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FCC action could improve broadband access across area tribal lands

Better educational access for tribal children would be among the benefits under a federal decision to give federally recognized tribes priority access to broadband licenses, area tribal spokesmen say.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 30, 2020

FCC proposes $12.9 million fine against neo-Nazi robocaller Scott Rhodes

Detailing his robocall campaigns in six states, the Federal Communications Commission said Rhodes “made unlawful, spoofed robocalls to target a community grappling with the recent murder of a local woman, …


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 12, 2019

FCC votes to set up 3-digit suicide hotline number like 911

The Federal Communications Commission is setting up a new three-digit number to reach a suicide prevention hotline.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 16, 2019

The FCC approves T-Mobile-Sprint deal in party-line vote

The Federal Communications Commission has approved the $26.5 billion combination of wireless carriers Sprint and T-Mobile on a 3-2 party-line vote.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 2, 2019

Lupito Flores, founder and longtime station manager of KYRS community radio, steps down

The board of the nonprofit community radio station says the decision was tied to its current financial crunch, which they hope will be relieved by new partnerships and grant dollars …


Court: FCC can dump net neutrality, but can’t bar state laws

A federal court is ruling that the Federal Communications Commission had the right to dump net-neutrality rules, but couldn’t bar states like California from passing their own.


Regulators give phone companies new tools to fight robocalls

Federal regulators are giving phone companies the right to block unwanted calls without getting customers’ permission first.


Regulators give phone companies new tools to fight robocalls

Federal regulators voted Thursday to give phone companies the right to block unwanted calls without getting customers’ permission first.


UPDATED: Mon., May 20, 2019

FCC chairman backs T-Mobile-Sprint deal in key endorsement

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai said Monday he supported the deal because the two companies promised to expand mobile internet access in rural areas and roll out 5G , …


UPDATED: Wed., May 15, 2019

Help coming on blocking scam calls for robocall-plagued U.S.

New measures by U.S. regulators could help thwart some of the billions of robocalls received in the U.S.


China Mobile blocked from offering phone service in US

U.S. communications regulators on Thursday rejected a Chinese telecom company’s application to provide service in the U.S. due to national security risks amid an escalation in tensions between the two …


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

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

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

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

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 …