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Jon Stewart Derides FCC for Weak Google Spying Fine Jon Stewart Derides FCC for Weak Google Spying Fine
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Do you remember earlier this week when the Federal Communications Commission issued a $25,000 fine to Google? You know, because of the unauthorized collection of personal information Google obtained from unsecured wi-fi networks while the Google Street View car was …

FCC Wants Supreme Court To Hear Super Bowl Nip Slip Case

We were all there. That moment in the 2004 Super Bowl when Janet Jackson gave live television a look at what many a man dreams about at night. It was a national scandal. How dare they allow such a thing …

Does Fining Google Really Achieve Anything? Does Fining Google Really Achieve Anything?

Over the weekend, the Federal Communications Commission released a heavily redacted report that detailed the consequences of Google’s lack of transparency and cooperation with an investigation revolving around the non-consensual collection of information from people using unsecured wi-fi networks. It …

FCC Demands $819,000 From T-Mobile [UPDATED] FCC Demands $819,000 From T-Mobile [UPDATED]

UPDATE: T-Mobile has responded to the FCC’s notice. Here’s what they had to say: T-Mobile USA is committed to providing high-quality products and services to all of its customers, including a broad selection of handsets that are hearing aid compatible. …

Consumer Watchdog Demands Uncensored FCC Report on Google Wi-Fi Spying Consumer Watchdog Demands Uncensored FCC Report on Google Wi-Fi Spying

In light of the Federal Communications Commission dropping its investigation of Google’s Street View’s eavesdropping practices that were uncovered in 2010 and releasing a very redacted version of the interim report that was released on Friday, Consumer Watchdog has issued …

AT&T Aids and Abets Thieves, According to Suit AT&T Aids and Abets Thieves, According to Suit

While it was recently reported that AT&T and other providers are building a database to help track and de-activate stolen cellphones, a group has still brought a class-action lawsuit against the company for helping thieves re-activate stolen devices, mainly the …

Is Net Neutrality Being Misrepresented? Is Net Neutrality Being Misrepresented?
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Net neutrality is in the spotlight once again after Comcast’s recent announcement about its Xfinity video streaming service. The cable giant said that it would not count the television programming users access through Microsoft’s Xbox against their 250-gigabyte monthly data …

Verizon Sued For False Internet Speed Claims Verizon Sued For False Internet Speed Claims

Have you ever been disappointed in a piece of technology or service after being convinced by a company salesperson that it is the way to go? I think most of us have. Typically we can return the item or cancel …

FCC Pushes for Web Disclosure of Political Ads

Local television stations make big bank during election seasons running political ads. Used to be, you could count on ads from the opponents themselves. Nowadays, in a world where money equals protected free speech, many other concerns have an axe …

Political Ad Transparency: Should There Be More? Political Ad Transparency: Should There Be More?

With political ads in full swing during this election year, a debate is heating up in Washington over a proposal from the FCC that would impose regulation on TV stations. The Commission wants TV stations to put the “public inspection files,” which include the names, costs, and running dates of every political ad in recent years on a website that it would oversee.

FCC Asked to Investigate Data Caps. FCC Asked to Investigate Data Caps.

Public Knowledge, a Washington D.C.-based non-profit promoting openness on the web, recently demanded that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) begin an investigation into how wireless companies have been capping data usage on wireless devices. Specifically, the group said wireless devices …

AT&T Slams Feds Using T-Mobile Layoffs AT&T Slams Feds Using T-Mobile Layoffs

In a statement from Jim Cicconi, AT&T Senior EVP of External and Legislative Affairs, posted on AT&T’s policy blog this morning, the company slams the FCC by seemingly mocking T-mobile, who is in the process of laying off 1900 call …

FCC Targets Botnets With New Anti-Bot Code Of Conduct FCC Targets Botnets With New Anti-Bot Code Of Conduct

With one of every ten computers in the United States infected by bots, botnets have officially become enough of a menace/threat/foe to the U.S. government that its launching an initiative to reduce their number. Announced earlier today, The Online Trust …

F.C.C. Reviews Current Policies On Disruption F.C.C. Reviews Current Policies On Disruption

The Federal Communication Commission is reviewing documents to see if there is reason to create rules for when emergency workers and law enforcement can disrupt cell phone communication and internet service to preserve public safety. As the FCC reviews current …

Verizon Explains Stance On Bootloaders To FCC Verizon Explains Stance On Bootloaders To FCC

Verizon has responded to a complaint filed to the FCC concerning the locking of bootloaders on its Android phones. The lockdown, done to prevent users from rooting their Android phones, has long been a sore point for many Android users. …

T-Mobile, MetroPCS Want the FCC To Stop Verizon’s Spectrum Grab T-Mobile, MetroPCS Want the FCC To Stop Verizon’s Spectrum Grab

Verizon Wireless has ideas of securing a big chunk of the unused wireless spectrum by purchasing it from companies like Time Warner, Bright House Networks, and Cox Communications. Such an agreement would give Verizon Wireless increased access and control over …

Payroll Tax Cut Bill Comes With Spectrum Auction Funding

Today, Washington passed the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act, extending the Payroll Tax Cut and unemployment benefits. Part of this was the authorization of the FCC to auction off wireless spectrum, which was proposed in the National …

Want To Cancel Your Cable In Favor Of The Web? How Cable Companies Aim To Stop You Want To Cancel Your Cable In Favor Of The Web? How Cable Companies Aim To Stop You
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The FCC has a fight on its hands between cable companies and Internet streaming set-top box companies such as Boxee. The cable companies are pushing the FCC to make a change to current regulation in order to allow them to encrypt basic cable programming.

Interview: FCC Lifeline Program – Will the Revamp Solve the Fraud?
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On January 31, the FCC announced a complete overhaul of its Lifeline program. The program has been around for 25 years and is part of the Universal Service Fund. Its purpose was to help low-income families and those that live …

Map Shows Areas That Lack 3G (Or Better) Map Shows Areas That Lack 3G (Or Better)
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Check out this map. It shows areas that lack 3G (or better) access. Data comes from the FCC. The map’s description says: This map made with data current as of January 2012. This map shows the areas identified as potentially …

Interview: Here’s Why Open Auctions for 2G Spectrum Are the Best Option

The war in Washington over wireless spectrum is really beginning to heat up as policymakers and the FCC aren’t seeing eye to eye. The issue is commonly referred to as the “spectrum crunch” since wireless networks are quickly becoming overloaded.