Technology

End the Internet blackout on airplanes

The result this time is likely to be different, and for good reason:  Our cell phones aren’t just cell phones anymore, they are connected computers.  Thus, the practical effect of the FCC’s rule goes beyond banning talk to creating a de facto Internet blackout zone on airplanes.

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“Mission Accomplished” on identity theft? Not so fast.

Identity theft wreaks havoc on its victims’ lives—their credit and finances, their sense of security and privacy, and their ownership over who they are. In the United States, annual losses from identity fraud are estimated to total $20.9 billion according to the research firm Javelin Strategy. This is a Hurricane Sandy-sized hit to the economy every year.

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Fact and fiction in the in-flight phone debate

Two weeks ago, the FCC announced that it plans to consider revisions to its rules on mobile wireless services onboard aircraft.  As the leading trade association representing the manufacturers and suppliers of information and communications technology (ICT), TIA strongly supports the FCC’s efforts to overhaul these outdated regulations.  We also strongly believe that much of the criticism of the FCC’s announcement has been based on inaccurate information

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A call for civility in telecom policy

Incivility in political and policy discourse is poisonous in a democracy.  It breeds cynicism, discourages civic participation, and blocks bipartisanship and compromise that would benefit all Americans.

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Path to a successful spectrum auction requires focus

Although the federal government has auctioned spectrum for mobile wireless services several times in the past, it has never attempted a “reverse auction” in which broadcast license-holders submit bids to voluntarily relinquish their spectrum rights in exchange for a share of the anticipated proceeds from a subsequent “forward auction” of the newly available spectrum for wireless broadband services.

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Broadband can help communities far and wide through education

Broadband is one of America’s great success stories.  And Internet service providers are doing much of the story telling through the unprecedented levels of competition, innovation, investment, and growth that these companies are fueling for our economy at both the national and global level.

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The holiday hike

On Black Friday you braved the cold and fought the crowds all to save a little money. But while you were waiting in lines for bargains, AT&T was finding ways to make broadband lines more expensive.

On your shopping expedition chances...

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