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For too long, the download/upload speeds advertised by ISPs fell far short of real-world performance, but things have been improving of late. According to the FCC’s “Measuring Broadband America” 2012 report, ISPs were delivering an average of 96% of advertised speeds during peak traffic times, which is up significantly from... Read more...
It's kind of a curious thing that Nintendo is the only console maker out of the big 3 to have announced a new generation model, the Wii U, which will be released in the fourth quarter of this year. Microsoft and Sony so far have preferred to keep their next-gen console plans close to their respective chests while they squeeze out a few more... Read more...
Did you know that the FCC hasn’t updated its guidelines regarding maximum radiation levels in mobile devices since 1996? FCC chairman Julius Genachowski is apparently aware of this, because he’s looking to launch a formal inquiry into the matter. In a statement that was circulated to news outlets, the FCC... Read more...
The end looks nigh for LightSquared. The company that intended to hook up with Sprint for 15 years (or more) in order to redefine the 4G landscape in the United States is on the brink of disaster, and according to a Wall Street Journal report, the cards could fold as early as tomorrow. Reportedly, Philip Falcone's... Read more...
Due to unresolved interference issues, Sprint has terminated its 15-year 4G network agreement with LightSquared. We heard rumors this might be coming, and now, Sprint has made it official. The announcement comes after LightSquared was unable to find a resolution to interference issues found by the Federal Communications Commission which cited... Read more...
Not really surprising, but things aren't looking so good for LightSquared. The company has been fighting for what feels like ages to get their wholesale LTE network approved despite staunch opposition from naysayers who contend that the network will interfere with GPS usage, and they've seemingly been losing more and... Read more...
AT&T and Sprint have had their fair share of battles lately, especially with Sprint's strong opposition to the now defunct proposed merger between AT&T and T-Mobile. In the latest battle between the two wireless carriers, AT&T is attacking Sprint for divesting some of its infrastructure and relying on roaming agreements for voice... Read more...
Wide open spaces? How about white spaces? These mysterious creatures hanging in the air, dealing with the digital TV transition and looking to free up spectrum, are now making their big splash in Wilmington, North Carolina. The FCC's Office of Engineering and Technology has just issued a public notice to start operation of the spectrum bridge's... Read more...
One of the most wonderful things about the Internet is that it creates a more level playing field for most people, not unlike the public library (but on steroids). Whether you live in a bustling metropolis or a tiny Midwestern town, are rich or poor, have the latest iOS device or an old second-hand desktop someone... Read more...
What if Sony popped out a new Bloggie camcorder, with Wi-Fi? According to a drop in the FCC, that may be on deck. Pocket camcorders have shipped with Wi-Fi before, and Sony's Bloggie line has seen a great deal of success through the years, and it looks that the next one may be the barnburner that makes us forget about the death of Flip Video.... Read more...
The government's still trying to figure this whole "jobs" thing out, but the FCC is making moves on something, anyway. It's being called (by the FCC) the "most significant policy step ever taken to connect all Americans to high-speed Internet, wherever they live." It's the Connect America Fund, which aims to reform... Read more...
No one likes to be surprised by insanely high mobile bills. Or any bills, really. But with those mobile bills, at least there's a governmental agency watching out for Americans, right? Sheers and jeers aside, the CTIA and FCC has announced today new commitments by providers that represent more than 97 percent of... Read more...
In speech remarks posted on the FCC website, FCC chairman Julius Genachowski announced a plan to bring broadband and mobile broadband access to the entire country. Big talk of that nature is nothing new, but the plan portends to achieve this goal by the end of the decade. Genachowski expects the number of people... Read more...
Much like the AT&T / T-Mobile USA merger, we knew that there was no way in the world that any new "net neutrality" rules would fly into law without a little friction. Verizon Communications has stepped up to the plate, not ashamed to make a public front against the looming FCC imposition of those very rules. This... Read more...
Well, it’s official: According to Reuters, the FCC’s Net neutrality rules have been published in the Federal Register. They'll finally go into effect on November 20th. We knew this was coming and discussed it last week, but the Federal Register publication was the last official step toward launching the new rules. Net neutrality... Read more...
Families with limited income who are struggling to make ends meet may have reason to consider switching to Comcast. The company has rolled out a new $9.99 service tier that's available nationwide to citizens with at least one child receiving a free school lunch through the National School Lunch Program. The program... Read more...
The U.S. government has never been accused of moving too quickly on anything, and the Net neutrality rules that the FCC released late in 2010 are no exception. According to Reuters, the White House’s Office of Management and Budget has finally signed off on the rules, which clears the way for implementation in... Read more...
Telecommunications companies in 16 states have laid out plans to share more than $103 million in federal funding to help expand broadband internet access to rural areas of the country that haven't yet been reached by high-speed service or are underserved. The announcement comes from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which is providing about... Read more...
AT&T has filed eight separate suites against the law firm of Bursor & Fisher over the firm's ongoing efforts to persuade consumers to fight the wireless giant's proposed merger with T-Mobile. The merger would give AT&T and Verizon control of an estimated 80 percent of the wireless market. T-Mobile, which is owned by Deutsche Telecom,... Read more...
Most ISPs advertise the upload and download speeds of their broadband, but just how much truth is in advertising? A recent study by the FCC aims give consumers the answer for the nation's largest providers. The Federal Communications Commission has released the results of a year-long scientific study it conducted with regard to the upload... Read more...
Hacker group Anonymous promised a cyberattack on the website of San Francisco Bay Area transit agency BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit), starting at 12 noon PST on Sunday, Aug. 14, and they delivered, managing deface two related sites, as well leak user data from one of the sites. Both site defacements are related to Operation Bart (#OpBART on... Read more...
Recently, the launch of the Child ID app proved that the U.S. government wasn't scared of tapping into modern-day, consumer-friendly tech to provide a service to the American people. Now, the FCC is pushing for 911 texting.  The Federal Communications Commission is envisioning a project called Next Generation... Read more...
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