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Trump is trying to rig the FCC to pass his executive order cracking down on Facebook and Twitter

President Donald Trump. Carlos Barria/Reuters President Trump on Wednesday nominated National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) advisor Nathan Simington to join the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Simington would be replacing FCC commissioner Mike O'Rielly, who has expressed doubt over Trump's executive order targeting social media companies. Trump needs three out of five FCC members to sign off on a petition put forward by the NTIA to enact the executive or...
Tags: Facebook, Fcc, White House, Trends, Donald Trump, Trump, NTIA, Ajit Pai, Rielly, Mike O Rielly, Brendan Carr, CARLOS BARRIA Reuters, Isobel Asher Hamilton, Nathan Simington, Federal Communications Commission FCC Simington, Simington


A major internet outage on Sunday took Hulu, Amazon, and 3.5% of the world's internet traffic with it

BERLIN, GERMANY - JANUARY 12: Close-up of cables and LED lights in a server center on January 12, 2018, in Berlin, Germany. Thomas Koehler/Photothek via Getty Images A giant internet outage, due to an issue at major telecommunications company CenturyLink, wiped out 3.5% of global internet traffic on Sunday.The outage affected web giants including Amazon and Hulu as well as individual internet users. The outage began at 6 a.m. Eastern and ended around 11 a.m. Eastern.Visit Business Insider's...
Tags: Amazon, News, Enterprise, Fcc, US, Trends, Playstation, Chase, Xbox, Reddit, Call Of Duty, Hulu, Abby Wambach, Berlin Germany, Eastern, Glennon Doyle


SpaceX's Starlink is unlikely to win 'anything' from a $16 billion pool of federal funding. But losing could ultimately benefit the ambitious satellite-internet project.

SpaceX has launched hundreds of internet-beaming Starlink satellites and recently started a private beta for the network. But the aerospace company, founded by Elon Musk, might try to defray some of its cost through Federal Communications Commission subsidies worth $20.4 billion. Starlink performance tests published on Speedtest suggest that SpaceX might be eligible for the program, called the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund. But industry experts say they doubt Starlink will get anything, becau...
Tags: Amazon, Spacex, Elon Musk, Fcc, Washington, New York City, US, America, Los Angeles, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Federal Communications Commission, Reddit, Brookings Institution, Musk


Charter Can Charge Online Video Sites for Network Connections, Court Rules

Charter can charge Netflix and other online video streaming services for network interconnection despite a merger condition prohibiting the practice, a federal appeals court ruled today. From a report: The ruling [PDF] by the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit overturns two merger conditions that the Obama administration imposed on Charter when it bought Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks in 2016. The FCC under Chairman Ajit Pai did not defend the merits of the mer...
Tags: Fcc, Time Warner Cable, Obama, Tech, Netflix, Ajit Pai, Competitive Enterprise Institute CEI, DC Circuit


Cities Lose Lawsuit Against FCC's 5G Rules

A federal appeals court upheld the Federal Communications Commission's rules that limit municipalities' ability to negotiate with telecom companies such as AT&T and Verizon that are seeking to deploy thousands of 5G antennas on city streets and neighborhoods. From a report: The ruling by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals is a blow to dozens of cities that sued the agency, claiming the FCC's 2018 rules takes away their leverage and autonomy in deciding how the telecom industry can install "small...
Tags: Verizon, Fcc, America, Tech, Federal Communications Commission, AT T, Ajit Pai, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals


FTC Commissioners Are Upset About Section 230; Though It's Not At All Clear Why (techdirt)

Another day, another bunch of nonsense about Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. The Senate Commerce Committee held an FTC oversight hearing yesterday, with all five commissioners attending via video conference (kudos to Commissioner Rebecca Slaughter who attended with her baby strapped to her -- setting a great example for so many working parents who are struggling with working from home while also having to manage childcare duties!). Section 230 came up a few times, though I'm perpl...
Tags: Facebook, News, Fcc, Congress, Ebay, Senate, Doj, Committee, Ftc, Trump, Mike Masnick, Chopra, Thune, Ajit Pai, Simons, Schatz


