A proposed FCC regulation would give third-party consumer electronics manufacturers access to television channels and exclusive, on-demand content without needing approval from cable and satellite providers.
Thirty percent of Americans with cell phones currently use smartphones, and experts predict that number to rise to 50 percent this year. Service providers offer tiered data plans to keep from overburdening networks.
Despite being the birthplace of so much new cell phone technology, Silicon Valley has notoriously spotty cell service. A local organization is lobbying to make it easier for providers to put up cell antennas.