Why Drone Engineering Sucks (And How It Gets Better)

Despite our international obsession with drones—both their awesome powers and terrifying repercussions—the truth is that they're an incredibly immature technology. And, like most immature technologies, that means they’re not quite all they’re cracked up to be. » 6/26/13 10:20am 6/26/13 10:20am

Rural California Finally Gets Broadband Internet, Still Waiting For…

A California ISP called Cal.net is rolling out service in El Dorado county where almost 60,000 residents have minimal internet access. Cal.net is taking advantage of unused portions of the radio spectrum, called white spaces, to send wireless signal over long distances. » 4/21/13 12:45pm 4/21/13 12:45pm

The FCC Chairman That Killed the AT&T/T-Mobile Merger Resigns

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski has resigned his post at the top of the agency. He'll formally leave within a few weeks. That leaves two of the top five spots open at the agency that regulates telecoms, carriers and cable operators. As with lots of top political figures, Genachowski's tenure was marked by both… » 3/22/13 10:37am 3/22/13 10:37am

Why T-Mobile's 4G Network Could Kick Everybody's Ass

A lot of people wrote T-Mobile off when its big merger with AT&T fell through last year. The pink carrier had no iPhone, no 4G. But with yesterday's announcement of the company's official LTE rollout, it may have just put itself in a position to offer something no one else can. » 3/18/13 1:25pm 3/18/13 1:25pm

Obama Says Yes to More Spectrum for More Faster Internet on Your Phone

Obama's signing a presidential memorandum today putting part of the FCC's National Broadband Plan into action—auctioning off another 500MHz of wireless spectrum to companies like AT&T and Verizon. Upshot: More room for more Three and Four Gees. [NYT] » 6/28/10 4:11pm 6/28/10 4:11pm

FCC Planning New Spectrum Auction With Free Broadband for All

It looks like the FCC is taking up Congresswoman Anna Eshoo's dopey scheme to deliver internet to the masses with another spectrum auction that would require the winner to offer free broadband to half of the US within four years, and 95 percent sometime after that. A nearly impossible task, on top of being silly in the … » 5/24/08 4:30pm 5/24/08 4:30pm

Noveon Zaps Toe Fungus With Light, But Annoying Lamisil Commercials…

Using a first-of-its-kind direct optical energy device called Noveon, one Waltham company is hoping to stamp out toenail fungus once and for all using nothing but light. The device "utilizes two discrete near-infrared wavelengths at low power" and produces no heat, according to a rep from the manufacturer, Nomir Medical… » 5/17/08 3:30pm 5/17/08 3:30pm

Free Wireless Internet For the Masses: Another Dumb Scheme From…

A California congresswoman has proposed yet another spectrum auction—the 2,155MHz to 2,180MHz range—with some hefty public-service requirements:
• Within two years of receiving the license, launch an "always-on" broadband with at least 200Kbps downloads
• Service is to be free of subscription, airtime and other usage… » 4/20/08 5:00pm 4/20/08 5:00pm

FCC 700MHz Auction Winners: Verizon Wins C Block

Just as we had suspected all along, Verizon has officially won the open access C block of the 700MHz spectrum. AT&T walked away with a nice-sized chunk, too—227 regional licenses that'll nicely patch up the holes not covered by the huge swath they bought from Aloha Partners last year. The 700MHz band is spectacularly… » 3/20/08 3:44pm 3/20/08 3:44pm