FCC Lowers Some Prison Phone Rates After Blaming States For High Prices

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The Federal Communications Commission today voted unanimously to lower the prices inmates pay for phone calls from prisons and jails, but the organization reiterated its position that state governments must take action to lower prices on the majority of inmate calls. Today's action is a proposal to "substantially reduce [the FCC's] interstate rate caps -- currently $0.21 per minute for debit and prepaid calls and $0.25 per minute for collect...
Tags: Fcc, Obama, Tech, Ars Technica, Federal Communications Commission, Pai, Ajit Pai, Global Tel Link


Dish Buys Ting Mobile To Disrupt Wireless, But Questions Remain (techdirt)

We've noted repeatedly that not only did the Trump FCC and DOJ rubber stamp the controversial T-Mobile and Sprint merger, they willfully ignored data showing the deal would result in high prices, lower overall sector pay, fewer jobs, and less overall competition. As most objective antitrust and telecom experts predicted, the ink was barely dry on the deal before the pink slips started to arrive. The higher rates will still likely take a few more years to materialize as the remaining three indust...
Tags: Verizon, News, Fcc, Sprint, Dc, Doj, Trump, T Mobile, Ting, Karl Bode, Ajit Pai, T Mobile AT T, T Mobile AT T Verizon, Trump FCC, Makan Delrahim, Ting Mobile


FCC invites public comment on Trump’s attempt to nerf Section 230

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has decided to ask the public for its thoughts on an attempt initiated in Trump in May to water down certain protections that arguably led to the creation of the modern internet economy. The nakedly retaliatory order seems to be, legally speaking, laughable, and could be resolved without public input — but the FCC wants your opinion, so you may as well give it to them. You can submit your comment here at the FCC’s long-suffering electronic comment filing system, but before ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Fcc, Congress, Government, White House, Tech, Executive Order, Wyden, Ron Wyden, Pai, Trump, Starks, NTIA, Ajit Pai, Brian Schatz D HI


FCC Chair Says Agency Will Take Public Comment on Trump Social Media Petition

The Federal Communications Commission will take public comment for 45 days on a petition filed by the Trump administration seeking new transparency rules in how social media companies moderate content, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said on Monday. From a report: Pai rejected calls from Democrats that he summarily dismiss the petition without public comment. The decision came after President Donald Trump directed the Commerce Department's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) ...
Tags: Google, Fcc, Congress, Tech, Federal Communications Commission, Donald Trump, Pai, Trump, Twitter Inc, Twitter Facebook, Starks, Ajit Pai, Geoffrey Starks, Trump Social Media Petition


NTIA Follows Trump's Unconstitutional Order To Request The FCC Review Section 230 (techdirt)

As we mentioned on Friday, on Monday, the NTIA followed through on a key part of Trump's executive order on Section 230, asking the FCC to weigh in on interpreting the law. Everything about this is crazy. The NTIA request was almost certainly written by a recently hired lawyer who has spent the last couple of years attacking Section 230. He's also the same lawyer who sued Twitter on behalf of a white supremacist, and when I had reached out to him over email to ask him how that made sense under 2...
Tags: Google, News, Fcc, Supreme Court, Congress, Pai, Trump, Carr, Mike Masnick, Newsweek, NTIA, Ajit Pai, Rosenworcel, Michael O Rielly, Jessica Rosenworcel, Halleck


FCC Boss Ajit Pai Pretends To Care About A Prison Telco Monopoly Problem He Helped Protect

The overpriced call is coming... from inside your office!
Tags: Technology, Fcc, Law, Ajit Pai


Ajit Pai, Who Abandoned FCC Prison Phone Rate Caps, Urges States to Clean Up His Mess

