FCC okays AT&T buying Alltel assets

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The FCC just gave AT&T the go-ahead to buy $780 million worth of assets from Alltel. The deal includes retail stores, about 620,000 customers in the Midwest, network equipment and spectrum in the 700MHz, 850MHz and 1900MHz bands. Of course there were some strings attached to this package, including these three stipulations: Deploy HSPA+ and…

Senator Al Franken Grills Apple’s Tim Cook on Touch ID

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US Senate Judiciary Subcomittee Chairman Al Franken is known for being a staunch privacy advocate. The comedian turned Senator from Minnesota is known for writing official letters asking the hard questions of governmental agencies and corporations alike. The latest letter from his office, with several other Senators signed on in support, is to Apple CEO…

The Obama Administration Pushes the FCC to Allow Phone Unlocking

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Recently, the Commerce department formally petitioned the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to issue a ruling on the subject of unlocking mobile phones. The FCC is still in deliberation, but President Obama’s administration has made its opinion clear, issuing a statement in support of consumers’ right to unlocked devices and the ability to move between cellular…

Infographic: A Look At NSA Cell Phone Tracking

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Ever since Edward Snowden leaked classified NSA files a few months ago, new revelations of the government spy agency’s questionable tactics are a daily occurrence. A new infographic helps explain the extent of the NSA spying program, as it pertains to tracking the mobile devices of American citizens. The infographic starts out by explaining the…

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