FCC man wants carriers to activate FM radios in US smartphones
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Allows reception of emergency broadcasts in spotty coverage areas


Most smartphones sold in the United States contain a built-in FM receiver inside of their SoCs and LTE modems, but unlike their counterpart models sold in developing countries, most of them remain disabled or inactive.

The FCC begins an almighty cock-up
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Saturday, 11 February 2017 06:39

The FCC begins an almighty cock-up


Mega mergers will not provide low-access areas affordable rates


The Federal Communications Commission underwent a change in administration just two weeks ago and is already seeking to change the landscape of provisions from prior terms that could end up stifling efforts to assist low-access areas and upend net neutrality provisions for smaller mom-and-pop websites.

Vizio pays out in spying case
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Tuesday, 07 February 2017 12:09

Vizio pays out in spying case


Collected viewing data


Telly maker Vizio has agreed to pay out $2.2 million to make a case claiming it unlawfully collected viewing data on its customers go away.

New FCC chairman remains undecided on net neutrality
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First open meeting reveals committment to building digital divide


The most recent Federal Communications Chairman, Ajit Pai, who took office earlier last week, has made a commitment to reduce regulatory barriers to growth and innovation and prioritize building the digital divide, a national social inequality measurement on access to internet services.

AT&T and Verizon respond to FCC's zero-rating concerns
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Unaffiliated mobile video operators end up footing the bill


A few weeks ago, Verizon and AT&T came under fire by the FCC for violating principles of net neutrality through the use of “zero-rating” data promotions.

FCC Chairman Wheeler to quit in January
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Thursday, 15 December 2016 23:46

FCC Chairman Wheeler to quit in January


Title II reclassification became signature achievement


The current chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Tom Wheeler, said that he will resign at the end of the current presidential administration in January, during a tenure driven by increasing consumer protection in the satellite and cable industies while overseeing an escalating court battle over Title II broadband reclassification policy.

New Nvidia Shield on the way
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Monday, 18 July 2016 12:20

New Nvidia Shield on the way


Nvidia’s tablet gets FCC thumbs up

A new unannounced NVIDIA tablet passed has passed through the FCC process.

Nvidia 8-inch Tegra X1 Shield tablet appears in FCC filing
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Scores 134,000 in AnTuTu benchmark, over 3x higher than Tegra K1


On Wednesday, a new Nvidia filing with the FCC surfaced online that shows a new 8-inch device closely resembling the current Shield and Shield K1 tablets based on Kepler GK20A GPUs. The tablet was filed as an application for “SHIELD Tablet” and is expected to feature Nvidia’s newer Maxwell-based GM20B GPU and is based on the Tegra X1 chip, complete with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow.

Verizon gets fined for secretly tracking customers without opt-out
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Violated FCC's Open Internet Transparency Rule

In 2014 and 2015, Verizon was found secretly inserting a small piece of web code into all mobile web traffic to track its customers for advertisement purposes. The so-called “supercookies” were unavoidable, with no way to opt-out, even if customers opted out of advertisements. As of this week, the wireless giant finally had the case settled in court at the tune of a rather small $1.35 million fine by the FCC.

FCC now lets Americans use their own cable set-top boxes
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A powerful win for the free market economics

In a sweeping change of course directed at a tightly controlled television industry, cable and satellite operators in the United States will now be obligated to let their customers freely choose which set-top boxes they can use, according to a proposal announced by the Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday.