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Trump’s new FCC chairman believes that manufacturers should enable the FM chips in smartphones

The Trump administration’s new chairman believes that smartphone manufacturers should enable the FM radio in the devices. Recode reports that FCC Chairman Ajit Pai believes that access to FM radios inside of smartphones is a public safety issue. Pai notes that enabling the radio would be better for public safety as internet/cell phone service isn’t…

Apple device with Bluetooth and NFC goes through FCC

With the launch of the iPhone 7 and Apple Watch Series 2 behind us, a mysterious Apple wireless device has passed through the FCC and it doesn’t appear to match any existing Apple product (via Consomac). The device’s model number is A1844 and includes both a Bluetooth and NFC radio. In terms of power, it draws between 100mA and 700mA and between 5.5V…

AT&T Wi-Fi Calling Delay due to FCC Waiver

AT&T had planned to roll out Wi-Fi calling to customers on September 25 alongside the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. Ultimately, AT&T held back on the decision as it awaits a waiver from the FCC to temporarily allow the service without offering support for deaf and hard-of-hearing people. The FCC’s rules state that support for TTY (teletypewriter)…

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…