FCC to Open Huge Block of 5GHz Spectrum to Improve Wi-Fi
Federal Communications Commission chairman Julius Genachowski today announced plans to make a 195MHz swath of 5GHz spectrum available to help alleviate congested Wi-Fi networks. In particular, the FCC wants more capacity to be available at large hubs, such as airports, convention centers, and other areas where large numbers of people gather. "We all know the frustration of Wi-Fi congestion at conferences and airports. Today, the FCC is moving to bring increased speed and capacity to Wi-Fi networks by increasing the amount of unlicensed spectrum for Wi-Fi," said Genachowski. "It will also help in homes as tablets and smartphones proliferate and video use rises." The FCC will make the spectrum available next month.
Apple's Indoor Maps Land in 30 New Airports Around the Globe
Dec 15, 2017
Apple recently improved the selection of indoor airport maps in Apple Maps with an expansion to 30 new structures. Apple worked with each individual airport and the associated airlines in order to provide the most accurate data possible, including directions to gates, details about food courts and other amenities, and the ability to jump between floors/levels.
iOS 12 to Give 911 Precise iPhone Location During Emergencies
Jun 18, 2018
Apple today said iPhones will soon provide 911 emergency services with more exact locations of callers. Since 2015, Apple has relied on HELO (Hybridized Emergency Location), which uses cellular, GPS, and wifi access points to estimate 911 callers' locations.
T-Mobile and Sprint Make Big Claims About Merger Benefits
Jun 19, 2018
T-Mobile and Sprint today officially petitioned the FCC for permission to merge. The companies filed a Public Interest Statement with the agency that makes lofty claims about why the merger a good idea.
FCC Targets Fraud In Texting, and Slamming and Cramming
Jun 8, 2018
The FCC took more actions this week to protect consumers from unwanted charges and changes to their telephone service. First, the agency wants to prevent the fraudulent use of toll-free numbers for text messaging.