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FCC proposes freeing up Wi-Fi for commercial aviation

The Federal Communications Commission has unanimously voted in favor of taking comments on a proposal to free up 500MHz of the wireless spectrum for commercial aviation, in a move that could see Wi-Fi services on planes become faster, more reliable and cheaper. Currently, only 4MhZ of the spectrum is used for ground-to-air services that allow some…

FCC ruling on FreedomPop iPhone 4 sleeve expected before end of April, could pave way for iPhone 5 version

It has today emerged that FreedomPop’s long anticipated iPhone 4 sleeve has cleared its final stage of testing, and is now ready to undergo FCC ruling. The concept of FreedomPop is the first of its kind in the U.S, and as such, a little more ripe for regulatory scrutiny. The report from FreedomPop is due to be submitted to the FCC in the next few days,…

FCC: T-Mobile/MetroPCS merger is a go

  If you have been listening to the Metro PCS/T-Mobile merger news, than you will want to pay close attention to this. The FCC has just approved the merger of the two cellular network providers, and according to TmoNews, the only thing left on the agenda before officially merging is a Metro PCS shareholders meeting which will take place in…

FCC Chairman: Commission will investigate phone unlocking ban

You all remember the phone unlocking ban that was put in place by the FCC only about a month ago, right? Well, it has received its fair share of ridicule since going into law, and now it is looking the FCC may take another look into the matter. FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said that the “ban raises competition concerns,” while also saying it could…

New Apple TV to be smaller

Apple is planning on making its next version of the Apple TV slightly smaller. They key word is slightly. Apple’s new TV device (Apple TV 3,2) passed through the FCC, and the FCC was kind enough to release some new information about the new device. Apple has apparently decided to change the dimensions of the TV by changing it from 98mm x 98mm to 93.78mm…

Dish asks FCC to put SoftBank/Sprint deal review on hold

Sprint was just in the news for announcing the light up of 28 more LTE cities, and now it is back, with thanks to Dish. Dish has filed with the FCC asking it to put the review of the buyout of Sprint by SoftBank on hold. Dish is making the claim that the buyout would be harmful to competition by giving the new duo an unfair advantage. It also warns of…

FreedomPop’s 4G iPhone case delayed

If you were hoping to use 4G on your iPhone 4 or 4S in the United States, you may have to wait just a little bit longer. FreedomPop announced today that its iPhone 4 and 4S case that grant access to 4G networks has been delayed by the Federal Communications  Commission in the United States. Although FreedomPop apparently already has 5,000 of the…

FCC confirms it will evaluate AT&T’s decision to block FaceTime

Following AT&T’s announcement that FaceTime over cellular would be restricted to its Mobile Share Plans, the Federal Communications Commission’s chairman Julius Genachowski had confirmed that the FCC will be evaluating the decision. In a conversation with the Verge, Genachowski alluded to his hopes of a “good-faith” solution to the problem. It…

AT&T to face possible FCC fine over FaceTime restrictions

With iOS 6 came the announcement that the iPhone’s latest operating system would support FaceTime calls using cellular data, rather than just Wi-Fi, as was the case beforehand. Following that announcement, AT&T made the decision to limit that feature to customers who use its shared data plans, a move that disheartened and angered many current and…