It appears that when Dish wants something it doesn't give up.
After making a surprise bid of $25.5 billion to acquire Sprint on Monday -- which would snatch the mobile provider from the hands of Japan's SoftBank -- Dish submitted a filing to the Federal Communications Commission on Thursday claiming a SoftBank acquisition of Sprint wouldn't be good for U.S. national security.
The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission has raised concerns about the Librarian of Congress's controversial decision to stop allowing consumers to unlock their own cell phones in order to take them to competing carriers. In a Wednesday interview with Techcrunch, Julius Genachowski said that the "ban raises competition concerns; it raises innovation concerns."
In August of 2011, while in the middle of upgrading its network security monitoring, the Federal Communications Commission discovered it had already been hacked. Over the next month, the commission's IT staff and outside contractors worked to identify the source of the breach, finding an unspecified number of PCs infected with backdoor malware.
The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday launched a smartphone security checker website to help consumers ensure their devices are as secure as possible.
The page lists various mobile operating systems and also points to a general checklist of actions users can take to secure their smartphones.
Late Tuesday afternoon, the FCC announced it signed a consent decree (PDF) with AT&T in which the telecom company promised to refund consumers who had been unfairly pushed from a pay-as-you-go wireless data plan to a monthly data plan. AT&T instated the monthly data plan in 2009, but promised customers who were already buying wireless data through AT&T that they would be "grandfathered" into the new pricing structure, thus keeping their lower data rates.