All posts on August, 2015


ITC reverses course, rules Microsoft’s phones don’t infringe on patents

Microsoft has prevailed over InterDigital in a years-old patent infringement action that was originally brought against Nokia in front of the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC). 

On Friday, the commission ruled that Nokia phones don’t infringe on patents held by InterDigital relating to 3G cellular data standards, overturning a previous decision from earlier this year. It’s good news for Microsoft, since the ITC has the power to block imports of products that it determines are infringing patents. 

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Officials question FCC’s broadband subsidy plan

Elected officials in several cities and states aren’t completely on board with a U.S. Federal Communications Commission proposal to allow low-income people to purchase broadband service through a program subsidizing voice service.

State and local officials from New York, Maryland, Texas and Oregon are among those objecting to parts of the FCC’s proposal to allow recipients of the agency’s controversial Lifeline program to use a monthly subsidy for broadband instead of mobile or fixed telephone services.

While many of the politicians voiced support for the FCC’s goal of subsidizing broadband for poor people, some questioned whether the agency’s current plan would force some families to choose between voice and broadband service. The FCC proposal, from May, would continue the Lifeline program’s $9.25 monthly subsidy, allowing recipients to choose whether to use it for broadband or voice service.

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