We told you it was only a matter of time and, honestly, it took a bit longer than expected. Verizon has officially filed an appeal to the FCC’s net neutrality rules, which are set to take effect on Novemeber 20th. It wasn’t until the regulations were published in the Federal Register on September 23rd that they became fair game for legal challenges — a technicality that resulted in Verizon’s previous attempt to block the rules being tossed out by the US Court of Appeals in April. While Verizon senior vice president and deputy general counsel, Michael E. Glover, assures netizens that the company is “fully committed to an open Internet,” it none-the-less takes issue with the FCC’s attempt to institute new “broad” and “sweeping” regulations on the telecommunications industry. We’re sure this is only the first of several cases that will be brought before the courts challenging the commission’s authority. Stayed tuned to see if and when MetroPCS re-enters the fray, and to find out the ultimate fate of net neutrality here in the US. Check out the brief statement from Verizon after the break.
Continue reading Verizon appeals net neutrality rules, let the legal wrangling begin
Verizon appeals net neutrality rules, let the legal wrangling begin originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 30 Sep 2011 17:08:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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We know, the image above is hardly as detailed as the ones we glanced at this morning, but it has its measure of significance nonetheless. It’s a rough diagram of the Samsung SCH-i405 — a phone known to us as the Stratosphere
— as it appears in FCC filings approved today. The documents’ mention of LTE band 13
(as well as CDMA / EVDO) seems to confirm rumors that suggest the aforementioned device will be coming to Verizon’s 4G network, likely sooner rather than later. If you’ve been eager to see an Epic 4G-esque QWERTY slider on the largest carrier in the US, this will be your golden opportunity. Of course, this may prove to be a drop in the bucket when compared to an impending flood of even more tempting handsets
Samsung Stratosphere makes its obligatory FCC visit, confirms membership in Verizon’s LTE club originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 06 Sep 2011 23:04:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Remember when InterDigital aired its grievances with Nokia before the International Trade Commission several years ago, alleging Espoo infringed a few of its 3G patents? Well, what’s old is new again, and the company’s filed another complaint with the ITC against the Finnish phone maker, Huawei, and ZTE, too. This time around, the hammer’s been forged from seven patents for various WCDMA and CDMA2000 technologies allegedly found in those companies’ phones, broadband dongles, and tablets. Reuters reports that, should the federal agency take up InterDigital’s cause, Huawei and Nokia will fight the good fight, and we imagine that ZTE won’t be rolling over, either. Of course, the ITC has 30 days to start an investigation, so we’ll know within a month if InterDigital’s latest IP fishing expedition has a shot to yield a bounty as big as it’s gotten before.
Continue reading InterDigital files ITC complaint against Nokia, Huawei, and ZTE for 3G patent infringement
InterDigital files ITC complaint against Nokia, Huawei, and ZTE for 3G patent infringement originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 27 Jul 2011 06:46:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Good news for small cellular carriers, and bad news for big ones today — the Federal Communications Commission has decided to mandate data roaming by a 3-2 vote. Simply put, major carriers like AT&T and Verizon will be required to let you check your email and perform VoIP calls over their federally-licensed airwaves even if you’re actually paying a regional carrier for your cellular coverage instead — just as they’ve been required to do for voice and messaging since 2007. As you can imagine, Big Red and Ma Bell aren’t exactly jumping for joy at the news, with both threatening to slow expansion into niche markets if they’ll be forced to share their infrastructure. The victorious members of the FCC claim that this doesn’t constitute common carriage because the big boys still get to negotiate “commercially reasonable” rates. Considering that two dissenting commissioners say that it is, indeed, common carriage, though, and thus beyond the powers granted to the FCC, we imagine we haven’t heard the last of this debate. What happened to simply “incenting” the carriers to come to an agreement? Find statements from most every concerned party at the links below.
FCC mandates data roaming after 3-2 vote, AT&T and Verizon aren’t too happy about it originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 07 Apr 2011 18:28:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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Surely you remember the Samsung GT-i9100, colloquially known as the Galaxy S II? Sammy’s been tight-lipped about which US cellular carriers might offer it, but the Federal Communications Commission might have an idea. You see, the Exynos 4210-toting Super AMOLED Plus smartphone just made its way to the FCC authorization database, 850MHz and 1900MHz GSM frequencies in tow — which just so happen to be the ones required to get a gig at AT&T. Mind you, the handset could also be moonlighting in Canada with those particular bands, but the odds are decent we’ll see it stateside sooner than that. By the by, this particular Galaxy S II is also sporting 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies, meaning it’ll almost certainly come with dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n WiFi.
The Galaxy S II wasn’t the only Samsung to hit the FCC this week, though, as the SGH-i708 also dropped on by — it appears to be a worldphone with 850 / 1900MHz GSM frequencies alongside CDMA, EV-DO, and the standard Bluetooth and 2.4GHz WiFi.
