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Revisit All Your Mic and Communications Installs: FCC Auctions Could Kill Them

By Fred Harding · March 7, 2018 • The latest FCC spectrum auction and T-Mobile win could cause trouble for wireless microphone devices in the 600 MHz band.

Cybersecurity Liability: Who’s to Blame if One Bad IoT Device Topples the Whole Network?

By Jason Knott · December 12, 2017 • The state of IoT cybersecurity: UL says smart-home integrators and manufacturers share liability when IoT systems are hacked, warns home-tech industry to implement guidelines and best practices.

FCC Threatens to Invoke Mandatory Cybersecurity Testing

By Jason Knott · January 26, 2017 • FCC issues a white paper warning the commercial IoT industry that it had better address cybersecurity risks with testing, authentication safeguards and best practices or manufacturers will face extreme government interaction... and soon!

Integrator Designs, Builds His Own Replacement Cable TV Set-Top Box

By Jason Knott · July 27, 2016 • FCC’s ‘Unlock the Box’ initiative enables CE pro to create 4K-capable cable set-top box replacement with DVR integration, Apple TV compatibility and access to OTT and locally shared file content.

Telecom Carriers Quietly Drop Cell Signal Booster Consent Requirement

By Jason Knott · August 6, 2015 • Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile have approved all 62 FCC-certified cellphone signal boosters on the market so the requirement that consumers receive approval from their carriers to deploy a unit is moot.

FCC Backs Net Neutrality: ‘House of Cards’ Watchers Can Rejoice

By Robert Archer · February 26, 2015 • The FCC's support of net neutrality helps to ensure that service providers do not discriminate their service preferences to consumers.

ADT Counters POTS Deregulation Push in Kentucky

By CE Pro Editors · April 15, 2014 • ADT reps believe discontinuing Plain Old Telephone Service (POTS) could leave some Kentuckians without reliable access to life-safety alarm services.

Wilson Electronics Buys zBoost for Cell Booster Supremacy

By Jason Knott · March 6, 2014 • Wilson Electronics has purchased cell signal booster competitor zBoost for an undisclosed sum. The company plans to pursue a 'dual-brand strategy.'

Stupid FCC Proposal Would Kill Basic Cable, Thwart TV Innovation

By Julie Jacobson · February 9, 2012 • Boxee chief Avner Ronen rips cable companies for begging government’s help to encrypt basic cable channels such that settop boxes would be required for every TV. FCC would be "perverse" to adopt rule-making.

Note to FCC: Leave Cable Standards Alone

By Julie Jacobson · July 15, 2011 • Former chairman Michael Powell tells FCC to back off of proposed AllVid CableCard replacement; AllVid will kill innovation just like CableCard did.

Net Neutrality: FCC Saves Us From Our Unreasonable Selves

By Julie Jacobson · December 27, 2010 • On a mission to preserve "basic Internet values," U.S. government takes Internet out of the hands of the capitalists that developed it.

Government Intervenes on Loud Commercials Just Before Elections

By Julie Jacobson · October 1, 2010 • Senate CALM bill would require FCC to prohibit loud commercials -- a dire consumer need or a sly political ploy before November elections?