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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.

FCC chairman: US needs greater broadband competition to drive innovation, consumer choice

The head of the Federal Communications Commission said "meaningful competition" for high-speed broadband is lacking in the United States, and his agency will do everything to protect competition where it exists and foster it where it doesn't

Verizon agrees to pay $7.4M to settle FCC privacy complaint

Under the settlement, Verizon has also agreed to notify customers of their opt-out rights on every bill for the next three years. The FCC said the payment is the largest in its history for an investigation into the privacy of a phone customers' personal information.

Two-thirds of net neutrality comments filed with FCC oppose 'fast lanes,' says transparency group

In analyzing hundreds of thousands of public comments on the Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality plan, the nonpartisan Sunlight Foundation said about two-thirds of the comments opposed the idea of faster service for websites willing to pay for it.

Governors to FCC: Don't preempt state laws prohibiting cities from deploying broadband networks

The National Governors Association urged federal regulators not to interfere with state laws that prohibit communities from building their own high-speed Internet networks.

FTC announces winners in latest challenge to fight robocalls

The FTC sponsored the robocall contest – called Zapping Rachel – at the DEF CON 22 hacking conference in early August. Contestants had to design a so-called honeypot, which is an information system that would attract robocallers so researchers, law enforcement and other stakeholders could gain more insight into robocallers' tactics.

California governor signs smartphone kill switch bill into law

California on Aug. 25 became the first state to require that all smartphones sold there come pre-equipped with theft deterrent technology.

House panel white paper seeks feedback on federal telecommunications subsidy program

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.

US senator backs expected DOT proposal to ban in-flight cell phone calls

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.

Reddit users respond to congresswoman's contest to rebrand 'net neutrality'

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.

NIST wants to give organizations a leg up on mobile app security

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.

Democrats pushing FCC to let municipalities build own broadband networks, preempt state laws

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.

DOT says vehicle-to-vehicle communications technology could save lives, seeks input on plan

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.

TV broadcasters file lawsuit against FCC over incentive auction

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.