Samsung Galaxy S II hits the FCC, potentially ready for AT&T 3G originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 13 Mar 2011 11:21:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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We haven’t heard a ton out of Texas-based Green Automotive, but it looks like it’s now getting fairly close to actually selling its all-electric SUV in the US. That vehicle is already produced and sold in China, but Green Automotive has signed an exclusive agreement with Zotye to bring it to the US, and it’s now also brought on Roush Industries to provide structural and vehicle engineering support as it begins a four-step phase to meet or exceed the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. As for the SUV itself, it packs a 25.6 kWh lithium-ion battery pack that promises a range of up to 150 miles, and you’ll apparently be able to accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 9.5 seconds and hit a top speed of 70 miles per hour. If all goes as planned, you’ll be able to buy one by the end of this year, though there’s no indication of a price just yet. Head on past the break for a quick test drive video.
Update: According to CNET, pricing is expected to start around $30,000.
Continue reading Green Automotive’s all-electric Zotye SUV gets closer to US roads
Green Automotive’s all-electric Zotye SUV gets closer to US roads originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 09 Mar 2011 11:10:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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Upstart Coda Automotive
may not have met its original goal to start selling its all-electic sedan
in California by the end of 2010, but that’s not stopping it from making some other fairly bold projections. Apparently, the company is now on track to begin selling the car in the US sometime in the second half of this year, and it’s set a target of 10,000 to 14,000 cars sold in the first 12 months after its launch, and a full 50,000 sold by 2015 — all mostly in the United States. As for the car itself, it doesn’t look like a whole lot has changed lately — it’ll run you $37,400 after the federal tax savings, and give you a range of between 90 and 120 miles on a charge from its lithium iron phosphate battery, which can be fully topped off in just six hours. You can already reserve one at the link below if that sounds like the electric car you’ve been waiting for.
Coda sets target of 50,000 electric vehicles sold by 2015, mostly in the US originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 04 Mar 2011 14:04:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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We like the idea of the Chevy Volt, but at a starting price of $40,280 it’s a bit of a tough sell — even considering the $7,500 tax break you’ll get for being on the cutting edge. GM CEO Dan Akerson agrees, according to GM-Volt.com giving his designers the task of cutting $7,500 out of the car’s cost by the time its next generation appears at dealers. Assuming our federal tax credit still exists that would push the out the door figure for the car down to around $25,000, about the same as the Nissan Leaf and into the budgets of far more Americans than it currently targets. We’re not sure exactly what corners will be cut to make this happen, but we’re hoping they don’t try to make the wheels any thinner.
GM CEO Dan Akerson wants next-gen Chevy Volt to be $7,500 cheaper, we do too originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 03 Feb 2011 07:16:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
While we were jealously hung up on South Korea’s working electric bus system
, Christmas apparently came early for a couple of lucky US fuel cell bus
research projects — in the form of $16.6 million in Federal Transit Administration grants. Pasadena based Calstart snagged almost $10.2 million and will funnel 70 percent of the funds to developing the first phase of a low-cost, longer lasting fuel cell power system. Calstart will then spend its remaining $2.9 million in partnership with the Chicago Regional Transit Authority to develop and test the viability of fuel cell bus fleets in cold climates. The Center for Transportation and the Environment in Atlanta was the other project to hit the federal money gravy train. It received a hefty $6.4 million to spread across six different projects that dabble in everything from developing fast-charging 35-foot fuel cell buses, to similar lithium ion versions, to improving existing hybrid bus platforms. Federal pork for fuel cell DSLR
development regrettably missed the cut. For the full scoop hit up the press release after the break.
Continue reading FTA awards $16.6 million in grants for fuel cell bus research
FTA awards $16.6 million in grants for fuel cell bus research originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 31 Dec 2010 17:25:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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Here’s one way to fix the spectrum crunch: set up wireless base stations and WiFi hotspots in every single one of the 9,000 buildings currently owned and operated by the US General Services Administration. That idea, along with the proposal that such installations be made mandatory in all future federal structures, was put before the US Senate this Friday. It’s argued that installing femtocells at those locations would improve reception indoors, lighten network loads in busy areas, and expand accessibility for more rural locales. Ubiquitous WiFi routers, on the other hand, hardly require any justification beyond “common sense,” but you should be aware that the Federal Wi-Net bill also asks for a $15 million budget for the performance of retrofitting and future installs. Full PR after the break.
Continue reading Federal Wi-Net bill proposes a femtocell and WiFi hotspot in every federal building
Federal Wi-Net bill proposes a femtocell and WiFi hotspot in every federal building originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 06 Dec 2010 01:26:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.