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T-Mobile customers will get better info about mobile broadband speeds under FCC deal

Federal regulators recently announced a deal with T-Mobile that would provide customers with more accurate information about their mobile broadband speeds, especially those whose speeds have been reduced after reaching the monthly data cap. The Federal Communications Commission said Nov. 24 that T-Mobile will fully implement the agreement within 60 days.

First phase of state consultations to be finished before fiscal 2016, FirstNet head says

The First Responder Network Authority has set a goal of finishing the first phase of consultations with state government officials – a critical component in developing a nationwide, wireless broadband public safety network – by the end of fiscal 2015, the head of the congressionally mandated, independent organization said.

FirstNet OKs $86.2M for continued development of nationwide, public safety wireless network

Up to $86.2 million can be spent in fiscal 2015 to help support development of a high-speed, nationwide public safety wireless communications network, following passage of a resolution Nov. 17.

FCC delays incentive spectrum auction until early 2016, citing lawsuit by TV broadcasters

Federal regulators recently announced that they will delay a spectrum auction, which would resell television airwaves to wireless carriers, until early 2016, citing a lawsuit from broadcasters.

Debate continues over use of 5.9 GHz band for DOT's talking cars program

Considerable debate continues over whether channels in the 5.9 gigahertz band should be shared or solely dedicated to new passenger vehicles wirelessly exchanging information with each other, according to a recent Congressional Research Service brief.

Guidelines aim to prevent overloading of mobile networks

As applications and devices associated with the "Internet of Things" grow, they threaten to overload mobile networks. New guidelines offer methods to make sure that doesn't happen.

FCC proposes changes to small business competitive bidding

Proposed changes to the Federal Communications Commission's competitive bidding rules would facilitate small businesses' chances to participate, according to a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.

State Department tries to balance security with mobile access

The State Department is trying to satisfy demands for instantaneous mobile communications in every setting and provide more access to classified and sensitive networks at its facilities – priorities that can be at odds and impossible to do all the time, said a high-ranking departmental official.

White House officials propose spectrum allocation strategies

As wireless applications continue to multiply and make a mark on the economy, policy approaches to managing spectrum become more necessary, experts said. "I think we need to pursue a four-part strategy when it comes to spectrum,"  said  Jason Furman, chairman of the President's Council on Economic Advisers.

FCC helps TV broadcasters do their homework on incentive auction

As a way to better educate TV broadcasters about next year's spectrum auction, federal regulators said they've sent out information packages that explain the auction process, bidding options, compensation estimates and tax implications.