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August 27, 2014

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August 22, 2014

House Energy and Commerce Wants Comments on the Universal Service Fund

The House Energy and Commerce Committee has been looking to update the Communications Act and issued its latest white paper Friday on the Universal Service Fund. People seeking to comment on questions posed by the panel have until Sept. 19 to do so.

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By Anne L. Kim Posted at 5:01 p.m.
Broadband, Telecom

August 18, 2014

Wikipedia, Cybersecurity, and Aspen Forum This Week

Events on Wikpedia, cybersecurity, startups, and government use of technology to lower costs are on tap this week and the Technology Policy Institute’s Aspen Forum in Colorado continues early this week.

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August 8, 2014

FCC Chairman on Verizon’s Defense: “All the Kids Do It” Didn’t Work With My Kids

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler says part of Verizon Wireless’ argument  in response to his concerns about its plan to slow down speeds for some high-volume data users wasn’t sufficient.

“All the kids do it was never something that worked with me when I was growing up, and it didn’t work with my kids,” he told reporters on Friday.

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FCC Adopts Text-to-911 Rules

The Federal Communications Commission adopted rules on Friday requiring all wireless carriers and some texting apps to be capable of supporting texts to 911 emergency call centers by the end of the year.

In addition to covering wireless carriers, the rules cover texting apps that can send messages to any phone number, but they don’t cover those whose texts are limited to other users of the app. It also wouldn’t cover texts from Wi-Fi-only locations.

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August 4, 2014

Text-to-911, 3D Printing and Privacy Policies Abroad This Week

With Congress out of town, it’s the start of a quieter month, but there are at least a few events this week, including the FCC’s monthly open meeting.

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August 1, 2014

The Internet.org App, Net Neutality and the Digital Divide

Facebook on Thursday announced an app from Internet.org – a project among companies including Facebook which tries to expand Internet access in parts of the world where people aren’t connected – that lets mobile phone users connect to certain websites without incurring data charges, starting with Airtel customers in Zambia. A couple articles say that’s a good thing or at least has the potential to do so, but they also lay out questions about implications on net neutrality and the digital divide.

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July 30, 2014

Wireless Cramming: Consumers Took Big Hits, Report Says

A report released by a Senate panel estimates that unauthorized third-party charges on consumer cellphone bills, known as “cramming,” likely cost consumers hundreds of millions of dollars over several years. It also states that wireless companies’ policies to address the issue and ” sometimes lax oversight left wide gaps in consumer protection.”

The Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee is holding a hearing on the issue Wednesday afternoon and its report comes just a couple days after the Federal Trade Commission issued a staff report listing recommendations for industry to reduce mobile cramming. The agency also filed a lawsuit recently against T-Mobile, accusing the company of engaging in cramming.

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July 28, 2014

In ‘Mobile Cramming’ Report, FTC Puts the Onus on Wireless Companies

Mobile telecom carriers should make third-party charges conspicuous on bills and not be deceptive, says the Federal Trade Commission in a new staff report that recommends best practices for industry to reduce “mobile cramming,” or the practice of placing unauthorized third-party charges on cellphone bills.

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This Week: Wireless Cramming, Minority Media and Microsoft’s Data Warrant

The highlights include a look at Microsoft’s challenge of a warrant for data located in Ireland, a Senate hearing on wireless cramming and a conference on issues for minority media and telecom businesses.

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July 25, 2014

Cellphone ‘Unlocking’ Bill Now Just Needs the President’s Signature

As House lawmakers left town for the weekend, they sent the president a bill that would again let cellphone users “unlock” their devices to switch wireless carriers without violating copyright law.

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