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FBI keeps police mum on use of cellphone trackers

Police use of a device that lets officers zero in on the location of cellphones – and thereby persons of interest or suspects – is being kept under wraps by the FBI, according to a document released last month through a Freedom of Information Act request.

FCC proposal would give unlicensed users space in TV spectrum

The Federal Communications Commission has proposed to change rules that permit devices to operate on unused portions of the TV broadcast spectrum.

FBI director worried about law enforcement being denied access to encrypted devices

FBI Director James Comey has criticized Apple and Google for saying they would not give law enforcement officials access to their customers' smartphones even if they wanted to because those devices will be encrypted.

FCC proposals cut red tape for mobile deployments, seek info on new advanced tech

The head of the Federal Communications Commission has floated a draft order that would "immediately and substantially" cut red tape associated with deploying wireless infrastructure. It was one of several new developments that FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler wrote about in a blog post.

Mobile technology can enhance direct mail, says Postal Service IG

Mobile technology is helping direct mail become more interactive, particularly for advertisers, says the Postal Service inspector general in a Sept. 22 report (pdf) on mail innovation. Connected mail connects recipients to a digital experience via a mobile device.

NIST floats mobile device security model

The National Institute of Standards and Technology issued the second draft of a "building block" document federal agencies or enterprises could use to secure mobile devices that connect to the organization's network. The guide is customizable, as it takes a layered approach to security, and also practical and repeatable because it offers standards-based solutions using commercially available technology.  

FTC cracks down on 'systemic' privacy and security failures in mobile apps

When companies break their promises to keep consumer data secure or private, the Federal Trade Commission can bring legal action against them. Now, the agency is extending this practice to mobile applications.

Spotlight: FirstNet board approves resolutions on budget, acquisition

During a Sept. 17 meeting, the First Responder Network Authority board, approved three resolutions that advance the program toward its roadmap milestones. 

Mobile broadband is fastest growing technology in human history, says new UN report

Released Sept. 21, the annual report provides an updated look at the state of global fixed and mobile broadband advancements regarding access and affordability. It also provides rankings and individual data on countries.

Federal spectrum reuse process 'creaky' says, FCC commissioner

A top federal communications regulator said the process to repurpose government spectrum for commercial purposes is too slow, calling for a new way to keep up with consumer demands for more wireless airwaves.

Mobile apps lack adequate privacy information, say privacy enforcement authorities

Most mobile applications fail to explain to consumers what information is being collected and how it will be used, finds a recent global review of 1,211 popular apps.

Human component critical to DoD mobility plan

The success of DoD's mobility plan hinges more on the people involved in the effort than the actual devices, applications and networks involved. 

Spotlight: FirstNet to issue RFI on radio access network, security, partnerships

The First Responder Network Authority will release a request for information Sept. 17 that will focus on the core radio access network, security and partnerships.

New study lauds US mobile broadband leadership, cautions impact of government policy

A new global study perches the United States high above other countries in mobile broadband innovation and performance, but warned that future policy actions on wireless availability and development could imperil the larger U.S. economy.

Municipalities, industry give thumbs up to federal 'Model City' initiative to test spectrum sharing

In public comments submitted to federal regulators, representatives from several municipalities, industry groups and other organizations strongly endorsed a government initiative to test and develop advanced technologies and techniques to share spectrum in a real-world setting.

FTC provides several areas of concern about mobile banking to CFPB

While mobile banking provides consumers with "unprecedented efficiency and convenience," consumers should be aware of fraudulent or unfair practices that could impose additional costs or compromise their data, the Federal Trade Commission said in comments submitted to the Consumer Financial Protection Board.

Reddit users have their say on rebranding 'net neutrality'

What's a better name for "net neutrality," the principle to treat all Internet traffic equally? If Reddit users had their way, it would be "Freedom Against Internet Restrictions."

FCC head: TV broadcaster lawsuit against spectrum auction 'groundless'

In a speech at the CTIA-The Wireless Association convention in Las Vegas Sept. 9, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said he was confident that the courts will side with the agency over the National Association of Broadcasters, which filed the suit three weeks ago.

Net neutrality supporters show 'spinning wheel of death' on websites, protesting FCC's fast-lane proposal

Video streaming service Netflix and other supporters, including Etsy, Kickstarter, Foursquaure, and Mozilla, will show the spinning icon, which generally indicates a slow-loading Internet -- although no website will actually be slowed down.

Board charged with building nationwide first-responder communications network gets new members

Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker on Sept. 4 named four new state and local officials and experts and reappointed one to the congressionally mandated board overseeing the development of a high-speed, nationwide wireless network for public safety agencies.