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FCC proposes $500m funding to speed up rural broadband rollout

FCC proposes $500m funding to speed up rural broadband rollout

On Monday, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai introduced a proposal to commissioners that would provide more than $500 million in funding for accelerating the rollout of broadband in rural regions. In addition, according to a release, this proposal would also "put in place strong new rules to prevent abuse of the high-cost program." Included in it are also multiple reforms to the program, which the FCC says will improve the existing program's "effectiveness and efficiency."

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Galaxy S9, S9+ makes a surprise appearance at FCC

Galaxy S9, S9+ makes a surprise appearance at FCC

All commercial devices in the US that make use of any sort of communications technology has to pass by the FCC. As such, it is often seen as a way to get a first look at some of the still to be announced products. But while FCC filings don’t yield as much information, unlike its Chinese TENAA counterpart, there are still some nuggets to be discovered from time to time. This might just be the case when the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ make their way to the FCC, way earlier than anyone expected.

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Energous WattUp over the air charging gets FCC nod

Energous WattUp over the air charging gets FCC nod

Fumbling for charging cables and even charging pads could soon become a thing of the past. That is if Energous will be able to take advantage of the door that has just been opened for it. The company’s WattUp Mid Field Transmitter has just gotten the approval of the Federal Communications Commission, making it the first “power-at-a-distance” wireless charging tech to get the green light. Should actual commercial products get created from this tech, it could mean we’d be charging devices from as far as three feet away from the charger.

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GOP Open Internet Preservation Act is NOT Net Neutrality

GOP Open Internet Preservation Act is NOT Net Neutrality

This week Representative Marsha Blackburn introduced a the "Open Internet Preservation Act" in an effort to lock Trump/Pai repeal of Net Neutrality into law. Several major news outlets have taken Blackburn's bait in suggesting this new OIP Act would bring Net Neutrality back after the FCC removed it. Said the Washington Post: "Days after the FCC repealed its net neutrality rules, the GOP has a bill to replace them." Instead, this act would enshrine what the FCC did earlier this month.

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FCC Blue Alert warns mobile users of threats to law enforcement

FCC Blue Alert warns mobile users of threats to law enforcement

The Federal Communications Commission has expanded the US's emergency alert systems by adding a new alert option dubbed Blue Alert. With Blue Alert, both local and state-level authorities can push out notifications that warn the public to "threats to law enforcement." In explaining this, the FCC says the authorities are able to push out Blue Alerts across a variety of devices, including cell phones/smartphones, satellite, cable, and through broadcast providers.

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Net Neutrality Vote: What do we do now?

Net Neutrality Vote: What do we do now?

The FCC just voted 3/2 in favor of a declaratory ruling which effectively destroys Net Neutrality protections in the USA. Under the guise of a user-friendly name "Restoring Internet Freedom," the three Republican board members of the FCC voted to destroy the rules set in place by the previous FCC board. This Trump-installed board just destroyed the most important set of rules ever made for the internet - put there by the FCC during the Obama administration.

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Speaking on FCC and Net Neutrality at Thanksgiving is your civic duty

Speaking on FCC and Net Neutrality at Thanksgiving is your civic duty

Speaking about Net Neutrality with your friends and family is your civic duty this week - today we're going to run down how to do it. Whether you're back to your parents house this holiday season or hosting Thanksgiving yourself, there's a few very simple arguments that you're honor-bound as a citizen of these internets to share with your fellow turkey-devourers. What better way to be thankful for your rights as a United States citizen then by informing your fellow citizens about the death of the internet as we know it?

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The FCC Net Neutrality death proposal is here: It’s worse than we thought

The FCC Net Neutrality death proposal is here: It’s worse than we thought

Today Trump-installed FCC chairman Ajit Pai released his plan to destroy Net Neutrality. It's worse than we thought it might be. Yesterday we went over the Trump Administration's 3-point plan to steal internet from poor people and cut all rules from internet provider businesses. Today we're seeing that the plan cuts much more than what we assumed it would.

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FCC Net Neutrality 3-point plan outlined: Robin Hood in reverse

FCC Net Neutrality 3-point plan outlined: Robin Hood in reverse

Three moments in time, all within the last couple of months, all add up to one thing: current FCC leadership wants to keep poor people off the internet and give ISPs complete control over the internet. Current head of the FCC Ajit Pai suggested multiple times over the past year that the First Amendment should apply to internet service providers, and as such, they should be allowed to control every aspect of the internet they provide. Never mind the fact that the Net Neutrality rules Pai is dismantling were put in place to protect citizens from the internet companies Pai is fighting for.

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ZTE Axon M foldable phone appears in illustration on FCC’s site

ZTE Axon M foldable phone appears in illustration on FCC’s site

The rumored ZTE foldable phone reportedly called the Axon M just appeared at the FCC, seemingly legitimizing an increasing number of reports leaking the phone's existence. This handset is said to feature a unique foldable design that pairs two phone-shaped pieces together into a single device. A foldable smartphone concept isn't new, but ZTE may get a jump on the market.

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Sorry FCC, there’s a good reason Apple can’t turn on iPhone FM radio

Sorry FCC, there’s a good reason Apple can’t turn on iPhone FM radio

The FCC might want Apple to enable an FM radio in its iPhones so that they can be used during emergencies like the recent devastating hurricanes, but the Cupertino company has a good reason why that's not going to happen. FCC chairman Ajit Pai made his appeal earlier this week, insisting that "it is time for Apple to step up to the plate and put safety of the American people first." Unfortunately, it seems Pai didn't do his technical homework first.

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iPhone FM radio chips need to be activated for safety says FCC

iPhone FM radio chips need to be activated for safety says FCC

Though some high-end phones still offer FM radio support, that is becoming increasingly uncommon. The FCC isn't happy about the lack of support, though, and is now asking Apple to activate the FM radio chips in the iPhone. Statements about the matter were recently made by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, who said, "It is time for Apple to step up to the plate and put safety of the American people first."

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