House Votes to Curtail FCC Powers, But Obama Hints at Veto
The U.S. House of Representatives today passed HR 3309, the FCC Process Reform Act of 2012. The act, as it is written, would limit the Federal Communications Commission's ability to draft rules or block transactions. In order to have any sort of effect on transactions, the FCC would have to "analyze the specified market failure, actual consumer harm, burden of existing regulation, or failure of public institutions that warrants the rule or amendment; and determine that the benefits justify its costs." The FCC has recently flexed its muscle by blocking the proposed AT&T/T-Mobile acquisition and asserting net neutrality rules. The House is controlled by Republicans, however, and the Democrat-led Senate will likely not approve the bill. Additionally, the Obama administration argued the bill "would harm the Federal Government's ability to promote the most effective competitive outcome in any given transaction involving communications firms." The bill is on its way to the Senate, but there's no indication when the Senate will vote on it.
Samsung Makes the Galaxy J7 and Galaxy J3 Available Unlocked
Samsung today added the Galaxy J7 and Galaxy J3 to its list of unlocked smartphones. The two inexpensive handsets will be available to purchase directly from Samsung's web site as well as select retailers starting July 28.
Apple Watch Series 3 Supports Carriers' One Number Calling and Messaging
Apple this week announced the Apple Watch Series 3 with an optional cellular radio. The LTE radio makes it possible for the smartwatch to connect to cellular networks on its own, without a nearby iPhone.
Google Intros 'Zero-Touch' Android Enterprise Deployments
Google today made it easier for businesses to configure and deploy Android handsets to employees with a new tool called zero-touch enrollment. Google says zero-touch lets companies configure purchased devices and ship them directly to employees completely preconfigured with corporate policies and controls all in place.
Asus Brings ZenFone 4 Lineup to U.S.
Asus recently announced plans to bring its ZenFone 4 series of phones to the U.S. unlocked market this year.
who would have policed this situation then?