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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

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

FCC weakens limits on owning newspapers, TV stations

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


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 16, 2017

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

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

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 …


UPDATED: Fri., May 26, 2017

Lawmakers seek to restore internet privacy after repealing it

House and Senate lawmakers are hoping to push legislation to replace recently repealed Obama-era internet privacy regulations, a move by the Federal Communications Commission that has led to a tide …


Amy Goodman: Grass roots vs. Trump’s media manipulations

Amidst the daily deluge of scandal, one detail remains crystal clear: Donald Trump understands the power of the media, and he wields that power relentlessly.


Wells, internet privacy are unfinished business

With a special session or two ahead, the Legislature should resolve unfinished business regarding domestic water wells and internet privacy.


UPDATED: Wed., April 26, 2017

FCC chief lays out attack on ‘net neutrality’ rules

The head of the country’s telecommunications regulator says there will be a vote in May on ditching Obama-era “net neutrality” rules that keep telecoms from favoring some sites and apps.


Goodman/Moynihan: Trump protects his privacy, sells ours

This law is the ultimate hack: allowing corporations to take all of our information and sell it for profit.


Telecom policy tilts in favor of industry under Trump’s FCC

Trumpism is slowly taking hold on your phone and computer, as the Federal Communications Commission starts rolling back measures that upset the phone and cable industries.


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 …


Analysis: What President Trump’s new FCC chairman thinks about net neutrality

You may have heard that President Donald Trump’s new FCC chairman, Ajit Pai, is a critic of the government’s net neutrality rules – the regulations barring Internet providers from blocking …


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 …


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 …


T-Mobile fined $48M over slowing ‘unlimited’ data plans

T-Mobile, the country’s No. 3 wireless carrier, will pay $48 million for not clearly telling customers how “unlimited” data plans weren’t really, well, unlimited.


Comcast customers won’t need cable box with upcoming apps

Comcast says later this year you won’t need a cable box to watch cable as the company follows its rivals in offering TV-watching apps.


FCC program to help poor get online will start in December

Low-income Americans are expected to be able to apply for help from the federal government in paying for Internet access in December.


Verizon fined $1.35M by FCC over ‘supercookie’

Verizon will pay a $1.35 million fine over its “supercookie” that followed phone customers on the Internet and the government says it’s required to get an explicit “yes” from customers …


FCC to consider further cutting cost of calls for inmates

The Federal Communications Commission is moving to further limit how much companies can charge for phone calls made from jails and prisons, capping rates on all types of calls.


FCC spikes sports blackout rule

The FCC wants an end to sports blackouts. The Federal Communications Commission voted to end a decades-old rule preventing cable and satellite operators from airing sports events that were blacked …