network. This move is an early warning to other satellite operators that Congress is getting serious about space debris. Is it enough, however? In an announcement this week, the FCC said that is had... Read more...
If you are reading this on October 4th at 2:20 pm EST and wondering why your devices are making a cacophony of noise, don’t worry as it is just a test. FEMA and the FCC are coordinating to test two emergency alert systems across the nation to ensure preparedness for national-level emergencies. As mentioned, two... Read more...
Rumors percolated for years that Google would release its own smartwatch, but year after year, Android wearable fans were left with dwindling options. Google finally got it together in 2022, releasing the Pixel Watch (above). That device is coming up on a year old, and its replacement, presumably the Pixel Watch 2... Read more...
For the last eight years, internet service providers (ISPs) in the US have enjoyed a very liberal definition of "broadband." The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is poised to rain on their parade. The commission may update the definition of what constitutes broadband, raising the minimum speed requirement by a... Read more...
Kaspersky, a cybersecurity and antivirus company, appears in our news coverage fairly often, as the company’s researchers frequently uncover and disclose noteworthy vulnerabilities and malware. Earlier this month, we covered a gas pump hack that called to mind a vulnerability previously discovered by Kaspersky. Before... Read more...
“We have been trying to reach you about your car's extended warranty.” This statement has become something of a joke, but it serves to highlight people’s ongoing frustration with robocalls and text messages. The United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is currently working on reducing these annoyances... Read more...
There's a high chance that you've recently received a call marked as “Possible Spam” from your phone provider. You may have even received a call that appears to have originated from your area code and then realized after answering that you were the latest victim of a robocall. This still occurs even after placing your... Read more...
It’s no secret that Microsoft is on the verge of releasing its second-generation Surface Duo 2 flagship Android smartphone. Images of the device leaked back in late July, and benchmarks showed up online shortly after. We’ve now learned that the device has passed through the halls of the Federal Communications... Read more...
Although the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro are the most highly anticipated smartphones coming from Google this year, the company also promised to deliver a new mid-range smartphone for consumers. After a rumor claimed that the Pixel 5a was canceled for this year, Google quickly made the surprise decision to confirm months... Read more...
Some families have struggled to afford internet services during the pandemic due to highs price and a waning jobs market. As such, the FCC introduced the Emergency Broadband Benefit program to help these families with a discount of up to $50 a month toward broadband service. However, companies only need to offer one... Read more...
The largest internet service providers (ISPs) in the United States defrauded the public by engaging in a secret campaign to derail net neutrality rules, New York Attorney General Letitia James stated in a series of Twitter posts. This secretive campaign resulted in the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) receiving... Read more...
Since the first launch in 2019, the Starlink satellite network has steadily been growing. Once it had enough satellites in Earth orbit, SpaceX introduced the beta program, which has grown immensely as well. Now, in an FCC filing to become a telecommunications carrier, Elon Musk’s company disclosed that it has 10,000... Read more...
Ajit Pai, Chairman of the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) who made numerous headlines over the past few years for his crusade against net neutrality regulations, announced he is departing the agency in January when President-Elect Joe Biden enters the administration. His departure leaves open the... Read more...
We have been saying for weeks now that Microsoft's Surface Duo launch is imminent, and we stand by that prediction. Adding to our confidence that it will be launching relatively soon, the dual-screen Android device recently made a cameo on the Federal Communications Commission's database, with nearly a dozen... Read more...
At this point, we've almost given up hope on the Pixel 4a. It's been over a year since Google launched the very well-received Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL mid-range smartphones, and the successor is nowhere to be found. That's not to say that we haven't seen leaked images, specs, and even retail box shots for the Pixel... Read more...
The FCC is pushing for a record fine against a telemarketer that made approximately 1 billion spoofed robocalls in less than five months to consumers in the United States. Many of the Americans who received the spoofed robocalls were on the national Do Not Call List. The FCC has proposed a record $225 million fine... Read more...
Microsoft fans who have been waiting in anticipation for the Surface Earbuds to launch will be glad to hear that they have finally turned up at the FCC. Approval from the FCC is typically one of the last things that the manufacturer does before it launches the product, so presumably, the Surface Earbuds are right... Read more...
Microsoft has been reportedly working on some new Surface hardware that will be arriving soon, including a new Surface Dock 2, Surface Book 3, and Surface Go 2. A couple of interesting reports have come to light with one indicating a listing believed to be for the Surface Go 2 that has turned up at the FCC. While... Read more...
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