FCC

  • Trump transition team appointments indicate a bid to dismantle net neutrality

    Trump transition team appointments indicate a bid to dismantle net neutrality

    President-elect Trump has made it clear that he is more than a little hostile towards the FCC’s implementation of net neutrality, both in his own words and, today, the appointment of two long-time adversaries of the policy to his transition team. Read More

  • New FCC rule protects users from the prying eyes of ISPs

    New FCC rule protects users from the prying eyes of ISPs

    It’s a good day for consumers, and the advertisers are tearing out their hair: The FCC today voted to adopt new privacy rules that severely restrict what data ISPs can collect from you without your consent. The Association of National Advertisers called the rules “unprecedented, misguided and extremely harmful.” If that isn’t a strong endorsement, I don’t know… Read More

  • Senators ask FCC to investigate Stingray surveillance tech

    Senators ask FCC to investigate Stingray surveillance tech

    A group of Democratic senators asked the Federal Communications Commission to investigate cell site simulators like Stingrays to determine if the surveillance devices used by local law enforcement agencies are disrupting cellphone service for ordinary consumers and 911 calls. The senators are also asking the FCC to look into whether Stingray use disproportionately affects people of… Read More

  • Why owning your cable box won’t kill your favorite shows Crunch Network

    Why owning your cable box won’t kill your favorite shows

    A funny thing happens when the Federal Communications Commission moves to introduce competition into a consumer market. The industry, once so accustomed to acting the monopoly or duopoly in its sector, must suddenly “deal with” thousands if not millions of unhappy customers and a heated public debate. In the case of cable companies fighting the FCC’s set-top box proposal… Read More

  • Net Neutrality And Modern Exchanges Crunch Network

    Net Neutrality And Modern Exchanges

    A great victory was won earlier this year for supporters of innovation, competition and openness — net neutrality rules were adopted by the FCC. Those rules have recently come into effect, and we’ve already seen significant movement, including the $100 million AT&T fine for data throttling. Read More

  • Wireless Power And Battery Life Anxiety Crunch Network

    Wireless Power And Battery Life Anxiety

    Battery life is one of the most vexing problems in mobile tech. Indeed, Smartphone users consistently rate battery life as their No. 1 gripe. Consumers want better batteries, not wearables. So Apple’s recent announcement isn’t that surprising: iOS 9 will have a Low Power mode, which could provide an extra three hours of battery life. But that doesn’t solve the battery… Read More

  • 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

  1. 1
  2. 2
  3. ...