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Oct 29, 2010

FCC taking on cyberbullying in schools

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Schools receiving subsidies for Internet service will have to teach students about the perils of cyberbullying and the responsible use of social networking sites, the U.S. telecommunications regulator said on Friday.

Cyberbullying “happens when teens use the Internet, cell phones, or other devices to send or post text or images intended to hurt or embarrass another person,” and it’s a problem for nearly half of all U.S. teens, according to the National Crime Prevention Council.

Oct 29, 2010

U.S. regulator taking on cyberbullying in schools

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Schools receiving subsidies for Internet service will have to teach students about the perils of cyberbullying and the responsible use of social networking sites, the U.S. telecommunications regulator said on Friday.

Cyberbullying “happens when teens use the Internet, cell phones, or other devices to send or post text or images intended to hurt or embarrass another person,” and it’s a problem for nearly half of all U.S. teens, according to the National Crime Prevention Council.

Oct 28, 2010

Verizon to pay $25 mln mystery fees settlement

WASHINGTON, Oct 28 (Reuters) – Verizon Wireless, the top
U.S. mobile service, has agreed to pay $25 million to the
government on top of at least $52.8 million in refunds it has
promised to consumers for charging them “mystery fees.”

The $25 million settlement was the largest in the Federal
Communications Commission’s history, the U.S.
telecommunications regulator said on Thursday.

Oct 14, 2010

FCC weighs creating fund to boost broadband

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A new fund could help bring high speed Internet to unserved and remote areas of the United States, U.S. telecommunications regulators said on Thursday.

The Federal Communications Commission proposed allocating universal service funds — fees consumers pay telephone companies to subsidize landline phone services for low-income and rural families — to create a “mobility fund” to expand broadband Internet to areas without service.

Oct 13, 2010

FCC eyes an end to shocking mobile phone bills

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Mobile phone companies would have to warn customers before they rack up eye-popping extra fees on their bills under rules that the U.S. Federal Communications Commission will propose on Thursday.

The FCC wants to curb so-called bill shock by making mobile phone companies send text or voice alerts to customers before charging them for services not covered by their plans.

Sep 30, 2010

Republicans scuttle net neutrality bill: Waxman

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A temporary legislative fix to regulate broadband traffic failed to garner Republican support, killing the chance of a remedy from the Congress before the mid-term elections, House Energy and Commerce Chairman Henry Waxman said on Wednesday.

For weeks, Waxman floated legislation contingent on bipartisan support that he said would serve as “an interim measure to protect net neutrality while Congress considers a permanent solution.”

Sep 28, 2010

Mobile device boom sparks U.S. Net address shortage

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States could run out of unique Internet addresses to assign to new devices by the end of next year, a telecommunications official said on Tuesday.

Internet Protocol version 4, known as IPv4, provides the dominant architecture for the Internet. It requires devices to have unique identifiers, known as an IP address, but it only has space for 4.3 billion of those addresses.

Sep 28, 2010

Iran cutting energy subsidies to boost revenue-IMF

WASHINGTON, Sept 28 (Reuters) – Iran, dependent on imported
gasoline but squeezed by international sanctions, is working to
eliminate subsidies on oil and natural gas, International
Monetary Fund economists said on Tuesday.

Iran’s energy price reform is expected to lower demand as
prices rise in the country. The higher prices will prompt more
efficient energy use within Iran while increasing the supply of
oil and gas available for export, the economists said in an
interview published on the IMF website.

Sep 23, 2010

U.S. FCC paves way for new mobile devices

WASHINGTON, Sept 23 (Reuters) – U.S. regulators paved the
way on Thursday for new, faster wireless devices by opening
unused television airwaves for mobile broadband use.

Device makers such as Dell Inc (DELL.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), Nokia (NOK1V.HE: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz)
and Motorola Inc (MOT.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) stand to profit from the Federal
Communications Commission’s unanimous vote to allow unlicensed
wireless devices to operate on this idle spectrum.

Sep 23, 2010

U.S. regulator paves way for new mobile devices

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. regulators paved the way on Thursday for new, faster wireless devices by opening unused television airwaves for mobile broadband use.

Device makers such as Dell Inc, Nokia and Motorola Inc stand to profit from the Federal Communications Commission’s unanimous vote to allow unlicensed wireless devices to operate on this unused spectrum.

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      "After graduating from Howard University, Jasmin joined Reuters as an intern in the summer of 2008. She was hired after that summer as a news assistant in the Washington, DC bureau, covering energy, agriculture, commodities and economic indicators. She now reports on the FCC, telecom issues, the technology industry's influence in Washington and other policy stories. Follow her on Twitter @jasminmelvin"
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