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Man Facing Largest-Ever FCC Fine Over 97M Robocalls

Company accused of duping people by using their own area codes

(Newser) - A man allegedly responsible for millions of illegal telemarketing robocalls may finally be getting his comeuppance in the form of the largest fine ever proposed by the FCC. The agency on Thursday accused Adrian Abramovich of making nearly 97 million robocalls promoting bogus travel deals over the course of three... More »

FCC Won't Punish Colbert for Trump Remarks

Late Show host's joke isn't 'actionable,' feds say

(Newser) - Stephen Colbert will not be punished for the crude joke about President Trump that led to thousands of complaints and a campaign under the #FireColbert hashtag, the Federal Communications Commission has decided. The FCC says it will take no action against the Late Show host over his May 1 joke... More »

Here's How Many People Wrote to FCC About Colbert

FCC received more than 5,700 complaints after Trump joke

(Newser) - Stephen Colbert's well-covered joke about President Trump, Vladimir Putin, and oral sex has netted more than 5,700 complaints to the FCC since the May 1 episode of The Late Show. Upon request from Politico , the FCC released the first 100 of those complaints, which center on hate speech,... More »

Reporter: I Approached FCC Official, Was Pinned to Wall

FCC issues apology to John Donnelly of CQ Roll Call

(Newser) - A veteran reporter says he was "manhandled" by two security guards at an FCC public hearing Thursday in DC after he attempted to ask a follow-up question. CQ Roll Call senior writer John Donnelly says that plainclothes security detail pinned him against the wall with their backs after he... More »

Minutes After John Oliver Rant on FCC, a 'Cyberattack'

Net neutrality defenders are suspicious

(Newser) - Not for the first time, John Oliver used his show Sunday as a platform to attack the FCC over net neutrality—specifically FCC Chairman Ajit Pai's plan to scale back net neutrality rules —and encouraged viewers to go to the FCC's website to comment on the issue.... More »

Colbert Under Investigation for Trump Joke

Chairman Ajit Pai says FCC will 'take the appropriate action'

(Newser) - The FCC is now investigating the joke that launched a wave of #FireColbert tweets and think-pieces this week. The Hill reports FCC Chairman Ajit Pai says they've received "a number" of complaints about a joke told by Stephen Colbert on The Late Show this week. During an angry... More »

What You Need to Know About Net Neutrality Fight

New FCC chief Ajit Pai wants to undo rules put in place in 2015

(Newser) - The concept of "net neutrality" is back in the news, with new FCC chief Ajit Pai laying out his plans to undo rules for internet service providers put in place in 2015, reports Ars Technica . The details are dense, but the general battle lines are drawn: Advocates of the... More »

Trump Picks Net Neutrality Foe as FCC Head

Ajit Pai named as chairman of Federal Communications Commission

(Newser) - President Donald Trump has picked a fierce critic of the Obama-era "net neutrality" rules to be chief regulator of the nation's airwaves and internet connections, the AP reports. In a statement Monday, Ajit Pai said he was grateful to the president for choosing him as the next chairman... More »

FCC: ISPs Will Have to Ask Before Sharing Data

New broadband privacy rules approved

(Newser) - Federal regulators have approved new broadband privacy rules that make internet service providers like Comcast and Verizon ask customers' permission before using or sharing much of their data, the AP reports. Under the measure, for example, a broadband provider has to ask a customer's permission before it can disclose... More »

Wrongful Billing Earns Comcast 'Biggest Cable Fine Ever'

It must pay $2.3M for negative option billing

(Newser) - Comcast has just been hit with what CNNMoney calls the "FCC's biggest cable fine ever." The company must pay a $2.3 million penalty after federal regulators found it charged customers for services and equipment they never requested. Customers had registered more than 1,000 complaints in... More »

FCC Approves Subsidy to Get Low-Income Families Online

'There was a time when broadband access was a luxury; no more'

(Newser) - Low-income families will now be eligible for a monthly government subsidy to pay for high-speed Internet service following an FCC vote Thursday, the Los Angeles Times reports. The 3-2 vote (three Democratic commissioners for, two Republican commissioners against) expands the 30-year-old Lifeline program that provides subsidies for phone service. Commissioners... More »

FCC Votes to Stop Phone Providers From Gouging Inmates

'The most egregious case of market failure I have ever seen'

(Newser) - Phone calls can cost inmates and their families up to $14 a minute, NBC News reports. But that changed Thursday when the FCC voted 3-2 to cap the rates and fees phone providers can charge for service in US prisons and jails, according to the Huffington Post . "Voting to... More »

Fed-Up Viewer to FCC: Kill Game of Thrones

'It is not educational,' among other things

(Newser) - Fans of HBO's massively popular show Game of Thrones frequently get upset over the deaths of favorite characters, changes made to George R.R. Martin's novels, and any scene featuring Bran. But enemies of the show have more grievous concerns, and they're calling on the government for... More »

Robot Mowers Coming to a Lawn Near You

FCC approves automated device from makers of Roomba

(Newser) - Having a Roomba mow your lawn may not be too far off after an FCC decision yesterday. iRobot's robotic mower received the go-ahead from the communications agency—a big step toward US sales, reports Reuters . The company says its device communicates wirelessly with stakes in the user's yard... More »

Major ISPs Cheating Us on Internet Speeds We Pay For

Nation's largest ISPs slowing down networks affecting 75% of wireline households

(Newser) - Thanks to new FCC rules put out this year to ensure net neutrality and keep all online data equal, major Internet service providers (think Verizon, AT&T, Time Warner) aren't supposed to hold our Internet speeds hostage. But that's exactly what's happening, per a study by an... More »

FCC: AT&T Doesn't Know What 'Unlimited' Means

Company accused of slowing down speeds and ripping off customers

(Newser) - The FCC says AT&T apparently doesn't understand what "unlimited" means, and it's proposing a $100 million fine—the largest in its history—to help clear things up. The agency says the company sold unlimited data plans to customers, then dramatically slowed their speeds once they hit... More »

A Guide to Today's FCC Vote on Net Neutrality

FCC decision will almost certainly head to the courts

(Newser) - The Federal Communications Commission will vote on net neutrality today, after lengthy debate. Though the topic seems destined for the courts, the FCC's decision "is going to be a benchmark," a researcher tells USA Today . The board is expected to approve chairman Tom Wheeler's guidelines to... More »

Obama to FCC: Keep the Internet Fair

Backs net neutrality, wants FCC to reclassify Internet as a utility

(Newser) - President Obama today waded into the politically charged debate over net neutrality , arguing that Internet service providers shouldn't be allowed to offer "fast lanes" to certain websites. Obama called on the Federal Communications Commission to "reclassify consumer broadband service under Title II of the Telecommunications Act."... More »

FCC Nixes Decades-Old NFL Blackout Rule

But 5-0 vote against regulation doesn't necessarily mean all blackouts will end

(Newser) - Football fans may still experience occasional blackouts of local NFL games on TV—but it won't be because of the FCC anymore. In a unanimous 5-0 vote today, the commission repealed a law that has been in place since 1975 to prevent cable and satellite television providers from showing... More »

Today Is 'Internet Slowdown Day'

Those spinning wheels you might be seeing are a protest

(Newser) - Net neutrality supporters get their day of protest, and online businesses like Netflix hope that that spinning wheel of frustration—ahem, we mean loading—puts pressure on lawmakers. Today is Internet Slowdown Day, and while your Internet connection won't actually be slower, the guttural response to those endlessly... More »

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