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FCC: Interfering with WiFi hotspots is illegal

The Federal Communications Commission warned individuals, convention centers and commercial establishments that intentionally interfering with WiFi hotspots is illegal, in an enforcement advisory issued Jan. 27.

FirstNet begins federal consultation

The First Responder Network Authority, the board tasked with overseeing the development of a nationwide, wireless broadband public safety network, continued its consultation process by reaching out to federal agencies last week.

Google floats idea of using ballons, UAVs for wireless mobile broadband in letter to FCC

As the Federal Communications Commission's considers opening up higher-frequency spectrum to mobile wireless applications, Google has said the bands could be particularly useful in in providing broadband through high-altitude balloons and unmanned aerial vehicles.

Google lobbying FCC for unused spectrum to provide wireless broadband service, WSJ reports

Google has been lobbying federal regulators to free up unused spectrum so the Internet giant can provide alternative wireless services to that of traditional telecommunications carriers.

State grantees plugging away with FirstNet stakeholder meetings, says NTIA

As of September 2014, federal grant recipients across the nation have reached more than 48,000 stakeholders as they prepare for formal consultations with the First Responder Network Authority that is overseeing development of a nationwide, wireless broadband public safety network.

UPDATED- Commerce OIG uncovers FirstNet contracting and ethics violations

The First Responder Network Authority, the board tasked with overseeing the development of a nationwide, wireless broadband public safety network, didn't properly disclose financial reports, monitor conflicts of interest or transparently award contracts, reveals a long-awaited report from an internal watchdog.

Survey: Consumers in emerging markets use mobile Internet for personal advancement, education

People in emerging markets like Brazil and India are more likely to use mobile Internet services for personal advancement, self improvement and educational purposes than those in more developed nations, accoding to a new global survey released by Juniper Networks Dec. 10.

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.