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Ajit Pai’s “surprise” change makes it harder to get FCC broadband funding

Ajit Pai’s “surprise” change makes it harder to get FCC broadband...

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Enlarge / Ajit Pai, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, during an interview in New York, on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019. After deciding to shut New York and Alaska out of a rural broadband fund, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai has made another change that could reduce or eliminate funding available for ISPs in…
FCC tries to bury finding that Verizon and T-Mobile exaggerated 4G coverage

FCC tries to bury finding that Verizon and T-Mobile exaggerated 4G...

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Enlarge / Ajit Pai, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, during an interview in New York, on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019. Verizon, T-Mobile, and US Cellular exaggerated their 4G coverage in official filings to the Federal Communications Commission, an FCC investigation found. But FCC officials confirmed that Chairman Ajit Pai does not plan to punish the…
How the FCC fixes customer issues– well, it does not, actually

How the FCC fixes customer issues– well, it does not, actually

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Enlarge / FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. The Federal Communications Commission's extremely hands-off approach to broadband-customer complaints has alarmed a member of Congress. US Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Ill.) wrote a letter to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai in August after learning of a Frontier customer who was forced to pay a $10-per-month rental fee for a router…
T-Mobile and Sprint get FCC approval to combine in 3-2 party-line vote

T-Mobile and Sprint get FCC approval to combine in 3-2 party-line...

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Enlarge / Federal Communication Commission Republican members (L-R) Brendan Carr, Michael O'Rielly, and Chairman Ajit Pai participate in a discussion during the Conservative Political Action Conference on February 23, 2018 in National Harbor, Maryland. The Federal Communications Commission has voted 3-2 to approve T-Mobile's acquisition of Sprint, an FCC spokesperson confirmed to Ars today. Republican…
Ajit Pai’s brand-new present to cable television business would eliminate regional charges and guidelines

Ajit Pai’s brand-new present to cable television business would eliminate regional...

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Enlarge / FCC Chairman Ajit Pai speaking at a press conference on October 1, 2018, in Washington DC. Ajit Pai is continuing his multi-year battle against local broadband regulation with a plan that would stop cities and towns from using their authority over cable TV networks to regulate Internet access. Chairman Pai's proposal, scheduled for…
Male who threatened to eliminate Ajit Pai’s kids gets 20 months in jail

Male who threatened to eliminate Ajit Pai’s kids gets 20 months...

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Getty Images | Putra Kurniawan | EyeEm A man who threatened to kill the family of Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai was today sentenced to 20 months in prison. Markara Man, a 33-year-old from California, pleaded guilty on August 31, 2018 after making threats to Pai because he disagreed with the FCC's repeal of net…
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

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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...

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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

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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...

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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…

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