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Jan 17, 2018

Wave of lawsuits filed to block net-neutrality repeal

NEW YORK (AP) — The expected wave of litigation against the Federal Communications Commission’s repeal of net-neutrality rules has begun. A group of attorneys general for 21 states and the District of Columbia sued Tuesday to block the rules. So did Mozilla, the maker of the Firefox browser, public-interest group Free Press and New America’s […]

Jan 16, 2018

50 senators endorse resolution to restore FCC net neutrality regulations

WASHINGTON – Fifty Senate lawmakers have endorsed a legislative measure to override the Federal Communications Commission’s recent decision to deregulate the broadband industry, top Democrats said Monday. The tally leaves supporters just one vote shy of the 51 required to pass a Senate resolution of disapproval, in a legislative gambit aimed at restoring the agency’s […]

Dec 4, 2017

Schneiderman says 1 million fake comments sent to FCC

New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman says one million fake comments were submitted the Federal Communications Commission using stolen identities during the public comment period regarding net neutrality. Schneiderman on Monday called for a delay of the scheduled Dec. 14 vote on the issue and called on the FCC to cooperate with an investigation […]

Feb 7, 2017

Court hears plea to end cost caps on prison calls

Law enforcement officials and private phone companies urged a federal appeals court Monday to scrap limits on the high cost of phone calls for prison inmates and their families. The question for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit is whether federal regulators have the authority to cap prices for inmate calls that […]

Nov 4, 2015

FCC probes broadcasting firm said to be backed by Chinese

WASHINGTON — Federal regulators are investigating a U.S. radio broadcasting company that is reportedly majority-owned by a unit of a Chinese government broadcaster. A spokesman for the Federal Communications Commission confirmed Tuesday that the agency will open a probe into G&E Studio Inc., a Los Angeles-based company reportedly owned by James Su, a naturalized U.S. […]

Aug 7, 2015

You still use a landline? FCC OKs new phone rules

The Federal Communications Commission has approved new rules designed to help people reach 911 and prepare for changes in home phone service as the old copper network that powers it gets replaced. Companies such as AT&T and Verizon will have to let customers know when they’re turning off the copper network so customers can figure […]

Feb 26, 2015

FCC OKs tougher rules for Internet providers

WASHINGTON — Internet activists declared victory over the nation’s big cable companies Thursday, after the Federal Communications Commission voted to impose the toughest rules yet on broadband providers like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T to prevent them from creating paid fast lanes and slowing or blocking Web traffic. The 3-2 vote ushered in a new era […]

Dec 8, 2014

Congress considers its own form of sports ‘blackout’

Consumers and taxpayers help pay for the stadiums and other sports venues of professional sports teams, pave the way for the roads to get to them, buy all kinds of fan gear and then face the threat of not being able to see their favorite teams play on television because of a broadcast blackout. The […]

Aug 12, 2014

FCC chief supports repeal of NFL TV blackout rules

BUFFALO (AP) — The commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission said it’s time to repeal NFL television blackout rules. Ajit Pai said the FCC needs to “be on the side of sports fans” regarding league rules that prevent games that are not sold out from being broadcast in the home team’s market. Pai was in […]

Jul 16, 2014

NY senators on letter for open Internet

The Federal Communications Commission is being asked to reclassify the transmission component of broadband Internet access as a telecommunications service under Title II of the Telecommunications Act. In a letter sent to the FCC on Tuesday, 13 Senate Democrats point to the need for the FCC to use its authority to “prevent broadband providers from […]

Jul 3, 2014

FCC crafting rules for the future of the Net

Time is running out for consumers to make their voices heard on new regulations being crafted by the Federal Communications Commission that will dictate Internet availability for years to come. The FCC is considering rules that would allow giant Internet service providers like Comcast Corp., Verizon Communications Inc. and AT&T Inc. to create fast lanes […]

May 16, 2014

FCC to go forward with Net neutrality rules

NEW YORK — The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday voted to go forward with the proposal of new rules that could set standards for Internet providers who wish to create paid priority fast lanes on their networks. The preliminary vote, in which three of agency’s commissioners supported the measure and two dissented, moves the so-called […]

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