FCC Doles Out More Fines Over 911 Outage
The FCC today announced more fines being levied against telecommunications providers who failed to meet their emergency call obligations during the 911 outage of April 2014. CenturyLink settled for a record fine of $16 million and Intrado Communications settled for $1.4 million. In addition to the fines, the companies need to put in place a compliance plan to help prevent future outages, as well as identify risks, protect against such risks, and respond to problems in a more timely fashion. Last month, Verizon reached a similar settlement with the FCC for $3.4 million.
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.
AT&T to Pay the FCC $5.25M Fine Over 911 Outages
Jun 28, 2018
AT&T has agreed to pay a fine of $5.25 million to the FCC for its failure to connect 911 calls during two short periods last year. The FCC called the 5-hour outage in March 2017 and 47-minute outage in May 2017, during which some 12,600 and 2,600 911 emergency calls failed, respectively, unacceptable.
Samsung Blames Note7 Recall On 2 Battery Problems
Jan 22, 2017
Samsung today said problems created during the manufacture of the Galaxy Note7's battery caused the phone to sometimes overheat and burst into flame. The company says two separate battery defects are at fault, but maintains nothing was wrong with the phone itself.
ZTE Agrees to Pay Massive Fine to Settle Export Violations
Mar 7, 2017
ZTE today said it has agreed to pay the U.S. government significant financial penalties for exporting technology to Iran in violation of sanctions against the country.
FCC Fines Smart City for Blocking Conventioneers' WiFi
Aug 18, 2015
The FCC today levied a $750,000 fine against Smart City for preventing consumers from setting up and operating their own WiFi hotspots in several convention centers around the country. Smart City runs the WiFi services at select conference facilities and charges exhibitors and attendees $80 per day to connect to the internet.
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