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Dec 6, 2013

U.S. FCC delays incentive auction of airwaves to mid-2015

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Federal Communications Commission, as long predicted, now plans to hold the so-called incentive auction of broadcast airwaves in mid-2015, a year later than originally intended, the agency chairman said on Friday.

The FCC is now drafting rules for the auction that would reshuffle the ownership of valuable frequencies among TV stations, as well as wireless carriers, which are clamoring for faster speeds and better services for their devices.

Dec 4, 2013

Dish to face smaller challengers in U.S. airwaves auction

WASHINGTON, Dec 4 (Reuters) – Satellite TV provider Dish
Network Corp will compete against smaller wireless
carriers and individuals when the U.S. Federal Communications
Commission auctions spectrum on Jan. 22, the agency said on

The FCC will auction the so-called H Block frequencies in
the first opportunity the regulator has offered companies to
acquire ownership of new airwaves since 2008.

Nov 26, 2013

New agreement gets Pentagon closer to clearing airwaves for sale

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Defense Department has reached an agreement with the broadcasting industry on sharing some radio airwaves, making progress toward President Barack Obama’s goal of clearing more valuable spectrum for mobile networks.

Obama directed federal agencies in June to look for ways to give up or share with the private sector more of the airwaves they control, three years after his call to open up 500 megahertz (MHz) of federal spectrum for commercial use to satisfy growing demands from data-hungry devices and services.

Nov 22, 2013

U.S. government rarely uses best cybersecurity steps -advisers

WASHINGTON, Nov 22 (Reuters) – The U.S. government itself
seldom follows the best cybersecurity practices and must drop
its old operating systems and unsecured browsers as it tries to
push the private sector to tighten its practices, technology
advisers told President Barack Obama.

“The federal government rarely follows accepted best
practices,” the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and
Technology said in a report released on Friday. “It needs to
lead by example and accelerate its efforts to make routine
cyberattacks more difficult by implementing best practices for
its own systems.”

Nov 22, 2013

U.S. regulators to consider in-flight calls, text messaging

WASHINGTON/ATLANTA (Reuters) – The U.S. Federal Communications Commission is considering allowing airplane passengers to use their cellphones for calls and text messaging during flights, setting up a challenging debate over technical and social implications.

Last month, the Federal Aviation Administration said it would allow expanded use of electronic devices aboard planes, ending a long-standing ban. But the devices are still not allowed to connect to any ground networks and FCC rules have long banned the use of cellphones aboard.

Nov 21, 2013

Google’s Schmidt predicts end of censorship within a decade

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Google Inc (GOOG.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt has a bold prediction: Censorship around the world could end in a decade, and better use of encryption will help people overcome government surveillance.

In a lecture at Johns Hopkins University on Wednesday, the executive of the world’s biggest web search company made a pitch for ending censorship in China and other countries with restricted freedom of speech by connecting everyone to the Internet and protecting their communication from spying.

Nov 20, 2013

Some cyber security experts recommend shutting Obamacare site

By Jim Finkle and Alina Selyukh

(Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s site is riddled with security flaws that put user data of millions of people at risk and it should be shut down until fixed, several technology experts warned lawmakers on Tuesday.

The testimony at a congressional hearing could increase concerns among many Americans about Obama’s healthcare overhaul, popularly known as Obamacare. Opinion polls show the botched rollout of the online marketplace for health insurance policies has hurt the popularity of the effort.

Nov 19, 2013

U.S. healthcare website has security bugs, expert warns Congress

By Jim Finkle and Alina Selyukh

(Reuters) – The website at the center of U.S. President Barack Obama’s healthcare overhaul has security flaws that put user data at “critical risk” despite recent government assurances it is safe to use, a respected security expert said on Tuesday.

“There are actual, live vulnerabilities on the site now,” David Kennedy, head of computer security consulting firm TrustedSec LLC, told Reuters before testifying at a congressional hearing on the topic “Is My Data on Secure?”

Nov 14, 2013

U.S. FCC to wireless carriers: agree on phone unlocking policy or face rules

WASHINGTON, Nov 14 (Reuters) – The top U.S.
telecommunications regulator on Thursday demanded that wireless
providers voluntarily agree on the rights of consumers to unlock
mobile devices once contracts end, or the Federal Communications
Commission will make it a rule.

At issue is whether cellphone buyers, who often get new
devices at a heavily subsidized price in return for committing
to long-term contracts, should be able to take their gadgets
with them when they change carriers.

Nov 14, 2013

U.S. FCC eases foreign investment limit for broadcast stations

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Thursday voted to relax decades-old rules that effectively prohibited foreign owners from having more than a 25 percent stake in American TV and radio stations.

The unanimous vote by the five commissioners clarified the existing rules, making clear that the FCC is open to allowing bigger foreign stakes and would review each instance on a case-by-case basis to ensure it is in the public interest.

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      "Alina Selyukh is covering campaign finance this year. Starting as a journalist in her native town of Samara in Russia, she spent five years in Lincoln, Nebraska before moving to the East Coast to work for Reuters. A former intern and graduate trainee, Selyukh has covered energy, IPOs, healthcare policy and FDA."
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