FCC filing suggests Google expanding Project Loon in U.S.


Although Google’s Project Loon is being developed as a way to bring Internet access to underserved markets around the world, Google is still deploying the technology in mature markets like the U.S. Thus far Google has limited Project Loon’s presence in the U.S. to testing, but a new filing seeking to expand authorization from the FCC suggests Google may have some larger plans in the works. Read more

Truecaller incorporates FCC complaint data to beef up service


As more people come to rely more heavily on their smartphones, even for something like making or receiving an actual phone call, and increasingly abandon landlines, they are also becoming more susceptible to receiving spam and robocalls on their mobile devices. Besides the annoyance, billions of dollars have been lost to scammers. Truecaller has been trying to help with that by giving users a tool to discover who is calling them and block unwanted calls. Now, they are beefing up their service by pulling in data from the FCC complaint database that gets updated on a weekly basis. Read more

New Nexus phones surface at FCC with clues to features, carrier support


Over the weekend Google’s new Nexus devices surfaced in the FCC database just ahead of their anticipated launch announcement tomorrow. Both the LG manufactured Nexus 5X and the Huawei manufactured Nexus 6P have passed through their FCC certification. One big piece of information that can be gleaned from the information is that the devices have support for all wireless bands, both CDMA and GSM, meaning they should work on any of the major U.S. carriers including Verizon. Read more

FCC fines Sprint $1.2 million for 911 failure


Sprint finds itself on the receiving end of a fine levied by the FCC due to problems with the processing of 911 calls placed by people with hearing difficulties. According to the FCC, from March 2014 to September 2014 Sprint failed to properly handle calls made using the Captioned Telephone Service. That service is designed to provide closed captions for emergency calls. In addition to blocking calls from users trying to make use of the service, Sprint continued to collect a subsidy from the FCC that the company was supposed to be using to ensure the service was available. The FCC provides a subsidy to carriers so they do not have to bear the cost of providing this particular 911 service. Read more