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Ajit Pai’s robocall strategy lets providers charge for brand-new call-blocking tools

Ajit Pai’s robocall strategy lets providers charge for brand-new call-blocking tools

ullstein bild | Getty Images Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai is calling on carriers to block robocalls by default without waiting for consumers to opt in to call-blocking services. But he hasn't proposed making this a requirement and is leaving it up to carriers to decide whether to charge for such services. To encourage…
Ajit Pai states he’s repaired huge FCC mistake that overemphasized broadband development

Ajit Pai states he’s repaired huge FCC mistake that overemphasized broadband...

Enlarge / FCC Chairman Ajit Pai with his oversized coffee mug in November 2017. The Federal Communications Commission has fixed the gigantic error that skewed its broadband deployment data, Chairman Ajit Pai announced today—while claiming that the corrected data still shows his policies are boosting broadband access. Pai initially released a summary of the data…
Ajit Pai-proposed upgrade to 25 Mbps begins settling for rural ISPs

Ajit Pai-proposed upgrade to 25 Mbps begins settling for rural ISPs

More than 106,000 rural homes and small businesses in 43 US states will get access to 25Mbps broadband at some point in the next decade thanks to a Federal Communications Commission policy change. The FCC's Connect America Fund (CAF), which distributes money to ISPs in exchange for new broadband deployments in underserved areas, had been…
FCC “customer advisory” panel consists of ALEC, huge opponent of local broadband

FCC “customer advisory” panel consists of ALEC, huge opponent of local...

Enlarge / FCC Chairman Ajit Pai speaking at a press conference on October 1, 2018, in Washington, DC. A committee that advises the Federal Communications Commission on consumer-related matters now includes a representative of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), which lobbies against municipal broadband, net neutrality, and other consumer protection measures. FCC Chairman Ajit…
FCC needs to pay reporter $43,000 after concealing net neutrality records

FCC needs to pay reporter $43,000 after concealing net neutrality records

The Federal Communications Commission has settled a case over its refusal to comply with a public records request, agreeing to pay $43,000 to a journalist who sued the commission. Freelance writer Jason Prechtel filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the FCC in mid-2017, asking for data that would identify who made bulk…
Ajit Pai loses in court– judges reverse gutting of Tribal broadband program

Ajit Pai loses in court– judges reverse gutting of Tribal broadband...

A federal appeals court has overturned Ajit Pai's attempt to take broadband subsidies away from Tribal residents. The Pai-led Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 in November 2017 to make it much harder for Tribal residents to obtain a $25-per-month Lifeline subsidy that reduces the cost of Internet or phone service. The change didn't take effect…
Sorry, Ajit: Comcast reduced cable television financial investment regardless of net neutrality repeal

Sorry, Ajit: Comcast reduced cable television financial investment regardless of net...

Enlarge / A Comcast service vehicle in Indianapolis, Indiana, in March 2016. Getty Images | jetcityimage Comcast's cable division spent 3 percent less on capital expenditures last year, despite promises that the repeal of net neutrality rules would boost broadband network investment. Comcast's cable division spent $7.95 billion on capital expenditures during calendar year 2017,…
Ajit Pai eliminated guidelines that might have assisted Florida recuperate from cyclone

Ajit Pai eliminated guidelines that might have assisted Florida recuperate from...

Enlarge / FCC Chairman Ajit Pai speaking at a press conference on October 1, 2018 in Washington, DC. The Federal Communications Commission chairman slammed wireless carriers on Tuesday for failing to quickly restore phone service in Florida after Hurricane Michael, calling the delay "completely unacceptable." But FCC Chairman Ajit Pai's statement ignored his agency's deregulatory…
Ajit Pai deals with uncommon criticism from GOP senator on rural broadband failures

Ajit Pai deals with uncommon criticism from GOP senator on rural...

Enlarge / FCC Chairman Ajit Pai speaks during an FCC oversight hearing held by the Senate Commerce Committee on Thursday, August 16, 2018. US Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) yesterday blasted the Federal Communications Commission, saying it has failed to prevent budget cuts in funding for rural broadband. "It has been more than a year since…

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