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FCC Targets Telemarketers in Crackdown on Robocalls, Robotexts

The Federal Communications Commission is getting tough on telemarketers. “The top U.S. telecommunications regulator wants to make it harder for telemarketers and other businesses to place unwanted robocalls and text messages under changes to autodialing rules proposed on Wednesday,” Reuters...

RIP robocallers and text-message spammers: the FCC is coming after them

Everybody gets them and everybody hates them. Now, the Federal Communications Commission is trying to do something about them The FCC has announced a new proposal to stop the plague of unsolicited robocalls, which the commission said is it biggest source of complaints. Show More Summary

Comcast’s plan for revenge starts to take shape

The past year has been a very bad one for Comcast. It’s been regularly humiliated by stories about its atrocious customer service, it’s lost a high-profile net neutrality fight with the Federal Communications Commission and it’s seen its proposed megamerger with Time Warner Cable essentially blocked. Show More Summary

Schools, Libraries Will Receive Full Request of $3.9B in E-Rate Funding

From FedScoop: Schools and libraries across the country will be getting the full amount they requested to upgrade their telecommunications and wireless services from the Federal Communications Commission, which capped the funding this year at $3.9 billion. In total, the districts requested $3.92 billion [including $1.6 billion for internal Wi-Fi networks] — just over the […]

8 Complaints to the FCC About Children's TV

6 days agoHumor / odd : mental_floss

Image Credit: Sesame Street, YouTube Anyone can file a TV-related complaint through the Federal Communications Commission. While most of the 11,399 TV complaints received through the Consumer Help Center from December 29, 2014 to May...Show More Summary

FCC chairman reached out to Time Warner Cable, Charter CEOs: WSJ

(Reuters) - Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler reached out to the chief executives of Time Warner Cable Inc and Charter Communications Inc to convey that the agency is not against cable deals, the Wall Street Journal reported. Show More Summary

AT&T No Longer Fears Net Neutrality’s Impact on Investment

AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson does not believe the Federal Communications Commission’s redefinition of broadband service under Title II of the Telecommunications Act is the right path for the industry; he’s certainly not alone. In fact, because of the pending changes to how broadband service is classified, in November of last year Stephenson delivered an ominous message: [...]

Do this now: Internet Health Test aims to tell you if your ISP is violating net neutrality

The Federal Communications Commission surprised us all earlier this year when it put forth new net neutrality guidelines that were hugely pro-consumer. Yes, there may be a loophole or two. And yes, some internet service providers are already looking for different ways to hurt subscribers that don’t violate net neutrality. Show More Summary

$187 million cancer charities scam: 5 reasons why it took the feds so long to catch on

last weekHealth : The Checkup

The Federal Trade Commission's civil complaint against a group of four cancer philanthropies alleging that they bilked donors out of $187 million sent a chill through the nonprofit community. The government alleged that the scheme was...Show More Summary

The economics of net neutrality and how Verizon’s AOL deal subverts an open Internet

last weekNews : The Raw Story

Telecommunication companies were up in arms in February after the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) made net neutrality the law of the land by classifying broadband internet as a utility, seeming to ensure there would be no pay-to-play fast lanes. Not so fast. As Verizon’s planned acquisition...

Vodka-soaked tampons and ‘MILF Island': Things people tell the FCC they don’t want to see on TV

last weekNews : The Raw Story

While television shows come and go — before heading to Netflix — complaints about the content on the shows lasts forever in the files of the Federal Communications Commission. In some cases — Janet Jackson’s “wardrobe malfunction” during halftime at the 2004...

Internet providers are opening a new front in the net neutrality fight

You may have assumed that the fight over net neutrality ended when the Federal Communications Commission approved strict new rules for Internet providers in February. In fact, it's far from over. The next stage of the battle is heating up with people on both sides of the debate gearing up for a war in the courts that could […]

FCC fines Sprint and Verizon $158 million for shady billing practices

The Federal Communications Commission is taking Sprint and Verizon to task for billing practices that hid extra charges in customers' bills On Tuesday the agency ordered the carriers to pay settlements totaling more than $150 million for billing customers for third-party texting services, without their knowledge. Show More Summary

Facebook Hires Former FCC Chairman Kevin Martin

Facebook Inc. hired former Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin Martin to manage the social network’s mobile and global access policy from Washington.

Facebook hires former FCC Chairman

Facebook on Tuesday announced it hired Kevin Martin, former chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, as vice president for mobile and global access policy, as the social network continues to build its executive ranks with former government officials.Read full article >>

Ex-FCC Chair Kevin Martin Named Facebook’s VP, Mobile and Global Access Policy

Facebook’s new vice president for mobile and global access policy is certainly qualified for the post, as the social network announced the hire of former Federal Communications Commission chairman Kevin Martin. Bloomberg was the first...Show More Summary

Did Verizon and Sprint hit you with bogus cramming charges? How to get your money back

Like their rivals AT&T and T-Mobile, Verizon and Sprint have also agreed pay back their customers who got hit with bogus cramming charges. The Federal Communications Commission announced on Monday that Sprint and Verizon would fork over...Show More Summary

Verizon and Sprint will pay millions after adding bogus fees to customers’ bills

Verizon and Sprint are paying the government millions of dollars to settle accusations that the two companies slipped unwanted third-party charges onto consumers' wireless bills.Until last year, the Federal Communications CommissionShow More Summary

Verizon and Sprint will pay $158 million to settle FCC billing complaint charges

Verizon Wireless and Sprint will pay a combined total of $158 million to settle billing complain charges filed by the Federal Communications Commission. Under the terms of the settlement, Verizon will pay $90 million, while Sprint will have to spend $68 million, for a total of $158 million. Show More Summary

Verizon, Sprint Agree To Pay Combined $158 Million Over Unauthorized Customer Billing Claims

2 weeks agoNews : Huffington Post

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Communications Commission announced Tuesday that Verizon Wireless and Sprint Corporation will pay tens of millions of dollars to settle claims that they unfairly billed customers for unauthorized third-party...Show More Summary

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