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  • Current Event
    6 days ago
    by rexall
    +13 +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 weeks ago
    by everlost
    +15 +1

    California strikes deal with FCC to delay state net neutrality law

    California has agreed to delay the enforcement of its “gold standard” net neutrality bill, according to a statement from the law’s sponsor Sen. Scott Wiener. The net neutrality rules were set to go into effect next year, but California officials have agreed to wait until the courts have resolved any pending litigation over the Federal Communications Commission’s roll back of the federal rules late last year.

  • Current Event
    2 weeks ago
    by bradd
    +5 +1

    Net Neutrality Killer Ajit Pai Casts an Eye over Regulating Blockchain

    The man who killed net neutrality in the US is racing-up with innovations like blockchain to effectively regulate them. Ajit Pai, the chairman of the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC), said that his office would be looking into the emerging technologies for their potential impact on the telecom sector.

  • Current Event
    3 weeks ago
    by geoleo
    +16 +1

    Ajit Pai killed rules that could have helped Florida recover from hurricane

    The Federal Communications Commission chairman slammed wireless carriers on Tuesday for failing to quickly restore phone service in Florida after Hurricane Michael, calling the delay "completely unacceptable." But FCC Chairman Ajit Pai's statement ignored his agency's deregulatory blitz that left consumers without protections designed to ensure restoration of service after disasters, according to longtime telecom attorney and consumer advocate Harold Feld.

  • Current Event
    2 weeks ago
    by Nelson
    +16 +1

    3 states try to help the FCC kill net neutrality and preempt state laws

    The Federal Communications Commission's repeal of net neutrality rules has received support from the Republican attorneys general of Texas, Arkansas, and Nebraska. The three states filed a brief Friday in the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, urging judges to reject a lawsuit filed against the FCC by 22 other states. The action highlights a partisan split among state attorneys general: states with Democratic attorneys general are fighting to save net neutrality while states with Republican attorneys general are either fighting against net neutrality or standing on the sidelines.

  • Current Event
    2 weeks ago
    by geoleo
    +21 +1

    See how passionate your congressional district is about net neutrality

    The US Federal Communications Commission asked American to comment on net neutrality last year. Twenty-two million people responded. What people actually said hasn’t been entirely clear. Stanford University’s Center for Internet and Society (CIS) decided to parse the millions of comments (pdf) submitted to the FCC, a public comment process allegedly plagued by fraud.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by hxxp
    +10 +1

    California pledged to protect net neutrality — the showdown is here

    Two proposals by California legislators would establish the strongest net neutrality rules in the country, preventing internet service providers doing business in the state from blocking, speeding up or slowing down websites and video streams, or charging websites for faster speeds.

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

    California Is Now Inches Away From Restoring Net Neutrality

    After months of grueling committee proceedings, the California State Assembly on Thursday passed Senate Bill 822, all but ensuring that residents will soon enjoy the strongest net neutrality protections in the country. “Today’s vote is a huge win for Californians everywhere,” State Senator Scott Wiener, the bill’s principal author, told Gizmodo. Having been amended considerably, S.B. 822 will now return to the Senate, where it is expected to pass for a second time before being sent to Governor Jerry Brown’s desk for his signature or veto.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by ubthejudge
    +11 +1

    California passes strongest net neutrality law in the country

    California’s legislature has approved a bill being called the strongest net neutrality law in the US. The bill would ban internet providers from blocking and throttling legal content and prioritizing some sites and services over others. It would apply these restrictions to both home and mobile connections.

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

    Calif. Senate approves net neutrality rules, sends bill to governor

    The California Senate today voted to approve the toughest state-level net neutrality bill in the US, one day after the California Assembly took the same action. With both legislative houses having approved the bill, California Governor Jerry Brown has until September 30 to sign it into law. The final vote was 27-12, with all 26 Democratic senators and Republican Senator Ling Ling Chang voting in favor. All 12 no votes came from Republican senators. In the Assembly yesterday, six Republicans joined 55 Democrats to pass the bill in a 61-18 vote.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by jasont
    +11 +1

    California is leading the state-by-state fight for net neutrality

    Last year’s FCC decision to repeal net neutrality was arguably the most unpopular tech policy decision in the history of the modern internet. The repeal not only resulted in an unprecedented public backlash, but prompted numerous states to immediately begin exploring new state-level alternatives in the wake of the FCC’s retreat. Now, instead of one fight on the federal level, telecom giants like AT&T, Verizon and Comcast face countless state-level efforts to keep their monopoly power in check.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by sauce
    +16 +1

    Comcast Is Trying To Ban States From Protecting Broadband & TV Consumers

    We’ve repeatedly tried to make it clear that while everybody tends to focus on the death of net neutrality itself, the Pai FCC’s “Restoring Internet Freedom” order killing net neutrality had a farbroader impact than just killing net neutrality rules. As part of the repeal, Comcast, Verizon and AT&T also convinced FCC boss Ajit Pai to effectively neuter FCC authority over ISPs entirely, making it harder for the agency to hold giant ISPs accountable on a wide variety of issues ranging from privacy to transparency (the recent fire fighter kerfuffle being a prime example).

