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  • PayPal Updates User Agreement Following Backlash Over Robocalls And FCC Complaints

    PayPal Updates User Agreement Following Backlash Over Robocalls And FCC Complaints

    PayPal today announced it’s updating its User Agreement to clarify the language it uses to communicate to customers how the company is allowed to contact them. The company had recently come under fire from consumer advocacy groups who reported PayPal’s possible violations around robocalls to the FCC following media reports of a change to PayPal’s terms. In an update to the… Read More

  • FCC Plans To Hit AT&T With $100 Million Fine Over “Unlimited” Data Plans

    FCC Plans To Hit AT&T With $100 Million Fine Over “Unlimited” Data Plans

    The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced Wednesday that it plans to fine AT&T, the nation’s second-largest wireless carrier by subscribers, $100 million for misleading consumers about its unlimited mobile data plans. The FCC charges that AT&T throttled data plans for subscribers grandfathered into its unlimited data plans and “failed to adequately… Read More

  • FCC Tells PayPal It May Be In Violation Of Federal Law Regarding Robocalls

    FCC Tells PayPal It May Be In Violation Of Federal Law Regarding Robocalls

    The FCC has responded to concerns that PayPal’s updated user agreement, which gives the company the right to robocall and text customers, by informing PayPal that it may be in violation of federal law. One issue, according to the FCC, is that consenting to robocalls cannot be a condition of using PayPal’s service. In addition, customers must provide prior written consent… Read More

  • Join FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler At Disrupt NY

    Join FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler At Disrupt NY

    FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler will join TechCrunch at the Disrupt NY conference next month to chat about technology policy and a little thing you might have heard of called net neutrality. Wheeler has become at once a pariah and lauded leader in his role as chairman — most notably after his commission passed new net neutrality regulations on a party-line vote of 3-2. The congressional… Read More

  • The Net Neutrality Drama Train Heads To Congress

    The Net Neutrality Drama Train Heads To Congress

    Let’s presume for the moment that you did not awake early this morning, straining to tune into C-SPAN, excited to watch a nearly three-hour congressional hearing in the House concerning a recent vote held by the FCC on how to best undergird new regulations of Internet service providers, along with certain questions relating to procedure, and edge provider interconnection. Read More

  • The Net Neutrality Drinking Game

    The Net Neutrality Drinking Game

    The FCC is about to be taken out back by Congress for a quick word. The independent federal agency’s recent vote to pass new net neutrality regulations has stirred some discontent among the congressional majority in both houses, resulting in a full dance card for FCC Chairman Thomas Wheeler, who will take part in five subsequent hearings over the next several weeks. The first is… Read More

  • FCC Passes Strict Net Neutrality Regulations On 3-2 Vote

    FCC Passes Strict Net Neutrality Regulations On 3-2 Vote

    As expected, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) passed new net neutrality regulations today on a vote of 3-2, with the Commission’s two Democratic appointees joining Chairman Tom Wheeler in voting yes. The Commission’s two Republican-appointed members both voted no. Notably, the FCC’s plan is now known to have undergone a last-minute revision to remove a… Read More

  • Here’s The GOP’s Net Neutrality Bill

    Here’s The GOP’s Net Neutrality Bill

    The text of the proposed GOP net neutrality bill is out. The larger technology community is still digesting its various proposals. Here’s what I got from a first read. Read More

  • Sprint Says Strict Net Neutrality Rules Won’t Disrupt Its Infrastructure Investments

    Sprint Says Strict Net Neutrality Rules Won’t Disrupt Its Infrastructure Investments

    As you must have heard, if the FCC institutes strict net neutrality regulations, and especially if it uses its authority under Title II of the Communications Act, investment in Internet service infrastructure will catastrophically decrease, gutting improvements of our nation’s private data backbone. Read More

  • GOP Net Neutrality Proposal Draws Ire, Praise

    GOP Net Neutrality Proposal Draws Ire, Praise

    A preliminary Congressional GOP net neutrality plan earned modest praise today from the Internet Association, while Senator Al Franken tried to rally his troops this morning in the opposite direction. Congressional hearings on net neutrality are planned for next week. The Internet Association, which counts Facebook and Uber as members, managed to produce a lukewarm statement concerning the… Read More

