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Post Tech: September 19, 2010 - September 25, 2010

FCC to take up bill shock, attempts to ad mobile services to phone fund at October meeting

Net neutrality won't be on the agenda at the Federal Communication Commission's meeting in October as it continues to gather comments by the public on the contentious issue. Until Nov. 4, the agency is taking more feedback on how rules...

By Cecilia Kang  | September 23, 2010; 4:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  FCC  
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FCC approves 'white spaces' for unlicensed mobile broadband

In a unanimous vote, the five member FCC said that "white spaces", airwaves that are the unused channels between TV stations, will be used for mobile broadband services.

By Cecilia Kang  | September 23, 2010; 12:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  FCC  
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Net neutrality off plate at FCC meeting, but musicians bring out the waffles

he Federal Communications Commission is meeting right now and net neutrality isn't on the agenda. But don't tell that to R.E.M, Bonny Raitt, Moby or public interest group Free Press. Musicians are telling fans on Twitter, Facebook and fan sites to tell FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski to proceed with an order on how Internet service providers treat content on their networks. Those musicians with MoveOn.org Political Action and Future of Music Coalition (FMC) launched its campaign as the agency takes comments until early November on a net neutrality rule.

By Cecilia Kang  | September 23, 2010; 12:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  FCC, Facebook, Net Neutrality  
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U.S. wireless users hold onto phones longer, higher fees cited: study

Americans are holding onto their old cell phones much longer because of the bleak economy, and penalties and other fees attached to new purchases are turning off buyers, according to a survey by J.D. Power and Associates.

By Cecilia Kang  | September 23, 2010; 11:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  AT&T, Early Termination Fees, FCC, Mobile, Sprint Nextel, T-Mobile, Verizon  
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T-Mobile asks court to reject lawsuit over text messages

T-Mobile asked a federal court on Wednesday to reject a lawsuit brought by text marketing firm EZ Texting that claims the wireless service provider violated federal communications rules by blocking its text messages for a medical marijuana Web site. In...

By Cecilia Kang  | September 23, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  FCC, Net Neutrality, T-Mobile  
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FCC probes complaint that cartoon advertises Skechers shoes

The Federal Communications Commission launched a review Wednesday into whether a television cartoon featuring characters that also advertise Skechers shoes violates rules limiting commercials to children. “Zevo-3,” a program-length series to begin airing Oct. 11 on Nicktoons, features three superheroes...

By Cecilia Kang  | September 22, 2010; 1:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  FCC  
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Canada ends probe of Facebook's sharing of data

Canadian Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart said an investigation into the way Facebook’s third-party applications obtain user data is over and that her office was “pleased” with the social networking site’s move last May to make its privacy settings simpler and...

By Cecilia Kang  | September 22, 2010; 11:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Facebook, Privacy  
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T-Mobile says it blocked texts because client didn't follow guidelines, not because of content

Update at 11:44 a.m: with response by EZ Texting below T-Mobile said Tuesday it didn't not block medical marijuana text message alerts because of the content of the text. Instead, its decision to cease delivery of text came because EZ...

By Cecilia Kang  | September 22, 2010; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  T-Mobile  
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Gephardt, World Bank president join firm representing China's Huawei telecom

Amerilink Telecom said Tuesday it has appointed two prominent Washington insiders to its board as it tries to help clients such as China-based Huawei Technologies break into the U.S. market. The technology security consulting firm appointed former House majority leader Richard Gephardt and former World Bank president, James Wolfensohn, to its board.

By Cecilia Kang  | September 21, 2010; 6:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  International, Sprint Nextel, Tech for Development  
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House net neutrality bill faces shot clock

Congress now appears less likely to pass a bill on net neutrality during this session, according to sources close to ongoing negotiations by House members. Talks, led by Energy and Commerce Committee chairman Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), continued Tuesday but lawmakers...

By Cecilia Kang  | September 21, 2010; 4:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  FCC, Net Neutrality  
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Schools could get an Internet speed boost under FCC proposal

The Federal Communications Commission is set to reform an annual $2 billion E-Rate fund, aimed to bring faster and more affordable Internet connections to classrooms and libraries. In an order set for a vote Thursday, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski will propose that schools and libraries tap into unused fiber networks in towns and cities.

By Cecilia Kang  | September 20, 2010; 10:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Broadband, FCC  
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House net neutrality talks continue, with time running out

House Energy and Commerce Committee members continued to hash out a narrow bill on net neutrality Monday, but sources close to the talks say the parties are aware of a small window of time to pass legislation but continued to disagree over key portions of proposed rules.

By Cecilia Kang  | September 20, 2010; 5:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  FCC, Net Neutrality  
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T-Mobile sued for blocking medical marijuana text messages

T-Mobile was sued last week for allegedly blocking text messages from a medical marijuana Web site.

By Cecilia Kang  | September 20, 2010; 4:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  FCC, Mobile, T-Mobile  
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Verizon names McAdam president, COO

Verizon Communications on Monday named Lowell McAdam its president and chief operating officer, putting him in line to succeed CEO Ivan Seidenberg. The appointment of McAdam, who was CEO of Verizon Wireless, highlights the growing importance of Verizon's mobile...

By Cecilia Kang  | September 20, 2010; 8:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Verizon  
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