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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 Trump threatened the licenses of news networks six days ago.

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 NBC’s broadcast license

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.

Google, Twitter and dozens of other sites take ‘net neutrality day of action’

Visitors to dozens of major websites are seeing a special message about the future of the Internet on Wednesday, part of a broad campaign by the companies to stop what they say is a threat to the Web as most consumers know it. Among the participants? Some of the biggest names on the Web, including Facebook, Google, reddit, Twitter and Spotify.

About half of Spokane households still have a landline phone

Lee Ann Mauk spent nine days without power after Spokane’s 2015 windstorm. She couldn’t turn lights on, take a hot shower or keep food frozen. But through it all, her landline phone kept working. “We didn’t have stoves. We didn’t have hot water. We didn’t have refrigerators. But we did have our phone,” she said.

Trump should defend net neutrality

This “net neutrality” policy is intended to prevent internet access providers from discriminating against content, or favoring content or services they prefer.

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler announces he is stepping down

The nation’s top telecommunications regulator said Thursday that he will step down at the end of President Barack Obama’s term, paving the way for President-elect Donald Trump to nominate a successor when he takes office in January.

Trump’s victory could spell the end of FCC’s net neutrality regulations

WASHINGTON – Donald Trump’s victory means that Republicans soon will take control of the Federal Communications Commission. That could spell the end for net neutrality regulations and other initiatives of the agency’s hard-charging Democratic chairman. The regulations imposed utility-like oversight of broadband providers in an attempt to ensure the free flow of online content. President Barack Obama and liberal activists strongly backed the tough regulations over intense objections of the industry and many Republicans – including Trump.