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AT&T CEO says he’s ready to help FCC stop robocalls

AT&T CEO says he’s ready to help FCC stop robocalls

Recently, Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler decided it was time to get serious about stopping robocalls, writing letters to the major wireless and landline carriers in the US giving them 30 days to come up with a plan of action. AT&T seems to be hitting the ground running in the search for solutions, with chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson saying that he'll lead a "Robocalling Strike Force," which would bring the major players in the industry together to develop solutions that halt robocalls from ever reaching consumers.

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FCC urges US carriers to help in the fight against robocalls

FCC urges US carriers to help in the fight against robocalls

There are few things in this world we can label as "unanimously hated." However short that list is, though, robocalls would most likely be at or near the top of it. The FCC has working for years to get consumer discontent with robocalls and robotexts sorted out, and the agency's latest attempt at doing so involves urging carriers in the US to give consumers more options when it comes to blocking them.

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PS4 wireless adapter FCC filing teases DualShock 4 PC support

PS4 wireless adapter FCC filing teases DualShock 4 PC support

Once upon a time, Sony promised that the DualShock 4 controller would be compatible with PCs. More than two years have passed since and, as of right now at least, you still can’t officially use the DS4 with your computer (though unofficial solutions exist). A recently surfaced Sony FCC filing has stoked hopes that things will change soon, with the paperwork detailing a PS4 wireless adapter and a model number that indicates it is related to controllers.

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Cable industry offers alternate plan to FCC’s ‘unlocked’ set-top boxes

Cable industry offers alternate plan to FCC’s ‘unlocked’ set-top boxes

Back in January, the FCC came up with a plan to reform the US's cable TV industry by "unlocking" set-top boxes, in turn allowing consumers to use devices from other companies or receive content from multiple providers. The goal is to both open the market to competitors, as well as give consumers more choices in how they browse content. The cable industry, unsurprisingly, didn't like this idea, and now, several months later, has proposed their own idea for reform.

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Nexus Player may be coming back as a (lightly) refreshed model

Nexus Player may be coming back as a (lightly) refreshed model

It appears the Nexus Player is dead, but maybe its fate isn't as definite as many thought. Some new documents from ASUS were recently filed with the FCC that show a device featuring the same ID as the past Nexus Player, but with some minor changes -- things like updated circuit system components, a lower gain antenna and other things that presumably need the FCC's approval.

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Samsung Level Active aims at Jaybird

Samsung Level Active aims at Jaybird

When it comes to earbuds for the active folks out there one of the most popular names is Jaybird. Samsung wants in on the market that Jaybird plays in and to grab some of that market Samsung has a new product in the works according to rumors and Bluetooth SIG. The name of the device is Samsung Level Active and Bluetooth SIG lists the model number as EO-BG930.

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FCC targets signal jammers, fines Chinese company $34m

FCC targets signal jammers, fines Chinese company $34m

Chinese company CTS Technology has been fined $34.9 million by the Federal Communications Commission for selling signal jammers, which block your ability to use your phone and are, as you’d expect, incredibly illegal. According to the FCC, some of the CTS’ signal jammers could disrupt phones, GPS and other devices across multiple blocks, impairing access to emergency services and more.

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The feds are ramping up for war on bad mobile security

The feds are ramping up for war on bad mobile security

Apple, Google, and a host of other smartphone makers and US carriers have found themselves the subject of a mobile security investigation. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) have kicked off a joint inquiry to figure out how smartphones and other devices are kept secure and up-to-date, given the increasing number of hacking attempts and the amount of personal data users now generally carry around in their pockets or purses.

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Charter’s Time Warner Cable acquisition gets OK from FCC

Charter’s Time Warner Cable acquisition gets OK from FCC

Late last month, the Justice Department approved Charter's planned acquisition of Time Warner Cable, but as we noted, the merger still required a go-ahead from the Federal Communication Commission. In a statement today, the FCC announced that it has voted in favor of the acquisition, a business move that will result in the second-largest broadband provider in the U.S. In addition to TWC, Charter will be buying Bright House Networks.

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FCC unveils “Nutrition labels” for broadband connections

FCC unveils “Nutrition labels” for broadband connections

When you pick up a box of cereal, or any other food item, you can quickly and easily find out what you're getting by looking at the side. Thanks to a handy nutrition label, you'll find things like calories, sugars, and vitamins per serving, and a full list of ingredients. Now wouldn't it be great if everything you bought had a similar label? Well, it turns out that the FCC would like your broadband service to come with exactly that.

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FCC’s Lifeline now subsidizes Internet for low-income Americans

FCC’s Lifeline now subsidizes Internet for low-income Americans

The FCC has voted in favor of expanding Lifeline, a phone subsidy program that has been around for the last thirty or so years. Under this expansion, low-income individuals and families will be able to get subsidized high-speed Internet service, an essential service in the modern world. The Lifeline program will cover bundled Internet-and-voice services, as well as Internet-only services.

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What the new FCC Internet Privacy rules mean for you

What the new FCC Internet Privacy rules mean for you

On March 10th, 2016, the FCC proposed a set of broadband rules for consumer privacy across the United States. What we're looking at here is what might be - not what is just yet. What you'll find is that FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is proposing is that "when consumers sign up for internet service, they shouldn't have to sign away their right to privacy." Novel concept, yes?

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