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Topic: FCC

FCC votes to upgrade emergency alerts on phones with links & more information

09/29/2016, 03:09 pm

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has voted to make a broad swath of improvements to the Wireless Emergency Alerts system, upgrading messages with more content and detail, including some limited interactive elements.


Apple FCC filing shows Apple TV-sized device with Bluetooth, NFC under review

09/22/2016, 02:09 pm

This week's update of the U.S. Federal Communication Commission's database has revealed an as-yet-unannounced Apple product, with screw placement and case dimensions similar to that of the fourth-generation Apple TV.


Apple teaming with AT&T, FCC, Google in 'strike force' to battle robocalls

08/19/2016, 11:08 am

After a call by U.S. Federal Communications Commission's commissioner, Apple and 32 other companies are banding together to make an industry-wide organized resistance against the expanding "robocall" scourge.


US regulators probe Apple, Google, Verizon & others on security patches

05/09/2016, 03:05 pm

A variety of wireless carriers and smartphone and tablet makers, including Apple, are reportedly being asked by U.S. regulators to explain how they review and push out security updates to their customers.


FCC adopts 'Unlock the Box' proposal to open set-top box competition

02/18/2016, 01:02 pm

The Federal Communications Commission will force cable providers to ensure interoperability for third-party set-top boxes, paving the way for companies like Apple to integrate linear television programming into their offerings.


FCC greenlights further testing of LTE-U by Verizon & Qualcomm

02/01/2016, 01:02 pm

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has approved additional testing of a cellular technology called LTE-U, controversial because it can operate over the same bands as Wi-Fi routers.


FCC to move on set-top box regulations, could open door for expanded Apple TV

01/27/2016, 10:01 am

The Federal Communications Commission will reportedly float a new initiative that would force cable and satellite providers to broaden support for third-party set-top boxes, paving the way for companies like Apple to build new experiences on top of traditional cable services.


Concerned about net neutrality, FCC probes Comcast, T-Mobile, & AT&T over data cap exemptions

12/18/2015, 10:12 am

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has issued letters to Comcast, T-Mobile, and AT&T, asking for more information on perks that exempt some services from counting towards Internet users' data caps.


Verizon asks FCC for waiver to enable Wi-Fi calling features

10/26/2015, 09:10 am

Verizon has submitted a petition to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission, asking for a waiver that would allow it to enable Wi-Fi calling on its network.


FCC votes in favor of allowing Lifeline low-income subsidies for Internet plans

06/18/2015, 02:06 pm

The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday voted 3 to 2 in favor of extending the U.S. government's Lifeline program to offer subsidies for broadband Internet, and not just basic phone service.


FCC slaps AT&T with $100 million fine for throttling unlimited data plans

06/17/2015, 01:06 pm

The Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday announced its intent to levy a $100 million fine against AT&T after finding that the wireless carrier mislead customers about its throttling of data plans that were advertised as being unlimited.


FCC chairman to propose broadband subsidy for low-income Americans

05/28/2015, 10:05 am

Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler will on Thursday propose subsidizing broadband Internet for poorer Americans, much in the way it currently subsidizes phone bills, officials with the agency said.


Sprint, Verizon will pay $158 million to settle complaints about bill cramming

05/12/2015, 02:05 pm

U.S. carriers Sprint and Verizon will together spend $158 million to settle government complaints that they let third-party firms bill subscribers millions in unauthorized charges, a practice known as "cramming," the Federal Communications Commission announced on Tuesday.


Republican legislators, cellular industry launch attack on FCC net neutrality provisions

04/14/2015, 02:04 pm

Net neutrality has once again come under fire from a number of groups, including 14 Republican representatives who introduced a bill Tuesday to let Congress review net neutrality rules passed by the Federal Communications Commission -- and potentially halt them.


FCC votes to enforce net neutrality by regulating ISPs, unleashes municipal broadband

02/26/2015, 01:02 pm

The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday voted to regulate Internet service providers as "common carriers" under the Communications Act, preventing those companies from creating so-called "Internet fast lanes," and at the same time effectively neutered laws that impeded the expansion of city-owned broadband networks.


FCC to propose regulating the Internet as a utility - report

02/02/2015, 05:02 pm

U.S. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler is expected to issue a proposal this week that would see the agency classify Internet access as a telecommunications utility, a move that may also include reclassification for data services from wireless carriers.


FCC says broadband-class connections must offer at least 25Mbps download speeds

01/29/2015, 02:01 pm

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Thursday took a step toward improving Internet speeds in America, requiring providers to offer download speeds of at least 25 megabits per second to classify as "broadband."


T-Mobile pledges to FCC it will be more transparent about data speed caps

11/25/2014, 10:11 am

U.S. wireless provider and iPhone carrier T-Mobile this week announced it has reached an agreement with the Federal Communications Commission, in which it will be more upfront and honest with customers about its bandwidth speed.


President Obama pushes FCC to classify Internet as public utility, protect net neutrality

11/10/2014, 11:11 am

In a move likely to see support from Internet-based content providers such as Apple, Netflix, and others, President Barack Obama on Monday publicly called on the Federal Communications Commission to take the strongest measures possible in protecting net neutrality.


FCC proposes rule change to open a la carte internet television streaming

10/29/2014, 10:10 am

Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler floated a proposal Wednesday that would give Internet-based video services the same access to live content from cable and local stations as traditional television broadcasters.