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California’s tough net neutrality bill prompts U.S. lawsuit

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Gov. Jerry Brown on Sunday restored net neutrality rules in California that were repealed under the Trump administration, setting up a legal battle with the federal government …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 16, 2018, 5:01 p.m.

FCC chair: White House called about Sinclair-Tribune deal

The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, an independent agency, says a White House official called to talk about a proposed merger between Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. and Tribune Media …


FCC head has ‘serious concerns’ with Sinclair-Tribune deal

The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission is raising “serious concerns” about Sinclair’s $3.9 billion deal for Tribune’s television stations.


UPDATED: Thu., May 10, 2018, 4:38 p.m.

Florida man behind 100 million robocalls hit with huge FCC fine

In a massive strike, the Federal Communications Commission issued a $120 million fine on a massive robocall spoofing operation it deemed a threat to public safety.


Appeals court says FTC can police telecommunications companies

A U.S. appeals court says the Federal Trade Commission can police telecommunications companies like AT&T – a ruling that’s important because another agency is dropping its oversight with repeal of …


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 10, 2018, 6:53 p.m.

False alarms highlight weaknesses in national alert system

Last month’s bogus ballistic missile warning in Hawaii and, now, this week’s tsunami snafu have highlighted trouble spots and prompted calls for change in the nation’s increasingly complex system for …


Wireless industry: Court orders needed to block prison calls

As prison officials combat contraband cellphones in the hands of the nation’s inmates, a wireless trade group says court orders should be required to shut down the devices.


Feds say Hawaii missile alert employee refuses to take part in investigation

The Hawaii state employee who mistakenly sent an alert warning of a ballistic missile attack earlier this month is refusing to cooperate with federal and state investigators, officials said Thursday.


Montana requires internet neutrality for state contracts

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock has signed an order prohibiting telecommunications companies receiving state contracts from interfering with internet traffic and favoring their own sites and apps.


Fifty senators endorse resolution to restore FCC net neutrality regulations

Fifty Senate lawmakers have endorsed a legislative measure to override the Federal Communications Commission’s recent decision to deregulate the broadband industry, top Democrats said Monday.


FCC proposes $13.4M fine for TV-station owner Sinclair

The Federal Communications Commission has proposed fining TV-station owner Sinclair $13.4 million for not identifying paid programming as advertising.


After net neutrality: Brace for internet ‘fast lanes’

Now that federal telecom regulators have repealed net neutrality, it may be time to brace for the arrival of internet “fast lanes” and “slow lanes.”


Bob Ferguson says he’ll sue over FCC’s net neutrality repeal

Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson says he plans to file yet another lawsuit against the Trump administration: this one over net neutrality.


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 14, 2017, 5:32 p.m.

FCC votes along party lines to end ‘net neutrality’

The Federal Communications Commission repealed the Obama-era “net neutrality” rules Thursday, giving internet service providers like Verizon, Comcast and AT&T a free hand to slow or block websites and apps …


What is net neutrality and why does it matter?

“Net neutrality” regulations, designed to prevent internet service providers like Verizon, AT&T, Comcast and Charter from favoring some sites and apps over others, are on the chopping block. On Thursday, …


Net neutrality fans speak up as FCC set to strike down rules

Net neutrality is a simple concept but a dense and often technical issue that has been argued over for years in tech and telecom circles. Now everyday folks are talking …


Senators, prosecutor cite fake comments on internet rules

Twenty-seven U.S. senators and New York’s attorney general asked federal regulators Monday to delay a vote on scrapping open internet rules amid concerns the public comment docket is filled with …



What happens once ‘net neutrality’ rules bite the dust?

The Federal Communications Commission formally released a draft of its plan to kill net-neutrality rules, which equalized access to the internet and prevented broadband providers from favoring their own apps …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 21, 2017, 6:56 p.m.

FCC chairman sets out to repeal ‘net neutrality’ rules

The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission set out Tuesday to scrap rules around open internet access, a move that would allow giant cable and telecom companies to throttle broadband …


FCC approves changes to phone subsidies on tribal lands

Federal regulators approved major changes Thursday to a program that discounts phone service for low-income residents on tribal land.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 16, 2017, 7:54 p.m.

FCC weakens limits on owning newspapers, TV stations

Federal regulators are loosening rules meant to support independent local media.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 16, 2017, 11:37 a.m.

Phone companies get new tools to block spam calls

Phone companies will have greater authority to block questionable calls from reaching customers as regulators adopted new rules to combat automated messages known as robocalls.


FCC plans vote over loosening limits on media ownership

The Federal Communications Commission is planning to vote in November on proposals to roll back ownership rules that were meant to support diverse voices in local media


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 26, 2017, 10:28 a.m.

FCC chair to work with Congress on prison cellphone issues

The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission said he’s willing to work with corrections officials, telecom companies and the FBI to combat cellphones in the nation’s prisons.


FCC plans vote over loosening limits on media ownership

The Federal Communications Commission is planning to vote in November on proposals to roll back ownership rules that were meant to support diverse voices in local media.


FCC chair says agency can’t revoke TV licenses over newscast

The Federal Communications Commission lacks authority to revoke broadcast licenses in retaliation for news reporting, its chairman said Tuesday in his first public remarks on the topic since President Donald …


Blumenthal wants FCC to pledge support of free speech

Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal says he plans to ask members of the Federal Communications Commission to publicly affirm their support for the First Amendment amid the president’s threat to pull …


Congress calls on FCC to silence cellphones in prisons

More than 50 members of Congress are giving federal regulators a deadline for resolving how to prevent prisoners from using contraband cellphones behind bars.


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 2, 2017, 8:37 p.m.

Senate confirms Trump choice to head FCC

The Senate has confirmed President Donald Trump’s nominee to serve as chairman of the Federal Communications Commission despite Democratic complaints that Ajit Pai will undermine net neutrality.