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T-Mobile/Sprint deal is good actually, Feds tell court in states’ lawsuit

T-Mobile/Sprint deal is good actually, Feds tell court in states’ lawsuit

Enlarge / T-Mobile CEO John Legere (left) and then-Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure during an interview on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on April 30, 2018. Federal regulators that want to let T-Mobile complete its acquisition of rival wireless carrier Sprint are pushing back on a collective effort by some states to block…
No-fiber zone: FCC funds 25Mbps, data-capped satellite in rural areas

No-fiber zone: FCC funds 25Mbps, data-capped satellite in rural areas

Enlarge / Viasat-2, a satellite launched by Viasat in 2017. The Federal Communications Commission is giving $87.1 million in rural-broadband funding to satellite operator Viasat to help the company lower prices and raise data caps. The FCC's Connect America Fund generally pays ISPs to expand their networks into rural areas that lack decent home Internet…
988 will be the new 911 for suicide prevention—by sometime in 2021

988 will be the new 911 for suicide prevention—by sometime in...

The Federal Communications Commission plans to designate 988 as the short dialing code for the United States' suicide-prevention hotline. Much like 911 for general emergencies, 988 could be dialed by anyone undergoing a mental health crisis and/or considering suicide. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can already be reached at 1-800-273-8255 (or 1-800-273-TALK), but the FCC…
FCC’s “illogical” claim that broadband isn’t telecommunications faces appeal

FCC’s “illogical” claim that broadband isn’t telecommunications faces appeal

Enlarge / The Federal Communications Commission seal hangs inside a meeting room at the headquarters ahead of an open commission meeting in Washington, DC, on Thursday, December 14, 2017.Getty Images | Bloomberg Mozilla and other organizations today appealed the court ruling that upheld the Federal Communications Commission's repeal of net neutrality rules, arguing that the…
AT&T doesn’t want you to see its slow Internet speed-test results

AT&T doesn’t want you to see its slow Internet speed-test results

Getty Images | Steven Puetzer AT&T doesn't want its home Internet speeds to be measured by the Federal Communications Commission anymore, and it already convinced the FCC to exclude its worst speed-test results from an annual government report. "AT&T this year told the commission it will no longer cooperate with the FCC's SamKnows speed test,"…
Huawei sues FCC to stop ban on Huawei gear in US-funded networks

Huawei sues FCC to stop ban on Huawei gear in US-funded...

Enlarge / Huawei's logo at the Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona in November 2019. Getty Images | SOPA Images Trade War! USA v. China View more stories Huawei has sued the Federal Communications Commission over the agency's order that bans Huawei equipment in certain government-funded telecom projects. "Huawei asks the court to hold…
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...

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…
DOD signs up with battle versus 5G spectrum proposition, pointing out threats to GPS

DOD signs up with battle versus 5G spectrum proposition, pointing out...

Enlarge / How did we get here again? US Marine Corps / DVIDS The Department of Defense has weighed in against a proposal before the Federal Communications Commission to open the 1 to 2 Gigahertz frequency range—the L band—for use in 5G cellular networks. The reason: segments of that range of radio spectrum are already…
FCC settles restriction on Huawei and ZTE devices in Universal Service Fund

FCC settles restriction on Huawei and ZTE devices in Universal Service...

The Federal Communications Commission today voted unanimously to ban Huawei and ZTE equipment in projects paid for by the FCC's Universal Service Fund (USF). The ban initially affects future projects paid for by the USF and the use of federal funding to maintain existing equipment. But the FCC is also taking public comment on another…
FCC taken legal action against by lots of cities after voting to eliminate regional costs and guidelines

FCC taken legal action against by lots of cities after voting...

The Federal Communications Commission faces a legal battle against dozens of cities from across the United States, which sued the FCC to stop an order that preempts local fees and regulation of cable-broadband networks. The cities filed lawsuits in response to the FCC's August 1 vote that limits the fees municipalities can charge cable companies…

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