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Trump To Congress: Repeal Section 230 Or I'll Veto Military Funding

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: President Donald Trump has long been an outspoken foe of big technology companies. And in recent months, he has focused his ire on Section 230, a provision of the 1996 Communications Decency Act that shields online platforms from liability for content posted by their users. In May, Trump called on the Federal Communications Commission to reinterpret the law -- though it's not clear the agency has the power to do that. Since then, he has twee...
Tags: Congress, White House, Tech, Ars Technica, Federal Communications Commission, Capitol Hill, Donald Trump, Trump, NDAA

Holiday internet security can help prevent tax ID theft

As we head into December, holiday shopping begins in earnest. Today's Cyber Monday is expected to be the busiest ever, as millions have shifted to online purchasing of just about everything during the COVID-19 pandemic. This increasing burst of internet transactions also means more chances for crooks to steal your payment and personal information. Much of the data that criminals are trying to snag this holiday shopping season also can be used during the rapidly approaching 2021 tax season to st...
Tags: Taxes, Fcc, Fbi, Federal Communications Commission, Doj, Phishing, Irs, Ftc, Don, Internal Revenue Service, Centers for Disease Control, Federal Trade Commission FTC, Federal Bureau of Investigation FBI, Department of Justice DOJ, IRS Criminal Investigation, Security Summit

Nobody’s Gonna Miss You

Cartoonish internet supervillain Ajit Pai, the Donald Trump-appointed Republican chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, announced Monday that he is leaving the agency on Jan. 20 before the incoming Biden administration shows him the door. Pai’s departure marks the end of an era at the FCC overshadowed by…Read more...
Tags: Science, Fcc, Net Neutrality, Federal Communications Commission, Biden, Pai, Ajit Pai, Ajit Pai the Donald Trump

Trump-Appointed FCC Chairman Ajit Pai Will Leave His Post in January

Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai announced today that he will step down on Jan. 20, 2021, the day of President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration. Pai, who was appointed to the FCC as a commissioner in 2012 by then-President Barack Obama, was elevated to chairman of the regulatory body in 2017 by President Donald Trump. Over...
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Ajit Pai is leaving the FCC in January, and digital rights groups are preparing to restart the fight for net neutrality

FILE PHOTO: Ajit Pai, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, speaks at the WSJTECH Live conference in Laguna Beach, California Reuters FCC Chairman Ajit Pai will step down on January 20, 2021. Pai was controversial for his role in repealing net neutrality rules. Online reactions showed that people expect a relitigation of net neutrality under a Biden-appointed FCC chairman.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Aji...
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FCC Chairman Ajit Pai Will Step Down on January 20

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has announced plans to depart the commission when President-elect Joe Biden is inaugurated on January 20th. Pai has served on the FCC since 2012. From a report: "It has been the honor of a lifetime to serve at the Federal Communications Commission, including as Chairman of the FCC over the past four years," Pai said in a statement. "To be the first Asian-American to chair the FCC has been a particular privilege. As I often say: only in America." Pai was appointed chairman...
Tags: Fcc, Obama, Tech, Joe Biden, United States, Sprint, Federal Communications Commission, Pai, Trump, Ajit Pai, Brendan Carr, America Pai

Jessica Rosenworcel Eyed as Leading Contender for Top FCC Job

The Federal Communications Commission will soon shift to Democratic control, and speculation has already begun about who will assume the chairmanship under the Biden administration. Jessica Rosenworcel, the senior Democrat on the commission, is widely considered to be one of the leading candidates to succeed Ajit Pai in the powerful regulatory post. She has been […]
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Donald Trump spent Thanksgiving night railing against Section 230 on Twitter as the #DiaperDon hashtag went viral

U.S. President Donald Trump arrives to a Thanksgiving video teleconference with members of the military forces at the White House in Washington, U.S., November 26, 2020 REUTERS/Erin Scott President Donald Trump attacked Twitter Thanksgiving night for making "false trends" and demanded again that Section 230 should be "terminated." Twitter users mocked the president using the hashtag #DiaperDon after he sat at a small table during a news conference and posted frustrated tweets.  There are m...
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Trump spent Thanksgiving night railing against Section 230 on Twitter as the #DiaperDon hashtag went viral

President Donald Trump arriving to a Thanksgiving video teleconference from the White House with members of the military on Thursday. REUTERS/Erin Scott President Donald Trump accused Twitter on Thursday night of making "false trends" and demanded again that Section 230 be "terminated." Twitter users mocked the president using the hashtag #DiaperDon after he sat at a small table during a news conference and posted frustrated tweets. More than 230,000 posts have used #DiaperDon on Twitter. ...
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Court releases January calendar (updated)

The Supreme Court on Wednesday issued the for its January argument session. The session will be a relatively quiet one, with only five hours of argument over four days. The justices will not hear argument on two days: Jan. 18, which is a federal holiday observing Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and Jan. 20, when much of the District of Columbia will shut down for the presidential inauguration – and Chief Justice John Roberts will administer the oath of office across the street from the court. Th...
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The FCC rejects ZTE’s petition to stop designating it a “national security threat”

The Federal Communications Commission has rejected ZTE’s petition to remove its designation as a “national security threat.” This means that American companies will continue to be barred from using the FCC’s $8.3 billion Universal Service Fund to buy equipment and services from ZTE . The Universal Service Fund includes subsidies to build telecommunication infrastructure across the United States, especially for low-income or high-cost areas, rural telehealth services, and schools and libraries....
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T-Mobile Becomes First Carrier To Enable 988 Number For Mental Health Services

