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  • 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 The commission says the rule was outdated and unnecessary.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 »
  • FCC votes to go forward with net neutrality rules

    May 15, 2014 12:58 PM

    NEW YORK - The Federal Communications Commission voted to go forward with the proposal of new rules that could set standards for Internet providers who wish to create paid priority fast lanes on their networks. The preliminary vote submits the so-called net neutrality rules for formal public comment. After the... more »
  • FCC plans to make 911 texts available by May 2014

    December 7, 2012 12:31 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Federal Communications Commission says the nation's four largest wireless carriers have agreed to make emergency 911 texts available nationwide by May 2014. Major rollouts of the texting system are expected next year. The agency said Thursday that under the agreement with AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile, more... more »
  • Divided FCC adopts rules to protect Web traffic

    December 21, 2010 12:29 PM

    WASHINGTON - A divided Federal Communications Commission has approved new rules meant to prohibit broadband companies from interfering with Internet traffic flowing to their customers. The 3-2 vote Tuesday marks a major victory for FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, who has spent more than a year trying to craft a... more »
  • Senate votes to turn down volume on TV commercials

    September 30, 2010 1:10 PM

    Legislation to turn down the volume on those loud TV commercials that send couch potatoes diving for their remote controls looks like it'll soon become law. The Senate unanimously passed a bill late Wednesday to require television stations and cable companies to keep commercials at the same volume as... more »
  • FCC to discuss possible internet connection rules

    October 22, 2009 10:17 AM

    The Federal Communications Commission is discussing regulations that would prevent phone and cable companies from abusing their control over broadband connections. "Network neutrality" rules would ensure subscribers can access all legal Web sites and services, like Internet calling applications that compete with the broadband companies' offers. The FCC chair... more »

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