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FCC to Cough Up $43,000 Settlement for Refusing to Turn Over Fake Comment Records

While not admitting to any fault, the Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday settled a lawsuit for tens of thousands of dollars after unlawfully withholding records from a reporter under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).Read more...
Tags: Science, Fcc, Net Neutrality, Federal Communications Commission, Foia, Ajit Pai


America Vs. Adam Levine's Nipples: All The FCC Viewer Complaints About The Super Bowl Halftime Show

I’ve been FOIAing viewer complaints to the Federal Communications Commission about the Super Bowl every year since M.I.A. flipped off the world in 2012, and this edition was bountiful indeed, drawing the most complaints since that first year. The FCC received 94 complaints regarding last month’s CBS broadcast, and 58…
Tags: TV, Science, Fcc, America, Federal Communications Commission, Cbs, Maroon 5, Adam Levine, Janet Jackson, Travis Scott, Super Bowl LIII, Fcc Complaints, Prudes


FCC Admits in Court That It Can't Track Who Submits Fake Comments

The FCC’s public comment system is a bloody mess. Over the past two years, it’s become apparent that political lobbyists, usually acting on behalf of the telecom industry itself, are prepared to manipulate the agency’s rulemaking process and impersonate everyday Americans just to create the illusion of public support…Read more...
Tags: Science, Fcc, Net Neutrality, New York Times, Ajit Pai, Fcc Comment Fraud


Ajit Pai Promised New Jobs and 'Better, Cheaper' Internet. His ISP Pals Have a Different Plan

During the push to repeal net neutrality in 2017, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai made a lot of big promises. At the top of the list were assurances that if America would only revert back to “light-touch” regulation of the broadband industry (as the two-time Courage Award winner put it), we’d all see huge boosts in network…Read more...
Tags: Verizon, Science, Fcc, Net Neutrality, America, Ajit Pai


Portland Lawmakers Want to Block 5G Rollout, Citing Shaky Health Risks

City officials in Portland, Oregon are preparing a Wednesday vote to oppose the rollout of next-generation 5G networks in the city, Inverse reported on Tuesday. The move, which is supported by Mayor Ted Wheeler and Commissioners Chloe Eudaly and Amanda Fritz, is motivated in part because of disputes with the federal…Read more...
Tags: Health, Science, Technology, Fcc, Telecommunications, Federal Communications Commission, Telecoms, Portland, Wireless, Portland Oregon, 5g, Amanda Fritz, Ted Wheeler, Chloe Eudaly


Report: Ajit Pai's FCC Touted Broadband Deployment Numbers Based on Asinine Mistake

Federal Communications Commission chair Ajit Pai’s assessment of how rapidly broadband deployment has accelerated across the country may be hot bullshit, Ars Technica reported on Thursday.Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Fcc, Internet, Ars Technica, Broadband, Federal Communications Commission, Telecoms, Isps, Wireless, Ajit Pai


FCC May Be Violating Federal Records Law, Oversight Officials Say

Two senior Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives are raising concerns about potential violations of the Federal Records Act committed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Read more...
Tags: Science, Fcc, Foia, Nara, U S House of Representatives, Federal Communications Commission FCC, Record Keeping, Capstone Program


FCC Might Be Violating Federal Records Law, Oversight Officials Say

Two senior Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives are raising concerns about potential violations of the Federal Records Act committed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Read more...
Tags: Science, Fcc, Foia, Nara, U S House of Representatives, Federal Communications Commission FCC, Capstone Program, Upstanding Record Keeping


Democrats' Net Neutrality Bill Would Force Ajit Pai to Actually Do His Job

Top congressional Democrats on Wednesday introduced legislation to restore the open internet rules repealed by the Trump administration in December 2017.Read more...
Tags: Science, Fcc, Net Neutrality, Nancy Pelosi, Trump, Ajit Pai


New Net Neutrality Bill Would Strip the FCC of Its Power to Mess With the Internet

Top congressional Democrats on Wednesday introduced legislation to restore the open internet rules repealed by the Trump administration in December 2017.Read more...
Tags: Science, Fcc, Net Neutrality, Nancy Pelosi, Trump, Ajit Pai


House Democrats Will Introduce 'Save the Internet Act' to Restore Net Neutrality This Week

House Democrats on Wednesday will introduce a bill to reinstate the net neutrality rules repealed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in late 2017. Read more...
Tags: Science, Fcc, Net Neutrality, House, Federal Communications Commission FCC, Ajit Pai


