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  • Current Event
    4 days ago
    by geoleo
    +19 +1

    F.T.C. Is Said to Be Considering Large Facebook Fines

    The Federal Trade Commission is in the advanced stages of its investigation into whether Facebook violated privacy rules and is expected to seek large fines from the company, according to two people familiar with the inquiry. The five members of the commission met in mid-December to discuss the investigation, according to the people, who would speak only on the condition of anonymity because the investigation is not public. The meeting is a sign that the investigation is far along, the people said, because the commissioners rarely meet in the early stages of an inquiry.

  • Current Event
    3 weeks ago
    by grandtheftsoul
    +22 +1

    Net neutrality battle heads to court in 2019

    Time's run out for net neutrality supporters hoping to restore Obama-era regulations using a legislative loophole, but the fight's far from over as it heads to federal appeals court. Democrats in the House of Representatives failed to gather enough votes by the end of the year to use the Congressional Review Act to undo the Federal Communications Commission's rollback of the popular rules. The Republican-led agency voted a year ago this month to repeal the rules adopted in 2015, which were designed to ensure that all traffic on the internet was treated equally.

  • Analysis
    2 weeks ago
    by kxh
    +17 +1

    A US start-up was told not to launch its mini satellites. It launched them anyway

    A US tech start-up is slapped with a historic fine for launching unauthorised satellites, prompting warnings about runaway cowboy-like behaviour from private companies joining the space race.

  • Current Event
    2 weeks ago
    by cone
    +13 +1

    Ajit Pai's Gloating Statement About the Death of Net Neutrality, Translated

    I’ve lost count of how many times net neutrality has “died” in the last year, but the last long-shot effort to override the FCC’s 2017 decision is now officially dead in the water. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai knows that this milestone is huge, and he’s using the opportunity to dance on the internet’s grave.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by rexall
    +14 +1

    FCC pushes carriers to implement caller ID authentication by 2019

    Even if you don't agree with Ajit Pai's stance on some important issues, you might still want to hear about his latest campaign against robocalls. The FCC chairman has demanded (PDF) the adoption of a robust call authentication system to prevent caller ID spoofing, telling American carriers to implement the technology no later than 2019. Pai has sent letters to the CEOs of 14 voice providers to ask them to conjure up concrete plans to adopt the SHAKEN/STIR framework, which would validate legitimate calls across networks before they reach recipients.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by wetwilly87
    +22 +1

    FCC tells SpaceX it can deploy up to 11,943 broadband satellites

    SpaceX today received US approval to deploy 7,518 broadband satellites, in addition to the 4,425 satellites that were approved eight months ago. The Federal Communications Commission voted to let SpaceX launch 4,425 low-Earth orbit satellites in March of this year. SpaceX separately sought approval for 7,518 satellites operating even closer to the ground, saying that these will boost capacity and reduce latency in heavily populated areas. That amounts to 11,943 satellites in total for SpaceX's Starlink broadband service.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by TentativePrince
    +15 +1

    FCC tries to clean-up space

    Who's in charge of cleaning up all the space junk orbiting Earth? That's the question the Federal Communications Commission is officially asking as it takes comment on a proposal to review its orbital debris rules. The FCC voted unanimously on Thursday to revamp its 2004 rules. Since the rules took effect more than a decade ago, there have been loads of new technologies developed and many more satellites launched into space.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by geoleo
    +24 +1

    New Bill Would Hit Robocallers With Up to a $10K Fine for Every Call

    Democrats and Republicans can agree on at least one thing: The spam robocall situation has gotten entirely out of hand. Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey, a Democrat, and Senator John Thune, a South Dakota Republican, introduced a bill on Friday that aims to ramp up the penalties on illegal robocalls—and stop them from reaching your phone in the first place.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by everlost
    +3 +1

    FCC to Release Report Wednesday Telling You If Your Broadband Provider Is Screwing You

    The Federal Communications Commission plans to publish a report on Wednesday that will purportedly reveal whether internet service The Federal Communications Commission plans to publish a report on Wednesday that will purportedly reveal whether internet service providers are providing the broadband speeds they claim they are. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai published a cheesy Thanksgiving blog post on Tuesday. Mixed in with some quaint dad jokes and various other announcements, Pai mentions that the FCC is releasing a “Communications Marketplace Report” that includes information on broadband speed.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by Chubros
    +5 +1

    Net Neutrality Defenders Announce 'Epic Final Protest' to Demand Congress Repeal FCC Rollback Before Fast-Approaching Deadline

    Fight for the Future announced Wednesday that on Nov. 29, supporters of restoring nationwide net neutrality rules—which the Republican-controlled Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rolled back last year—are planning "an epic, final protest to pressure lawmakers before a crucial deadline to save the internet."

