Tag Archives: FCC

FCC OK’s SpaceX Plan For Satellite-Beamed Internet

The Washington Post reports: SpaceX has received official permission from the U.S. government to launch a fleet of satellites designed to beam high-speed Internet signals down to earth. The decision marks a major milestone for chief executive Elon Musk as he pursues a dream of putting 12,000 small satellites into low-earth orbit, connecting rural and developing parts of the world ...

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NRA Awards Rifle To FCC Chairman Ajit Pai At CPAC For His “Courage Under Fire” In Ending Net Neutrality

The Hill reports: Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai received the National Rifle Association’s (NRA) “Charlton Heston Courage Under Fire Award” at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday. The NRA-sponsored award was given to Pai in recognition of months of heavy criticism over his successful push to repeal the agency’s net neutrality rules. Pai led the push to ...

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24 State Attorneys General Sue Over Net Neutrality

Courthouse News reports: The Federal Communications Commission published its official order repealing net neutrality rules in the Federal Register Thursday, prompting New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to immediately challenge the repeal along with 23 other attorneys general. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, a former Verizon attorney appointed by President Donald Trump last year, completed his campaign to repeal the Obama-Era ...

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HAWAII: FCC Says False Nuclear Missile Alert Was Sent Deliberately By Worker Who Misheard Drill Message

The Washington Post reports: The emergency worker who sent a false public safety alert on Jan. 13 warning of an imminent ballistic missile attack on Hawaii believed that a ballistic missile was truly bound for the state after mishearing a recorded message as part of an unscheduled drill, according to a preliminary investigation by federal officials. A combination of human ...

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Senate Dems Force Vote To Bring Back Net Neutrality

Common Dreams reports: Net neutrality advocates have hit an important milestone and are gaining ground in Congress. A Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution to overturn the FCC’s repeal of net neutrality has hit the 30 sign-ons from Senators needed to force a vote on the Senate floor. The CRA allows Congress to overturn the FCC’s decision, which has generated widespread ...

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FCC Chair Skips Tech Show Over Death Threats

The Associated Press reports: Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai is skipping the CES gadget show because of death threats, according to reports. Pai has scrapped popular net-neutrality rules that had barred broadband providers like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon from interfering with internet traffic. The policy’s supporters have reacted strongly. Pai and his staff have called out racist tweets and ...

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FCC Hits Right Wing Sinclair With Record $13.4 Million Fine For Failing To Disclose Sponsored Content

Variety reports: The FCC is slapping Sinclair Broadcast Group with a $13.4 million fine for running news stories on a cancer foundation but failing to disclose that the foundation was paying for them to air. The FCC said that the programming was broadcast more than 1,700 times, “either as stories resembling independently generated news coverage that aired during the local ...

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FCC Chair: People Can Still Send Emails Today, Proving That The Net Neutrality “Hysteria” Was Stupid [VIDEO]

The Hill reports: Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai said Friday that supporters of net neutrality provisions that were repealed Thursday have been proven wrong, as internet users wake up still able to send emails and use Twitter after the regulations were struck down. Speaking on “Fox and Friends,” Pai said Friday that net neutrality supporters such as ABC ...

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Twitter Goes Off On Junior Over Claim That Obama Appointed FCC Chairman (Junior’s Daddy Did That)

USA Today reports: Twitter users pounced on Donald Trump Jr. Thursday for a tweet about the debate over net neutrality that featured a prominent typo and an apparent misconception about which president appointed the current chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. In addition to misspelling neutrality, Trump Jr. was mistaken in referring to Chairman Ajit Pai as “Obama’s FCC chairman.” ...

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Late Night Hosts Tear Into “Jackhole” FCC Chairman

The Daily Beast reports: “The Federal Communications Commission did something absolutely despicable today: They voted to put an end to net neutrality,” announced Jimmy Kimmel. The late-night host dedicated a portion of his Jimmy Kimmel Live! monologue Thursday night to the net neutrality vote, which ruled 3-2 (three Republicans for, two Democrats very much against) in favor of dismantling the ...

