OVERNIGHT TECH: Wireless industry pushes for more FCC funding

"As CTIA has previously shown, this amount is not sufficient to meet the ubiquitous mobile broadband challenge," CTIA President and CEO Steve Largent wrote. "We therefore urge the Commission to ensure that its order correctly reflects the importance of mobility to today's broadband communications ecosystem."  

The FCC is scheduled to vote on Genachowski's USF proposal next Thursday.

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Apple earnings miss expectations: Apple's fourth-quarter earnings, announced Tuesday evening, fell below analysts' expectations for the first time in years, The Wall Street Journal reports. Apple reported third-quarter earnings of $7.05 a share, on revenue of $28.3 billion. Analysts, on average, predicted Apple to earn $7.22 a share on revenue of $29.5 billion. Apple sold 17.07 million iPhones despite expectations that it would sell 20 million in the quarter. Intel, Yahoo and Google beat expectations for the quarter.

Labor Secretary to announce jobs initiative with Facebook: Labor Secretary Hilda Solis will announce a partnership with Facebook on Thursday, Oct. 20 to help Americans find jobs. The event will include the National Association of Colleges and Employers, DirectEmployers Association and the National Association of State Workforce Agencies. 

Panel discusses impact of broadband access for seniors: A panel, hosted by nonprofit Project GOAL (Get Older Adults online), discussed how broadband Internet access can help seniors on Tuesday. The panel included representatives from the Pew Internet and American Life Project, AARP and the Phoenix Center.

"Research has shown that broadband use adoption has a significant positive impact on depression and mental health in general  among the aged community — which means it’s imperative that policymakers find ways to incentivize the expansion of high-speed Internet access and adoption in communities across America," said Debra Berlyn, Project GOAL's executive director.


ICYMI:

Public Knowledge asked the FCC to press T-Mobile's parent company, Deutsche Telekom, on the viability of the firm if AT&T's proposed takeover fails.

Former Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.) said the proposed overhaul of the Universal Service Fund could jeopardize telecom service in rural areas.

The AFL-CIO, the nation's largest labor union, supports an effort to pass the Protect IP Act, an online copyright measure.

A bipartisan group of lawmakers said the government should have to obtain a warrant before using an electronic device to track someone