Check out the hottest mobile IT stories for Oct. 30, including finalization on the Lenovo and Google deal for Motorola, the wireless wish list given to the FCC, the growth in the tablet industry, the heating up car wars in mobile and how larger smartphone screens affect viewing habits.
The die has now been cast, triggering alterations to the meaning of Internet service in America that would tip the net neutrality debate completely on its ear.
Riddle me this--when is unlimited data not unlimited? Answer: When you throttle it. Sounds like a riddle posed by the Riddler to Batman, but it's actually the argument of the Federal Trade Commission in a lawsuit against AT&T.
The Federal Communication Commission intends to impose its first fine for lax data security. The agency is alleging that TerraCom and YourTel America stored Social Security numbers, names, addresses, driver's licenses, and other personal information of their customers on unprotected Internet servers.
The next-generation 5G mobile service will need spectrum, the equivalent of "land" for high-speed highways, if cellular operators are going to "pave" the airways for high-speed mobile traffic. The Federal Communications Commission in considering offering the spectrum bands above 24GHz for high-speed 5G cellular service.
It remains the video systems squabble that could impact the structure of the whole Internet, even when it seemed the former personal antenna service provider had already lost.
An investigation by the FCC found that employees of Marriott's Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center had interfered with the operation of personal Wi-Fi hotspots within its premises.
I find CTIA's argument that wireless faces unique challenges that preclude equal treatment under the net neutrality rules unconvincing. As I've argued in this column before, it is reasonable to treat wireless and wireless carriers the same when it comes to net neutrality rules. Fair treatment is fair treatment, regardless of technology.--Fred
Since the 1996 act, the mobile world has exploded and phone services is available coast to coast. I agree with CTIA that the whole idea of universal service needs to be rethought in the second decade of the 21st century.
Apparently there is at least one issue that unites Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill--annoying cellphone conversations on airplanes.