WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration defended the Federal Communications Commission repeal of landmark open internet rules known as net neutrality, urging a federal appeals court to reject a challenge. FILE PHOTO: Supporters of Net Neutrality protest the FCC's decision to repeal the program in Los Angeles, California, November 28, 2017. REUTERS/ Kyle Grillot - RC1B059A9FD0/File Photo In a 167-page court filing late on Thursday, the Justice Department and FCC urged the court to reject the suit filed by 22 states, the District of Columbia, Mozilla Corp, Vimeo Inc, public interest groups and local governments. The Justice Department said the suit offers “no substantial reason to second-guess the commission’s decision to eliminate rules that the agency has determined are both unlawful and unwise.” The FCC voted 3-2 in December along party lines to reverse rules adopted in 2015 that barred internet service providers from blocking or throttling … [Read more...] about U.S. defends FCC’s repeal of net neutrality rules
I tend to forget that the Essential Phone wanted to be a modular phone. Andy Rubin and Co. wanted this phone to be a phone that lasted you for years through upgrades with accessories that attached via magnetic connection. They haven’t actually succeeding in doing any of that, as the only accessory released so far to use its magnetic pins is a 360-camera, which 4 people on Earth have a use for. A new option is about to arrive, though. The Essential Audio Adapter HD arrived at the FCC this week, which means it should be released here in the very near future. Essential told us last month that the audio accessory was in the final stages with the FCC. Once done there, they planned to give us release timing and price. Well, we’re here! To recap, the Audio Adapter HD is a high-res ESS Sabre DAC with hardware MQA rendering, and an audiophile-grade amp that slaps onto the back of an Essential Phone. With this machined titanium adapter attached, you should be able to plug-in your … [Read more...] about Essential’s Audio Adapter HD Hits FCC, Will Hopefully be Sold Soon
The Federal Communications Commission should let phone companies get more aggressive in blocking robocalls, 35 state attorneys general told the commission yesterday. The FCC last year authorized voice service providers to block more types of calls in which the Caller ID has been spoofed or in which the number on the Caller ID is invalid. But the FCC did not go far enough, and robocallers have "evolved" to evade the new rules, the 35 attorneys general wrote in an FCC filing: One specific method which has evolved recently is a form of illegal spoofing called "neighbor spoofing." A neighbor-spoofed call will commonly appear on a consumer's caller ID with the same area code and local exchange as the consumer to increase the likelihood he/she will answer the call. In addition, consumers have recently reported receiving calls where their own phone numbers appeared on their caller ID. A consumer who answered one such call reported the caller attempted to trick her by saying he was with … [Read more...] about Robocallers “evolved” to sidestep new call blocking rules, AGs tell FCC
October 8, 2018 - Written By Daniel Fuller In Short: A new wearable listing from Withings has been listed on the FCC’s database, and it bears the model number WAM03, implying that it’s the sequel to the previous Withings Go, which had the model number WAM02. If the label placement drawing is any indication, the wearable may be receiving a significant redesign that would allow it to be worn differently and perhaps house an even greater array of sensors. The rectangular design seen below stands in stark contrast to the circular face of the last Withings Go wearable, though it’s entirely possible that this is only a small cross-section of the device, or a part of an integrated band. Also interesting is that one of the attached reports has the device’s “Equipment” name as Pulse HR, a device name that follows the naming convention of a few other Withings devices such as the Steel HR.Background: The previous Withings Go series wearable, bearing … [Read more...] about New Withings Go Wearable Pops Up In FCC Listing
Within hours of California governor Jerry Brown signing a sweeping net neutrality bill into law, the US Department of Justice sued the state, sparking the latest battle in the long legal war over the ground rules for the internet. Groups representing broadband providers followed suit on Wednesday, with their own lawsuit arguing that California's law was illegal. The California law, set to take effect on January 1, will ban internet service providers from blocking or otherwise discriminating against lawful internet content. The rules are designed to replace similar regulations passed by the Obama-era Federal Communications Commission but jettisoned earlier this year by the now Republican-controlled agency. Lawyers say the dispute raises novel questions about the relationship between the federal government and the states. First is whether California has authority to impose net neutrality rules at all. Both the DOJ and the broadband industry claim that the inherently interstate nature of … [Read more...] about Can the FCC Really Block California’s Net Neutrality Law?