U.S. agency prepares to hand over internet oversight to FTC

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Federal Communications Commission plans to turn over oversight of internet service providers to another federal agency as it plans to vote on Thursday to revoke the landmark 2015 “net neutrality” rules. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai last month unveiled plans to repeal the rules that prohibit internet service providers from impeding consumer access to web content. The 2015 rules bar broadband providers from blocking or slowing access to web content. On Monday,…

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NY attorney general asks for net neutrality vote to be put off

WASHINGTON – New York’s attorney general urged the Federal Communications Commission to delay a vote rolling back net neutrality rules because of the large number of fake comments submitted to the agency on the issue. The FCC is expected to vote on Feb. 14 on Chairman Ajit Pai’s plan to scrap the 2015 landmark net neutrality rules, moving to give broadband service providers sweeping power over what content consumers can access. Pai is a Republican…

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Democratic FCC Commissioner sides with keeping net neutrality rules

WASHINGTON – Democratic Federal Communications Commissioner Mignon Clyburn said on Wednesday she supported the net neutrality rules adopted by the U.S. communications regulator in 2015, saying a proposal by the FCC chairman to end Obama-era net neutrality rules would hurt consumers. “The Commissioner continues to believe that the 2015 rules adopted by the FCC are the best way to protect consumers and small businesses while promoting innovation,” said a fact sheet prepared by Clyburn’s office.…

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FCC approves TV technology that gives better pictures but less privacy

WASHINGTON – U.S. regulators on Thursday approved the use of new technology that will improve picture quality on mobile phones, tablets and television, but also raises significant privacy concerns by giving advertisers dramatically more data about viewing habits. The U.S. Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 to allow broadcasters to voluntarily use the new technology, dubbed ATSC 3.0, which would allow for more precise geolocating of television signals, ultra-high definition picture quality and more interactive programming,…

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House Democrats seek probe of FCC chairman’s treatment of Sinclair

WASHINGTON – Two U.S. House Democrats on Monday asked the Federal Communications Commission inspector general to probe whether FCC Chairman Ajit Pai was biased in favor of Sinclair Broadcast Group, which is seeking approval of a $3.9 billion acquisition of Tribune Media Co. Representatives Frank Pallone and Elijah Cummings cited FCC decisions that benefited Sinclair, the largest U.S. television broadcast group, and a media report last year that the election campaign of President Donald Trump…

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U.S. regulator approves CenturyLink’s $24 billion Level 3 acquisition

WASHINGTON – Telecommunications provider CenturyLink Inc on Monday won anti-trust approval from the U.S. Federal Communications Commission for its purchase of Level 3 Communications Inc LVLT.N, the agency said. With the $24 billion deal, CenturyLink said it is seeking to expand its reach in the business communications market and compete with AT&T Inc and Verizon Communications Inc . CenturyLink said in a statement it had received all needed approvals and planned to close the deal…

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Trump suggests challenging TV network licenses over ‘fake news’

WASHINGTON – U.S. President Donald Trump suggested challenging licenses for NBC and other broadcast news networks following reports by NBC News that his secretary of state had called him a “moron” after a discussion of the U.S. nuclear arsenal. “With all of the Fake News coming out of NBC and the Networks, at what point is it appropriate to challenge their License? Bad for country!” Trump, a Republican, wrote in a post on Twitter on…

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FCC says Apple should activate iPhones’ FM radio chip, but newer phones don’t have

WASHINGTON – The top U.S. communications regulator urged Apple Inc on Thursday to activate FM radio chips in iPhones that would allow Americans access to life-saving information when a natural disaster takes out wireless networks, but the company said its newer models do not have the chips. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai said Apple was the one major phone manufacturer that has not activated the chips. “I hope the company will reconsider its position,…

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