FCC Chairman Ajit Pai Skips CES as The Government Shutdown Continues

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For the second year in succession, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai will be skipping CES in Las Vegas next week. This year it is due to the ongoing United States government shutdown, which is entering its fourteenth day today. Both Pai and FCC commissioner Brendan Carr were to be in attendance at the show. With the … Read moreFCC Chairman Ajit Pai Skips CES as The Government Shutdown Continues

FCC to Suspend Operations Due to Lack of Funding on January 3rd

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Citing a lack of funds due to the current United States government shutdown, the FCC has announced that it will be suspending operations on Thursday, January 3, 2019 unless funding can be obtained. Generally, during such a shutdown all FCC activities will cease other than those immediately necessary for the protection of life or property, … Read moreFCC to Suspend Operations Due to Lack of Funding on January 3rd

FCC to Allow Carriers to Block Spam Text Messages

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The Federal Communications Commission, or FCC, here in the United States, has voted to allow for carriers to block spam text messages.  The vote came with one opposition vote amongst the commissioners.  Democrat Jessica Rosenworcel voted against it fearing that it could be abused by the larger carriers. The ruling has much of the same feel … Read moreFCC to Allow Carriers to Block Spam Text Messages

FCC Investigating Carriers Over Coverage Maps

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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has announced an investigation into one or more mobile carriers here in the United States.  The investigation is to determine if carriers have lied about their coverage maps to fend off competition or to not have to roll out coverage in rural areas. The investigation comes after the FCC received … Read moreFCC Investigating Carriers Over Coverage Maps

FCC Now Allows US-Based Devices to Access European GPS System

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In an exception notice filed yesterday, the Federal Communications Commission will now allow US-based devices such as an iPhone access the European GPS system.  Known as Galileo, the European Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) was brought online in 2016.  At the time, it was primarily a back up plan in case the United States switched off access to GPS in a time of war or crisis.

The US-based Global Positioning System is run by the United States Air Force.

Having a secondary positioning system is also good as a backup solution in case of issues or failures of the first.  From a consumer perspective, having two networks which your iPhone could access, provides faster and more accurate location information.  The more satellites your iPhone can see, the better the information.

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The FCC Has Started The First High-Band 5G Auction

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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has opened up its first auction of high-band 5G spectrum to bidders.  The spectrum in question is 28GHz and would allow winners, most likely carriers, the ability to potentially deliver gigabit speeds on downloads.  It will be divided into two 425MHz blocks in any given county.

This auction of 28GHz spectrum is just the beginning.  There will be a second auction of 24GHz with seven 100MHz blocks after the close of bidding for the 28GHz spectrum.

The Federal Communications Commission will commence its first-ever high-band 5G spectrum auction today. This morning, bidding will begin on spectrum in the 28 GHz band (Auction 101), which will be followed by bidding for spectrum in the 24 GHz band (Auction 102). The FCC is making 1.55 gigahertz of spectrum available through these two auctions. These auctions will be followed by a 2019 auction of three more millimeter-wave spectrum bands—37 GHz, 39 GHz, and 47 GHz.

Bidding for this high-band spectrum is open now.

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iPhone XR Gets FCC Approval Ahead of October 19 Pre-Orders

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With pre-orders slated to start October 19, the new iPhone XR has received approval from the FCC today.  That is the last regulatory step required for the 6.1″ iPhone to be sold.  You can read the full FCC approval here but, to be honest, it isn’t that exciting of a read.

Powered by the Apple A12 Bionic SoC, the same SoC in the new iPhone Xs and Xs Max, the iPhone XR will come with 64GB, 128GB, or 256GB of Storage.  It will also be available in a broader range of colors:  Black, White, Red, Yellow, Coral, and Blue.  It will start at $749 for the 64GB unit and go up to $899 for the 256GB variant.

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