Federal Communications Commission chief Ajit Pai is urging that states impose caps on the price of intrastate prison phone calls—ones that existed on the federal level until Pai’s FCC abandoned them in court.Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Fcc, Prison, Prisons, Federal Communications Commission, Telecoms, Phones, Jail, Pai, Price Gouging, Ajit Pai, Private prisons, FCC Prison Phone Rate Caps Urges States


Ajit Pai Urges States To Cap Prison Phone Rates After He Helped Kill FCC Caps

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is urging state governments to impose price caps on prison phone calls, three years after Pai helped kill Obama-era FCC rules that limited the price of such calls. Pai yesterday sent a letter to the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), saying it is up to state governments to cap intrastate calling prices because the FCC lacks authority to do so. (NARUC represents state utility regulators.) P...
Tags: Fcc, Obama, Tech, Ars Technica, Tom Wheeler, Wheeler, Pai, Trump, Ajit Pai, Global Tel Link, NARUC


Vodafone Idea, Airtel’s “premium 4G” plans allowed to continue for the moment

The Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal in a dated Thursday stayed TRAI’s order pausing Vodafone Idea and Airtel’s “premium” 4G plans for subscribers who pay more. The TDSAT said that while TRAI was justified in seeking a review into how those plans worked, staying those plans was not required. The tribunal said in its order that after completing its review, TRAI was entitled to issue final orders “in accordance with law”. This essentially entitles TRAI to file the same order ag...
Tags: Travel, News, Fcc, India, Regulation, Telecom, Airtel, Trai, Jio, Ajit Pai, FICCI, Malhotra, Airtel Vodafone, Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal, Appellate Tribunal, Vodafone Idea


TDSAT stays TRAI hold on Vodafone Idea, Airtel premium 4G plans

The Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal in a dated Thursday stayed TRAI’s order pausing Vodafone Idea and Airtel’s “premium” 4G plans for subscribers who pay more. The TDSAT said that while TRAI was justified in seeking a review into how those plans worked, staying those plans was not required. The tribunal said in its order that after completing its review, TRAI was entitled to issue final orders “in accordance with law”. This essentially entitles TRAI to file the same order ag...
Tags: Travel, News, Fcc, India, Regulation, Telecom, Airtel, Trai, Jio, Ajit Pai, FICCI, Malhotra, Airtel Vodafone, Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal, Appellate Tribunal, Vodafone Idea


The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Will Be Available By Dialing '988' In 2022

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline will be available for people in suicidal crisis under a new easier-to-remember phone number in two years. The Verge reports: On Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission voted unanimously to finalize 988 as the number Americans can call to be directed to the 24/7 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline hotline. As of right now, individuals in suicidal crisis can reach that hotline by dialing 1-800-273-8255 (TALK), but that number will be easier to reme...
Tags: Fcc, Tech, Federal Communications Commission, Voice, Ajit Pai, National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, Rosenworcel, Jessica Rosenworcel


FCC: Phone Carriers That Profit From Robocalls Could Have All Calls Blocked

"Bad-actor" phone companies that profit from robocalls could be blocked by more legitimate carriers under rules approved unanimously yesterday by the Federal Communications Commission. From a report: Under the change, the FCC said carriers can block calls "from bad-actor upstream voice service providers that pass illegal or unwanted calls along to other providers, when those upstream providers have been notified but fail to take action to stop these calls." Carriers that impose this type of bloc...
Tags: Fcc, Congress, Tech, Ajit Pai, Verizon AT T and T Mobile, Federal Communications Commission From


Big Tech is in the hot seat in Washington. Here are the 16 most influential people shaping policy for the industry from the nation's capital.

