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Google Street View investigation officially closed

Google Street View investigation officially closed

Google received a slap on the wrist for the Street View fiasco where sensitive information was gleaned from open access WiFi points. Two weeks ago, Google was fined a mere $25,000 over the issue, saying that it acted in good faith and was more than happy to pay the penalty. The FCC appears to be fully satisfied, and has today declared the case against Google officially closed.

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FCC boosts funding for rural broadband

FCC boosts funding for rural broadband

If you venture outside of large cities in many areas of the country, you quickly realize there is no broadband capability in many instances. Rural broadband initiatives are one of the things that Obama and the White House have been pushing. The FCC has announced this week that $300 million has been set aside to extend the high-speed Internet access to 400,000 homes.

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FCC approves AT&T spectrum transfer to T-Mobile

FCC approves AT&T spectrum transfer to T-Mobile

The FCC has approved the transfer of AWS spectrum from AT&T to T-Mobile, who celebrated the news this morning with the announcement. The spectrum to be transferred is part of the breakup agreement between the two carriers for their ill-fated merger attempt. T-Mobile plans to use the new AWS spectrum for building out its own LTE network in 2013.

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Verizon’s 700MHz sale trashed by T-Mobile

Verizon’s 700MHz sale trashed by T-Mobile

T-Mobile is committed to blocking Verizon's proposed purchase of AWS spectrum from various cable companies. Verizon recently offered to sell all of its block A and B 700MHz spectrum in exchange for FCC approval of its AWS deal. However, T-Mobile USA CEO Philip Humm personally met with senior FCC officials last week to insist that the sale would not be enough to mitigate any negative effects that the AWS deal would create.

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Verizon to sell 700MHz spectrum to gain AWS cable spectrum

Verizon to sell 700MHz spectrum to gain AWS cable spectrum

Verizon Wireless announced today that it will be selling all of its block A and B 700MHz spectrum to get approval for its purchase of AWS spectrum from a group of cable companies to expand its 4G LTE network. The move comes as the FCC and the Department of Justice are mulling over the transaction, which has faced opposition from smaller carriers, including T-Mobile and MetroPCS.

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New Google inquiry demanded after “slap on the wrist” $25k fine

New Google inquiry demanded after “slap on the wrist” $25k fine

Complaints over the FCC's $25,000 fine of Google for its Street View data collection have escalated into demands for a new investigation, with privacy advocates and members of congress voicing concerns that Google got off too lightly. The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) blasted Google and the FCC yesterday then promptly filed a letter of complaint to the US Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., the Boston Herald reports, arguing that even the FCC itself admitted the investigation was insufficient.

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Google and FCC blasted by privacy watchdogs despite $25k fine

Google and FCC blasted by privacy watchdogs despite $25k fine

Google may have been fined by the FCC for its behavior around the Street View investigation, but privacy watchdogs are still foaming at the mouth that the search giant has been let off the hook for gathering WiFi details. The US Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) has taken the FCC to tasks for what it sees as a "surprising" decision to clear Google of violating the federal wiretap act, despite a US federal court ruling otherwise.

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Google Street View car case closed with FCC $25,000 fine

Google Street View car case closed with FCC $25,000 fine

Way back in the year 2010 Google was accused and essentially found guilty of (perhaps accidentally) using their Google Maps street mapping cars to collect personal information from Wi-fi networks. As they drove through your neighborhood, they collected all the data there was to be had floating around the area - or so that's what the situation seemed to be when Google explained that they were "mortified by what happened" when the news broke. Now the FCC is fining Google saying that they had "deliberately impeded and delayed" an investigation into this situation - this fine totaling $25,000 this month.

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FCC initiative will create smartphone thief database

FCC initiative will create smartphone thief database

You know how when you're watching a bloated crime drama on TV and the cops have DNA of the suspect, they punch it into their murderer database to figure out who it must be? Imagine if law enforcement officials wanted to create that kind of database for people who steal iPhones. That is effectively what the Federal Communications Commission aims to achieve with its latest initiative. Except it won't be DNA. It'll be mobile ID numbers that the government uses to track down suspects.

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FCC and carriers planning stolen phone database

FCC and carriers planning stolen phone database

The FCC and wireless carriers are working together on a new plan that would try and discourage the theft of cellphones by rendering them useless once reported stolen. They hope to create a national database of stolen cellphones in coordination with law enforcement bodies across the country, allowing carriers to disable voice and data services on stolen phones altogether.

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