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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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FCC Wifi expansion sees slight Auto Industry hold-up

FCC Wifi expansion sees slight Auto Industry hold-up

This week the FCC's proposal for opening up a new large bit of spectrum in the USA reserved for wifi internet having some car trouble. The auto industry - via the Transportation Society of America (ITSA) has sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission asking them to to heed their warning. Their warning, in this case, was that these new wifi networks could potentially interfere with vehicle-to-vehicle communications networks coming in the near future.

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Subsidy scam: Lifeline phone program misuse rife as FCC weighs fines

Subsidy scam: Lifeline phone program misuse rife as FCC weighs fines

Lax self-certification rules and poor record keeping have seen the Lifeline program - the subsidized cellphone scheme aiming to give low-income Americans access to a mobile phone - taken advantage of, according to new research. The program - which spent roughly $2.2bn on subsidized phones in 2012 - has seen rules tightened by the FCC after concerns that carriers were not doing due-diligence on whether participants were actually eligible. However, according to research by the WSJ, there are suggestions a sizable portion of those still using Lifeline may not, in fact, fall within its remit.

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