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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.

FCC Proposes New Rule That Could Hurt Boxee Sales

The FCC is proposing a rule change that could alter how Americans watch television forever. That might be pushing it a little too much, but the FCC is proposing a change to a provision in the Cable Television Protection and …

M.I.A.’s Middle Finger Gets The Lame NBC Apology You Expected M.I.A.’s Middle Finger Gets The Lame NBC Apology You Expected
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This morning, parents everywhere are being forced to have tough conversations with their children after they were exposed to something so incredibly lewd during last night’s Super Bowl Halftime show that it’s downright un-American. If you watched the big game, …

FCC Providing Broadband To Poor Families Through Lifeline FCC Providing Broadband To Poor Families Through Lifeline
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The FCC is reforming and modernizing their Lifeline program that provides telephone service to poor families across the nation. On their Web site today, the FCC detailed the planned changes to the Lifeline program. For those unaware, the Lifeline program …

Verizon Scraps Convenience Fee Verizon Scraps Convenience Fee
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Verizon has just announced that they are scrapping plans for a $2 convenience fee that would apply to customers paying their bill online or over the phone. Just moments ago the company issued the following statement: Verizon Wireless has decided …

FCC Looking Into Verizon Convenience Fee FCC Looking Into Verizon Convenience Fee
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Verizon found itself the center of a whole lot of negative attention yesterday after details were leaked concerning the company’s plan to start charging customers a $2 “convenience fee” for paying their bill online or over the phone. Though there …

The AT&T/T-Mobile Merger Fail: The Next Day The AT&T/T-Mobile Merger Fail: The Next Day

Now that AT&T has begun its walk of shame after failing to add T-Mobile as the latest notch in its belt, today is for people to reflect on what could have been and speculate on what will be. Henry Blodget, …

AT&T/T-Mobile Deal: DEAD AT&T/T-Mobile Deal: DEAD
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As if its DOA status wasn’t already apparent to anybody who’s paid attention to the issue in the past month or so, the prospective merger between AT&T and T-Mobile has gone the way of the dinosaur. AT&T toe-tagged the deal …

DoJ Pushes To Delay Or Dismiss AT&T, T-Mobile Trial DoJ Pushes To Delay Or Dismiss AT&T, T-Mobile Trial
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Let’s play a game: Pretend you’re AT&T. Your subscribers think you’re the pits and everybody’s making it next-to-impossible for you to acquire your competitor, T-Mobile. In short, it doesn’t seem like anybody really likes you these days. What can you …

AT&T: FCC Report “Lacks All Credibility” AT&T: FCC Report “Lacks All Credibility”
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Although the AT&T / T-Mobile merger seems to be on life support, you’ve got to admire AT&T for their latest statement, one which proves that if they go down, they want to go down swinging. AT&T has hit back at …

AT&T/T-Mobile Merger Faces FCC Obstacle AT&T/T-Mobile Merger Faces FCC Obstacle

As if AT&T didn’t have enough trouble performing their sleight of hand for the Department of Justice, their attempt to acquire T-Mobile just got more difficult, this time in the form of the FCC. In a weighty statement issued yesterday, …