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FCC seeks fiber-optic delay data from AT&T

The Federal Communications Commission on Friday formally requested that AT&T provide all documents and data related to its planned fiber-optic cable buildouts nationwide.

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AT&T drops plans to do in-flight Wi-Fi

AT&T has reversed itself on in-flight Wi-Fi, dropping a plan announced just months ago that would have seen the carrier launch services on airliners next year.

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FCC to take more time on net neutrality following Obama's position

Following President Obama's statement today backing net neutrality rules, the Federal Communications Commission said it won't consider the issue at its December meeting and will put off rules changes until 2015.

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AT&T extends network to Mexico with $2.5B lusacell acquisition

AT&T will pay $2.5 billion to acquire Mexican wireless company lusacell, in a major push to expand its coverage and improve mobile Internet service for those living south of the U.S. border.

Wi-Fi traffic can be used as covert communication channel for malware

A security researcher has developed a tool to demonstrate how the unauthenticated data packets in the 802.11 wireless LAN protocol can be used as a covert channel to control malware on an infected computer.

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Levi's Stadium app makes use of Aruba beacons to help 49ers fans get around

The new Levi's Stadium, home of the San Francisco 49ers, is deploying new wireless beacon technology that lets fans use a special stadium navigation app on their smartphones and other devices.

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Yosemite 10.10.1 update to address Wi-Fi

Apple told developers that the first update to OS Yosemite will include changes to Wi-Fi, a hopeful sign for customers who have reported that the new OS crippled their Internet connections.

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Wi-Fi security vs. government spies

Its one thing to be lectured to about Wi-Fi security and quite another thing to see an actual spy manual. The Intercept just published manuals for interception software from Hacking Team which shows their three types of Wi-Fi attacks....

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Ruckus goes after small business with app-managed Xclaim Wi-Fi

As small businesses make their Wi-Fi more enterprise-like, Ruckus Wireless wants to meet them where they live with that hallmark of consumer tech, the mobile app.

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Wi-Fi Passpoint standard now knits together SF, San Jose, London

A partnership that lets Wi-Fi users get on free public networks in San Francisco and San Jose with a one-time joining process now also covers a hotspot along the River Thames in London.

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Apple mum as Mac owners wrangle with Yosemite's Wi-Fi problems

Mac owners whose Wi-Fi connections went haywire after upgrading to OS X Yosemite are filing a steady stream of complaints about the problem in discussion forums, blogs and social media sites.

Cities hope to boost broadband with new coalition

Leaders from 32 cities in 19 states this week launched the Next Century Cities coalition to promote next-generation broadband Internet to attract businesses and jobs and to help reduce the digital divide among their residents.

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Free and cheap ways to learn about network administration

These nine self-taught labs give you hands-on experience with various networking tasks -- and most don't cost anything.

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Yosemite users complain about crippled Wi-Fi

Complaints that Mac OS X Yosemite disrupts or entirely disables Wi-Fi connections have been flowing onto social media sites and discussion forums since the OS was released last Thursday.

Are higher frequencies mobile's next frontier? The FCC wants to know

Some mobile researchers think future networks will reach into higher frequencies to keep up with traffic, and the Federal Communications Commission wants to know how it might help to make that possible.

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Startup builds on Wi-Fi chips for cheaper 'last mile' to home broadband

Areas starved for high-speed broadband may get a new option thanks to a Wi-Fi-based system that could deliver half a gigabit per second to each home.

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Marriott ordered to pay $600K for blocking personal Wi-Fi hotspots

Marriott International has to pay $600,000 following an investigation into whether it intentionally blocked personal Wi-Fi hotspots in order to force customers to use its own pricey service.

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Verizon won't throttle unlimited LTE users after all

Verizon Wireless won't go ahead with a widely criticized plan to slow down the connections of heavy data users with unlimited LTE plans.

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