Big Tech is playing defense in the nation's capital as the Trump administration and Congress scrutinize the biggest companies on a slew of issues ranging from data privacy and security to antitrust concerns.  It's a dizzying time full of uncertainty and high stakes — a perfect time for this Insider list of the tech industry's most important lobbyists, lawmakers, regulators, and policy figures stationed in Washington. Giants like Amazon, Google, and Facebook have snapped up alumni from the Geor...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Florida, Fcc, Supreme Court, Microsoft, Obama, Congress, California, Washington Post, Washington, Senate, White House, China


LIVE: FCC’s Ajit Pai and TRAI’s RS Sharma speak at FICCI Frames

The Federal Communications Commission’s chair Ajit Pai and the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s RS Sharma are speaking at FICCI e-FRAMES 2020. Jyoti Jindgar Bhanot from the Competition Commission of India and Atul Kumar Tiwari, IAS are also on the panel discussion. Follow along on their remarks below. Watch live here. Live updates 7:10pm: Ajit Pai on his legacy (after quipping that he’s not going anywhere): Making technology like broadband and technology available for more Americans. RS...
Tags: Travel, News, Fcc, Youtube, US, Federal Communications Commission, Reed Hastings, Pai, Trai, Ott, The Supreme Court, ICT, Sharma, Ajit Pai, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, Competition Commission of India


Sprint 5G is no more, as T-Mobile focuses on its own network

A day after formally completing the sale of Boost, Virgin and other Sprint prepaid networks to Dish, T-Mobile is pulling the plug on Sprint 5G. The move is one in a long list of issues that need sorting out in the wake of April’s $26.5 billion merger. And like a number of other moves, it’s set to leave some customers in the lurch. The end of Sprint’s 2.5 GHz 5G comes as T-Mobile opts to focus on its own network. T-Mobile already started the process in New York City, a few weeks after the merg...
Tags: Mobile, Verizon, Fcc, Washington, New York City, Samsung, Tech, United States, Sprint, T Mobile, 5g, Cnet, John Legere, AT T, Ajit Pai, U S T Mobile


FCC Bans Funding to Huawei, ZTE over China Ties

The Federal Communications Commission has banned Huawei and the ZTE Coroporation from receiving federal funds because of the companies' ties to the Chinese government.The ban prevents both companies from drawing on the FCC's Universal Service Fund, an $8.3 billion fund paid for by Americans via phone bill fees."The [FCC] has designated Huawei and ZTE as national security risks to America's communications networks-and to our 5G future," FCC chairman Ajit Pai said in a statement. "We c...
Tags: Google, News, Fcc, China, Germany, America, United States, Federal Communications Commission, Chinese communist party, Huawei, Eric Schmidt, Ccp, Ajit Pai, Mike Pompeo, Ben Sasse R Neb, Huawei ZTE


FCC formally declares Huawei, ZTE ‘national security threats’

The Federal Communication Commission has declared Chinese telecom giants Huawei and ZTE “national security threats,” a move that will formally ban U.S. telecom companies from using federal funds to buy and install Huawei and ZTE equipment. FCC chairman Ajit Pai said that the “weight of evidence” supported the decision. Federal agencies and lawmakers have long claimed that because the tech giants are subject to Chinese law, they could be obligated to “cooperate with the country’s intelligence ...
Tags: Security, Fcc, Congress, Senate, Tech, Federal Communications Commission, Telecoms, National Security, Chinese communist party, Huawei, ZTE, Pai, USF, Ajit Pai, Federal Communication Commission, Huawei ZTE


FCC declares Huawei, ZTE ‘national security threats’

The Federal Communication Commission has declared Chinese telecom giants Huawei and ZTE “national security threats,” a move that will formally ban U.S. telecom companies from using federal funds to buy and install Huawei and ZTE equipment. FCC chairman Ajit Pai said that the “weight of evidence” supported the decision. Federal agencies and lawmakers have long claimed that because the tech giants are subject to Chinese law, they could be obligated to “cooperate with the country’s intelligence ...
Tags: Security, Fcc, Congress, Tech, Federal Communications Commission, Telecoms, National Security, Chinese communist party, Huawei, ZTE, Pai, Ajit Pai, Federal Communication Commission, Huawei ZTE, Geoffrey Starks


