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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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Samsung Wireless Charging Pad clears FCC (but will the Galaxy S4 need it?)

Samsung Wireless Charging Pad clears FCC (but will the Galaxy S4 need it?)

Samsung is apparently making a renewed push into wireless charging, with a new Qi-compatible charging accessory spotted clearing the FCC and potentially tipping native support in the upcoming Galaxy S4. The Samsung Wireless Charging Pad, as the user manual included in the filing names it, offers a simple, straightforward way to rejuice a mobile device, with an off-white plate holding a single phone on your desk.

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