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  • Great map to help with the DTV reception

    Digital OTA is great, but it can be a tad tricky to pick up sometimes. This Google Map mash-up should help by providing data on where station’s broadcast towers are and how much power is needed to pick up the given station. We only have a few days left before the June 12th shutoff, btw. Is your family ready? Read More

  • Nokia N97 gets some quality time with the FCC

    The talented shutterbugs at the FCC recently got their hands on a sexy Nokia N97 ahead of the phones US release. Not only did the government suits photograph a previously unannounced color scheme, but also published all the details about the phone. We kind of already know most about the phone after spying it at Nokia World ’08 last December. Really, all we wanna know about is… Read More

  • The complete DTV shutoff list straight from the FCC

    The original DTV shutoff date of February 17, 2009 is almost here and some stations still plan on switching off their analog broadcast as originally planned. Thankfully, the FCC has an extensive list detailing what stations will shutoff next week and the ones that already flipped the switch. Read More

  • Court sides with FCC's "porting" decision, rejects Verizon's (whiny) arguments

    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has upheld (pdf) a FCC decision finding that Verizon’s use of proprietary information of rival companies for marketing purposes violates federal law. Read More

  • 681 stations to turn off analog broadcast on 2/17

    As soon as Obama signs the DTV Delay Bill into law, the original DTV switch will become optional until June 12, but that isn’t stopping 681 television stations from making the switch. The FCC is stating that those stations make up 40% of the US’s total broadcasters which probably means a lot of markets will experience partial shut-offs. Hopefully this will get fat and lazy… Read More

  • Polls: Has the FCC done enough to promote the analog switch off?

    The transition from analog to digital broadcasts is just over one month away and some peeps on the Internet are getting a little antsy. Some say that the FCC and appropriate agencies have not done enough to prepare Grandma Patsy and Uncle bob. Personally, I don’t know what else can be done. It seems there is a ad spot nearly every commercial break about the subject during primetime.and… Read More

  • And now that FCC meeting concerning free nationwide Wi-Fi won't even happen

    How great is this: the FCC meeting that was scheduled to take place this week where they’d discuss the plans for free nationwide Wi-Fi isn’t even going to happen. The meeting, which was supposed to occur on the Dec. 18, was killed because a bunch of congressman objected to any “controversial” items emerging from the FCC during the last day’s of George W. Read More

  • Outgoing FCC Chairman Wants to Rid The Wireless Web Of Porn. Good Luck With That.

    In the waning days of his leadership at the FCC, chairman Kevin J. Martin is trying to push through some striking initiatives in his last chance to leave his mark on the agency. On Election Day, for instance, the FCC approved unlicensed use for white-space TV spectrum (aka, WiFi 2.0) that is being freed up. Now Martin wants to rid the wireless Web of porn. One of the issues he plans to tackle… Read More

  • BlackBerry 8900 aka Javelin aka Curve II passes through the FCC

    This morning T-Mobile Germany announced the 8900 and now CellPhone Signal has found the FCC filing for North America. The baby Bold is expected to hit both GSM networks here in the US, but it’s unclear when that will be. For all the T-Mobile customers like myself, I hope it’s soon. Do I switch to AT&T to get the 3G Bold or suck it up and wait for the EDGE Curve II? Read More

  • FCC opens up white space spectrum

    Google must be pretty happy this morning. Not only because its preferred candidate is now president-elect, but because the Federal Communications Commission green-lighted the opening of the so-called white space spectrum. In short, when television stations move to digital next year a whole swath of spectrum is freed up—what to do with it? If you’re Google (or Motorola or any number… Read More

  • FCC Gives Verizon the Final Greenlight Needed to Buy Alltel

    It’s been nearly five months since Verizon announced their plans to buy out Alltel, but they’ve finally leaped the last hurdle. Just minutes ago, the FCC signed off on the $28.1 billion dollar deal (Verizon is paying $5.9 billion, and assuming $22.2 billion of Alltel’s debt.), clearing the way for its finalization. The FCC’s stamp of approval doesn’t come… Read More

  • FCC clears the Xohm/ClearWire merger

    Jeez – busy enough day, FCC? Hot on the tails of the “white space” decision and approving Verizon’s buyout of Alltel, the FCC has cleared the merger of Sprint’s Xohm WiMax service with ClearWire – no doubt coming as a disappoint for some other carriers. To recap the details announced back in May, Sprint will own 51% of the new company, which will take on… Read More

  • FCC gives Verizon/Alltel buyout the greenlight

    It’s been nearly five months since Verizon announced their plans to buy out Alltel, but they’ve finally leaped the last hurdle. Just minutes ago, the FCC signed off on the $28.1 billion dollar deal (Verizon is paying $5.9 billion, and assuming $22.2 billion of Alltel’s debt.) The FCC’s stamp of approval doesn’t come without strings attached, however. Amongst… Read More

  • Nokia N79 clears the FCC

    The Nokia N79, which is essentially a 5 megapixel N78 revised with a keypad that doesn’t make your thumbs cry, has toughed its way through the FCC’s testing chambers. Toting North American 3G, GPS, WiFi, and Carl-Zeiss optics, the N79 is one nice little candybar. With the FCC hurdles out of the way and the handset prepped on the radio front, it’s not too hard to imagine a… Read More

  • FCC report helps case for free nationwide wireless

    FCC Chairman Kevin Martin Here’s the story so far. There’s a company called M2Z Networks that wants to lease the band of wireless spectrum between 2155-2175 MHz known as AWS-3 (Advanced Wireless Service). M2Z then wants to turn around and use that band to provide free wireless internet access “for 95 percent of the population within 10 years,” according to the AFP. Read More

  • Sprint may throttle BitTorrent/P2P for XOHM users

    Right as it leaves the starting gate, there might already be a bit of controversy surrounding Sprint’s 4G WiMax offering, XOHM. Silicon Valley Insider did a bit of digging through the XOHM policy agreement, and came across this little gem: “To ensure a high-quality experience for its entire subscriber base, XOHM may use various tools and techniques designed to limit the… Read More

  • The TomTom ONE XL II gets poked and prodded by the FCC

    The TomTom ONE XL II (that’s a mouthful) launch is one step closer with the FCC stamp of approval. Details are still up in the air, but it seems this guy simply updates the previous model with Bluetooth hands-free calling. Even the available users guide doesn’t reveal any juicy details as it seems as if the guide is just repurposed from the current generation. All the docs are… Read More

  • Helio Ocean II (Oz2) gets the FCC photo treatment

    Now that the Ocean 2 has slipped back until January of ’09 at the earliest, we’ve cruised right by the September confidentiality date of the original FCC filing back in March. As a result, a handful of hardware photos and a pack of details have made their way out.
    Check’em out over at MobileCrunch >> Read More

  • FCC approves new Hitachi Casio 8-megapixel camera phone


    The FCC has approved the latest product of the Hitachi, Casio partnership; an Exilim-branded 8-megapixel camera phone. Read more Read More

  • FCC approves new Hitachi Casio 8-megapixel camera phone

    The FCC has approved the latest product of the Hitachi, Casio partnership; an Exilim-branded 8-megapixel camera phone. Unfortunately, just because the FCC approved it doesn’t guarantee the swivel screened, clamshell will actually be launched in the U.S. anytime soon, but still it gives us a reason to hope. As a follow up to the W53CA, this new phone is called the W63CA. According to… Read More