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Last night's net neutrality episode had some good one-liners but a repetitive plot

In a return to form following weeks of lagging ratings, government reality show The FCC returned to a familiar topic last night – net neutrality – and reaped the benefits. The episode was built around a vote in the Senate to repeal the repeal of net neutrality rules – which may sound a little contrived but thanks to a good …
Kieren McCarthy, 17 May 2018
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Date engraved onto net neutrality tombstone: June 11, 2018

So we finally have a date: June 11, 2018. That will be the day net neutrality finally dies in the United States following the publication of the full "Restoring Internet Freedom" FCC rules in the Federal Registry on Friday morning. Despite having been formally voted on and approved back in December last year, the order that …
Kieren McCarthy, 11 May 2018
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FCC sets a record breaking $120m fine for rude robocalls

The FCC has upheld a $120m fine levied against a man accused of making 96 million illegal robocalls. The commission on Thursday announced it would indeed seek to collect the massive fine it had first proposed against Adrian Abramovich in 2017. Abramovich, a Miami-based travel marketer it said was behind tens of millions of …
Shaun Nichols, 10 May 2018
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FCC shifts its $8bn pot of gold, sparks fears of corporate money grab

Special report This week, one year after the US government's General Accountability Office (GAO) formally recommended that it do so, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) moved $8bn it held in a private bank to the US Treasury. But even though the move has long been planned for and anticipated, it has caused a furious reaction from the …
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New York looks at California, drafts net neutrality legislation

New York has introduced net neutrality legislation copied directly from California in an effort to bypass a federal effort to kill America's net neutrality. On Wednesday, leading Democratic New York senator Brad Hoylman hailed a "bicoastal effort" between the two states, and in particular San Francisco senator Scott Wiener, to …
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Open Internet lovin' Comcast: Buy our TV service – or no faster broadband for you!

Comcast will only bump some customers up to its fastest broadband connectivity if they subscribe to its cable television service. The American telco'n'telly giant last week promised to increase people's bandwidth in a handful of US markets – Houston, Oregon, and south west Washington – provided they sign up for cable TV. How …
Shaun Nichols, 1 May 2018
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Democrats need just one more senator (and then a miracle) to reverse US net neutrality death

Democrats in the US Senate are pushing for a measure that would, if passed, kill off efforts by America's communications watchdog, the FCC, to scrap the nation's net neutrality protections. With time rapidly running out, the lawmakers have decided not to delay their effort to get more Republicans to join their group, and …
Kieren McCarthy, 30 Apr 2018
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DON'T PANIC! America's net neutrality won't be ending today after all

Today, Monday, April 23, 2018, marks 60 days since the repeal of America's net neutrality safeguards was published in the United States Federal Register, and so it is the END OF THE INTERNET FOREVER! Except it's not. Despite a wave of articles and social media postings – including from lawmakers – about the Ajit-Pai-led …
Kieren McCarthy, 23 Apr 2018

Huawei CEO sings 'Bye, bye, mister American Pai', trims US C-suite

Huawei has acknowledged the US market may be a lost cause, at least for now. The Federal Communications Commission this week took a vote that effectively prohibited Huawei and fellow Chinese vendor ZTE from the US market: US carriers that receive federal broadband funds aren't allowed to spend that money with vendors deemed a …

'Uncarrier' T-Mobile US to un-carry $40m for bumpkin blower bunkum

T-Mobile US will be a bit lighter in the wallet today, thanks to a $40m fine served by the FCC. The US comms watchdog demanded the money from the mobile network – which refers to itself as the Uncarrier – after it lied about its efforts to improve reception for America's rural communities. Specifically, the FCC said, T-Mobile …
Shaun Nichols, 16 Apr 2018

Having ended America's broadband woes, the FCC now looks to space

America's comms watchdog has served notice to would-be satellite network providers that it won't abide any more unauthorized launches and orbiting relays. The Federal Communications Commission on Friday issued an enforcement advisory [PDF] warning organizations it will take action against anyone who tries to offer a satellite- …
Shaun Nichols, 13 Apr 2018
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Civil war erupts at top of FCC over Sinclair's creepy grasp on US telly

Vid Internecine fights at America's Federal Communications Commission (FCC) have broken out in public at an industry event in Las Vegas. In a series of speeches given by four of the watchdog's five commissioners at the National Association of Broadcasters annual event in Sin City, the policymakers traded barbs over its apparent …
Kieren McCarthy, 11 Apr 2018

You. FCC. Get out there and do something about these mystery bogus cell towers, huff bigwigs

Senior Congressmen have demanded "immediate action" over mysterious fake cell phone towers in Washington DC that they worry could be being operated by foreign governments. House Reps Frank Pallone (D-NJ), Eliot Engel (D-NY) and Bennie Thompson (D-MS) this month sent a letter to Ajit Pai – the head of America's comms watchdog, …
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FCC boss to block 'national security risk' companies (cough, Huawei, ZTE) from US's $8.5bn broadband pot

Federal Communications Commission boss Ajit Pai wants to cut some overseas companies out of the market for lucrative US government broadband contracts if they are deemed a threat to the Land of the Free™. On Monday, the FCC chairman announced the restrictions on its $8.5bn Universal Service Fund, which is earmarked for …
Shaun Nichols, 26 Mar 2018
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Super Cali neutral traffic bill makes web throttling bogus

California is doubling down on its efforts to mandate net neutrality, this time with a bill making its way through the state senate. The bill, SB 822 [PDF], would mandate the state only work with ISPs that adhere to policies against blocking and throttling lawful traffic. It has been submitted to the Senate rules committee in …
Shaun Nichols, 14 Mar 2018
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What would Jesus sue? The FCC, it seems

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has picked up another foe in its ongoing love-in with Big Cable. But this time it's the Big Guy. Yes, we're talking about Jesus. The United Church of Christ has joined four other organizations in a lawsuit against the federal regulator over its efforts to tear up local media …
Kieren McCarthy, 12 Mar 2018
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Sneaky satellite launch raises risk of Gravity-style space collision

The space-disaster movie Gravity – where an escalating wave of space debris wipes out a space station and shuttle – now looks like a slightly more plausible scenario. The Federal Communication Commission (FCC) has pulled permission from Silicon Valley startup Swarm Technologies to launch four satellites into space after what …
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Global race for 5G heats up with latest US Congress bill

Analysis A global race to roll out next-generation 5G mobile networks has intensified with the approval of new legislation by the US House of Representatives. The peculiarly titled Repack Airwaves Yielding Better Access for Users of Modern Services Act [PDF] – designed to spell out the name of a staff director of a key Congressional …

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