Being the 911 operator probably requires the ability to put up with a lot of stress as you have to answer calls from screaming, injured, angry, crazy, dying people all day. Their job is just about to get worse as they will soon be able to receive texts, photos, and videos of the misery. The FCC just recently announced a plan to catch 911 emergency services up with current technology as they aim for standardization across U.S emergency networks which are not controlled by any one governing body. The update will allow the public to send text, photos, and videos to 911. The plan also callls More >
The Wall Street Journal recently delved further into the issue of AT&T’s proposed purchase of T-Mobile, a move, if approved, it would effectively reduce competition in the mobile industry and slash the number of major US carriers to just three. Speaking with the publication, an anonymous official at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) expressed pessimism about the proposal, saying that the chances of AT&T convincing the FCC chairman to sanction its planned $39 billion purchase of T-Mobile USA are not necessarily high.
“There’s no way the chairman’s office rubber-stamps this More >
Notion Ink fans can rejoice as news comes in that the Adam tablet has finally received the approval from the FCC that is required to be sold in the US according to CEO Rohan Shravan. The plan is that pre-orders will begin shipping as of January 19th. The pricing for the 10-inch Android powered slate will range from $375 for a Wi-Fi version with a standard screen and up to $550 for a 3G edition with a Pixel Qi screen. Not only is the device unique in that its coming from Indian but also its UI stands out from the pack. Even though its currently using Android 2.2, the Adam tablet is coming to More >
Comcast is attempting to woo the FCC into to speeding up the merger with NBC with a consumer minded plan. In a letter that Comcast sent to the FCC, it outlined a plan of rolling out low-cost broadband to qualifying households under very strict criteria. To qualify for the $10/month option the household would need to make $20,000 or less per year AND there needs to be a child living in the home that is part of the No Child Left Behind program. So, if you don’t have any children and/or make too much money the low-cost option isn’t a possibility for you. But don’t be upset that you’re More >
As the Samsung Galaxy Tab nears its launch here in the US, one question still remains: will there be a Wi-Fi only version of this tablet? We have heard rumors from both sides, but the affirmative side just got a big boost as it appears that a Wi-Fi only version was just passed through the FCC.
The device has been known as the GT-P1010 and has recently quietly received approval. This is great news for consumers who want the Galaxy Tab but don’t want to be tied to a specific carrier. Currently no release date or pricing details have been released, but you will be updated as soon as we find More >
According to Financial Times – The U.S. government is once again going to investigate Apple’s alleged anti-competitive practices, this time for the new language Apple is using in section 3.3.9 of its developers agreement which appears to be directed straight at Google’s AdMob. This would be the second time that federal regulators have looked at Apple relating to mobile ads and one of many other preliminary investigations. It was just yesterday that AdMob broke its silence on the matter and went on the offensive saying that Apple is putting up “artificial barriers to competition” More >
You can think whatever you like, but when the FCC recently released its report on the state of competition in the wireless industry, it left a few choice words out. It failed to describe the industry as having “effective competition” for the first time since 2002. The report, which covers the period of 2008 and part of 2009, could signal the government is getting ready to regulate and impost policies to encourage and increase competition in the wireless industry. AT&T’s senior vice president of federal regulatory policy, Robert Quinn, said that the move toward more regulation is More >
Google’s attempt to buy AdMob out from under Apple was looking like a victory, as the Federal Trade Commission approval of the deal hung in the balance based on concerns that Google would control far too much of the online advertising market. It’s ironic then, that Apple’s acquisition of Quattro Wireless and the introduction of the iAd platform in iPhone OS 4 is what convinced the federal agency to allow Google to complete its acquisition. The FTC says that Apple’s entry into the market will provide significant competition to AdMob, regardless of whether or not it’s owned by Google. That More >
The Federal Communication CommissionÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s broadband strategy is coming at the right time. High-speed Internet is on its way to replacing the telephone as the nationÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s primary means of communication. The issue behind the whole idea is that the United States is behind in building the physical systems to support such a transformation. The whole ordeal will require federal money, incentives to private business, and updates in the regulatory system.
Less than 27 out of every 100 Americans have broadband service, compared with 33 in South Korea and 38 in the Netherlands. The average More >