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FCC rules satellites must deorbit within 5 years of ending mission

Satellites in low Earth orbit can’t linger too long after they’ve finished what they went there to do, according to new rules passed by the FCC today. Now there’s a five-year limit o

FCC solicits feedback from the public on rules to stop robotexts

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) today proposed new rules to fight back against so-called “robotext” campaigns — the barrages of scam texts sent by malicious actors a

FCC denies Starlink’s application for $885M subsidy

The FCC has rejected the application of Starlink to provide broadband to rural America at a cost of $885 million over 10 years, nullifying a tentative approval back in 2020. The agency said SpaceX, an

FCC hands down $116M robocall fine, but begs for the power to hammer perps itself

Robocalls and other automated scams are an everyday occurrence for millions of Americans. But while stricter rules are coming and the FCC is about to hit one robocaller’s operation with a $116 m

FCC proposes funding Wi-Fi on school buses

FCC Chair Jessica Rosenworcel has proposed that federal funding be provided to equip school buses with Wi-Fi, potentially closing the homework gap by that much more. I don’t know if any kids are

The FCC wants your comments on preventing ‘digital discrimination’ in broadband availability

Access to broadband is a must-have in today’s remote workplace, yet there are many places still where high-speed internet is unavailable, inconsistent, or overpriced. The U.S. Federal Communicat

FCC proposal would curb ISP lock-ins at apartment complexes

Most anyone who’s moved to a new apartment has had the same experience: Whatever broadband provider everyone else in the building has, you have. This kind of lock-in could become less common if

FCC proposes stricter requirements for reporting data breaches

The Federal Communications Commission is the next US regulator hoping to hold companies more accountable for data breaches.

Jessica Rosenworcel becomes the first woman to chair the FCC, and Gigi Sohn is nominated for 5th spot

The FCC has its first-ever woman as chair of the agency, Jessica Rosenworcel, who has been serving as acting chair since the beginning of the year. President Biden officially appointed her to the posi

FCC proposes new rules to combat SIM swapping scams

SIM swapping scams have been on the rise these past couple of years, but the FCC is seeking to create new rules that would help prevent SIM swapping scams and port-out fraud.

FCC showers schools across the US with $1.2B from Emergency Connectivity Fund

The FCC has sent out the first checks from its Emergency Connectivity Fund, an effort to help close the “homework gap” at schools by covering the cost of computers and internet services. T

FCC begins rollout of $10B in connectivity aid through emergency funds

After months of deliberations, the FCC is ready to start helping people cover the cost of broadband and connected devices through two emergency funds amounting to more than $10 billion. If your househ

80% of the 22 million comments on net neutrality rollback were fake, investigation finds

Of the 22 million comments submitted to the FCC regarding 2017’s controversial rollback of net neutrality, some 18 million were fake, an investigation by the New York Attorney General’s of

FCC proposes rules for emergency broadband program to keep struggling families online

The FCC has taken a major step toward offering financial support for people struggling to pay broadband bills during the pandemic. If approved, the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program could provide $5

Huawei files suit over security threat designation

Earlier this week, Huawei CEO Ren Zhengfei spoke rather diplomatically about the company’s hopes of holding talks with the new U.S. administration. The hardware giant is also taking a less conciliat

The FCC has a new acting chairwoman in Jessica Rosenworcel

The Biden administration has officially appointed Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel acting FCC chairwoman, and she very well may be the first woman to hold the official position if she is nominated for

Senate confirms Nathan Simington as FCC Commissioner, potentially setting up years of stonewalling

The Senate today confirmed the appointment of Nathan Simington to the FCC, which with the imminent departure of Chairman Ajit Pai sets up the agency for years of deadlock unless Democrats take the Sen

SpaceX snags $885M from FCC to serve rural areas with Starlink

The FCC has just published the results of its Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Phase I auction, which sounds rather stiff but involves distributing billions to broadband providers that bring solid inter

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai will step down to make way for the Biden administration

The chairman of the FCC, Ajit Pai, has announced he will leave his position on January 20 as President-elect Biden is sworn in. Pai’s tenure has been a controversial one, and while he would almo

The FCC rejects ZTE’s petition to stop designating it a ‘national security threat’

The Federal Communications Commission has rejected ZTE’s petition to remove its designation as a “national security threat.” This means that American companies will continue to be ba
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