All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘FCC’

FCC To Vote On Whether Wireless Carriers Can Sell Your Private Information

Did you know that pretty much everything you do on your smartphone, feature phone or cellphone is logged at your carrier? Did you also know that this information is routinely sold to advertisers without your consent? Well, the FCC is saying enough is enough. The Hill reports that the FCC plans to hold a vote in late June on wireless …

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Congresswoman Proposes Broadband Internet Subsidies For Low-Income Families

For years, it was essential that every family had a phone line. The U.S. government started the Lifeline program to help impoverished families afford this essential communication tool. Now the Internet has overwhelmingly replaced traditional phone lines, but the Lifeline program hasn’t adapted to this reality. One Congresswoman is hoping to change that. Ars Technica reports that Rep. Doris Matsui …

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Julius Genachowski Stepping Down As FCC Chairman

Julius Genachowski has served as FCC Chairman since his appointment in June 2009. Over the years, he has spearheaded a number of projects, including the ambitious National Broadband Plan. Now he’s leaving that all behind. The New York Times reports that Genachowski has announced his resignation from the FCC this morning. He’s expected to formally leave the Commission in the …

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FCC To Hold First Gigabit Workshop This Month

In late January, the FCC announced the Gigabit City Challenge. The campaign aims to get at least one gigabit network in all 50 states by 2015. To do that, the Commission will be holding a number of workshops to help community and industry leaders get started. Telecompetitor reports that the first FCC-hosted gigabit workshop will take place in Washington D.C. …

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White House: “It’s Time to Legalize Cell Phone Unlocking”

Less than two weeks after a petition on the We The People site crossed the 100,000 signature threshold, the White House has issued on official response on making cellphone unlocking legal again. And they totally support it. In a statement that can only be seen as a huge win for activists in this arena, the White House just announced that …

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FCC Will ‘Look at’ the Illegal Phone Unlocking Issue

After gaining a lot of traction on the internet, the current illegality of unlocking cellphones will receive a federal investigation. Back in January, the Library of Congress decided that the unlocking of cellphones would no longer reside on the exemptions lists for the Digital Millennium Copyright Act – a move that basically turned unlocking cellphones into an illegal activity. As …

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FCC Votes To Free Up Spectrum For Wi-Fi Devices

The spectrum freed up for Wi-Fi is a finite resource. Too many devices can congest the networks and slow down service for everybody. The FCC wants to prevent that from happening, and have taken steps to relieve congestion with its latest proposal. The FCC announced today that it has unanimously voted to free up 195 MHz of additional spectrum in …

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FCC Report Shows ISPs Are Mostly Delivering What You Pay For

Once a year, with no specific schedule in mind, the FCC offers up a report on broadband quality in America. It’s part of the Commission’s National Broadband Plan that seeks to study broadband growth in the U.S. and ways to expand cheap, fast Internet across the country. This month’s report shows that ISPs haven’t really improved much since the last …

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The Case For Faster, Cheaper Internet

The United States has a problem – our Internet costs far too much for speeds that barely amount to anything. The FCC engineered a plan to get us on the right track with the National Broadband Plan, but not a lot has come of it yet. Now one Internet fairness proponent has come out swinging in favor of cheaper Internet …

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FCC Challenges All 50 States To Each Get At Least One Gigabit Network By 2015

For millions of Americans, having access to speedy Internet is still an impossibility. The FCC has promised it would fix this when it announced the National Broadband Plan in 2010. Since then, there hasn’t been much progress made on the agency’s goal of making sure everybody has access to inexpensive broadband Internet. At a meeting on Friday, the Commission finally …

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Advocacy Groups Urge FCC To Investigate Data Caps

At CES, Sen. Ron Wyden laid out his tech policy plans for 2013. One of the more prominent plans was to introduce legislation that would prevent ISPs from instituting data caps. Now some advocacy groups have added their voices calling for federal regulation of data caps. The Hill reports that Public Knowledge and Free Press are now asking the FCC …

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It’s Been a Good Year for Unnecessary Censorship [VIDEO]

Every week, Jimmy Kimmel pays tribute gives a giant f**k you to the FCC with his segment “This Week in Unnecessary Censorship.” A well-placed bleep and a pixellation can make even the most innocent phrases sounds absolutely filthy, as is evidenced by the bit. And now that 2012 is winding down, Kimmel has just released the year-end wrap up of …

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