The House on Friday passed legislation that makes it legal for consumers to unlock their cell phone and take it to another carrier, and President Obama indicated he will sign the bill into law.
Rural telcos that are looking at deploying Gbps-based broadband networks will now have more financial assistance after President Obama signed into law the Agriculture Act of 2014, also known as the Farm Bill.
A panel of experts appointed by President Obama to investigate the National Security Agency's surveillance practices recommended that the president make changes to the NSA's program that collects telephone metadata on virtually every call Americans make.
A presidential committee tasked with reviewing the operations of the National Security Agency and surveillance activities will recommend restrictions be placed on the NSA program that has been collecting telephone metadata on virtually all U.S. telephone calls, according to multiple reports.
Eight major technology companies, including mobile heavyweights Apple, Google and Microsoft, launched a public campaign to reform government surveillance efforts, which could also help restore their customers' trust after widespread disclosures of snooping by the National Security Agency.
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.
As the shutdown of the federal government grinds into its fourth day and appears likely to last through the weekend, analysts say that a prolonged shuttering of government operations could impact the FCC and other agencies' agendas on technology policy, especially for wireless spectrum and auctions.
At the Obama administration's direction, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration petitioned the FCC to mandate that carriers unlock mobile phones and tablets free of charge and let customers who have met their contractual obligations switch to another carrier.
The Obama administration on Saturday effectively vetoed a looming U.S. import ban on older models of Apple's iPhone and iPad, overturning a ruling from the U.S. International Trade Commission in a rare decision that dealt a blow to Apple rival Samsung Electronics and could change how paint battles are fought.
President Obama nominated Michael O'Rielly, a top aide to Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), for a spot as one of the two Republican commissioners of the FCC.