‘White space’ devices are on the way, says Ofcom
Ofcom, the broadcasting regulator of the United Kingdom, has called for a pilot of an innovative new batch of “white space” devices utilising gaps in the radio spectrum.
The plan is to use white space in order to test broadcasts which will not interfere with any current spectrum. This will be enforced by broadcasters only being allowed to utilise where the spaces are, and the power levels they are restricted to on a dedicated website updated by Ofcom.
The scheme will initially launch in the autumn...
Are we ready for a single European telecoms market?
Last month, Neelie Kroes used her MWC 2013 speech to call for a single Telecoms market, which as Vice President of the European Commission for the Digital Agenda holds some amount of weight. So how has the industry reacted?
The final draft proposal was (and still is) to be issued in October; but now a blueprint will also be made available in June by the European Telecoms industry body ETNO for any amendments to be made well-ahead of release.
This blueprint should aid in preventing any objections and thus...
Cell phone jammer wars: The employees strike back!
Anonymous complaints about jamming result in six-digit fines.
We have previously reported on the FCC’s campaign to stamp out cell phone jamming devices. It turns out that the Commission has apparently found some guerilla allies in that campaign. In two recent Notices of Apparent Liability, two companies...
Is your ISP delivering the advertised speeds?
Back in 2011 the FCC began collecting real-world user broadband data from customized routers, then issuing reports on which ISPs were failing to deliver advertised speeds. It's one of the few FCC policies in recent years that has truly paid dividends for consumers. The first report "named and shamed" several larger ISPs like Cablevision for offering horrible peak performance, offering...
How the big mobile broadband crisis was avoided
ARCEP’s refarming decision presents operators with a 4G opportunity
How are US citizens using mobiles for financial services?
The majority of US citizens aren’t using mobile banking services because they simply don’t need it, and their banking needs were being adequately met without the use of mobile banking.
That’s the big takeaway from the Federal Reserve (FRB), who has brought out a mammoth 79-page document on how consumers interact with mobile financial services and found that the use of mobiles to access bank accounts and credit cards went up in the United States last year.
But 54% of those surveyed felt they...
Outraged FCC takes strong action, shakes finger at robocallers
Barred by law from imposing fines on first offenders, the agency can only issue threats.
Your cell phone rings. You pause the movie, untangle from your significant other, and stride across the room to answer it. “Hello there!” says the cheerful recorded voice. “We’re calling about your credit card! Are you paying too much interest?”
You stab at the hang-up button and head back to...
Industry think tank pretends US broadband is secretly awesome
The tactic is far more successful than it should be, thanks to a press that often...