FCC set to finalize ‘988’ as the new National Suicide Prevention Hotline phone number

The FCC said Tuesday it will vote next month to designate 988 as the new three-digit U.S. nationwide number to reach the National Suicide Prevention Hotline. In a notice, the federal regulator overseeing U.S. internet and phone providers said it will vote on the proposal on July 16 to make the number change official. FCC chairman Ajit Pai said the three-digit number, if passed, “will save lives.” Once approved, U.S. phone companies — including internet calling providers — will have two years to ...
Tags: Fcc, Government, Tech, United States, Ajit Pai, National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, National Suicide Prevention Hotline, Sam Brinton


FCC Commissioner disparages Trump’s social media order: ‘The decision is ours alone’

FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks has examined the President’s Executive Order that attempts to spur the FCC into action against social media companies and found it wanting. “There are good reasons for the FCC to stay out of this debate,” he said. “The decision is ours alone.” The Order targets Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which ensures that platforms like Facebook and YouTube aren’t liable for illegal content posted to them, as long as they are making efforts to take them do...
Tags: Social, TC, Facebook, Fcc, Congress, Youtube, Government, White House, Censorship, Tech, Policy, Commission, Executive Order, Justice Department, Trump, Carr


T-Mobile explains what caused the massive outage that disrupted voice and data service across the United States earlier this week (TMUS)

T-Mobile has shared more information behind the cause of Monday's outage, saying the problems were the result of a circuit failure from a third-party provider in the Southeast. The carrier is working with vendors to "add permanent additional safeguards" that would prevent such an issue from happening again, according to Neville Ray, T-Mobile's president of technology. T-Mobile customers across the US experienced outages on Monday that lasted throughout the afternoon and evening. Customers on o...
Tags: Verizon, US, Trends, United States, Sprint, Federal Communications Commission, Pai, Ray, T Mobile, AT T, Ajit Pai, Downdetector, Neville Ray T Mobile, Southeast Ray


T-Mobile's Outage Yesterday Was So Big That Even Ajit Pai Is Mad

T-Mobile's network suffered an outage across the U.S. yesterday, and the Federal Communications Commission is investigating. "The T-Mobile network outage is unacceptable. The @FCC is launching an investigation. We're demanding answers -- and so are American consumers," tweeted FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. Ars Technica reports: No matter what the investigation finds, Pai may be unlikely to punish T-Mobile or impose any enforceable commitments. For example, an FCC investigation last year into mobile car...
Tags: Florida, Fcc, US, Tech, Federal Communications Commission, Matthew Prince, Pai, T Mobile, Ajit Pai, Mike Sievert, Sievert, Ajit Pai Ars Technica


Republican FCC Commissioner Has 'Deep Reservations' on Whether Trump's Social Media Order Is Bullshit

Donald Trump’s ridiculous and likely unenforceable executive order demanding the Federal Communications Commission begin punishing internet companies insufficiently subservient to conservatives is drawing skepticism from his own side.Read more...
Tags: Politics, Science, Technology, Fcc, Social Media, Federal Communications Commission, Donald Trump, First Amendment, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc, Ajit Pai, Tech Policy, Section 230, Brendan Carr, Michael Orielly, Mike Orielly


Can SpaceX's Starlink Broadband System Deliver Less Than 100ms Latency?

Proudrooster writes: Can SpaceX's Starlink deliver less than 100ms latency? That is the $16 billion dollar question as the FCC looks to pump more money into rural broadband (PDF). Will rural America ever get broadboand? What will America get for giving billions of dollars to incumbent providers? Is this all just FUD or a publicity stunt by the FCC to stop states from building out their own networks? Will American's continue to pay the highest prices on earth for broadband? Will broadband and Int...
Tags: Spacex, Fcc, America, Tech, Commission, Ajit Pai, StarLink, Rural Digital