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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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Four big carriers plan to roll out text-to-911 by 2014

Four big carriers plan to roll out text-to-911 by 2014

The big four wireless carriers, Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile, have reached an agreement to enable text-to-911 service in 2014. The agreement has been shipped off to the FCC, which will discuss the matter on December 12. While the agreement won't bring the ability to text emergency services to all wireless users by 2014, it will give the service a large boost in that direction.

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Federal court slaps Verizon: Upholds FCC data roaming regulations

Federal court slaps Verizon: Upholds FCC data roaming regulations

Wireless carrier Verizon Wireless had previously argued that FCC regulations on data roaming imposed traditional landline telephone obligations on data services illegally. The FCC regulations stipulated that Verizon and its competitors had to offer data roaming to their competitors on a nondiscriminatory basis. Verizon Wireless took the FCC to a federal appeals court trying to have the regulations overturned.

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Netgear NeoTV Prime Google TV box leaks

Netgear NeoTV Prime Google TV box leaks

The surreptitious rise of next-gen Google TV boxes continues, with the Netgear NeoTV Prime GTV100 following ASUS' Qube in slipping through the FCC and then into the wild courtesy of some leaked prototype shots. The NeoTV Prime is a compact STB with a dual-sided remote, offering a touchpad and streaming media shortcuts on one side, and a QWERTY thumb-board on the reverse.

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FCC considers making carriers report their disaster performance quality

FCC considers making carriers report their disaster performance quality

In light of Hurricane Sandy and other recent natural disasters, the FCC is considering having carriers provide information on how well their networks performed in a disaster. The requirement would only concern major natural disasters, and will provide consumers with relevant information, such as how their carrier performed compared with other carriers. The issue is one of several slated for discussion during several hearings the FCC has scheduled throughout 2013.

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AT&T to pay $700,000 settlement over data plan debacle

AT&T to pay $700,000 settlement over data plan debacle

It all started when AT&T stated that current pay-as-you-go customers could stay on the plan as the carrier shifted new customers to a mandatory monthly data plan. Some customers, however, were switched over to the monthly plan upon moving to a new address or changing phones under warranty. Now the company has agreed to settle the issue for $700,000.

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