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FCC’s ‘Speed Test’ app comes to iOS, collects broadband data for nationwide study

The Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday launched its 'Speed Test' app for iOS in the hope that iDevice owners will help it with an ongoing nationwide study on mobile broadband services provided by the nation's wireless carriers.

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FCC to bring net neutrality back from the dead with new ‘open Internet’ rules

The Federal Communications Commission said today that it plans to create new "network neutrality' rules that will keep Internet service providers from favoring certain types of traffic.

Web

Sprint and T-Mobile merger talks met with strong opposition in Washington

A proposed merger of the Sprint and T-Mobile networks has reportedly been strongly opposed by the FCC and the Justice Department, which could result in plans being abandoned.

Mobile

Will you speak up when ISPs strangle your Netflix? The company sure hopes so

Netflix doesn't seem too worried about the end of net neutrality, but promises that it and its members will fight back if ISPs start to stifle the Internet. Do we have what it takes to fight back in a worst-case-scenario?

Opinion

Court strikes down key FCC Net neutrality rules: What it means for you

A Washington, DC, appeals court ruled Tuesday in favor of Verizon, and against the Federal Communications Commission’s controversial “net neutrality” rules. The decision may open the door for Internet service providers to charge websites and other…

Web

Delta preemptively bans cellular and internet based in-flight calls

Certainly not waiting for the FCC to weigh in on the matter, Atlanta based Delta Airlines has announced that the company will not allow passengers to place voice calls when on a flight.

Mobile

Top 5 US wireless carriers agree to let you unlock your cell phone

The organization that represents all five major wireless carriers in the U.S. has agreed to policy changes that will allow customers to have their cell phones unlocked within two days after a request to do so is made, as long as the customers have satisfied…

Mobile

We don’t need inflight cell phone call bans, we need inflight manners

The FCC may soon lift its ban on inflight cell phone calls. But airlines have balked at the idea of allowing passengers to use their cell phones on planes. Here's why they're wrong.

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Get your earplugs, FCC may let people make cell phone calls on planes

For better or worse, the Federal Communications Commission may soon consider lifting the ban on in-flight cell phone use. But airlines say customers don't want wireless service on their flights due to the potential of loud talkers who won't hang up.

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Say hello to landline video calls – the U.S. plans to upgrade its phone network

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler announced on Tuesday plans to begin transitioning the nation’s copper-based landline network to a digital one similar to Internet phone services, like Skype or Vonage.

Mobile

Want to unlock your smartphone? The new FCC Chairman has your back

Unlocking your phone without carrier permission is currently illegal. But new FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has told the wireless industry that it must change its policies to allow consumers to easily unlock their devices without hassle or long waits.

Mobile

Hated cell phone unlocking ban may be lifted by FCC

Good news, everyone. A petition by the Obama administration's NTIA may eliminate the federal ban on cell phone unlocking without wireless carrier approval.

Mobile

Is Verizon trying to kill Netflix? It depends who you ask

Verizon is challenging the FCC's Open Internet rules that make net neutrality the law of the land – and if it wins, Netflix could be caught in the crosshairs. Here's everything you need to know (without getting too long-winded about it).

Opinion

Samsung’s ambitious Smart Media Player marches forward after ducking FCC red tape

Samsung's new set top box aims to bring the worlds of online streaming and digital cable together, accessed by a single interface. A new waiver by the FCC allows the box to go ahead without an analog tuner, prompting Samsung to slate its release some time in…

Home Theater

Proposed new $5 per year cellphone tax could be used to bring more U.S. schools online

President Obama has put forward a plan to use a new tax on cellphone bills to help pay for his ambitious ConnectED scheme, which aims to give 99 percent of U.S. students access to high speed Internet in schools.

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