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  • 'Net neutrality' foe Ajit Pai is Trump's new FCC head

    January 23, 2017 5:07 PM

    NEW YORK - 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. In a statement Monday, Ajit Pai said he was grateful to the president for his new role as the next chairman of... more »
  • GOP governors ask FCC to address illegal prison cellphones

    May 24, 2016 10:19 AM

    COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is among 10 Republican governors urging the Federal Communications Commission to give states more autonomy in combatting cellphone use by inmates who have them illegally in prison. Haley on Monday wrote to FCC Chairman Thomas Wheeler encouraging him to give states... more »
  • FCC program to help poor get online will start in December

    March 31, 2016 6:25 PM

    NEW YORK - Low-income Americans are expected to be able to apply for help from the federal government in paying for Internet access in December. The Federal Communications Commissioners voted, 3-2 along party lines, Thursday to expand the $1.5 billion Lifeline program, a $9.25-a-month subsidy, to Internet as well as... more »
  • Fight over net neutrality rules returns to appeals court

    December 4, 2015 4:12 PM

    WASHINGTON - The government's latest push to make sure consumers get equal access to the Internet faces a key legal test as a federal appeals court considers whether to treat high-speed service providers like public utilities. Cable and telecom industry groups on Friday urged a three-judge panel to throw... more »
  • FCC considering cutting inmates calling costs

    October 10, 2015 11:31 AM

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Federal Communications Commission is moving to further limit how much companies can charge for phone calls made from behind bars. The agency is taking up the issue during an Oct. 22 meeting. The proposed changes would limit the amount that could be charged on all... more »
  • AT&T-DirecTV deal set to close after clearance from FCC

    July 24, 2015 3:52 PM

    NEW YORK - AT&T's $48.5 billion purchase of DirecTV is set to close after winning clearance from the Federal Communications Commission. The Justice Department had already cleared the deal, which will create the largest provider of cable or satellite TV in the U.S., with 26.4 million cable and satellite TV... more »
  • FCC to phone companies: You can stop unwanted robocalls

    June 18, 2015 2:03 PM

    WASHINGTON - Tired of automated phone calls urging you to vote for a certain candidate or pitching a cruise vacation? You can now tell your phone company that federal regulators say it's OK to block them. The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday agreed that Verizon, AT&T and other telecommunication carriers... more »
  • Court says net neutrality rules will go into effect Friday

    June 11, 2015 5:15 PM

    NEW YORK - An appeals court says it won't block net neutrality rules, which will go into effect Friday as a result. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit says the United States Telecom Association, the plaintiffs, did not satisfy the requirements for a stay. The... more »
  • FCC head seeks to narrow 'digital divide' with new proposal

    May 28, 2015 11:58 AM

    NEW YORK - The head of the Federal Communications Commission is proposing that the government agency expand a phone subsidy program for the poor to include Internet access. The FCC chairman, Tom Wheeler, has called broadband a critical service for modern life. But many low-income people don't have access. According... more »
  • USTelecom files suit against government's new Internet rules

    April 13, 2015 10:30 AM

    NEW YORK - A legal fight against the Federal Communications Commission's new Internet traffic rules has begun. The rules were voted on in February and uphold the principle of net neutrality - that online content be allowed to load at the same speed. They forbid paid fast lanes favoring some... more »
  • Regulators approve tougher rules for Internet providers

    February 26, 2015 11:00 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Federal Communications Commission has agreed to impose strict new regulations on Internet service providers like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T. The regulatory agency voted 3-2 Thursday in favor of rules aimed at enforcing what's called "net neutrality." That's the idea that service providers shouldn't intentionally block or slow... more »
  • FCC to vote next month on net neutrality rules

    January 2, 2015 5:38 PM

    WASHINGTON - Federal regulators are expected to vote next month on rules to govern how Internet service providers like AT&T, Verizon and Comcast deal with the flow of content on their high-speed networks. The five-member Federal Communications Commission will consider then a proposal from Chairman Tom Wheeler on so-called net... more »
  • Obama wants ban on Internet 'fast lane' deals

    November 10, 2014 10:05 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says Internet providers shouldn't be allowed to cut deals with online services like Netflix, Amazon or YouTube to move their content faster. In a statement released by the White House Monday, the president called for an "explicit ban" on such deals. Obama also said that... more »
  • FCC will consider petition to ban 'Redskins'

    September 30, 2014 6:27 PM

    WASHINGTON - The head of the Federal Communications Commission says the agency will consider a petition to ban the Washington Redskins nickname from the public airwaves. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler says Tuesday that the commission "will be dealing with that issue on the merits, and we'll be responding accordingly." A... more »
  • FCC spikes sports blackout rule

    September 30, 2014 2:37 PM

    WASHINGTON - The FCC wants an end to sports blackouts. The Federal Communications Commission has voted to spike a decades-old rule preventing cable and satellite operators from airing sports events that were blacked out on local TV. The commission says the rule was outdated and unnecessary. It was originally adopted... more »

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