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FCC Repeals Net Neutrality In 3-2 Vote [VIDEO]

The New York Times reports: The Federal Communications Commission voted on Thursday to dismantle landmark rules regulating the businesses that connect consumers to the internet, granting broadband companies power to potentially reshape Americans’ online experiences. The agency scrapped so-called net neutrality regulations that prohibited broadband providers from blocking websites or charging for higher-quality service or certain content. The federal government ...

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REVEALED: Comcast Deleted Net Neutrality Pledge On Day FCC First Announced Plans To Repeal Rules

Ars Technica reports: Comcast spokesperson Sena Fitzmaurice has been claiming that we got the story wrong. But a further examination of how Comcast’s net neutrality promises have changed over time reveals another interesting tidbit—Comcast deleted a “no paid prioritization” pledge from its net neutrality webpage on the very same day that the Federal Communications Commission announced its initial plan to ...

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FCC Preps Full Repeal Of Net Neutrality Rules

The New York Times reports: The Federal Communications Commission is preparing a full repeal of net neutrality rules that require broadband providers to give consumers equal access to all content on the internet, putting more power in the hands of those companies to dictate people’s online experiences. Ajit Pai, the chairman of the F.C.C., plans to reveal a sweeping proposal ...

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REPORT: AT&T Considers Selling CNN After Time Warner Merger To Curry Favor With Trump Administration

Deadline reports: There are rumblings at the highest executive levels that AT&T’s top executives are considering divesting some Time Warner assets — including news organization CNN and celebrity gossip site TMZ — after they merge. AT&T expects the Justice Department to approve its $85 billion acquisition of Time Warner, and for the deal to close, by year end. The telco ...

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WEDNESDAY: Tech Giants To Join Online “Day Of Action” Over Proposed Changes To Net Neutrality Rules

The Hill reports: Tech companies and activists will be mobilizing supporters of the net neutrality rules on Wednesday for an online “day of action.” Many websites that have signed up for the demonstration will show their support for net neutrality by displaying “alerts,” warning the public about how the internet could change if the rules are rolled back. The protest ...

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FCC Claims John Oliver Fans Launched Attack On Their Site After His Segment On Net Neutrality [VIDEO]

The Hill reports: The Federal Communications Commission is claiming its website was hit by a cyberattack late Sunday night. The attack came shortly after comedian John Oliver urged viewers of his HBO show “Last Week Tonight” to file comments on the site in support of the agency’s net neutrality rules, which FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is aiming to roll back. ...

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FCC Unveils Plan To Rollback Net Neutrality [VIDEO]

The New York Times reports: The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday outlined a sweeping plan to loosen the government’s oversight of high-speed internet providers, a rebuke of a landmark policy approved two years ago to ensure that all online content is treated the same by the companies that deliver broadband service to Americans. The chairman, Ajit Pai, ...

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Sen. Chuck Schumer Petitions FCC For Waiver To Thwart Caller ID Blocks At Jewish Community Centers

The Buffalo News reports: The people calling in bomb threats to Jewish Community Centers in Buffalo and across the country will lose their cloak of anonymity if Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer gets his way. The New York Democrat on Wednesday asked the Federal Communications Commission to grant a waiver to the nation’s Jewish Community Centers and others that ...

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FCC Ends Investigation Into Net Neutrality Violations

The Hill reports: The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Friday suspended its probes into whether thee major telecommunications companies violated net neutrality rules. The FCC’s wireless telecom bureau sent letters to AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile informing them that the probes were over. The letters are a sign that the FCC is changing under new Chairman Ajit Pai, a Republican who ...

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GOP Candidates To NBC: Give Us The Same Airtime You Gave Donald Trump On Saturday Night Live

Donald Trump was on the air for about twelve minutes last week when he hosted Saturday Night Live. Citing FCC regulations, three other GOP presidential candidates are now demanding equal time from NBC. Talking Points Memo reports: Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) filed for equal time on Friday, and former New York Gov. George Pataki ...

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