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FCC changes Lifeline home phone subsidy program to help fund low income broadband

FCC changes Lifeline home phone subsidy program to help fund low income broadband

One of the things that the FCC has been pushing hard is for the expansion of broadband into rural America. Many rural Americans don't have access to broadband, and some in rural America can't afford broadband if they do have access. The FCC has announced changes to the Lifeline subsidy program, which was a subsidy to help pay for basic phone service in homes where families can't afford phone service otherwise. The changes are designed to save money from the program, and funnel those funds to pay for rural broadband.

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FCC Lifeline program for low-income telephone service overhauled

FCC Lifeline program for low-income telephone service overhauled

While normally reporting on government programs that have to do with low-income families wouldn't be within the realm of news that we report, our environment containing gadgets, technology, and the like, this particular service fits right in: telephone service. It's never a bad time to remember that not everyone in our vast human community has the same ability to enjoy the technology a lot of us take for granted, the news of the day centering around this "mobile" world we live in while many across the United States have trouble affording even a landline. What the FCC is doing this week is reforming and modernizing a service by the name of Lifeline, one that aims to keep low-income families connected to jobs, family, and 911 emergency services.

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ZTE mystery tablet V66 revealed via FCC

ZTE mystery tablet V66 revealed via FCC

The FCC has revealed a bit on ZTE's upcoming strategy in the mobile department, notably with a 7-inch tablet that looks to be running Android 3.0 Honeycomb. Android is certainly running on this device tentatively titled ZTE V66, and it's definitely got Bluetooth, and not one whole heck of a lot else has been dropped in this newest leak but the image. What we've heard in the past, on the other hand, is that this device is coming to the market with a 1.2GHz dual-core processor (likely Texas Instruments OMAP in kind) and a 7-inch 1200x800 pixel resolution display.

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First ‘Super Wi-Fi’ network has deployed in North Carolina

First ‘Super Wi-Fi’ network has deployed in North Carolina

'Super Wi-Fi' has been in the works for years now, and the first in the nation has finally deployed in Wilmington, North Carolina. This new network is running on the currently bare "white space". In 2010, the FCC had reported their approval for devices to run over this spectrum. At this same time, the FCC had required manufacturers to install special equipment into devices that would benefit from Super Wi-Fi.

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T-Mobile USA demands FCC rein in spectrum auction rivals

T-Mobile USA demands FCC rein in spectrum auction rivals

T-Mobile USA has come out swinging in its hunt for spectrum, preemptively challenging the FCC and the US Congress over potential spectrum auction rules that might see the carrier squeezed out by its bigger rivals. "Legislation pending in Congress would effectively preclude the FCC from considering existing spectrum holdings in determining the qualifications for participation in auctions" Kathleen Ham, VP of federal regulatory affairs at the carrier said this week, something she believes would end up limiting bidders to just the big names like AT&T and Verizon.

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LightSquared claims FCC GPS interference Bogus

LightSquared claims FCC GPS interference Bogus

In recent weeks, the folks at LightSquared, pushers of ultra high-speed broadband internet for the future, have been under fire from the FCC as their signals seem to have been interfering with GPS in pre-tests. What's going on now is that LightSquared is saying that the results of these tests were rigged. LightSquared's own executive vice president Jeffrey Carlisle's most recent statement even used the word "bogus" to describe the tests at hand.

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Asus MeMic slips through FCC for approval

Asus MeMic slips through FCC for approval

Last week at CES, we spent some quality time with the slick little Asus Eee Pad MeMo. That little 7-inch tablet rocks the ability to make phone calls. I think many will agree that the thought of holding a big 7-inch tablet to your face to make phone calls isn’t ideal. At CES, there was not a lot of detail on official accessories for the MeMo tablet, but we have one here crossing the FCC that looks interesting.

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