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Web Goes Ballistic Over FCC Net Neutrality Rules

The FCC is set to propose new rules related to net neutrality, and they’re not exactly in favor of it. In fact, according to reports, these rules would enable broadband providers to give preferential treatment to content providers who pay for access to “fast lanes”. So, you know, pretty much the opposite of net neutrality. Can any good come from …

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FCC Announces Connect2Health Initiative

For the past few years, the FCC has been trying to set up better Internet for schools and health care facilities. The Commission has already set up a fund to bring high speed Internet to schools, and now it’s going to focus on education. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler announced this morning that the commission has a new task force called …

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FCC Wants Greater Control Of The News

The Federal Communications Commission is planning on conducting a study to determine how news outlets decide what topics to take up. It sounds simple and innocent enough, but many are critical about the move on speculations that it is the government’s way of elbowing itself into newsrooms. When questioned about government surveillance of the media, FCC chair Tom Wheeler stated …

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Will The FCC’s New Net Neutrality Rules Protect Consumers And Small Businesses?

In January, the open Web took a major hit when a court sided with Verizon over the FCC’s net neutrality rules. The defeat meant that Verizon or any other ISP could throttle certain types of traffic in favor of others. While the FCC could appeal the ruling, the Commission is apparently not going that route. Reuters is reporting that the …

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Bill That Would Ban In-Flight Calls Approved By House Committee

The FAA made a lot of fliers happier last year when it relaxed its ban on using electronic devices during take-off and landing. The ban on in-flight calls was still in effect though, but it looked like the FCC was going to strike that one down too. Well, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee doesn’t really like that idea. The …

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FCC: Any New Net Neutrality Rules Must Be ‘Dynamic’

Earlier this month, the Washington D.C. Court of Appeals struck down the FCC’s net neutrality rules. In short, the court said that FCC didn’t have the authority to regulate ISPs in the same way they regulate common carriers (i.e. phone service providers). Now everybody wants to know where the FCC will go from here, but the Commission is still being …

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Obama Administration Still Supports Net Neutrality

Open Internet advocates all over the nation today were saddened to learn that D.C. District Court of Appeals sided with Verizon in its fight with the FCC over the Commission’s net neutrality rules. While the FCC can still appeal to the Supreme Court, many are concerned that the Commission won’t even bother. The Obama administration is now strongly hinting that …

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Appeals Court Strikes Down FCC’s Net Neutrality Rules

For the past few years, Verizon has been in a bitter battle with the FCC over the Commission’s enforcement of net neutrality rules. The case made its way all the way to the Washington D.C. Court of Appeals where both sides argued for whether or not the Commission could enforce the rules. The Washington D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals issued …

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FCC Watching AT&T’s Sponsored Data Closely

Early this week AT&T announced its new plan to allow “Sponsored Data” over its network. The plan would see content providers paying AT&T for the data usage costs incurred by AT&T mobile subscribers. The scheme would allow those content providers able to pay the ability to better promote their streaming videos, marketplaces, or other apps to data-conscious AT&T customers. The …

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FCC May Greenlight Mid-Flight Cell Calls

Could you soon be permitted to call your loved ones while flying the friendly skies? According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, the Federal Communications Commission is set to suggest new rules that would allow passengers to use their cellphones at cruising altitude. From The Wall Street Journal: The Federal Communications Commission will propose allowing passengers to use …

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Google’s White Spaces Database Gets Certification From FCC

Google just announced that its White Spaces database has received its final certification from the FCC. Google has been running a trial in South Africa, and in March announced that it reached a milestone in getting a public trial with the FCC. Here we are a few months later, and it appears to be good to go. “This is an …

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FCC Chairman Nominee Supports Cell Phone Unlocking

Tom Wheeler, the man President Obama has nominated to be the next FCC chairman, has something in common with a lot of Americans. He believes that they have the right to unlock their cell phones after a two-year contract is fulfilled. During a nomination hearing with the Senate Commerce Committee earlier this week, Wheeler said he fully supports the ability …

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