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FCC proposing skewed Net Neutrality rules: preferential treatment

FCC proposing skewed Net Neutrality rules: preferential treatment

It’s become apparent this week that the Federal Communications Commission plans on proposing a set of rules which would affect the way we access the internet. While in the past, "Net Neutrality" bills have suggested there be no blocking or preferential treatment of or for companies with webpages and web provider networks. This week the FCC is proposing that these companies can have their cake and eat it too.

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Samsung’s Comcast Xfinity box speaks smart home

Samsung’s Comcast Xfinity box speaks smart home

Samsung is building Comcast Xfinity a set-top box with integrated smart home abilities, a new test filing confirms, with the prototype packing ZigBee among other wireless options. The new box, model number SX021AN, includes the mesh-networking radio - which is used in Philips' hue color-changing bulbs, among other things - along with WiFi b/g and Bluetooth.

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Xperia T2 Ultra clears FCC with T-Mobile branding

Xperia T2 Ultra clears FCC with T-Mobile branding

Our pals at the FCC often give up details of new gadgets well before the manufacturer is ready for us to know about them. This time out, we already know about the product, but we didn’t know it would be coming to this particular carrier. The product is the Sony Xperia T2 Ultra.

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Samsung S-Circle fitness band hits FCC

Samsung S-Circle fitness band hits FCC

Samsung's next wearable, the S-Circle, has been spotted crossing the FCC, a new activity tracker that seems likely to lack the curved AMOLED of the Gear Fit in favor of a more simplistic form-factor. Hooking up via Bluetooth LE - presumably to the Galaxy S5 - the S-Circle is yet to be officially announced by Samsung, but will most probably fit into the gap once occupied by the S Band shown here.

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Surface Wireless Display Adapter hits FCC for tablet screen sharing

Surface Wireless Display Adapter hits FCC for tablet screen sharing

Microsoft is preparing a Wireless Display Adapter for Surface, an HDMI dongle that appears to be designed to help Surface tablet owners to expand their desktop to a nearby screen. Spotted crossing the FCC as the Surface Wireless Display Adapter (1628), specific details on the dongle are redacted thanks to Microsoft's confidentiality request, meaning the user manual and testing photos aren't available.

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FCC Speed Test App for iOS helps track US broadband performance

FCC Speed Test App for iOS helps track US broadband performance

In November of 2013, the FCC launched an app for Android users with the intention of crowd sourcing details about the speed of broadband networks around the country. The application was called simply enough the FCC Speed Test App and is now available for iOS users to download.

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HTC One 2 (M8) specifications in short supply at FCC

HTC One 2 (M8) specifications in short supply at FCC

It’s nearly time for the next HTC One to be released in a reboot only 2014 could handle, and the device has hit the FCC. This device will be released to AT&T at least, as this listing suggests, but we’d eat our collective hats if it wasn’t released to the rest of the major USA-based carriers this year as well.

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FCC isn’t giving up on Net Neutrality

FCC isn’t giving up on Net Neutrality

The FCC has outlined its reworked plan to achieve net neutrality, following its defeat in the federal courts last month, including the possibility of reclassifying ISPs altogether so as to force through rules. The Federal Communications Commission was told it did not have the authority to stop broadband providers like Verizon and Comcast from prioritizing select internet traffic or, conversely, slowing other traffic, but the court pointed out that it may already have the power in other ways under existing telecoms laws. Now, FCC Commissioner Tom Wheeler says he will "accept that invitation" from the court.

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LG Heart Rate Earphones clear FCC on way to US release

LG Heart Rate Earphones clear FCC on way to US release

LG's Heart Rate Earphones, revealed as part of the company's fitness wearable push back at CES 2014 last month, have hit the FCC, ahead of what we'd assume is a near-at-hand launch in the US. The headphones, which use pulse-tracking technology built into the buds to monitor heart activity and send it to a nearby smartphone, plugs into a clip-on Bluetooth dongle and can optionally be paired with LG's other new wearable, the Life Band Touch.

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New Internet throughput data could reveal the ugly side of peering

New Internet throughput data could reveal the ugly side of peering

Getting content delivered to your PC, TV or mobile device via the Internet is no simple matter, but the business ecosystem working behind that can be even more convoluted. While not exactly pointing to the fact, new data gathered about Internet performance might be pointing the finger at the almost unspoken but widely practiced business of peering.

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FCC head tells Sprint Chairman Masayoshi Son he is skeptical of T-Mobile deal

FCC head tells Sprint Chairman Masayoshi Son he is skeptical of T-Mobile deal

Sprint wants to purchase T-Mobile but since the merger would remove one of the four major carriers from the US market, the deal needs FCC and regulatory approvals. Sprint and T-Mobile have been working with the FCC to get the deal approved, but that may never happen. Sprint and T-Mobile had a meeting with the DoJ late in January 2014, and the merger was in danger after the meeting.

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FCC starts testing IP-based telephone networks in selected locations

FCC starts testing IP-based telephone networks in selected locations

In what one commissioner called a "beta test" phase, the Federal Communications Commission has approved a program of trials that will study the shift to a new telephone network. This next generation infrastructure will make use of the same Internet Protocol or IP used for HD voice calls and videos delivered over the Web.

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