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BCG: Mobile Internet generates revenues of €92B in Western Europe

The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), a global management consultancy, revealed that 17 per cent of consumers in Western Europe would rather give up sex than their mobile Internet service, while at least 50 per cent would go tee-total to maintain access.

Lawmakers call for hearing on FirstNet after IG report lists public disclosure concerns

The First Responder Network Authority received a final government report citing problems with financial disclosures and recommendations for improvement, but that's not the end of the matter if some lawmakers have their way.

FirstNet taken to task over conflict-of-interest procedures, financial disclosures

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) got a bit of a black eye thanks to a report from an internal government watchdog that faulted the group's board members for failing to adhere to financial disclosure rules and not having adequate protections to monitor for conflicts of interest. The report also faulted FirstNet for how it awarded several contracts.

European Parliament says eCall crash system won't track drivers

A European Parliament (EP) spokesperson said plans to fit cars with a system that would automatically call emergency services in the event of an accident won't be used to track drivers.

CTIA's Baker: Getting more spectrum for mobile in years ahead is 'not going to be as easy'

CTIA President Meredith Attwell Baker thinks that the FCC's AWS-3 and 600 MHz incentive spectrum auctions will provide a springboard for wireless growth, but that getting more spectrum for mobile broadband beyond the auctions is going to be difficult.

FirstNet gets go-ahead to fund key RFP, consultation activities in 2015

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) Finance Committee gave FirstNet management the OK to spend up to $86.2 million in fiscal year 2015, including $42.5 million on a comprehensive Request for Proposal (RFP) and certain network development activities.

FirstNet gets earful from interest groups: 122 responses to its RFI, 63 on its Public Notice

If you're planning on building a nationwide LTE network for first responders, you'd better be prepared to hear from a cadre of interest groups. Such is the case for the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), which recently closed the comment period on its Public Notice.

FBI director says cell phone data must be available for law enforcement

FBI Director James Comey said that contact lists, photos and other data stored on cell phones needs to be accessible to law enforcement and hinted that attempts to encrypt all that data by companies like Google and Apple are taking things too far.

California sheriff: Criminal act, not falling tree, caused AT&T outage

In a twist on the old falling tree in the forest riddle, Tuolumne County, Calif., Sheriff Jim Mele said a criminal act, not a falling tree, actually caused a fiber cut that disrupted AT&T phone and Internet service outside the town of Sonora.

FBI keeps police quiet on use of cell phone trackers

The FBI is keeping under wraps the use of a device that lets police officers zero in on the location of cell phones--and thereby persons of interest or suspects, according to a document released through a Freedom of Information Act request.