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ISPs don’t want the FCC to call your browser history ‘sensitive information’

ISPs don’t want the FCC to call your browser history ‘sensitive information’ Mobile broadband providers want to redefine the definition of what’s considered sensitive information and exclude it from whatever laws remain, as Ars Technical reports.Generally speaking, advocacy groups disagree about what constitutes sensitive information.

Restricting robocalls: The FCC votes to block more automated phone call spam

Restricting robocalls: The FCC votes to block more automated phone call spam Getting calls from telemarketers can be annoying in itself, but being called by an automated system can be even more irritating.“Robocalls are the number one consumer complaint to the FCC from members of the American public,” FCC chairman Ajit Pai said.

T-Mobile's fight against robocalls just got real

T-Mobile's fight against robocalls just got real Starting April 5, T-Mobile ONE customers will have the opportunity to enable a new feature that the company claims can prevent spam calls before they ever reach a phone.It's a one-two punch called Scam Block and Scam ID, which T-Mobile claims will eventually be available to everyone on its network.

The House votes today on stripping away your internet privacy

The House votes today on stripping away your internet privacy If you care at all about the concept of user privacy, you should call your Congressional representative.In October, 2016 the FCC enacted privacy rules that would require ISPs to use an opt-in process in some cases before it sold consumer data to third parties.

Congress Just Gave Internet Providers the Green Light to Sell Your Browsing History Without Consent

Congress Just Gave Internet Providers the Green Light to Sell Your Browsing History Without Consent The House of Representatives voted today repeal rules preventing internet service providers from selling their customers’ web browsing and app usage data without explicit consent.The rules would have required ISPs to get explicit opt-in consent from customers before selling their sensitive data, including web browsing history and app usage data.

Congress agrees to nuke the FCC’s privacy rule but your data remains safe

Congress agrees to nuke the FCC’s privacy rule but your data remains safe The decision follows one made by the Senate last week, which narrowly voted to repeal the privacy rules.The FCC set rules in place forcing ISPs to provide opt-in/opt-out options regarding the use of personal subscriber data by third-party companies.

Asus UX370 Windows 10 2-in-1 hits the FCC, gives up some details

Asus UX370 Windows 10 2-in-1 hits the FCC, gives up some details One such machine appears to be the Asus Zenbook Flip UX370, an upcoming Windows 10 2-in-1 device that would replace the UX360.It appears that the Zenbook UX370 hit the FCC certification process and some interesting information has been uncovered, Liliputing reports.

FCC pushes Lifeline broadband subsidy approval back to the states

FCC pushes Lifeline broadband subsidy approval back to the states At the heart of Pai decision is a change to how companies can be approved to participate in the Lifeline program with regard to broadband services.25 per month subsidy to low-income citizens that can be applied toward telecommunications and broadband services.

Telecom companies bought congress so they could buy your data

Telecom companies bought congress so they could buy your data And, unsurprisingly, those with connections to important committees for the telecom industry tended to be among the biggest takers.Blackburn said the original regulation was "big government overreach" and Cornyn said it would "stifle economic growth.

The software that could prevent ISPs from selling your browsing history could also just make things worse

The software that could prevent ISPs from selling your browsing history could also just make things worse However, if you're not careful, using a VPN can actually make things worse.Hola, a VPN with millions of users, sold off non-paying users' idle bandwidth.

FCC nixes Charter’s broadband expansion requirement in competitive markets

FCC nixes Charter’s broadband expansion requirement in competitive markets Specifically, the FCC has turned its sights on a requirement that was imposed when Charter Communications, Time Warner Cable, and Bright House Networks were joined.The change alters how Charter is required to make its broadband internet services available to new customers, as Reuters reports.

Trump Repeals Internet Privacy Regulations

Trump Repeals Internet Privacy Regulations The regulations, part of the Federal Communication Commission’s 2016 Broadband Privacy Order, were issued during Barack Obama’s presidency.But a new Republican government opposed the limitations, as made clear by recent Senate and House majority votes to eliminate them.

Fake VPN services are popping up after GOP Congress kills privacy rules

Fake VPN services are popping up after GOP Congress kills privacy rules Interest in VPNs has skyrocketed as a result, but at least a few scam companies are trying to take advantage of the trend.We’ve written our own guide to VPN services and I’ve personally had good luck with GoldenFrog’s VyprVPN as well.

Hey internet, get ready for another big fight over net neutrality

Hey internet, get ready for another big fight over net neutrality Let's get ready to rumble, again, over net neutrality.The news that Pai is gearing up to go after net neutrality means pro-internet advocates are heading to their battle stations.

AT&T acquires wireless spectrum company Straight Path for $1.6 billion

AT&T acquires wireless spectrum company Straight Path for $1.6 billion On Monday, AT&T acquired Straight Path Communications, a spectrum holding company, for $1.According to AT&T, Straight Path’s spectrum covers the entire United States.

Finally, some good airline news: The FCC won't let people talk on cellphones during flights

Finally, some good airline news: The FCC won't let people talk on cellphones during flights Thankfully, that tragedy has been narrowly averted—the only loud conversations you'll be forcibly subjected to are the ones involving "re-accommodating" passengers.Imagine a world where sitting in a plane's "no-call section" was a premium add-on.

Congressman defends voting to repeal ISP privacy rules because 'nobody's got to use the internet'

Congressman defends voting to repeal ISP privacy rules because 'nobody's got to use the internet' Congress and the President, historically, don’t have the best grasp of how the internet works or ought to be managed.When challenged on this claim by someone who correctly understood that Facebook and your ISP have very different levels of access to your personal data, Sensenbrenner said the following: You know, again, nobody’s got to use the internet.

Enjoy this IRL Rickroll as the FCC votes for another corporation friendly change

Enjoy this IRL Rickroll as the FCC votes for another corporation friendly change The FCC, also during the meeting shown above, voted to remove limits on how much internet providers can charge small businesses as well as other institutions such as schools and libraries.His FCC argued that there is competition among internet providers in most places.

FCC votes to eliminate price caps for business broadband customers

FCC votes to eliminate price caps for business broadband customers Small businesses may end up paying more for their broadband internet service thanks to a ruling made yesterday, April 20, by the Federal Communications Commission.The FCC argues that companies will be more inclined to extend their coverage if the price caps are not in effect.