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Right-Wing Activists Face $5M
Fine for Election Disinformation
Aug 25, 2021 10:35 AM CDT
Right-Wing Activists Face $5M Fine for Election Disinformation
FCC proposes largest ever fine for TCPA violation for Jacob Wohl, Jack Burkman
- Two conservative activists were trying to suppress minority voters in largely Democratic areas when they made more than 1,100 unlawful robocalls offering false claims about mail-in voting in the 2020 presidential election, according to the FCC , which hopes to levy its largest fine ever proposed for a robocall operation...
It's the 'Most
Ever' on Robocalls
in case you missed it
Jul 11, 2021 5:34 PM CDT
It's the 'Most Meaningful Regulatory Action Ever' on Robocalls
FCC requiring phone providers to verify phone number before call is made
- If you've noticed a recent drop in spam calls, thank the Federal Communications Commission. As of June 30, major US phone providers must use caller ID authentication meant to block spoofed robocalls, costing Americans some $10 billion annually, and help "law enforcement track bad actors," according to...
FCC Slaps Spam Callers
With Record $225M Fine
Mar 18, 2021 3:52 AM CDT
FCC Slaps Spam Callers With Record $225M Fine
Texas-based telemarketers send out more than 1B calls
- Under a bill Congress passed in 2019, spammers can be fined up to $10,000 for a single robocall. The fine handed out to two Texas-based telemarketers Wednesday worked out to less than 5 cents per robocall, but it was still a new record for the Federal Communications Commission. The...
Low-Income Families May Get
$50 a Month for Internet
Feb 26, 2021 11:51 AM CST
Low-Income Families May Get $50 a Month for Internet
FCC approves subsidy to help close the digital divide
- With so many people working and attending school from home during the pandemic, it's become crucial that as many Americans as possible have access to high-speed internet. That's why the FCC on Thursday gave the green light to a $3.2 billion initiative that will offer eligible families...
FCC Slaps Sinclair
With Record Fine
May 7, 2020 5:30 AM CDT
FCC Slaps Sinclair With Record Fine
Conservative broadcaster slammed for 'completely unacceptable' conduct
- The Sinclair Broadcasting Group's effort to create a conservative television juggernaut has ended in a failure and a record $48 million fine from the Federal Communications Commission. The fine—which the FCC says is the largest it has ever levied against a broadcaster—is largely the result of the...
Won't End With
Dec 31, 2019 9:15 AM CST
Robocalls Won't End With Trump's Signature
Enforcement of new law won't be easy, but free call-blocking services are coming
- An anti-robocall measure signed into law Monday by President Trump should help reduce the torrent of unwanted calls promising lower interest rates or pretending to be the IRS, though it won't make all such calls disappear, reports the AP . Under federal law, it's already illegal to fake numbers...
It Will Soon Be
to Call Suicide
Dec 12, 2019 1:15 PM CST
It Will Soon Be Much Easier to Call Suicide Hotline
FCC plans to set up '988' as national suicide prevention hotline number
- In most emergencies, you only need to dial three digits to get help: 911. But for people considering suicide, it takes a lot more digits than that to reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Thanks to a proposal advanced Thursday by the Federal Communications Commission, that will soon change. The...
Internet Regulation, Buh-Bye
Oct 1, 2019 1:17 PM CDT
Internet Regulation, Buh-Bye
The FCC was mostly lawful in repealing net neutrality, an appeals court rules
- Net neutrality champions suffered a major blow Tuesday—but not a total loss. A federal appeals court ruled that the FCC's decision to ditch net neutrality rules in 2017 was in fact lawful, the
reports. But the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit...
Major Carriers Pledge
Action on Robocalls
Aug 22, 2019 5:15 PM CDT
Major Carriers Pledge Action on Robocalls
Americans are getting nearly 5B of them a month
- Major phone companies have pledged to do more to fight robocalls plaguing Americans, the country's state attorneys general say. It's the latest step from government and industry to combat the growing problem, the AP reports. Americans get nearly 5 billion automated calls from scammers, telemarketers, debt collectors, and...
Plagued by Robocalls?
Help May Be Coming
May 15, 2019 3:00 PM CDT
Plagued by Robocalls? Help May Be Coming
The volume of calls is now at about 5B a month
- New measures by US regulators could help thwart some of the billions of robocalls received across America. The FCC said Wednesday that it will vote in June on whether to let wireless carriers block spam calls by default, which should mean that more spam calls are blocked. Right now, customers...
