FCC says cities should be free to run decent ISPs. And Republicans can’t stand it

State vs federal; corporations vs public interest

Analysis A decision by the FCC has opened up a partisan chasm by quashing US state laws that hamper the rollout of city-owned broadband.…

Make room, Wi-Fi, Qualcomm wants to run LTE on your 5GHz band

Low-power LTE-U can share spectrum with 802.11

Qualcomm says it will begin shipping new chips later this year that will help relieve mobile network congestion by routing LTE mobile broadband traffic over short-range, unlicensed radio frequency bands.…

Ministry of Fun tries again on mobile mast planning permission

Want not-spots washed out? Well, we have to put ’em somewhere, NIMBYs

The Department of Culture, Media and Sport has announced a consultation (PDF) on reforming the Electronic Communications code. This is crucial ingredient to the “landmark” not-spots deal announced at the back end of last year.…

China awards FDD-LTE 4G licences

China Telecom and China Unicom have finally been awarded nationwide FDD-LTE 4G licences by the country’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, a move that will put them on more equal footing with market leader China Mobile. The number two …

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NBN Co says TWO broadband connections are better than one

Praises new FTTP plus HFC product in Singapore

+Comment NBN Co, the entity building Australia’s national broadband network, has come up with an odd suggestion: two broadband connections, each running on different access technologies, are better than one.…

Facebook adds button to put depressed pals on internet suicide watch

Definitely not a killer feature

The signs of future suicide often pop up on social media, so Facebook has partnered with the University of Washington (UW) to roll out new tools that can hopefully provide a lifeline to those in need.…

Net neutrality secrecy: No one knows what the FCC just approved (but Google has a good idea)

Revealed: Last-minute rewrites, and more

Analysis US watchdog the FCC formally approved new net neutrality rules this morning. But good luck if you want to know exactly how access to the internet for millions of Americans will be now be governed.…

YouTube launches family-friendly app

YouTube launched an app for children that only features videos safe for kids, and will feature larger images and bold icons to accommodate “little thumbs”. It is currently only available in the US via Google Play and Apple’s App Store, and will soon …

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“Multi-million” dollar wins lend a hand to hard-pressed Monitise

Struggling mobile money firm Monitise received a much-need lift from two contract wins — one described as a top 10 US financial institution, and another with a global company which will deploy Monitise’s digital banking technology for its client. Monitise, …

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