There's No End in Sight to Our Robocall Hell

If Thanos came to Earth and only wanted to turn robocallers into dust, the Avengers would let him. And given how bad spam calls have gotten, surely most if not every adult with a cellphone in the U.S., and certainly everyone in the half of U.S. households that still have landlines, would throw Thanos a parade.Read more...
Tags: Science, Fcc, Earth, Thanos, Avengers, Robocalls, Hiya, Pennywise For President


Fake FCC Comments, Shark DNA, and the Edge of Everything: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

Hopefully your week has been better than leading New York politicians, like NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and Governor Andrew “Amazon” Cuomo—both of whom are still dealing with the disastrous fallout from the failed deal to subsidize a new Amazon facility in Queens’s Long Island City neighborhood. (Adding insult to injury:…Read more...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Gaming, Science Fiction, Politics, New York, Science, Technology, Fcc, Microsoft, Climate Change, Dna, Samsung, Genetics, Physics


How an Investigation of Fake FCC Comments Snared a Prominent D.C. Media Firm 

Millions of records that the FCC’s top lawyer once fought to hold back from state law enforcement officials now serve as key evidence in a year-long probe into cases of Americans being impersonated during the agency’s latest net neutrality proceeding. Analysis of the data would lead investigators last fall to…Read more...
Tags: Science, Fcc, Net Neutrality, Ajit Pai, CQ Roll Call, The Dumbest Crimes


'Free Streaming' Offers From Internet Providers Ultimately Cause Price Hikes, Research Suggests

They say nothing in life is free. Maybe that isn’t always the case, but when it’s your internet provider offering you a freebie, it’s best to assume there’s always going to be some hidden cost.Read more...
Tags: Science, Fcc, Net Neutrality, European Economic Area


SpaceX seeks FCC approval for up to 1M Starlink satellite earth stations

SpaceX has opened a new window into its ambitious plans for a global satellite broadband data network, thanks to an earth-station license application filed with the Federal Communications Commission. The application, filed on behalf of a sister company called SpaceX Services, seeks blanket approval for up to a million earth stations that would be used by customers of the Starlink satellite internet service. The stations would rely on a flat-panel, phased-array system to transmit and receive sign...
Tags: Spacex, Science, Fcc, Federal Communications Commission, KU, StarLink, SpaceX Services


Senators Ask the FCC to Investigate Wireless Carrier Throttling

The request came after Bloomberg News reported that the largest U.S. telecom companies are slowing internet traffic to and from apps such as YouTube and Netflix, citing research from Northeastern University and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. In November, the Democratic senators -- Edward Markey of Massachusetts, Ron Wyden of Oregon and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut -- said they wrote to Verizon Communications Inc., AT&T Inc., T-Mobile US Inc. and Sprint Corp. expressing concern t...
Tags: Science, Fcc, Oregon, Netflix, Connecticut, Ron Wyden, Richard Blumenthal, Bloomberg News, Northeastern University, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Sprint Corp, Edward Markey of Massachusetts


Newly Empowered, Democrats Demand Ajit Pai Stop Withholding Documents

A few months after Trump’s inauguration, an attorney appointed by the president to a top post at the Justice Department produced a memo in which he outlined the administration’s views on congressional oversight. The memo stated simply that, because Democrats were in the minority, they had no legal authority to conduct…Read more...
Tags: Science, Fcc, Net Neutrality, Justice Department, Trump, Ajit Pai, Fcc Oversight


Net Neutrality Advocates Seeking Rule Revival Get Day in Court

After the election of President Donald Trump, the FCC gained a Republican majority and in 2017 tossed out regulations the agency had put in place two years earlier when overseen by a Democratic chairman. The switch eliminated rules that barred internet service providers from blocking or slowing traffic. “The commission has the authority to do precisely what it did” and followed Supreme Court precedent, Thomas Johnson Jr., the agency’s general counsel, told the judges.
Tags: Science, Fcc, Supreme Court, Donald Trump, Democratic, Thomas Johnson Jr


FCC Faces Off in Net Neutrality Lawsuit Against Consumer Advocates and Internet Giants

Oral arguments began Friday in the case of Mozilla v. FCC, a lawsuit brought by a wide range of advocacy groups and trade organizations representing some of the nation’s largest internet companies, which all seek to vacate the vote to repeal net neutrality pushed through by the Federal Communications Commission in…Read more...
Tags: Science, Fcc, Net Neutrality, Mozilla, Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai, Internet Giants, Mozilla V Fcc


Fake FCC Comments Linked to Ex-Trump Campaign Director's Org, Boosted By Roger Stone

An organization run by a former Trump campaign statewide director is being investigated by the New York Attorney General’s office for its role in submitting potentially hundreds of thousands of fraudulent comments to the Federal Communications Commission during the agency’s 2017 efforts to rollback Obama-era net…Read more...
Tags: Science, Fcc, Net Neutrality, Obama, Federal Communications Commission, Identity Theft, Trump, Roger Stone, Free Our Internet


