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FCC loosens its grip, makes it easier to get Internet in-flight

FCC loosens its grip, makes it easier to get Internet in-flight

For now, airlines have to go through a lengthy hassle in order to get in-flight Internet access established. The airline has to get the FCC's go-ahead to utilize the satellite-delivered airwaves that bring wifi to aircraft, as well as approval from the FAA. To decrease the red tape and streamline the process, the FCC has approved an application process that will let airlines more easily get licensing.

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Sonos PLAYBAR hits FCC

Sonos PLAYBAR hits FCC

A new Sonos music component, the Sonos PLAYBAR, has cropped up in FCC testing, suggesting the streaming company is readying a push into TV audio. The PLAYBAR, spotted in an FCC filing, is believed to be Sonos' first proper home theater device, likely including support for both streaming music in the same way as the current PLAY:3 and PLAY:5, and the soundtrack from your TV.

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Panasonic P-02E 1080p Android smartphone hits FCC

Panasonic P-02E 1080p Android smartphone hits FCC

The folks at Panasonic have been tipped to be smartphone-bound for years; today they've basically confirmed the idea that they're making a big effort in 2013 with the P-02E. The FCC listing appearing today has everything the Panasonic ELUGA had and a whole lot more, upping the ante from what was tipped this Autumn without a full confirmation from an official source - the FCC is just about as good as it gets!

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Senator introduces bill in Washington to regulate data caps

Senator introduces bill in Washington to regulate data caps

Mobile data users have been exceptionally unhappy over data caps since they were first introduced. Many argue that these data caps have nothing to do with controlling congestion on mobile networks and everything to do with charging customers as much as possible. A white paper was published this week from the New America Foundation arguing that data caps were designed to maximize revenue rather than minimize congestion.

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AT&T 4G spectrum buy gets FCC blessing

AT&T 4G spectrum buy gets FCC blessing

The FCC has approved AT&T's purchase of wireless spectrum from Comcast, Horizon, NextWave, and San Diego Gas & Electric, a deal which will see the carrier snap up further airwaves for its LTE roll-out. Describing the wireless frequencies as "long-underutilized" the Federal Communications Commission deemed the transactions as "in the public interest" as they will help support its goals of mobile broadband deployment.

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Wireless AMBER Alert program shutting down at end of year

Wireless AMBER Alert program shutting down at end of year

The coalition of groups and government agencies that brought us Wireless AMBER Alerts announced today that the program will be ending at the end of the year. AMBER Alerts, as most you already know, aim to alert the public to recent abductions in an effort to get kidnapped children home safely as quickly as possible. Never fear though, as Wireless AMBER Alerts aren't going away, they're just being rolled into a new program called Wireless Emergency Alerts, which was launched earlier this year.

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Dish gets FCC thumbs up on its wireless aspirations

Dish gets FCC thumbs up on its wireless aspirations

Dish Network has been pining to launch its own wireless service, which it will likely advertise in its semi-recently-acquired Blockbuster stores. Thus far, its plans have been on hold pending FCC approval, which it was granted today. This comes a week after rumor spread that Sprint had requested a partnership with Dish, which is looking to fire up its own 4G LTE network.

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