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by lostwonder
    +17 +1

    US sale to shake up local TV landscape

    Nexstar set to become the largest US operator of local TV stations after buying Tribune Media.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by bkool
    +19 +1

    Ajit Pai admits Russia interfered in net neutrality process amid lawsuit

    Federal Communications Chairman (FCC) Ajit Pai said it was a “fact” that there was Russian interference in the public comments ahead of its controversial net neutrality vote last year, amid sparring between another commissioner about a lawsuit the agency is in the midst of. The admittance was made in response to a lawsuit filed by the New York Times, who requested access to records surrounding the public comments that they argued would “shed light to the extent to which Russian nationals...

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by rawlings
    +3 +1

    These Are The Democrats Helping Kill Net Neutrality

    The vast majority of Americans support #netneutrality but these Dems are standing with Trump instead. Take action.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by geoleo
    +27 +1

    Millions Of Comments About The FCC's Net Neutrality Rules Were Fake. Now The Feds Are Investigating.

    The Justice Department is investigating whether crimes were committed when potentially millions of people’s identities were posted to the FCC’s website without their permission, falsely attributing to them opinions about net neutrality rules, BuzzFeed News has learned. Two organizations told BuzzFeed News, each on condition that they not be named, that the FBI delivered subpoenas to them related to the comments.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by rawlings
    +11 +1

    The FCC Has Made the Same Mistake for Text Messaging That It Did for Net Neutrality

    Almost exactly a year ago, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to strip net neutrality protections from the Internet and reclassify Internet Service Providers as an “information service” rather than a “common carrier” telecommunications one. This year, the FCC has voted to classify text messaging the same way.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by bradd
    +6 +1

    Corporate-Friendly Democrats Are Standing in the Way of Reviving Net Neutrality

    The fight to keep the FCC from killing net neutrality isn't over yet. Last December, in a party-line vote, the FCC reversed the 2015 policy that keeps Internet service providers from picking and choosing who gets faster access, more traffic, and for how much money. California is currently working to impose its own state-wide net neutrality laws, but a major push in Congress is currently under way also.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by TNY
    +14 +1

    The FCC backs down, releases emails related to Ajit Pai's "Harlem Shake" video

    Almost a year ago to the day, I filed a FOIA request with the Federal Communications Commission for emails related to the now-infamous Ajit Pai Harlem Shake video. A few months later, the FCC rejected the request under the equally-infamous b(5) exemption, arguing that releasing these emails would harm the agency’s ability to make stupid videos in the future.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by doodlegirl
    +14 +1

    The Year Without the Open Internet Order: 2018 Year in Review

    In the waning hours of 2017, the Federal Communications Commission voted to repeal the 2015 Open Internet Order, ending net neutrality protections for the millions of Americans who support them. The fallout of that decision continued all throughout 2018, with attempts to reverse the FCC in Congress, new state laws and governor executive orders written to secure state-level protections, court cases, and ever-increasing evidence that a world without the Open Internet Order is simply a worse one.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by jasont
    +24 +1

    FCC website hit by attacks after 'net neutrality' proposal

    The U.S. Federal Communications Commission said Monday that its website was hit by deliberate denial of service attacks after the telecommunications regulator was criticized by comedian John Oliver for its plan to reverse "net neutrality" rules. The attacks came soon after Oliver on Sunday urged viewers to file electronic comments with the FCC opposing the plan unveiled by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai to reverse rules implemented under President Barack Obama that boosted government regulatory powers over internet service providers.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by drunkenninja
    +30 +1

    Democrats are readying an all-out war to stop the FCC from killing net neutrality rules

    Rep. Frank Pallone is like many Democrats in the U.S. Congress: He’s itching for a fight over net neutrality. To the New Jersey congressman, the Obama administration “did its job” when it acted in 2015 to stop internet providers from meddling with the way that consumers use the web. The telecom industry didn’t like the rules, of course, but Pallone saw them as the only way to prevent AT&T, Charter, Comcast* and Verizon from blocking or slowing down online content.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by TentativePrince
    +29 +1

    The FCC votes to overturn net neutrality

    The Federal Communications Commission has officially begun undoing net neutrality rules the agency passed two years ago. The FCC voted 2-1, along political party lines Thursday, to begin a rule-making process to replace the Open Internet order, or net neutrality rules, adopted in 2015 by the agency, then headed by Chairman Tom Wheeler, a Democrat. Those original rules included provisions preventing Internet service providers (ISPs) from blocking or throttling legal content users sought to access, as well as preventing ISPs from accepting payment to prioritize some data.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by geoleo
    +18 +1

    Senators ask FCC why reporter was “manhandled” after net neutrality vote

    Two Democratic senators have asked Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai to explain why "FCC security personnel reportedly manhandled, threatened, and ejected" a journalist who was trying to ask questions after last week's net neutrality vote. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) sent a letter to Pai Friday, one day after CQ Roll Call reporter John Donnelly accused FCC guards of forcing him out of the building when he was trying to talk to Pai and Commissioner Michael O'Rielly.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by wildcard
    +14 +1

    2.6 million comments in, the FCC has changed almost nothing about its net neutrality proposal

    This is the same process that happened with the commission’s proposal to kill the 2015 net neutrality rules. An initial draft was published last month, and yesterday we got to see the revised draft that ended up being voted on. In between, there were plenty of comments made for the FCC to look at: 2.6 million as of today. (Though tens of thousands appear to be fake.)

