California on Aug. 25 became the first state to require that all smartphones sold there come pre-equipped with theft deterrent technology.
The House Energy and Commerce Committee recently released a fifth white paper designed to spur discussion around the structure and effectiveness of the Universal Service Fund, a program that provides affordable telecommunications service to people in rural areas and others.
A U.S. senator said Aug. 25 that cell phone conversations on commercial airline flights should be banned to preserve the "last vestige of quiet in our busy skies," but text messages should be permitted.
Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) said the Reddit contest will bring some clarity to a confusing legal debate before the Federal Communications Commission finalizes its proposed net neutrality rules.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology is seeking public input on a draft guide to help organizations use mobile apps while managing associated security vulnerabilities and risks.
Two congressional Democrats are continuing to urge federal regulators to allow communities to build their own broadband networks, preempting several state laws that prevent such initiatives.
Federal transportation regulators are seeking input on a plan that would enable new passenger vehicles to wirelessly exchange information with nearby vehicles, potentially preventing about 600,000 crashes a year.
Study: Tribal libraries lag behind rest of US in providing Internet, other digital products and services
A new national study has found that libraries in Native American communities trail the rest of the United States in providing access to computers, high-speed Internet service and other digital products and services.
The National Association of Broadcasters Aug. 18 filed a lawsuit against the Federal Communications Commission over certain parts of the agency's incentive auction order that would make television broadcast spectrum available to wireless providers.
Wireless carriers and some IP-based application providers must provide their users with a text-to-911 capability by the end of the year, the Federal Communications Commission has ruled.
The California State Assembly has passed a bill requiring smartphone manufacturers to install theft-resistant systems that can remotely disable a lost or stolen device. If the bill is signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, it will be the second in the nation—after Minnesota—requiring so-called "kill switch" software on smart phones. The Minnesota law was enacted in May.
Federal authorities on Aug. 12 indicted 20 members of a Minnesota-based crime organization for trafficking thousands of stolen and fraudulently obtained smartphones and tablets worth millions of dollars across the United States and internationally.
Known as Capability Set 13, or CS 13, the toolkit "combines data radios, mission command capabilities and handheld devices networked across waveforms and mobile satellite communications systems to transmit voice, data and video for enhanced situational awareness."
The Federal Communications Commission needs to consider how Internet service providers charge customers for broadband use, a preliminary report by the Government Accountability Office found.
Several countries are actively engaged in helping telecommunications providers research and develop Fifth Generation, or 5G, mobile communications technology, but the United States may have the competitive edge over the next decade, a new report finds.
The Federal Communications Commission is circulating a proposal that would ban Sprint and T-Mobile from jointly bidding on a spectrum auction next year. Roger Sherman, the agency's wireless telecommunications bureau chief, wrote in an agency blog that it needs to expand opportunities for small businesses in wireless auctions, which is difficult when more than 95 percent of current customers are served by the four biggest providers.
Verizon Wireless is pushing back on the Federal Communications Commission after its chairman criticized the mobile operator for extending a policy that would limit connection speeds for its a select subset of its heaviest users during peak network congestion.
Through cramming, customers are charged for goods and services provided by third-party merchants. Sometimes these are legitimate add-on third party charges such as charitable contributions. However, a new Federatl Trade Commission report notes that other charges may be added illegally by scammers.
The Agriculture Department has launched several efforts to help connect rural communities with high-speed broadband services, an agency official recently told a Congressional panel.
The "Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act" (S. 517) reverses an October 2012 decision by the Library of Congress's Copyright Office that said unlocking cellphones without the carrier's permission is prohibited under 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act.