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Wednesday, December 11, 2019
How the FCC fixes customer issues– well, it does not, actually

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

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...

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…
AT&T and other providers wish to conceal in-depth 5G maps from FCC and public

AT&T and other providers wish to conceal in-depth 5G maps from...

Enlarge / Screenshot from an AT&T commercial. AT&T and other mobile carriers are trying to hide detailed 5G maps from the public despite constantly touting the supposed pace and breadth of their 5G rollouts. With the Federal Communications Commission planning to require carriers to submit more accurate data about broadband deployment, AT&T and the mobile…
Why Ajit Pai’s “unhinged” net neutrality repeal was promoted by judges

Why Ajit Pai’s “unhinged” net neutrality repeal was promoted by judges

Enlarge / FCC Chairman Ajit Pai with his oversized coffee mug in November 2017. The Federal Communications Commission has mostly defeated net neutrality supporters in court even though judges expressed skepticism about Chairman Ajit Pai's justification for repealing net neutrality rules. One of the three judges who decided the case wrote that the FCC's justification…
Ajit Pai wins (and loses) in court as net neutrality repeal is mainly supported

Ajit Pai wins (and loses) in court as net neutrality repeal...

Getty Images | Kagenmi A federal appeals court today upheld the Federal Communications Commission's repeal of net neutrality rules but said the FCC cannot preempt state net neutrality laws. "We uphold the 2018 Order, with two exceptions," the judges' ruling said. "First, the Court concludes that the Commission has not shown legal authority to issue…
T-Mobile’s merger with Sprint is most likely triggering hold-ups with its 5G order (TMUS, S)

T-Mobile’s merger with Sprint is most likely triggering hold-ups with its...

T-Mobile notified some of the wireless contractors it works with that it would be delaying purchase orders for new infrastructure and 5G upgrades until 2020, unless the contractors already had the project materials, according to Wireless Estimator. T-Mobile told Wireless Estimator the delayed purchase orders represented the telecom managing its capital expenditure and was not…
Verizon takes legal action against city to prevent paying 5G costs, states the FCC has its back

Verizon takes legal action against city to prevent paying 5G costs,...

Enlarge / A monitor seen on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018. Verizon has sued the City of Rochester, New York, in order to avoid paying fees for deploying 5G equipment and fiber lines. Verizon's lawsuit, filed in US District Court for the Western District of New York…
Ajit Pai loses another lawsuit as judges reverse 5G deregulation

Ajit Pai loses another lawsuit as judges reverse 5G deregulation

Getty Images | Marilyn Nieves One of Ajit Pai's attempts to eliminate regulation of 5G deployment has been overturned by federal judges. The Federal Communications Commission last year approved an order that "exempted most small cell construction from two kinds of previously required review: historic-preservation review under the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) and environmental…
FCC lastly navigates to rejecting net neutrality problem versus Verizon

FCC lastly navigates to rejecting net neutrality problem versus Verizon

Enlarge / A monitor seen on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018. Getty Images | Bloomberg The Federal Communications Commission has finally gotten around to denying a net neutrality complaint filed against Verizon in July 2016, two years before the commission eliminated its net neutrality rules. The complaint…
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...

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…

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