House Passes Anti-Robocall Legislation
The US House of Representatives today voted to pass the Stopping Bad Robocalls Act. The Sentate passed a similar bill in May, so the two bills will now be reconciled and combined in conference before being sent to the President to sign. With overwhelming bipartisan support, the final bill is expected to become law. Both bills passed so far give the FCC expanded power to punish robocallers violating FCC rules, and require carriers to quickly implement SHAKEN/STIR, a technology that authenticates callers to help curb number spoofing.
Feb 11, 2020
A multi-state anti-trust lawsuit to stop the merger of Sprint and T-Mobile has failed. New York Attorney General Letitia James issued a statement saying "There is no doubt that reducing the mobile market from four to three will be bad for consumers, bad for workers, and bad for innovation, which is why the states stepped up and led this lawsuit.
Jul 1, 2021
Google has updated the Passes feature in Android to specifically support COVID vaccination and test cards. This brings vaccine passport functionality directly into Android 5 and later.
Aug 4, 2020
Microsoft's Project xCloud cloud-based game-streaming service will officially launch September 15th as a "cloud gaming" feature included with the new Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription service. Game Pass Ultimate costs $15/month, with an intro price of $1 for the first month.
Dec 20, 2019
The Senate this week passed the Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence (TRACED) Act, a bill aimed at fighting the scourge of unsolicited robocalls. The House of Representatives passed the bill earlier this month, and the President is expected to sign the bill into law within days.
Aug 12, 2021
A bipartisan group of three US Senators has introduced new legislation that would place major new rules on the app stores run by Apple and Google. The Open App Markets Act would: Ensure users could access third-party app stores and make them the default.