House Votes DTV Delay into Reality
Today the U.S. House of Representatives approved delaying the transition to digital TV by four months. The new date of the mandatory transition is set for June 12. The delay was debated, but passed with a vote of 264 for and 158 against the delay. The government will use the time to get the converter box voucher program funded and more coupons to those who need them. The new legislation does, however, permit stations to switch to DTV if they so choose. As long as stations clear their transition with the FCC, they may make the switch. According to the FCC, up to 276 stations have indicated that they will make the change before, or on February 17.
Republicans Target Net Neutrality Rules with Budget Trickery
A new budget proposed by House Republicans would hobble the FCC's attempt to enact and enforce its proposed net neutrality rules. The Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill "prohibits the FCC from implementing net neutrality until certain court cases are resolved, requires newly proposed regulations to be made publicly available for 21 days before the Commission votes on them, and prohibits the FCC from regulating rates for either wireline or wireless Internet service." Republicans have used several different avenues through which to block the FCC's proposed rules.
AT&T Settles with FCC Over Microwave License Violations
The FCC today said AT&T has agreed to pay a fine of $450,000 for operating microwave stations outside the parameters of its licenses to do so. Microwave stations are generally set up in point-to-point configurations to beam signals across terrain where it is uneconomical to run copper or fiber wires.
NYC Reaches Full Cellular Coverage In All Subway Stations
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo today announced that by January 9th, all underground subway stations in New York City will have cellular and Wi-Fi coverage. The system was built and is maintained by Transit Wireless, which confirmed to Phone Scoop that this milestone includes all four major wireless carriers, at all covered stations.
House Passes Bill to Limit NSA Phone Data Collection
The House of Representatives today passed the USA Freedom Act, meant to prevent the NSA from collecting Americans' phone records, with a vote of 338 to 88. The NSA has been collecting Americans' phone records in bulk since late 2001 under the auspices of Section 215 of the Patriot Act.
FCC Chairman Pai Pledges to Be More Transparent
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai today said he hopes to make the agency more transparent and accessible to the American public. Primarily, Pai wants to ensure that FCC documents are available earlier in the process ahead of votes and/or adoption by the Commission.
Why is this on phonescoop?
if u make a date and cant keep the date, y should people believe u!
What a joke!
Why don't they just scrap the thing entirely.
BTW that was all said in an air of sarcasm.