Robocalls, FCC Warns
May 5, 2019 9:59 AM CDT
Don't Return Robocalls, FCC Warns
Scam profits from toll charges
- Returning a robocall can cost money. The FCC has warned consumers not to fall for a scam involving calls that ring once. The idea is to get people to call back, UPI reports, which can incur a toll charge like the one for calling a 900 number. That profits the...
Calif. Just OK'd
in the US
Oct 1, 2018 7:01 AM CDT
Calif. Just OK'd Strongest Net Neutrality Law in the US
Trump administration immediately sued
- California Gov. Jerry Brown approved the nation's strongest net neutrality law Sunday, prompting a lawsuit by the Trump administration and opening the next phase in the battle over internet regulation. Net neutrality advocates hope the law—which Brown signed to stop internet providers from favoring certain content or sites,...
Most Americans Will Get
the Same Text Next Thursday
Sep 13, 2018 8:00 AM CDT
Most Americans Will Get the Same Text Next Thursday
You can't opt out out of this 'Presidential Alert'
- You may hear a bit of noise next Thursday afternoon after lunch, and you can thank FEMA and the FCC. The
reports the two agencies are pushing out a "Presidential Alert" test to nearly every cellphone in the nation Sept. 20 to "assess the operational readiness...
How You Can React to
the End of Net Neutrality
Jun 11, 2018 9:25 AM CDT
How You Can React to the End of Net Neutrality
Some recommended steps, including actually caring about 'terms of service' updates
- June 11 isn't just the day that IHOP reveals what IHOb means: It's also the day that net neutrality is officially no more, a move put in place by a December FCC vote . The Obama-era rule forced internet service providers (ISPs) like Comcast and AT&T to treat...
Senate Votes to Restore
May 16, 2018 3:40 PM CDT
Senate Votes to Restore Net Neutrality
But effort will likely 'go nowhere' in the House
- The Senate has voted to kill a Federal Communications Commission rule that repealed the Obama administration's ban on internet providers blocking or slowing down certain content. Back in December, in an effort to deregulate the internet, the FCC repealed "net neutrality" rules that ensured equal treatment for all...
BK Ad Explains Net Neutrality
With a $26 Whopper
Jan 25, 2018 10:20 AM CST
BK Ad Explains Net Neutrality With a $26 Whopper
Some call the ad 'brilliant,' some say it's just another marketing ploy
- If you've tried explaining net neutrality to your friends only to find their eyes glazing over, appeal to their stomachs instead. Per CNNMoney , Burger King's new "Whopper Neutrality" ad , which debuted Wednesday, illustrates the concept through the lens of Whoppers and wait times. In BK's "...
1st US State
Jan 23, 2018 8:41 AM CST
1st US State Intervenes to Allow Net Neutrality
Montana Gov. Steve Bullock signs order in response to FCC repeal
- Montana on Monday became the first state to bar telecommunications companies from receiving state contracts if they "unreasonably interfere" with internet traffic or favor higher-paying sites or apps, under an order from Gov. Steve Bullock intended to protect so-called net neutrality. The Democratic governor's order comes after the...
21 US States
Just Took New
Action on Net
Jan 17, 2018 10:22 AM CST
21 US States Just Took New Action on Net Neutrality
Lawsuit from attorneys general claims FCC broke the law by voting to repeal net neutrality rules
- A lawsuit filed Tuesday claims the FCC broke federal law when it voted to repeal net neutrality rules in a move labeled "arbitrary, capricious and an abuse of discretion," Reuters reports. As promised , a lawsuit filed by 21 state attorneys general, all Democrats, argues the FCC will allow...
Hawaii's Missile Scare:
'The System Failed Miserably'
Jan 14, 2018 8:03 AM CST
Hawaii's Missile Scare: 'The System Failed Miserably'
FCC says it will investigate what went wrong
- "This system failed miserably and we need to start over." Those are the words of Hawaii Sen. Brian Schatz in the wake of a false alarm broadcast Saturday warning residents of an incoming missile . The FCC apparently agrees and says it will open an investigation into the incident,...
Victim of Net Neutrality
Nix: Free Online Porn
Dec 15, 2017 8:20 AM CST
Another Potential Victim of Net Neutrality Nix: Free Online Porn
The porn will still be there—you might just have to pay for it
- Many individuals and groups are displeased with the FCC's ruling Thursday to nix "net neutrality" rules, which kept ISPs from giving preference to or throttling some online content. But one demographic in particular is particularly hot and bothered, per the Independent Journal Review : consumers of internet porn. The...
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