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Late last year, the FTC filed a lawsuit against AT&T, stating that the carrier was throttling data for users on unlimited plans, a practice that has allegedly been going on since 2011. AT&T is now looking to file a motion to dismiss the lawsuit by invoking the Tier II "common carrier" clause, which exempts the carrier from FTC's jurisdiction and places it under the purview of the FCC.

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T-Mobile wants its phones, tablets, and devices to work better in your homes and buildings, and to do so it is petitioning the FCC to make that happen. The Un-carrier wants to be able to buy more low-band spectrum to improve in-building coverage in the next FCC auction, and T-Mobile wants the FCC to alter a few rules to help it succeed.

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It looks like Sprint may be get its first Lumia smartphone on its 4G LTE network as FCC documents reveal that the Lumia 735 supports compatibility for Sprint's Spark network. Listed under the model name Nokia RM-1078 in regulatory filings, the phone sports similar dimensions to the Lumia 730 and Lumia 735 variants, and comes with a removable back battery cover, micro SIM card slot, and microSD card slot along with support for Sprint's LTE bands 25, 26, and 41

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Crushed by a flood of commenters, the FCC has extended the open comment period for their Open Internet proceedings until Friday. When we wrote about the importance of net neutrality back in May, the FCC had opened the door for open comment, and that window was due to close today. But after having been smashed yesterday and today by people like you registering their thoughts with the FCC about how best to address net neutrality, the FCC has extended that window to Friday.

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Even with threats from AT&T and Verizon, the FCC has gone forward and voted in favor of previously-proposed restrictions on the 2015 spectrum auction that will offer up valuable low-band airwaves to wireless carriers. The restrictions put in place will reserve portions of the spectrum going up for auction for carriers that don't already have large chunks of low-band spectrum, largely cutting out AT&T and Verizon from participating in many markets.

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In an open letter to the Federal Communications Commission, major Internet and technology companies are united in their fight to keep the Internet free and open. Companies that include Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and Netflix among others, are standing together to fight the FCC's plans to split the Internet into faster and slower speed lanes as part of a new upcoming vote.

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Verizon isn't taking too kindly to proposed regulations on an upcoming spectrum auction, and is hoping the FCC will change its ways before the sale opens next year. The auction, which will have extremely valuable 600MHz spectrum up for grabs in mid-2015, is expected to have restrictions imposed on it to limit big players like Verizon and AT&T from taking it all for themselves.

The FCC is proposing that the auction have rules that will limit any one company from picking up more than a third of the spectrum available in any given market. The goal is to open up the doors for smaller players like T-Mobile, Sprint and regional carriers to pick up the much-needed low-band spectrum, which is usually unobtainable because of the high bids larger carriers can put in.

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We’re big fans of the Surface 2. Everything about the hardware is gorgeous. And the internals of the Surface 2 can actually run Windows decently, unlike the first-generation Surface. Which is why we’re stoked to learn that Microsoft is bringing a new accessory for the Surface family. Recent FCC filings reveal a wireless display dongle that will be coming soon.

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Nokia Lumia 1320 passes through the FCC

The Nokia Lumia 1320 is getting ready to hit the market. The mid-range Lumia device with 6-inch display has just been spotted on the FCC website. The documents don’t reveal any information we haven’t already uncovered from Nokia World earlier this year. The approved device appears to be the Global variant since it supports LTE bands 3, 7 and 20. The carriers in the United States use none of those.

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Ah yes, the FCC. The Federal Communications Commission is responsible for a lot of things here in the United States. They’re primarily responsible for regulating interstate and international communications over radio, television, wire, satellite and cable. There are many bureaus within the FCC, with various offices to support those bureaus.

One office we’re big fans of is the Office of Engineering and Technology (OET). The OET is responsible for overseeing the authorization of various equipment that use electromagnetic energy and maintains this database, which the public can access. That’s where we come in and find out when cool products like the Nokia Lumia 1520 visit the FCC and get ready for market here in the United States. Which it just did.

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It was only a few days ago we saw our first look at what could be the next high-end Windows Phone device on Verizon Wireless in the United States. The image came from a leaker on Weibo, a Chinese microblogging website (think Twitter). Now a Windows Phone device destined for Verizon passes through the FCC. Is it the same 1520 variant we saw a few days ago or different device? Let’s find out.

It was Friday when we saw what appears to be a variant of the Lumia 1520, but destined for Verizon. The device was sporting a white casing, in addition to Verizon and Nokia branding. The source of the leak stated the device would come with a 20MP sensor (just like the Lumia 1520) and that this was a really big Windows Phone device.

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In the United States there is one carrier that seems to get more Windows Phone devices than the others. And that’s because they do. AT&T has had more Windows Phone devices in the past three years that T-Mobile, Verizon or Sprint. They’re rumored to be getting the upcoming Nokia Lumia 1520, but they might have another device on the horizon. But this one doesn’t come from Nokia, it comes from Samsung.

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