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by bradd
    +18 +1

    Verizon throttling firefighters may have violated FCC rule, Democrats say

    Senate Democrats yesterday asked the Federal Communications Commission to investigate Verizon's throttling of firefighters during California's largest-ever wildfire. US Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) also sent a letter to Verizon, accusing the carrier of misleading the fire department in its marketing of unlimited data. Additionally, the Democrats sent letters to the other major carriers asking for commitments that they won't throttle the data of public safety officials while they are responding to emergencies.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by Chubros
    +18 +1

    New research shows that, post net neutrality, internet providers are slowing down your streaming

    Have you ever noticed web content performing poorly out of the blue? Video footage becomes blurry. Web pages take longer to load. If so, your internet service provider might be slowing down your data on purpose. It’s known as “throttling,” and it’s a way for a provider to ease congested network traffic. But when one type of network traffic—say, video streaming—is throttled more than another, this is called differentiation. And according to Dave Choffnes, assistant professor of computer and information science at Northeastern, differentiation is also “what most people would refer to as a net neutrality violation.”

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by Apolatia
    +21 +1

    US govt confirms FCC's broadband speeds and feeds stats are garbage

    A report by the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) has confirmed what others have reported for years: that official data on internet access across the country greatly over estimates availability and competition. The report [PDF] is focused specifically on tribal lands – small semi-autonomous areas of the United States governed by indigenous tribes – but its conclusions are directly applicable to the rest of the country.

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

    What is the FCC hiding? Court orders agency to release info about who submitted fake comments during net neutrality repeal

    Reports today show that a DC District Court judge has ordered the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to disclose previously-unreleased information that will assist the public in understanding how millions of fake comments were submitted to the FCC using stolen names and addresses during the agency’s 2017 proceeding to repeal net neutrality.

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

    FCC angers cities and towns with $2 billion giveaway to wireless carriers

    The Federal Communications Commission's plan for spurring 5G wireless deployment will prevent city and town governments from charging carriers about $2 billion worth of fees. The FCC proposal, to be voted on at its meeting on September 26, limits the amount that local governments may charge carriers for placing 5G equipment such as small cells on poles, traffic lights, and other government property in public rights-of-way.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by Apolatia
    +12 +1

    'New York Times' Sues FCC For Information About Net Neutrality Comments

    The New York Times Company is asking a judge to order the Federal Communications Commission to turn over information related to possible Russian meddling in the agency's recent net neutrality proceeding. "The request at issue in this litigation involves records that will shed light on the extent to which Russian nationals and agents of the Russian government have interfered with the agency notice-and-comment process about a topic of extensive public interest: the government’s decision to abandon...

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by distant
    +20 +1

    California's Net Neutrality Bill Should Be Signed Into Law

    Millions of Californians are waiting for Gov. Jerry Brown to affirm their call for a free and open Internet. After Congress reversed the Federal Communication Commission’s 2015 Open Internet Order, states have had to step up to ensure that all traffic on the Internet is treated equally. Gov. Brown’s signature would make California the fourth state to pass a law offering net neutrality protections to its residents.

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

    What the FCC Order on 5G High-Speed Internet Means

    The new industry-backed regulations are likely to attract lawsuits from state and local government groups that worry they will cost them revenue, make it easier for internet providers to sue them and do little to address the digital divide. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved sweeping regulations on Wednesday for 5G wireless infrastructure, significantly curtailing the authority of states and localities.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by geoleo
    +13 +1

    FCC cracks the whip on 5G deployment against protests of local governments

    The FCC is pushing for speedy deployment of 5G networks nationwide with an order adopted today that streamlines what it perceives as a patchwork of obstacles, needless costs, and contradictory regulations at the state level. But local governments say the federal agency is taking things too far.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by hedman
    +8 +1

    California gov. signs nation’s strictest net neutrality rules into law

    California Governor Jerry Brown today signed net neutrality legislation into law, setting up a legal showdown pitting his state against Internet service providers and the US government. The California net neutrality bill, previously approved by the state Assembly and Senate despite protests from AT&T and cable lobbyists, imposes rules similar to those previously enforced by the FCC.

  • Analysis
    1 month ago
    by lostwonder
    +15 +1

    Ajit Pai’s 5G plans make it harder for small ISPs to deploy broadband

    FCC plans to tilt a spectrum auction toward T-Mobile, AT&T, and Verizon.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by roxxy
    +7 +1

    Filtering Out the Bots: What Americans Actually Told the FCC about Net Neutrality Repeal

    In the leadup to the FCC's historic vote in December 2017 to repeal all net neutrality protections, 22 million comments were filed to the agency. But unfortunately, millions of those comments were fake. Some of the fake comment were part of sophisticated campaigns that filed fake comments using the names of real people - including journalists, Senators and dead people.

  • 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.