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  • Controversial LTE-U tech OK'd by FCC

    The Federal Communications Commission announced Wednesday that it had approved two cellular base stations – one each from Ericsson and Nokia – to use LTE-U, marking the first official government thumbs-up for the controversial technology.

    Written by Jon Gold23 Feb. 17 08:15
  • EU outlines stiff new net neutrality rules

    The Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications published a 45-page report that essentially bans paid prioritization of network traffic, and imposes strict requirements on any specialized services that ISPs want to offer.

    Written by Jon Gold31 Aug. 16 05:45
  • FCC strikes again on Wi-Fi blocking: Hilton, big electrical contractor fined

    The FCC isn’t kidding around in going after Wi-Fi blockers: Now it has slapped big electrical contracting company M.C. Dean with a $718,000 fine for blocking consumers’ Wi-Fi connections and has proposed a $25,000 fine for Hilton Worldwide for “apparent obstruction of an investigation” into whether Hilton blocked consumers’ Wi-Fi devices.

    Written by Bob Brown03 Nov. 15 00:57
  • FCC to probe Verizon, AT&T over contract lock-in

    The FCC announced late last week that it would investigate Verizon, AT&T, CenturyLink and Frontier over highly strict service terms in wireline business service contracts, which critics say lock customers into their deals unfairly.

    Written by Jon Gold20 Oct. 15 17:37
  • FCC chairman promises March auction of broadcast spectrum

    FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler committed on Wednesday to a March 29 start date for an unprecedented auction of 600Mhz wireless spectrum now under the control of the nation's broadcasters.

    Written by Matt Hamblen09 Sept. 15 21:58
  • Wi-Fi blocking debate far from over

    Following the FCC’s warning in January that it would no longer tolerate the Marriotts of the world blocking visitors’ WiFi hotspots, I set a reminder on my calendar to revisit the topic six months later. After all, the issue of WiFi blocking sparked strong reactions from IT pros, end users and vendors of wireless LAN products early in the year, and I figured it wasn’t over yet. With the FCC's Smart City order earlier this month, it turns out my intuition was right.

    Written by Bob Brown28 Aug. 15 18:46
  • CTIA: FCC transparency guidelines 'irrational'

    The wireless industry's chief lobbying group today issued comments on part of the FCC'S Open Internet Order that went into effect last month, saying that provisions requiring better disclosure of network management, performance and pricing figures are unfair and burdensome.

    Written by Jon Gold23 July 15 00:31
  • LTE-U is coming to take your Wi-Fi away, consumer advocates warn

    A carrier technology that uses Wi-Fi frequencies to provide LTE connectivity could let the big wireless providers mess with your home connection and push you on to their networks, according to comments filed today with the FCC by several watchdog groups.

    Written by Jon Gold30 June 15 05:31
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