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FCC to discuss lifting cellphone ban on in-flight voice calls and cellular data

Recently the United States Federal Aviation Administration has cut passengers a break by finally allowing them to use their smartphones on tablets in-flight as long as they are in “airplane mode” which cuts off all data and internet connection. This was based on worry that the radio signals would interfere with avionics. Now, the FCC is proposing that passengers may make in-flight phone calls and use cellular data above 10,000 feet. However, this service would only be available on specially equipped planes. This would greatly change the way the average person spends their time while traveling by air. Hopefully the FCC passes this proposal in December.

 

http://www.idownloadblog.com/2013/11/21/fcc-to-discuss-lifting-cellphone-ban-on-in-flight-voice-calls-and-cellular-data/

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FCC Releases Android Speed Test App

The Federal Communications Commission has released an app in hopes that it will generate accurate comparisons of wireless carriers mobile speeds. The app called Speed Test App for Android will collect information, such as upload and download speeds, latency, and signal strength to allow the FCC to publish a map of this information in the next year. This map is expected to help consumers decide which services to go with and see if consumers are getting what they may be paying for. This creates an incentive for carries to improve their data services.

<http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57612472-94/fcc-releases-android-app-to-test-mobile-broadband-speeds/>

 

This is a fascinating step towards transparency in understanding current data speeds and what the average consumer is receiving currently. The data gathered will be interesting for multiple reasons, for designers designing applications to understand what sort of connection their target audience may have, consumers wishing to purchase plans, and providers to know what speeds their competitors may have. I only fear that much like internet speeds, this will mean that certain areas will not be developed as quickly as others, leading to large pockets that only have a slower connection, much like towns and areas that have no other option aside from dial-up, due to the inability or lack of desire for a provider to bring anything else in.

 

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FCC Delays 2014 Mobile Airwave Auction After U.S. Closing

FCC Delays 2014 Mobile Airwave Auction After U.S. Closing

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission rescheduled an auction of airwaves for high-speed mobile data to Jan. 22 from Jan. 14, the agency said. The commission cited the 16-day partial closing of the U.S. government that ended last week in its e-mailed notice today about the sale of airwaves known as the H Block. Sprint Corp. (S) had pressed the agency for an auction in January, and the commission accepted that idea over a proposal to wait so the auction coincides with other sales later in 2014. The auctions can leave winning companies flush with frequencies to feed smartphones and losers barraged with complaints of slow apps and Web pages.