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Feds target 95MHz of wireless spectrum for mobile broadband

The NTIA says 95MHz of government wireless spectrum can be used for mobile broadband, but it proposes that government agencies share spectrum with commercial users.

By March 27, 2012


Snowe, Kerry introduce spectrum inventory bill

The bipartisan legislation would require the FCC and NTIA to complete a long-overdue inventory of spectrum licenses, paving the way for reallocations needed for mobile broadband users.

By March 2, 2011


Feds take initial step in allocating spectrum

NTIA issues a report suggesting freeing up the first 115MHz in an overall plan calling for opening up 500MHz of spectrum for commercial use over the next decade.

By November 15, 2010


US government begins loosening decades-old grip on the Internet

ICANN, eager to wean itself from the US Commerce Department, will set up the "multistakeholder" governance it has sought for overseeing the Internet's core workings.

By March 14, 2014


White House petitions FCC to make cell phone unlocking legal

Ban on unlocking cell phones went into effect at the beginning of the year when the Library of Congress opted not to renew a Digital Millennium Copyright Act exemption.

By September 17, 2013


FCC plans for smartphones to share military wireless frequency

The government agency looks to open up the airwaves by allowing for civilians to hop on spectrum currently reserved for the Defense Department.

By March 24, 2014


US to push for mandatory car-to-car wireless communications

The government believes vehicle-to-vehicle data links will help improve driver safety, and will push for legislation requiring it in "a future year."

By February 3, 2014


First Privacy Bill of Rights meeting: Mobile apps targeted

A meeting on mobile applications and data privacy will be held July 12 to start enforcement of President Obama's digital Privacy Bill of Rights.

By June 15, 2012


U.S. delves into broadband access with new map

Government agency releases National Broadband Map, a visual depiction of the state of broadband availability and service across the country that will be updated every six months.

By February 17, 2011


FCC suspends LightSquared waiver over GPS interference

Agency tasked with overseeing military and government spectrum use says interference with other devices is unavoidable.

By February 14, 2012