Established by an Aviation Rulemaking Committee , the FAA created the government-industry group to examine current device-use policies and procedures--about which there is much criticism and passenger resistance. FAA's current regulations require an aircraft operator to determine that radio frequency interference from electronic devices is not a flight safety risk before authorizing the devices for use during certain phases of flight, such as takeoff and landing.
AT&T's decision to restrict the use of Apple's FaceTime video-calling application over its cellular data network to customers subscribed to a particular pricing plan "sets a precedent that could have very negative consequences for the vibrant market for mobile applications," according to a case study (.pdf) from the Federal Communications Commission's Open Internet Advisory Committee Mobile Broadband Working Group.
Implementation of Next Generation 9-1-1, which will incorporate Internet protocol into the emergency call system, should lessen the severity of future 9-1-1 outages such as those experienced in the wake of the June 2012 derecho storm, says the Federal Communications Commission. NG9-1-1, with its IP-based architecture, offers greater redundancy and reliability than today's standard public switched telephone network, the FCC says.
Internet service providers would have to measure data usage according to federal standards under a bill introduced recently by Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.). The bill (.pdf) would have the Federal Communications Commission establish the standards in consultation with the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the private sector.
The auctions the Federal Communications Commission plans to hold to repurpose broadcast television spectrum licenses for wireless usage won't yield the revenue they're supposed to as currently designed, said FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai. Pai, an Obama administration-nominated Republican commissioner, spoke at a Dec. 12 hearing of the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on communications and technology.
To address the growing demand for radiofrequency spectrum, the Federal Communications Commission has proposed a new three-tiered plan to share 100 megahertz of spectrum in the 3.5 gigahertz band between commercial and government users, according to an FCC statement . Under the FCC's new proposed rules, the 3550-3650 MHz band, which is currently used for Navy radar operations and covers 60 percent of the American population, would be shared by leveraging small cell technologies.
The Federal Communications Commission has released an online tool to help consumers protect their mobile devices from increasing smartphone-related cybersecurity threats. The FCC says it hopes...
The H Block consists of 10 megahertz of spectrum in the 1915-1920 MHz and 1995-2000 MHz bands; it's adjacent to spectrum licensed by Dish Network, which the commission also said Dec. 11 can be repurposed for terrestrial network usage.
The Federal Communications Commission announced Dec. 10 an agencywide task force to conduct a review and provide recommendations to modernize the commission's policies as the nation's broadband communications migrate from circuit-switched to packet-switched, and from copper to fiber and wireless-based networks.
AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile have agreed to accelerate deployments of technology that permits public safety answering points--as 9-1-1 centers are officially known--to receive short message service messages from cell phones, "with major deployments expected in 2013," the FCC says.