- The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this week announced the availability of draft guidelines for "Mobile Medical Applications". Due to the increasing use and expansive scope of mobile applications, the FDA has issued the draft guidance to "clarify the types of mobile apps to which FDA intends to apply" its regulatory requirements. Consumers and interested parties may submit comments on the draft through October 19, 2011. The draft guidelines are available here. Filing instructions are provided in the document.
- On July 20, 2011, Senate Antitrust Subcommittee Chairman Herb Kohl, D-Wis., sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder and FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, urging them to block AT&T's proposed acquisition of T-Mobile. "To replace the AT&T phone monopoly of the last century with a near-duopoly of AT&T and Verizon today would be harmful to consumers, contrary to antitrust law and not in the public interest under communications law," Sen. Kohl argued. He also expressed "considerable doubt" that Sprint Nextel would survive if the transaction is approved. To view the full letter, click here. Those opposed to the merger, including the Consumers Union, CompTel, the Rural Cellular Association, DISH Network, Free Press, and Public Knowledge, applauded Kohl's letter.
The letter also prompted rebuttals from merger supporters. Senator Mike Lee, R-Utah, Ranking Member of the Subcommittee, stated in a responsive press release that "the merger has the potential to provide significant network efficiencies that may help alleviate capacity constraints, enable enhanced service quality, and facilitate expansion of a 4G LTE nationwide network, which would in turn create opportunities for handset innovation and continued development of data-rich applications." To view the full release, click here.