• On February 22, 2013, the FTC announced that mobile device manufacturer HTC America has agreed to settle charges regarding security flaws in certain of its devices. Specifically, the FTC had charged HTC with failing “to take reasonable steps to secure the software it developed for its smartphones and tablet computers, introducing security flaws that placed sensitive information about millions of consumers at risk.” The settlement requires the company to create software patches to fix the vulnerabilities, establish a comprehensive security program and undergo security audits over the next 20 years. The FTC published a description of the consent agreement in the Federal Register on February 28, 2013 and seeks public comment. The public comment period will close on March 22, 2013. More information regarding the settlement is available here.

The Federal Register entry on the settlement with HTC is available here.

  • In December 2012, the FCC adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that proposes to make 100 MHz of spectrum available for shared small cell use in the 3550-3650 MHz band (3.5 GHz Band). The FCC’s Wireless Telecommunications Bureau and Office of Engineering and Technology will host a workshop on March 13, 2013, to explore proposals raised in the NPRM, including the use of a database and dynamic spectrum sharing technologies that could be utilized to manage access. The workshop will begin at 9:00 am Eastern. To read the Public Notice, click here.
  • Comments on the remaining issues in the FCC’s Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Text-to-911 services are due March 11, 2013, with Reply Comments due April 9, 2013. The Federal Register notice is available here.