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Charter seeks FCC OK to impose data caps and charge fees to video services

Charter seeks FCC OK to impose data caps and charge fees...

Data cap cash. Charter Communications has asked federal regulators for permission to impose data caps on broadband users and to seek interconnection payments from large online video providers, starting next year. Charter, unlike other ISPs, isn't allowed to impose data caps and faces limits on charges for interconnection payments because of conditions applied to its…
FCC failed to monitor Chinese telecoms for almost 20 years: Senate report

FCC failed to monitor Chinese telecoms for almost 20 years: Senate...

Enlarge / The flag of China. The Federal Communications Commission and other US agencies have failed to properly oversee Chinese telecom companies that operate in the United States, according to a bipartisan Senate report released today. After a year-long investigation, the staff report by the US Senate's Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations "found that the FCC…
FCC Republican excitedly endorses Trump’s crackdown on social media

FCC Republican excitedly endorses Trump’s crackdown on social media

Enlarge / FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr speaks during the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Maryland on Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020.Getty Images | Bloomberg Republican Brendan Carr of the Federal Communications Commission is cheering on President Trump's attack on Big Tech this week. The commissioner also accused social media platforms of bias against the president and…
Bankrupt OneWeb seeks license for 48,000 satellites, even more than SpaceX

Bankrupt OneWeb seeks license for 48,000 satellites, even more than SpaceX

SpaceX and OneWeb have asked for US permission to launch tens of thousands of additional satellites into low Earth orbit. SpaceX's application to launch 30,000 satellites—in addition to the nearly 12,000 it already has permission for—is consistent with SpaceX's previously announced plans for Starlink. OneWeb's application to launch nearly 48,000 satellites is surprising because the…
Making Internet service a utility—what’s the worst that could happen?

Making Internet service a utility—what’s the worst that could happen?

The cable industry takes a subtle approach to anti-Title II advertising. It's 2020, and a coronavirus pandemic has underscored how crucial broadband service is to the lives of Americans for work, entertainment, and school. Internet service is a necessity, and yet it isn't regulated as a utility the way services like water and electricity are.…
US military is furious at FCC over 5G plan that could interfere with GPS

US military is furious at FCC over 5G plan that could...

Enlarge / Dana Deasy, Department of Defense chief information officer, testifies during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on May 6, 2020 in Washington, DC.Getty Images GPS is facing a major interference threat from a 5G network approved by the Federal Communications Commission, US military officials told Congress in a hearing on Wednesday. In testimony…
NYT defeats Ajit Pai as judge orders FCC to provide net neutrality records

NYT defeats Ajit Pai as judge orders FCC to provide net...

Getty Images | Peter Dazeley The New York Times has won its lawsuit against the Federal Communications Commission, as a federal judge ruled Thursday that the FCC must turn over net neutrality comment records that it refused to give to the NYT. The NYT sued the FCC in September 2018, saying the agency denied a…
Frontier, amid bankruptcy, is suspected of lying about broadband expansion

Frontier, amid bankruptcy, is suspected of lying about broadband expansion

Enlarge / A Frontier Communications service van. Small Internet providers have asked for a government investigation into Frontier Communications' claim that it recently deployed broadband to nearly 17,000 census blocks, saying the expansion seems unlikely given Frontier's bankruptcy and its historical failure to upgrade networks in rural areas. The accuracy of Frontier's claimed expansion matters…
Ajit Pai uses bad data to claim ISPs are deploying broadband to everyone

Ajit Pai uses bad data to claim ISPs are deploying broadband...

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Enlarge / FCC Chairman Ajit Pai speaking at a press conference on October 1, 2018, in Washington, DC. The Federal Communications Commission on Friday issued its annual broadband deployment report, finding for the third straight year that broadband is "being deployed to all Americans in a reasonable and timely fashion." The FCC is required to…
FCC moves cautiously in plan to prevent space debris and satellite collisions

FCC moves cautiously in plan to prevent space debris and satellite...

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Enlarge / A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying 60 Starlink satellites launching from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on January 29, 2020. The Federal Communications Commission today unanimously approved new rules for preventing orbital debris and collisions in space, but only after revising the plan to address criticism that the commission was moving too fast…

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