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Dec 13, 2013

U.S. carriers agree to new cellphone ‘unlocking’ policy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Major U.S. wireless carriers on Thursday pledged to make it easier for consumers to “unlock” their mobile phones for use on competitors’ networks, responding to pressure from consumer groups and the top U.S. communications regulator.

Verizon Wireless, AT&T Inc, Sprint Corp, T-Mobile US and U.S. Cellular agreed to “clearly notify” customers when their devices are eligible for unlocking and to process unlocking requests within two business days, said wireless industry group CTIA.

Dec 12, 2013

U.S. transportation head joins debate on in-flight calls

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The head of the U.S. Department of Transportation waded into the fray on the use of cell phones during airplane flights on Thursday, saying that his department would consider whether such calls should be banned even as the telecommunications regulator looks at the issue from the technical side.

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx on Thursday said the department will review whether allowing phone calls during flights “is fair to consumers” as the Federal Communications Commission is poised to begin a review of technical rules to make such phone calls possible.

Dec 12, 2013

Wireless carriers, FCC agree on “unlocking” cellphones

WASHINGTON, Dec 12 (Reuters) – U.S. wireless carriers will
make it easier for consumers to “unlock” their mobile phones for
use on a competitor’s network, Federal Communications
Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler said on Thursday.

Wheeler told members of Congress an agreement was reached
between the carriers and the agency, and details will be
presented at an FCC meeting later on Thursday.

Dec 12, 2013

U.S. carriers, FCC reach accord on “unlocking” cellphones

WASHINGTON, Dec 12 (Reuters) – U.S. wireless carriers will
make it easier for consumers to “unlock” their mobile phones for
use on a competitor’s network, Federal Communications
Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler said on Thursday.

Wheeler told members of Congress an agreement was reached
between the carriers and the agency, and details will be
presented at an FCC meeting later on Thursday.

Dec 12, 2013

U.S. carriers, FCC near agreement on cellphone unlocking policy

WASHINGTON, Dec 12 (Reuters) – U.S. wireless carriers are
hammering out the final details of a deal with the Federal
Communications Commission to adopt new policies to make it
easier for consumers to “unlock” their mobile phones for use on
a competitor’s network.

The agreement, expected soon, would ensure that providers
notify customers about the eligibility of their phones for
unlocking – by text message, for example – and could also cover
some pre-paid phones, industry sources say.

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
Wednesday.

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.

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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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