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FCC boss Ajit defends axing net neutrality by… attacking Cher

Analysis Ajit Pai – the head of America's broadband watchdog, the FCC – has responded to widespread criticism of his plan to tear up net neutrality safeguards by… mocking celebrity tweets. Perhaps we shouldn't expect more in the era of President Trump where Twitter spats replace policy debate and strawmen strangle analysis, but even so …
Kieren McCarthy, 29 Nov 2017

Net neutrality nonsense: Can we, please, just not all lose our minds?

Analysis Just because it was inevitable doesn't make it bearable. Having announced just before Thanksgiving that the FCC, America's broadband watchdog, was indeed planning to gut its own rules on net neutrality, it took until Monday for the full whirlwind of madness on the topic to pick up speed. And, friend, has it arrived, …
Kieren McCarthy, 28 Nov 2017
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AT&T, Comcast trash, kill Nashville's Googley broadband cable rules

An American city's efforts to make it easier for Google and upstart ISPs to compete against cable giants has been unceremoniously unplugged. Middle Tennessee District Court judge Victoria Roberts decided [PDF] last week that Nashville overstepped its authority when it streamlined the process for carriers' engineers to lawfully …
Shaun Nichols, 27 Nov 2017
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FCC boss Ajit Pai emits his net neutrality extermination plan

Ajit Pai, head of America's communications watchdog the FCC, has unveiled his "plan to repeal the Obama Administration's heavy-handed regulation of the Internet," referred to by critics as an anti-consumer giveaway to large communications companies. The 210-page document bears the title "Restoring Internet Freedom," which …
Thomas Claburn, 22 Nov 2017

While you're preparing to carve Thanksgiving turkey, the FCC will be slicing into net neutrality

Analysis Ajit Pai, chairman of America's broadband watchdog, today confirmed what we all knew was coming for months now: a move to tear up the Obama-era's rules on network neutrality in the US. Essentially, under Pai's latest proposals, ISPs and cablecos can charge subscribers extra if they want packages optimized for video streaming, …
Shaun Nichols, 21 Nov 2017

Big Cable's pillow talk with FCC to forbid US states from writing own net neutrality rules

The stomach-churning love-fest between the American cable industry and FCC Ajit Pai continues apace with Big Cable now pillow talking the federal regulator into how to prevent individual US states forming their own net neutrality protections. Pai is expecting to call for a vote on dismantling net neutrality rules on December …
Kieren McCarthy, 17 Nov 2017

Robocall crackdown, choked Lifelines, and pole-climbing: Your new FCC rules roundup

US broadband watchdog the FCC signed off on a pile of new rules Thursday – including laws that will dictate how telcos handle robocalls, cut access for poor Americans to subsidized phone service, add controversial changes to TV station ownership rules, and regulations for fiber cable installation. Under the new anti-robocall …
Shaun Nichols, 17 Nov 2017

How about that US isle wrecked by a hurricane, no power, comms... yes, we mean Puerto Rico

Jessica Rosenworcel, one of the commissioners at America's broadband watchdog the FCC, has reiterated her call for hearings into what is happening with communications on the hurricane-stricken island of Puerto Rico. In late September, Hurricane Maria smashed into the strangely neglected US territory, leaving it mostly without …
Kieren McCarthy, 14 Nov 2017

Europe's one-patent-court-to-rule-them-all rocked by 'Brexit, EPO reforms, German laws'

Plans to introduce a Europe-wide patent court may be delayed still further after the German parliament, government and patent lawyers asked for an extension on submitting responses to a legal challenge. The Unified Patent Court (UPC) have been on the books for five years, and was supposed to be in place by 2015 although it ran …

Verizon whips out Big Johnson to lure FCC into axing US states' net neutrality, privacy rules

Verizon is leaning on America's broadband watchdog to stomp out any hope of state governments rolling out their own rules on net neutrality, privacy protections, and other internet regulations. The telecoms giant this month wrote to the FCC urging the communications regulator to overrule various attempts by US states to …
Shaun Nichols, 31 Oct 2017
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Level 3 thrown in the C'Link after watchdog approves $34bn gobble

America's comms regulator has signed off on the $34bn merger deal that will see ISP CenturyLink take over internet backbone Level 3. The telco announced Monday it had cleared the final regulatory hurdle, and convinced FCC boss Ajit Pai and co. to approve the cash and stock biz gobble. The FCC approval follows prior go-aheads …
Shaun Nichols, 31 Oct 2017

Is the FCC purposefully screwing up US school broadband projects?

Special report Schools across the United States are sounding the alarm on what looks suspiciously like an effort by the federal telecoms regulator to undermine efforts to build new broadband networks. Under the e-rate program run by the Federal Communications Commission, the FCC, schools that do not have access to a fiber network supplied by …
Kieren McCarthy, 27 Oct 2017
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Verizon coughs up $18m after crooked contractor overcharged NY schools

Verizon will have to reach between its couch cushions for $17.7m to shoo away allegations it overcharged New York schools for phone lines and broadband. America's comms watchdog, the FCC, said the payment will settle out of court its complaint against the US telco giant. The row is centered on a technology consultant who took …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Oct 2017
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No, the FCC can't shut down TV stations just because Donald Trump is mad at the news

The head of America's telly watchdog, the FCC, said he cannot follow up on Donald Trump's threat to revoke the broadcast licenses of TV networks that run unflattering news coverage of the US president. Speaking at a public policy conference at George Mason University, Virginia, FCC chairman Ajit Pai said the authority of the …
Shaun Nichols, 17 Oct 2017

FCC Commissioner blasts new TV standard as a 'household tax'

Jessica Rosenworcel, a commissioner at America's broadcast watchdog the FCC, has criticized a proposed set of TV standards as a "household tax," due to its lack of backwards compatibility. Addressing a conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington DC this week (we have no idea why either), Rosenworcel complained [PDF] that the …
Kieren McCarthy, 13 Oct 2017
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Telco forgot to renew its web domain, broke deaf folks' video calls – now gets a $3m paddlin'

A US telco will cough up $3m after a web domain screwup caused it to drop potentially emergency and other essential video calls from deaf and hearing-impaired people. Sorenson Communications in Utah will pay America's comms watchdog, the FCC, a $252,000 fine as a result of the blunder. It will also reimburse $2.7m to the …
Shaun Nichols, 29 Sep 2017

FCC big cheese given Congressional roasting in reconfirmation bid

For a man who repeatedly criticized his predecessor at the Federal Communications Commission for dragging the US watchdog in a bi-partisan direction, in his eight months as FCC chairman Ajit Pai has done more than anyone to infect it with Washington politics. That unpleasant reality was drawn out in a Congressional hearing on …
Kieren McCarthy, 29 Sep 2017

At last, someone's taking Apple to task for, uh, not turning on iPhone FM radio chips

Updated FCC boss Ajit Pai has publicly criticized Apple for not turning on the FM radio receivers in every iPhone – calling it a public safety issue. "In recent years, I have repeatedly called on the wireless industry to activate the FM chips that are already installed in almost all smartphones sold in the United States," the US comms …
Kieren McCarthy, 28 Sep 2017

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