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The FCC may investigate the $200 Wi-Fi at the first presidential debate

The FCC may investigate the $200 Wi-Fi at the first presidential debate In the lead-up to the first presidential debate on Monday, Hofstra University dropped a bombshell on journalists attending the event to cover it for various publications.Instead of providing free Wi-Fi or offering the service for a nominal fee, attendees were expected to pony up $200 per person.

Will Zuckerberg’s third-world internet come to North America?

Will Zuckerberg’s third-world internet come to North America? The crux of the problem many people have with Mark Zuckerberg’s Free Basics is the effect it could have on the poor.Sure, it seems nice to create limited Internet access where none existed before.

Comcast rolls out 1TB cap to more markets, hit with $2.3 million FCC fine for unauthorized equipment charges

Comcast rolls out 1TB cap to more markets, hit with $2.3 million FCC fine for unauthorized equipment charges If you’re a Comcast customer, chances are you’re now operating under an effective 1TB data cap.We have learned that our customers want the peace of mind to stream, surf, game, download, or do whatever they want online.

FCC Republicans confirm they'll act to topple net neutrality as quickly as possible

FCC Republicans confirm they'll act to topple net neutrality as quickly as possible Incoming President-elect Donald Trump has stated that he opposes net neutrality, as have Pai and O’Rielly, and the regulatory scheme that implements it is not long expected to survive Trump’s taking office.Under Tom Wheeler, the FCC generally defended the principle of an open Internet, as opposed to a tiered version.

Meet the new FCC chariman, harbinger of doom for net neutrality

Meet the new FCC chariman, harbinger of doom for net neutrality The government's primary media regulator has a new leader—and he's among the most outspoken critics of the net neutrality regulations put in place during the Barack Obama administration.He could, for example, end the inquiries into the zero-rating programs of AT&T and Verizon, which some say violate net neutrality principles.

Trump's FCC Chair

Trump's FCC Chair He is vehemently opposed to net neutrality.So what is net neutrality?

The FCC is already declining to enforce net neutrality

The FCC is already declining to enforce net neutrality The easiest way to let major internet providers violate net neutrality principles is not to repeal the work done under President Barack Obama.It's to just not enforce the rules at all.

FCC halts investigations into zero-rating data programs like T-Mobile’s Binge On

FCC halts investigations into zero-rating data programs like T-Mobile’s Binge On The Federal Communications Commission recently gained a new head in Ajit Pai, and the agency is already showing signs of a policy shift on key issues like net neutrality.An instance of this is T-Mobile’s Binge-On program, which was being investigated for unfairly favoring some services over others.

Digital divide widens as FCC rolls back broadband subsidies for poorer households

Digital divide widens as FCC rolls back broadband subsidies for poorer households The FCC’s Lifeline Support for Affordable Communications was designed to bridge the digital divide, but under this new order, nine ISPs will not be able to take part in the program.Through Lifeline, an ISP can apply to the program in order to offer subsidies to poorer customers that are eligible.

Google Fiber is slashing employees, preparing to deploy wireless access points instead of fiber optics

Google Fiber is slashing employees, preparing to deploy wireless access points instead of fiber optics Over the past year, it’s become increasingly clear that Alphabet, Google’s new parent company that runs the Access division responsible for deploying Google Fiber, hasn’t been thrilled with that segment’s performance or cost structure.Now, word is that Access employees are being reassigned or terminated, while plans to expand Google Fiber beyond its current markets are being substantially overhauled.

FCC commits $2 billion to expanding internet access in rural America

FCC commits $2 billion to expanding internet access in rural America The FCC on Thursday morning approved a plan to provide $2 billion for a program to encourage the development of broadband internet access to rural parts of the United States.The $2 billion commitment is part of the FCC's Connect America Fund.

The FCC just rolled back some of its privacy rules, reversing previous positions

The FCC just rolled back some of its privacy rules, reversing previous positions The FCC is under new leadership, and it’s looking to scale back some of the privacy regulations of the previous administration.On Friday, the newly appointed chairman of the Federal Communications Commission asked the organization to delay a set of the privacy rules that was initially slated to take effect next week.

Trump's FCC wants to let your cable company sell your data, because who cares about privacy?

Trump's FCC wants to let your cable company sell your data, because who cares about privacy? Under President Donald Trump, it seems like every department in the executive branch is racing to see who can undo regulations the fastest.But lucky for the Trump FCC, a provision requiring internet providers to "engage in reasonable data security practices" doesn't take effect until March 2.

It's basically official, net neutrality is doomed

It's basically official, net neutrality is doomed The death knell for net neutrality got a lot louder on Tuesday when new FCC Chairman Ajit Pai called the rules "a mistake" during a keynote speech at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.Now that he's in the chairman's seat, he's already started undermining net neutrality efforts put in place by his predecessor, Tom Wheeler, most notably by choosing not to pursue one major issue — "zero rating.

The Future of Super-Fast 5G Internet Is a Mess

The Future of Super-Fast 5G Internet Is a Mess In fairness to the corporations stoking hype about faster wireless internet, there is, in fact, spectacular promise.The move to faster mobile wireless could also be a boon for rural communities and other sparsely populated parts of America.

The U.S. Senate wants to limit the FCC’s ability to regulate ISP data policies

The U.S. Senate wants to limit the FCC’s ability to regulate ISP data policies Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to impose new rules that require internet service providers (ISPs) to gain user consent before sharing certain data with third parties.Now, Congress is stepping in to address the rules’ status, with Senate Republicans introducing legislation that would do away with the rules altogether.

New GOP bill seeks to let ISPs sell your web history to advertisers

New GOP bill seeks to let ISPs sell your web history to advertisers ) have introduced Congressional Review Act resolutions that would overturn the FCC’s privacy rules for ISPs.The resolutions will allow ISPs to sell the web histories of their customers to whatever “trusted partner” they wish.

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.