  • Obama Calls On The FCC To Clear The Way For Community Broadband

    Obama Calls On The FCC To Clear The Way For Community Broadband

    Municipal broadband is a rapidly heating battleground among the president, his administration, and Congressional and FCC Republicans. Should all cities and communities be free to build municipal broadband networks to serve their citizens? The issue is perhaps surprisingly contentious. In a speech this morning, President Obama called for a full-court press against rules that bar communities… Read More

  • FCC Will Hold Net Neutrality Vote On February 26

    FCC Will Hold Net Neutrality Vote On February 26

    Today FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler publicly committed his agency to a February 26th vote on new net neutrality regulations. The now-official timing is in keeping with market expectations The Chairman also indicated that he will circulate the proposed rules to the agency’s commissioners on February 5th. Wheeler hinted in his interview at this year’s CES that he will employ Title II… Read More

  • Netflix Argues Against Internet Fast Lanes As GOP Opposition To Net Neutrality Looms

    Netflix Argues Against Internet Fast Lanes As GOP Opposition To Net Neutrality Looms

    Netflix today published a short blog post, making its case against the creation of so-called “Internet fast-lanes.” Fast lanes, also known by the more technical term “paid prioritization,” could allow Internet providers to sell digital content companies faster access to consumers. Read More

  • FCC Delays Review Of Comcast-TWC Merger Over Undisclosed Documents

    FCC Delays Review Of Comcast-TWC Merger Over Undisclosed Documents

    The FCC pressed pause on its review of the proposed Comcast-TWC merger after learning that thousands of documents it should have had access to were withheld. The roughly 7,000 documents were not disclosed due to “an inappropriate claim of attorney client privilege,” according to the FCC. In addition, some 31,000 documents that were also responsive to the commission’s work… Read More

  • FCC Confirms That Nearly 4M Net Neutrality Comments Were Submitted By The Public

    FCC Confirms That Nearly 4M Net Neutrality Comments Were Submitted By The Public

    After some katzenjammer about just how many comments were submitted to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regarding its notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) dealing with net neutrality, the governmental agency confirmed today that nearly 4 million comments were in fact submitted. Read More

  • Senate Confirms FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly For A 5-Year Term

    Senate Confirms FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly For A 5-Year Term

    FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly has been unanimously approved by the Senate for a full term with the agency. Previously, O’Rielly completed the term of a prior commissioner. He was first sworn in last November. Here’s the National Cable & Telecommunications Association on his re-upping with the agency: “Commissioner O’Rielly has been a passionate advocate… Read More

  • FCC Commish Alleges That Netflix Is Working To “Effectively Secure” An Internet Fast Lane For Its Content

    FCC Commish Alleges That Netflix Is Working To “Effectively Secure” An Internet Fast Lane For Its Content

    FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai sent a letter to Netflix CEO Reed Hastings today, alleging that the online video provider was working to “effectively secure” Internet “fast lanes” for its content. Netflix has been a strident voice in favor of net neutrality. As such, Pai’s comments are somewhat embarrassing. If Netflix is in fact building ways to advantage its content… Read More

  • A Digital Healthcare Argument For Net Neutrality Crunch Network

    A Digital Healthcare Argument For Net Neutrality

    The federal agency regulating communications is at a crossroads in establishing the rules of the road for how the Internet operates. Many commentators are rightfully concerned that the FCC could adopt rules that will give cable and phone companies the opportunity to discriminate against website providers and/or content, which would potentially put some sites in a paid fast lane and leave… Read More

  • The E-Label Act Will Remove Those Silly FCC Symbols From The Back Of Future Gadgets

    You know all that crap that’s listed on the back of your smartphone and tablet? It looks something like this: A jumble of letters and words, an FCC symbol, and instructions to not throw your electronic equipment into the trash. It’s ugly, and generally a waste of space. But luckily for us, it’s time to say goodbye to that mess. In what feels a bit like a holiday gift… Read More

  • FCC Expects Cable Companies To Fight Back Over Net Neutrality

    FCC Expects Cable Companies To Fight Back Over Net Neutrality

    The FCC anticipates that large cable companies will sue the agency after it votes into place net neutrality regulations. This would be a mere repeat of history. It will have the clarifying impact of forcing hands: Companies that tried to split the fence will be decidedly on one end of it or the other. Here’s Chairman Tom Wheeler from earlier today, as quoted by The Hill: “The… Read More

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