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GAO finds wireless customers benefit despite few carriers

 By Larissa Anderson // Posted: 08/26/10 05:00 PM

A new report from the Government Accountability Office confirms there’s not much competition among wireless service providers. Nonetheless, wireless customers are getting lower prices and better coverage than they were 10 years ago.

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New York Subways to have wi-fi, cell service

 by John Moe // Posted: 07/30/10 03:49 PM

…rats, overwhelming smell of urine to remain in place. 

New York City says subway tunnels will be all wired up so you can go online or spend yet more time talking on your cell phone. It used to be the tunnels were the one place you could be offline but no more. At least in a few years.

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Cell phone trade group sues San Francisco over cell phone law

 by John Moe // Posted: 07/26/10 11:43 AM

The trade group CTIA represents Apple, Verizon, AT&T, Motorola, and Verizon is upset over a law passed in June in SF requiring any business selling a cell phone to display radiation levels emitted by a given device. The CTIA argues that the law oversteps the regulatory authority of the FCC, which does not require such disclosure. The FCC has said that all cell phones sold in the United States are safe. Some researchers say that the results are inconclusive.

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What will we do with all this "white space"?

09/26/10 11:15 AM

There’s a vote coming up this week in Washington that will have a big impact on how you use the internet, what’s available to you, how much faster you’ll be able to get things online. On Thursday, the FCC is expected to open up unused parts of the broadcast spectrum, a lot of people call it “white space”. This is space that was positioned to be something of a buffer between television stations but such padding is proving less essential since the conversion to digital TV.

On today’s show, we talk to Glenn Fleishman from Wi-Fi Networking News and The Economist about how the spectrum works and what kind of new space we’re talking about. We also check in with Tim Wu from Columbia Law School about the companies that will look to use the space and what it all might mean for you and me as internet consumers.

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