Bounty Hunters, Monkey Clones, and the Green New Deal: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

January 2019 is nearly over and—for now—so is the month-plus federal government shutdown that blanketed national parks in filth and destruction, played with disturbing consequences for the nationwide “air safety environment,” threw off disaster preparation efforts, broke federal websites, and disrupted scientific…Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Credit Cards, Facebook, Space, Music, Science, Technology, Fcc, Privacy, Republicans, Climate Change, Big Data, China, Memory, Marvel, Brands


Ajit Pai and Republicans in Congress Helped Enable 'Bounty Hunters' to Track Your Phone

A growing chorus of Washington lawmakers is now pressing federal regulators to do something about the fact that wireless carriers have recklessly sold off data that can pinpoint the locations of their customers’ mobile phones (and thus the customers themselves). The firestorm of inquiries began after it was revealed…Read more...
Tags: Science, Fcc, Net Neutrality, Privacy, Washington, Phone tracking, Ajit Pai, Congress Helped Enable Bounty Hunters


Why you should care about CERN’s new and BIGGER particle collider

After four years of research, a new conceptual design report for CERN’s 100 km-long Future Circular Collider (FCC) has been released — marking a major milestone for science. Even though it’s only a proposal at the moment, scientists are extremely excited about the prospect of new particle collider that’s roughly four times the length of the previous Large Hadron Collider (LHC). “This type of research is the engine for innovation for the entire society,” James Beacham, particle physicist at CERN,...
Tags: Startups, Science, Fcc, Cern, Hadron Collider, LHC, James Beacham


Physicists Want to Build an Even More Powerful Atom Smasher at CERN

The universe is filled with particles we don't know about that are governed by rules we don't yet understand. But by smashing familiar particles together at nearly the speed of light using large machines aptly named particle accelerators, physicists can sometimes glimpse the invisible. Now, they have a plan to develop one of the most powerful particle accelerators to date that will be nearly four times the size of the current record holder: a 17-mile-long (27 kilometers) ring called th...
Tags: Science, Fcc, Bbc, Cern, Switzerland, Gizmodo, Higgs, Hadron Collider, Large Hadron Collider LHC, LHC, Standard Model, Largest U S Atom Smasher, Future Circular Collider FCC


Here's How the Government Shutdown is Affecting Spam Robocalls

The two main agencies that are supposed to be helping monitor robocalls—the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)—halted operation 25 days ago because of the government shutdown. So how is that affecting the robocall plague? Read more...
Tags: Science, Fcc, Plague, Robocalls, Ftc, Federal Trade Commission FTC, Federal Communications Commission FCC, Spam Calls


Mega tube under Geneva enters race to succeed CERN collider

The existing collider (LHC), which started up in 2008, smashes protons together in a 27-km circuit beneath the Swiss-French border. It helped scientists discover the long-sought Higgs boson -- a particle that supplied the missing piece of the standard model of physics by explaining why objects have mass. The FCC, or Future Circular Collider, proposed by more than 150 universities and science institutes, would be a huge tubular circuit almost four times as long, with 10 times more power than th...
Tags: Science, Fcc, Cern, Geneva, Higgs, LHC


FCC Trying to Postpone Net Neutrality Lawsuit Over Shutdown, But It Probably Won't Work

Citing an ongoing partial shutdown of the U.S. government, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Tuesday moved to postpone the next phase of the lawsuit challenging its 2017 decision to repeal net neutrality protections nationwide. Read more...
Tags: Science, Fcc, Net Neutrality, Federal Communications Commission FCC, Ajit Pai


Ajit Pai Refuses to Brief Lawmakers Over Phone-Tracking Scandal, Dubiously Blames Shutdown

Saying there is no legal reason why Ajit Pai should rebuff an invitation to brief lawmakers during the government shutdown, the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Monday criticized the FCC head for refusing to appear for a briefing about the ongoing controversy over wireless carriers disclosing the…Read more...
Tags: Science, Fcc, Privacy, House Energy and Commerce Committee, Ajit Pai, Location Data, Wireless Carriers


Tech Comebacks, 'Bandersnatch' Endings, and Net Neutrality: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

Welcome to 2019! You made it. Despite the government shutdown and myriad other cursed baggage we’re still faced with—including the official death of net neutrality, for which FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and self-affirmed shill released a gloating statement—there was actually some good news this week! For one, lots of…Read more...
Tags: Science, Fcc, Net Neutrality, Ces, Consumer Tech, Ajit Pai, Best of the week, Nintendo Switch, Bird Box, Bandersnatch



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