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House bill seeks to open up additional unlicensed spectrum for WiFi devices

A new bipartisan House bill directs the Federal Communications Commission to determine if some spectrum bands can be set aside specifically for wireless devices such as laptop and tablet computers.

Air Force: 3 satellites expected to provide 'space neighborhood watch capability'

The Air Force plans to launch two operational satellites and one experimental one July 23 that could create a "space neighborhood watch capability," according to a press release.

Wheeler: FCC to push for improved access, reliability for 911 calls

The Federal Communications Commission is moving to improve the reliability of emergency calls and add new, long-delayed capabilities such as emergency texting, the agency's chairman recently wrote in a blog post.

FCC needs more transparency, accountability in program providing rural telecom service, GAO says

Although the Federal Communications Commission has begun making funding reforms to a program to support both telephone and broadband service in rural areas, congressional investigators said the agency needs to do a better job in collecting and analyzing data to gauge the program's effectiveness.

FCC frees up more funding for wireless broadband deployments to schools and libraries

The Federal Communications Commission will add an additional $5 billion to a program to help provide high-speed, WiFi connections to every library and school in the United States.

FCC wants to fund wide range of experiments to help expand rural broadband service

Data collected from the various experiments will provide input into the FCC's broader effort to expand rural broadband through its Connect America Fund program.

Senate OKs bill that lets consumers unlock cellphones so they can switch providers

The Senate passed a bill July 15 that would let consumers unlock their cellphones instead of buying new ones when they switch providers.

Federal government seeks input on testing dynamic spectrum sharing

The Federal Communications Commission and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration issued a joint public notice July 11, seeking input in creating a so-called "Model City" program, which is an outgrowth of a White House report about how spectrum can be better used to spur economic growth.

FCC chairman pushes to expand wireless coverage to all US schools, libraries

The plan, proposed by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, would pump an additional $5 billion into the commission's ongoing E-Rate program to extend high-speed WiFi services. His plan is slated for a vote on July 11.

Canada to auction mobile wireless spectrum in 2015

Next year the Canadian government will auction off more wireless spectrum to boost competition and cut mobile device costs. Beginning in 2015 the Advanced Wireless Spectrum (AWS-3) spectrum will be opened to wireless firms. According to Canadian government officials, AWS-3 is well suited for providing reliable high-speed connectivity for smart phones, tablets and other mobile devices.

Verizon: Nearly 150,000 requests for customer information from federal, state and local governments

In its second-ever "Transparency Report," the company provided a breakdown of subpoenas, orders, warrants and emergency requests that were made by law enforcement. However, it did not detail the number of requests made by each level of government.

More U.S. households ditch landlines to become cell phone only, new CDC survey reveals

Preliminary results from the survey released July 8 showed that about 40 percent of homes had only cell or mobile phones during the second half of 2013. That was an increase of 1.6 percentage points from the first half of the year and 2.8 percentage points since the second half of 2012.

FTC accuses T-Mobile of charging customers with bogus subscriptions

The Federal Trade Commission accused T-Mobile USA Inc. July 1 for charging its customers with bogus subscriptions that they never authorized.

EU further cuts roaming charges for calls, text and data across member countries

The European Union implemented new roaming charge rules across its 28 member countries, capping how much people can be charged for making outgoing calls, getting incoming calls, sending text messages and going online.

FCC's Clyburn: 600 MHz spectrum auction 'unique' opportunity, not a 'train wreck'

Federal Communications Commissioner Mignon Clyburn said the 600 megahertz spectrum auction slated for next year won't be a "train wreck," but an opportunity to re-purpose spectrum for...

FCC fines Chinese company almost $35M for marketing illegal signal jamming devices

The agency applied the maximum fine for each of the 285 models that C.T.S. Technology Co., Limited, marketed, the Federal Communications Commission said.

Supreme Court: Warrant needed to search mobile devices

Digital information contained on mobile devices is constitutionally protected from search by a police officer without a warrant, ruled the Supreme Court June 25.

FCC aims for mobile device theft solution within 6 months

The Federal Communications Commission hosted a workshop on the prevention of mobile device theft June 19, in an effort to rally stakeholders and put forth an implementable solution within six months. "The issue has been identified. The low-hanging fruit solutions to this issue have been picked. It's time to climb higher up the tree," said FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler during the event.

DoD seeks mobile application support, commercial device guidance

A pair of notices posted to FedBizOpps June 20 show the DoD is looking to purchase enterprise apps at a discount to host on its app store as well as gather strategies for fostering custom mobile app development. It also has a number of questions about how to best support commercial mobile devices while ensuring compliance with National Security Agency security and privacy standards.

Florida judge dismisses ACLU lawsuit involving cellphone tracking devices

Saying he didn't have jurisdiction, a Florida circuit court judge recently dismissed a lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida against a local police department to produce documents about the use of controversial cellphone tracking devices.