FCC Stories May 4

A new filing with the FCC this afternoon reveals that Google is updating the second-generation Chromecast launched in 2015 with Bluetooth functionality. Carrying a new FCC ID, it’s currently unclear what Bluetooth will be used for, while one document explicitly states that existing Chromecasts will not receive these capabilities due to regulatory reasons.

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FCC Stories January 19

FCC blocks two cheapskate tactics Internet service providers wanted to use

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has blocked two tactics Internet service providers had hoped to use to reduce the expense needed to meet their broadband service obligations …

FCC Stories November 13, 2017

The Google Home Mini passed through the FCC weeks before its official October 4th launch, but its larger and more premium Assistant speaker sibling only today hit the regulatory agency. The new filing reveals several tidbits about the Google Home Max set to launch next month.

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FCC Stories August 4, 2017

Google products passing through the FCC are relatively rare occurrences, with months sometimes going by before new filings. Last week, a June filing was finally unredacted and revealed documents for a “Bluetooth(LE) Device.”

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FCC Stories July 21, 2016

Android TV has been pretty quiet over the past few months, but that all changed at Google I/O 2016 when Google not only announced big updates to the OS, but also a new device. The new Xiaomi Mi Box, previously released in China with its own OS, was announced to be coming to the United States with Android TV on board. A release window wasn’t provided at the announcement, but thanks to the FCC we now know it’s not too far off.

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FCC Stories January 29, 2016

It’s two-and-a-half years since Google first shared details of Project Loon, a series of high-altitude balloons designed to provide wireless Internet access to developing countries where infrastructure is scarce. As testing expands, and we’ve learned more about the project’s progress, the FCC has started to receive objections from those concerned that the long-range microwave transmissions might pose health risks or interfere with other wireless operations.

Google has this week written to the FCC to argue that the balloons are both safe and legal …

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