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1 hr ago | Ars Technica
A newly published e-mail from 2010 shows that Harris Corporation, one of the best-known makers of cellular surveillance systems, told the Federal Communications Commission that its purpose "is only to provide state/local law enforcement officials with authority to utilize this equipment in emergency situations." That e-mail was among 27 pages of e-mails that were part of the company's application to get FCC authorization to sell the device in the United States.
1 hr ago | Ars Technica
Most of the 800,000 initial public comments to the Federal Communications Commission backed the FCC adopting net neutrality rules . The commission is weighing whether to enact regulations that, among other things, could prevent broadband providers from charging for Internet fast lanes .
1 hr ago | Switched
Major telecommunications firms want to be able to send you to an Internet slow lane if you don't have enough money pay for topflight service -- or if they simply don't like the information you're sending out. That's bad for everyone who's not a wealthy corporation, and it's especially bad for low-income folks and communities of color, who could almost literally be made to ride at the back of the digital bus.
3 hrs ago | ABC 33/40
WTVA was founded 57 years ago by the late Frank Spain and has remained owned by his wife, Jane Spain. The sale doesn't include WLOV, a separately owned Fox affiliate.
7 hrs ago | The Hill
THE LEDE: Critics of AT&T's proposed $49 billion merger with DirecTV filed formal comments with the Federal Communications Commission to block the plan on Tuesday. Public Knowledge and the Institute for Local Self-Reliance told the agency in a petition that the merger would be bad for consumers, especially against the backdrop of other media deals such as Comcast's bid to buy Time Warner Cable.
The Federal Communications Commission hosted the first segment of its Open Internet Roundtable on Tuesday, focusing on potential policy approaches for "protecting and promoting internet openness." The event brought together academics, policy experts and representatives of technology companies to discuss whether further regulation of the internet is necessary, and if so, what form such regulation should take.
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler testifies before a House Energy and Commerce Communications and Technology Subcommittee hearing on oversight of the FCC on Capitol Hill in Washington on May 20, 2014. By Jonathan Ernst for Reuters.
The Federal Communications Commission's 2010 Open Internet rules didn't apply to mobile broadband to the same extent as fixed broadband. For instance, the unreasonable discrimination rule didn't apply to mobile.
Internet service providers and net neutrality activists appear increasingly interested in a proposal that would give consumers more control over their Internet service, a hopeful sign for compromise in the debate about whether all Internet traffic should be treated equally. Speaking at an FCC roundtable Tuesday, Stanford University net neutrality scholar Barbara van Schewick said that, under certain conditions, letting Internet users individually control which Web sites were delivered at a faster or slower speed by their ISP would not violate the principle of net neutrality.
CN has agreed to pay a civil penalty of $5.25 million to resolve a Federal Communications Commission Enforcement Bureau investigation into the railroad's acquisition and operation of hundreds of wireless radio facilities in the United States without prior commission approval, the FCC announced on Sept.
Meet iHolo. This innovative startup sells a tiny cube that hooks into smartphones and projects a holographic image above the screen.
Protesters demonstrate across the street from the Comcast Center Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, in Philadelphia.
Netflix is relishing its role as the corporate leader in the fight for net neutrality, and why wouldn't it? By fighting for an open Internet, the video-streaming site is not only advocating a position that would protect its profits, it's also earning goodwill from Web activists and liberals. But by taking a high-profile role, Netflix risks learning a painful political lesson: In Washington, friends are fickle, and enemies have long memories.
Not even a week after Zephyr Teachout and Tim Wu's narrower-than-expected defeat, they're back on the streets, urging Albany to block Comcast's $45 billion merger with Time Warner Cable. Wu said the merger will mean higher cable prices for New Yorkers and, as a result, limited access to information.
Months of debate and more than 1 million comments about rules for Web traffic may have moved regulators to consider tougher standards for wireless networks that connect smartphones and tablets. With the Federal Communications Commission ending its period to accept comments Monday, Chairman Tom Wheeler is weighing whether to bar wireless companies led by AT&T and Verizon Communications from treating differently some Web content - applying the same rules as wired services.
Today is the last day to tell regulators how you feel about net neutrality, or the idea that all Internet traffic should be treated equally. The Federal Communications Commission has received 3 million comments since the agency began debating the issue in April, an FCC spokeswoman said Monday.
U.S. regulators on Monday will formally stop accepting public comments on proposed new Internet traffic, or "net neutrality," rules but will continue reaching out to Americans as they review the controversial regulations. Monday is the deadline for submitting comments to the Federal Communications Commission on so-called Open Internet rules that regulate how Internet service providers manage traffic on their networks.
Updated: Wed Sep 17, 2014 11:18 am
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