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Carriers will now provide high bill alerts, says FCC

Carriers will now provide high bill alerts, says FCC

The FCC has announced that ahead of yesterday's deadline, carriers have instituted an alert system that will give subscribers a heads up when they're nearing what will be a large bill. This follows many stories about unsuspecting consumers who have gone about their daily mobile usage, only to be faced with a massive bill at the end of the month for exceeding their limits.

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DOJ requires wireless spectrum auction to give smaller carriers a competitive chance

DOJ requires wireless spectrum auction to give smaller carriers a competitive chance

The Department of Justice told the Federal Communications Commission that the upcoming wireless spectrum auction should give smaller carriers, like T-Mobile, a fighting chance to obtain spectrum in the low-frequency band. The wireless spectrum up for sale is being offered voluntarily by TV broadcasters so that wireless carriers can take advantage of them. However, with big-timers like AT&T and Verizon Wireless looming around, smaller carriers are unable to compete.

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FCC looks into cell phone radiation, decides to keep limitations same as before

FCC looks into cell phone radiation, decides to keep limitations same as before

Our cell phones go with us just about everywhere: at school, work, in our pocket, in bed. Those who have been around long enough will have heard ever-changing stances on the health safety of the handsets, with some claiming that the radiation causes brain tumors and others claiming that there are no health problems associated with phone use. All was quiet on the health front until last year, when the government said it was time to take another look at acceptable RF levels.

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FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski reportedly to announce departure tomorrow

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski reportedly to announce departure tomorrow

The FCC's Chairman Julius Genachowski has been at the helm of the agency during a time when gadgets and wireless technology have grown exponentially. During his time, the chairman has prodded the FAA to loosen its in-flight gadget restrictions, has overseen plans to open the unlicensed spectrum to wireless Internet, and has spoken fondly of the wireless industry as a whole, to name a few. And now, according to sources, he will announce his departure tomorrow.

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AT&T LG Optimus G Pro tipped in FCC post

AT&T LG Optimus G Pro tipped in FCC post

This week the LG Optimus G Pro appears to have popped its head up with AT&T 4G LTE in mind as the FCC approves with a resounding thumbs up. What we're seeing here is an FCC approval process posting with what's said to be the code-name for the LG Optimus G Pro, just a few characters away from the original Optimus G. This device, if indeed coming to AT&T this Spring, will be a competitor for the also-giant Samsung Galaxy Note II (and possibly III) the whole year long.

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FCC lays down the iron fist on illegal robocalls

FCC lays down the iron fist on illegal robocalls

We all know the feeling of receiving robocalls. These are when you receive a phone call and the other end is an automated message advertising a certain product, or in this case, attempting to get your support for a specific political candidate. It turns out that some of these robocalls have been illegal, and the FCC is cracking down on it as we speak.

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FCC approves T-Mobile merger with MetroPCS

FCC approves T-Mobile merger with MetroPCS

Well on its way to approval from every legal entity required to make it a reality, the merger between T-Mobile USA and MetroPCS has been given the thumbs-up by the FCC. This merger is referred to by the FCC in the official documentation issued today as "Newco" but will be called "T-Mobile US, Inc." when all is said and done. Together they'll move forward into the future with such possibilities as the advanced facilitation of 4G LTE and the expansion of what up until now has been MetroPCS's brand into "new geographical markets."

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Nokia Lumia 720 USA release imminent: FCC tapped

Nokia Lumia 720 USA release imminent: FCC tapped

Today the Nokia Lumia 720 has been spotted running through the hoops at the FCC, this being one of the prerequisites for a USA release and a generally OK indicator that a launch here in the states is imminent. We got to take a peek at the Lumia 720 just a week ago at Mobile World Congress 2013 and found it to be a rather impressive machine - especially considering how inexpensive the company aims for it to be. We're to understand that this device may be heated to AT&T first, with the other major carriers coming up quickly behind.

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Google Spectrum Database hits public FCC trial

Google Spectrum Database hits public FCC trial

Google will be conducting a 45-day public trial with the FCC to create a centralized database containing information on free spectrum. The Google Spectrum Database will analyze TV white spaces, which are unused spectrum between TV stations, that can open many doors for possible wireless spectrum expansion in the future. By unlocking these white spaces, wireless providers will be able to provide more coverage in places that need it.

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FCC takes step towards opening up more of the 5GHz spectrum for unlicensed use

FCC takes step towards opening up more of the 5GHz spectrum for unlicensed use

The FCC as launched a proceeding over its plan to open more of the 5GHz spectrum to alleviate wireless Internet congestion. This is a rule-making proceeding, and although there's still no word on when the expansion will roll out, it's a step in the right direction. In doing this, not only could wireless congestion ease up, but speeds could also increase to 1GBps.

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