Stories by Kenneth Corbin

FCC Paves Way for 4G LTE Mobile Broadband Service

The Federal Communications Commission adopts framework proposed by AT&T and Sirius XM to provide for LTE service without disrupting satellite-radio transmissions. The agency also updates progress on wireless 'bill shock' initiative.

Tech Policy 2012: Comparing the Democrat's and Republican's Platforms

In the presidential campaign, cybersecurity and Internet freedom won't get top billing as the candidates spar over their plans for creating jobs and cutting deficits, but the two major parties have included positions on several technology policy issues in the platforms ratified at their recent conventions.

FAA to Reconsider In-Flight Rules for Electronic Devices

The Federal Aviation Administration acknowledges that consumers want to use their iPads, Kindles, smartphones and other electronic devices. The agency will form a working group to revisit in-flight usage restrictions, which the CTIA calls 'antiquated.'

BYOD security demands mobile data protection strategy

As federal agencies develop strategies for an increasingly mobile workforce, the traditional methods of securing a desktop environment have to evolve to account for the growing crop of wireless devices in use. Symantec vice president of public sector urges federal CIOs to embrace BYOD, but to update their security posture to also focus on files and applications.

FCC cites broadband gaps: Digital divide persists

In the FCC's eighth survey of the broadband landscape it was acknowledged that ISPs have made progress in expanding their network footprints, but significant gaps in coverage still exist. The report has therefore concluded that broadband providers are not moving toward universal service in a "reasonable and timely" fashion.

AT&T Takes on Texting While Driving

The telecom giant has designated Sept. 19 as the date for its national pledge drive, but is urging users in the meantime to visit the site it has set up for the "It Can Wait" campaign, offering a link to the pledge and other resources emphasizing the message that "no text is worth dying for."

Do federal standards underestimate cellphone radiation risks?

A new government study is warning that the Federal Communications Commission's standards for testing cellphones for exposure to radio-frequency energy may have fallen out of step with the latest scientific studies, calling on the agency to launch a new inquiry into the potential health risks of mobile devices.

Efforts to Update Outdated Privacy Act Gain Momentum

Subcommittee chairman Daniel Akaka is calling for an overhaul of the Privacy Act as he warns that current privacy statutes governing how federal agencies use citizens' personal information have failed to keep pace with the way government authorities use modern technology.

Cybersecurity isn't a border-based threat, it's a viral threat

The traditional notion of warfare among nation-states is rapidly becoming obsolete as acts of kinetic aggression are being replaced by online crimes and other disruptions that can be perpetrated by individuals or small groups. Expert Ben Hammersley argues that policymakers need to rethink the core principals of national security away from the current outdated military model in use.

Electrical Power Grid Vulnerable to Cyber Threats

Ahead of Senate debate on cybersecurity legislation, lawmakers focus on threats to electrical system; experts warn of vulnerabilities from lackluster information sharing and new smart grid technologies.