Lawmakers in California are proposing legislation that would require wireless carriers install a so-called "kill switch" in smartphone and tablets sold in the state that would render the devices useless if stolen. If passed and signed into law, the bill would require phones and tablets sold in California on or after Jan. 1, 2015, to include the antitheft solution.
The FCC, as had been expected, approved a CTIA plan to partner with two Los Angeles TV stations to conduct a pilot project with the aim of showing that the stations can share the same broadcast spectrum.
The CTIA is partnering with two Los Angeles TV stations to launch a pilot project to show that the stations can share the same broadcast spectrum. The pilot is part of effort to gin up support among broadcasters to participate in next year's planned incentive auctions of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum.
There is something incredibly sad and out of touch about KnowMyApp.org, a site created by the CTIA. KnowMyApp.org offers test results on the top 50 iOS and Android apps and attempts to estimate what kind of impact consumers could expect in terms of data use if they download it. What's branded as an educational tool becomes, in effect, a form of public shaming for developers and a tool to discourage app discovery in favor of conserving wireless spectrum. And it will do absolutely nothing.
The CTIA said five of the nation's largest U.S. wireless carriers agreed to simplify and standardize their policies on unlocking cell phones and tablets. However, it seems likely that it could be a year or longer before all of the procedures are fully in place.
The FCC and wireless carriers are reportedly close to an agreement that would streamline the process for customers who want to unlock their cell phones, just a few weeks after FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said the CTIA and the wireless industry should act by year-end or expect the FCC to issue regulations on the issue.
Two leading Republican lawmakers said Tuesday they want to start a multi-year effort to reform the Communications Acts of 1996 and update it for the age of broadband communications and next-generation wireless services.
The CTIA announced the launch of a global, multi-carrier, common database for LTE smartphones just ahead of schedule.
Local law enforcement officials want wireless carriers and device makers to install so-called "kill switches" in smartphones to disable them remotely and render them useless if they are stolen. However, carriers and the CTIA have pushed back on the idea, arguing that such technology would be too vulnerable to hacking.
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is pushing the CTIA to amend its policies so that carriers would be more proactive in allowing consumers to unlock their phones. Wheeler said the CTIA and the wireless industry should act by year-end or expect the FCC to issue regulations on the issue.