All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘FCC’

AT&T Fined $700,000 by the FCC Over Plan-Switching

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission this week issued an Enforcement Bureau consent decree stating that AT&T has agreed to pay $700,000 to the U.S. Department of Treasury to “resolve complaints that the company switched certain consumers to its mandatory monthly wireless data plans even though it had promised they could retain their existing pay-as-you-go data plans.” AT&T is also now …

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FCC Needs Your Help In Testing Mobile Broadband Speeds

The FCC, love ’em or hate ’em, has been instrumental in increasing broadband speeds across America. The National Broadband Plan has encouraged ISPs to increase their speeds and spread the Internet to more communities across the U.S. Their latest report on broadband performance was encouraging. Now they’re taking it to the next level. The FCC announced today that they will …

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FCC Report Shows Rural Communities Still Don’t Have Broadband

There was a sign of hope earlier this month. A sign that maybe, just maybe, access to fast and affordable Internet was increasing across the country. It’s true that developed areas are getting access to faster and cheaper Internet, but rural communities are still getting screwed over according to a new report from the FCC. The FCC recently wrapped up …

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US Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Butts, Cuss Words

The Supreme Court of the United States has unanimously dismissed some fines divvied out to television broadcasters by the Federal Communications Commission due to cussing and the occasional frame or two of nudity. The court sided with the broadcasters because it said broadcasters didn’t have a way of expecting that celebrities’ unplanned utterances of cuss words on awards shows (looking …

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Google “Surprised” that UK Privacy Agency Cares About Privacy

The Information Commissioner’s Office in the United Kingdom announced last week that it would be re-opening its inquiry of Google and its payload data-collecting Street View cars. In a letter sent to Google’s Global Privacy Counsel, Peter Fleischer, ICO Head of Enforcement Steve Eckersley cited recent revelations that arose from the Federal Communication Commission’s investigation of the Street View cars’ …

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Google Street View Faces Probe in Australia

The Google Street View wi-fi spying scandal may have been quelled in the United States, but the fun’s just getting started in other parts of the world. Over the weekend, an independent privacy watchdog in United Kingdom launched an investigation into Google’s use of the Street View cars to sponge up information from people using unsecured wi-fi networks. Today, Australia’s …

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$200 Million Raised for Gigabit-Per-Second Broadband Initiative

A startup in Ohio called Gigabit Squared has raised roughly $200 million to fund a gigabit-per-second broadband initiative involving six universities across the U.S. Gigabit Squared has called upon the the University Community Next Generation Innovation Project (Gig.U), which consists of 30 universities, to tap the 6 communities to develop the ultra-fast broadband networks. Blair Levin, executive director of Gig.U, …

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FCC Rule Change Would Pave The Way For Internet TV

A little while ago we brought you news that FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski had voiced support for usage-based pricing of broadband internet service. Speaking at the annual conference of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association, Genachowski said that such a pricing model would promote fairness to the customer and innovation among ISPs. Nevertheless, it’s concerning for “cord cutters” who have …

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FCC Chairman Supports Usage-Based Broadband Pricing

You probably remember the early days of the internet’s growth and popularity in the 1990s, when more and more people were getting computers with dial-up modems and people were still figuring out the etiquette of email. Back then, a lot of us had limited internet plans. You paid a fee per month for a certain amount of internet time. Just …

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FBI Is Hoping To Wiretap Internet Services – Should It Be Allowed?

As technologies have advanced, they have dramatically changed the way that we live and interact. We, as consumers, have become accustomed to the convenience, capabilities, and even the entertainment that they provide. But, should these same advantages be applied to other areas such as law enforcement? This topic has recently come up for debate after the FBI indicated that it …

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LightSquared Files For Bankruptcy

LightSquared, a wireless venture started by Philip Falcone, has filed for bankruptcy today. The would-be wireless company ran into difficulties with regulators concerning plans for a wireless network that had the potential to interfere with the existing Global Positioning System. According to a report this afternoon by Bloomberg, the company has debts and assets of over $1 billion. Negotiations between …

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FCC Blocks Liberty Media From Sirius XM Control

On saturday the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) blocked 40% Sirius XM shareholder, Liberty Media from taking control of the company’s operating licenses. Liberty took control of the shares in 2009 after investing over $500 million to help the company avoid bankruptcy. The FCC claims Liberty does not hold the proper documentation to transfer ownership, but also need to amass at …

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