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by funhonestdude
    +26 +1

    Consumers Demand FCC Investigate Bogus Net Neutrality Comments

    News: Consumer groups are calling on the FCC to stop ignoring and properly investigate the hundreds of thousands of fake comments being fraudulently submitted to the FCC's net neutrality proceeding.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by TNY
    +19 +1

    As America's FCC tries to dismantle NN, French authorities back net neutrality in France

    In sharp and deliberate contrast to America’s bullheaded rush into destroying net neutrality protections, net neutrality in France is alive and well. French internet service providers (ISPs) and telecoms have 9 months to comply with ARCEP’s new pro-net neutrality position – which includes explicit directions not to block or throttle p2p or VPN traffic.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by cone
    +23 +1

    The FCC wants to destroy net neutrality and give giant cable companies control over the Internet

    On July 12th: we’ll stop them. Join the Internet-Wide Day of Action to save net neutrality! The FCC wants to destroy net neutrality and give big cable companies control over what we see and do online. If they get their way, they’ll allow widespread throttling, blocking, censorship, and extra fees. On July 12th, the Internet will come together to stop them.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by doodlegirl
    +1 +1

    Amazon, Reddit join internet 'day of action' for net neutrality

    A coalition of activists and internet companies is mobilizing net neutrality supporters for an online demonstration next month against the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) plan to repeal the landmark rules. The groups announced on Tuesday that they will be holding an “internet-wide day of action” on July 12 and will help supporters flood the FCC and Congress with pro-net neutrality messages.

  • Analysis
    1 year ago
    by socialiguana
    +28 +1

    We Could Have Had Cellphones Four Decades Earlier

    Thanks for nothing, Federal Communications Commission.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by Apolatia
    +17 +1

    Man Accused Of Making Millions Of Robocalls Faces Biggest-Ever FCC Fine

    FCC proposed a $120 million fine for a Miami resident said to be single-handedly responsible for 97 million robocalls over a three-month period. Telemarketers are prohibited from making prerecorded phone calls to people without prior consent. It's also illegal to deliberately falsify caller ID with the intent to harm or defraud consumers.

  • Expression
    1 year ago
    by zyery
    +24 +1

    Big Cable broke its promise and you're paying for it

    Last June, Big Cable made an appealing offer for viewers and regulators. Companies would provide consumers with free apps to watch TV rather than making them pay monthly fees for cable boxes. But the cable companies didn’t do this out of the kindness of their hearts — they wanted to stop the Federal Communication Commission from passing regulations making them ship apps.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by TNY
    +28 +1

    Congressman Asks FBI to Look into Fake Net Neutrality Comments

    A Democratic Congressman from New Jersey has asked the Department of Justice and the FBI to look into whether fake comments submitted as part of the FCC’s net neutrality proceeding violated federal law. In a letter sent to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe this week, Rep. Frank Pallone urged the pair to investigate reports that stolen identities were used to submit comments to the Commission.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by TNY
    +12 +1

    AT&T Says It May Soon Charge You Extra For Privacy

    A top AT&T executive says the company may soon return to charging consumers an additional fee to protect their privacy. Last year, you might recall AT&T quietly started charging between $531 and $800 more each year if customers wanted to opt out of AT&T's Internet Preferences program, which uses deep-packet inspection to track and monetize user behavior around the Internet. AT&T was heavily criticized for the move, and ultimately stopped charging the extra fees...

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by funhonestdude
    +25 +1

    Amazon to throttle services for internet protest

    Some of the world's largest internet companies are preparing to throttle their own websites in a day of protest against the United States' Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The 170 organisations involved - including Amazon, Reddit and Netflix - are preparing to choke their own services on Wednesday 12 July as a warning against FCC proposals for deregulating how internet service providers (ISPs) treat customers.

  • Video/Audio
    1 year ago
    by rookshook
    +40 +1

    Net Neutrality explained and why it matters.

    This is a short video explaining in simple terms what Net Neutrality is and the consequences of abolishing it with the dishonestly named Restoring Internet Freedom Act. You are encouraged to share this non-profit video with anyone and if you wish to use it in your videos or streams, it is licensed under Creative Commons for free use, with attribution and without any alteration.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by drunkenninja
    +21 +1

    If FCC gets its way, we’ll lose a lot more than net neutrality

    Beyond no-blocking rules, Title II plays big role in overall consumer protection.