Back in December, the Federal Communications Commission voted to repeal the net neutrality laws enacted by the previous administrations, and to give carriers or other internet service the freedom to prioritize traffic from this or that source, including their own services. The repeal was further greased by a court decision last week that allowed the Federal Trade Commission to regulate carriers just like regular ISPs.
On Friday, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai was given a rifle by the NRA during the Republican love fest known as the Conservative Political Action Conference in Oxon Hill, Maryland. So just what did the Trump-installed FCC chief do to receive such a gift? Pai was given the Charlton Heston Courage Under Fire Award for repealing the net neutrality rules put in place by President Barack Obama back in 2015. Now deceased, Heston was a past president of the NRA. The award given to Pai is a Kentucky long rifle that will stay at the NRA’s museum in Fairfax, Virginia. The weapon was not allowed on stage during the …
The FCC will be funding Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint to the tune of $4.53 billion to expand their wireless networks in sparsely populated rural areas, and ensure 10Mbps minimum download speeds. The move is part of its Mobility Fund Phase II auction, and the dough will be distributed to carriers over a 10-year period. The full statement of the FCC is worth reading, be it only for the jab pointed at T-Mobile, which argued for much lower minimum speeds requirement:
You can’t make some stuff up, and the FCC putting a Brooklyn bitcoin miner on notice to prevent static noise from interfering into T-Mobile subscribers’ calls there, is one of those. Yes, T-Mo customers in southern Brooklyn have been ranting about weird static (read: hissing noises) emanating from their earpieces with each phone call, to the extent that the Federal Communications Commission had to be involved to figure it out.
Just yesterday, we took you on a journey through all the rumors and hearsay pertaining to what we expect to be Sony’s next top-shelf device, the intriguing Xperia XZ Pro, which could potentially be the very first device with a 4K OLED display on deck.
Just yesterday we showed you a 3D render of what was alleged to be the Moto E5. Sporting a real-facing fingerprint scanner (which includes the company’s iconic batwings logo), the handset is expected to feature a 5-inch display and a MediaTek SoC under the hood. Today, the Moto E5 resurfaces along with the Moto E5 Plus as both phones are said to be listed on the FCC website.
The model numbers posted on the FCC page are XT1922-4 and XT1922-5. While the FCC documentation doesn’t give away much information about specs, it does show that both phones will be powered by a 4000mAh battery. Last …
Last month, the Trump FCC repealed net neutrality. Why? Well, the president seems to favor big business and what could help the carriers/ISPs more than giving them the ability to charge more for certain online content. Or it just could be Trump’s obsession with reversing every regulation put in place by his predecessor, Barack Obama. It was the Obama FCC that put net neutrality in place.
While the Senate is just one vote away from passing a resolution to restore net neutrality, the Congressional Review Act gives the Senate only 60 days to vote on reversing a decision made by an independent …
Amazon and Google made good use of the delay that forced Apple to push back the launch of its HomePod smart speaker from December to sometime early this year. Echo and Home devices helped smart speakers have a very Merry Christmas and Chanukah. The relatively new product (first launched worldwide in 2015) accounted for 7% of gifts handed out this holiday season in the states.
Without Apple’s high-end HomePod out of the way, both Amazon and Google had a clear playing field. While Microsoft’s Invoke was available, along with a few other competitors, the top two smart speaker manufacturers …
Remember Clips, Google’s smart action camera that you are intended to place aside and let take snaps of your and your family’s everyday life as it goes by? Announced back in late October 2017 alongside the second generation of Pixel phones, this AI-powered camera has just been cleared by the FCC, which is indicative to us that a release to the market is quite possibly imminent.