T-Mobile has added support for the 988 emergency mental health services number more than a year and a half ahead of the Federal Communications Commission's deadline, the company announced on Friday. The Verge reports: T-Mobile customers who dial 988 will be connected to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (NSPL) and its network of crisis centers across the US. T-Mobile says it is the first carrier in the US to make 988 available to its customers. T-Mobile chief technology officer Abdul Saad...
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FCC Takes Spectrum From Auto Industry In Plan To 'Supersize' Wi-Fi

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Are Technica: The Federal Communications Commission today voted to add 45MHz of spectrum to Wi-Fi in a slightly controversial decision that takes the spectrum away from a little-used automobile-safety technology. The spectrum from 5.850GHz to 5.925GHz has, for about 20 years, been set aside for Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC), a vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communications service that's supposed to warn drivers of dangers o...
Tags: Fcc, Tech, United States, Federal Communications Commission, Wi Fi, Intelligent Transportation Systems, Ajit Pai, DSRC, Jessica Rosenworcel, Geoffrey Starks

United States: FCC Opens Connected Care Pilot Program Application Filing Window - Cooley LLP

The Federal Communications Commission released a public notice announcing the application window for its Connected Care Pilot Program is now open and will close December 7.
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Ajit Pai urged to accept Trump loss and stop controversial rulemakings (ars technica)

Enlarge / From left to right, Federal Communication Commission Chairman Ajit Pai and commissioners Michael O'Rielly, Brendan Carr, Jessica Rosenworcel, and Geoffrey Starks testify before the House Communications and Technology Subcommittee on December 05, 2019 in Washington, DC. (credit: Getty Images | Chip Somodevilla) Congressional Democrats yesterday called on Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai to "immediately stop work on all partisan, controversial items" in recognition o...
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United States: FCC Proposes Expansion Of Sponsor ID Rules To Require Disclosure Of Foreign Government Support - Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz

The Federal Communications Commission issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking which proposes to adopt new rules that would require broadcasters
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The Quarantine Stream: ‘6 Days to Air’ Dives into the Fast-Paced Making of ‘South Park’

(Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a new series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.) The Movie: 6 Days to Air: The Making of South Park Where You Can Stream It: HBO Max The Pitch: Most animated TV shows take months to create. South Park, one of TV’s longest-running animated sitcoms borne from a crude viral videotape, gets it done in just six days. Go behind the scenes to see how creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker and the...
Tags: Hbo, Comedy, Television, Movies, South Park, Features, Animation, Federal Communications Commission, Air, Matt Stone, Trey Parker, Featured Stories Sidebar, The Quarantine Stream, 6 Days to Air, 6 Days to Air: The Making of South Park, Anne Garefino

T-Mobile Will Stop Saying Its 5G Network Is Better Than It Actually Is

The Better Business Bureau’s National Advertising Division (NAD) told Verizon over the summer to cut it out with the misleading 5G ads, and now it’s telling T-Mobile to do the same. Add that to the fact that the Federal Communications Commission just fined T-Mobile $200 million for its abuse of Sprint’s Lifeline…Read more...
Tags: Verizon, Science, Fcc, Sprint, Federal Communications Commission, Wireless, 5g, T Mobile, NAD

‘Stay home’ robocalls on Election Day prompt warnings, investigation

A scourge of robocalls that urges Americans to “stay safe and stay home” has gotten the attention of the FBI and the New York Attorney General over concerns of voter suppression. The brief message, which doesn’t specifically mention Election Day, has prompted New York Attorney General Letitia James to launch an investigation into the matter. James announced Tuesday that her office is actively investigating allegations that voters are receiving the robocalls. “Voting is a cornerstone of our democ...
Tags: Security, TC, New York, Congress, Tech, Ap, Fbi, Federal Communications Commission, Election, Department Of Homeland Security, Doj, Voice, Federal Trade Commission, James, U S Department of Justice, Robocall

The Tech Antitrust Problem No One Is Talking About: US Broadband Providers

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: After years of building political pressure for antitrust scrutiny of major tech companies, this month Congress and the US government delivered. The House Antitrust Subcommittee released a report accusing Apple, Amazon, Google, and Facebook of monopolistic behavior. The Department of Justice filed a complaint against Google alleging the company prevents consumers from sampling other search engines. The new fervor for tech antitrust has so far...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Europe, Microsoft, Congress, White House, US, Tech, United States, Comcast, Federal Communications Commission, Gigi Sohn, Department Of Justice, North America, Harvard Law School

Facebook, Twitter and YouTube's business models could get crushed if a law called Section 230 gets repealed. Trump and Congress are rushing to do exactly that.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Niall Carson/PA Images via Getty Images Section 230 — a federal law that shields social media companies from liabilities that would otherwise reshape or crush their businesses — is closer than ever to being repealed or rewritten.  The law protects social media companies from being held liable for the content of users' posts. Proponents argue it enables open forums on the internet to exist. But critics of the law say it doesn't adequately hold social media comp...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Politics, Supreme Court, Congress, Youtube, Senate, Trends, Tech, Analysis, Federal Communications Commission, Republican, Jack Dorsey, Donald Trump, Sundar Pichai, Dorsey

iPhone 12 boasts latent reverse wireless charging feature, FCC filing suggests

A Federal Communications Commission filing hints at a latent iPhone 12 feature that could one day allow the handset to wirelessly charge...
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How to address inequality exposed by the COVID-19 pandemic

Darrell M. West Contributor Share on Twitter Darrell M. West is Vice President and Director of Governance Studies at The Brookings Institution. John R. Allen Contributor John R. Allen is President of The Brookings Institution. The novel coronavirus has accelerated the use of many digital technologies. Forced in the spring to close their doors, most K-12 schools and universitie...
Tags: Health, TC, Column, Fcc, Education, Opinion, Government, America, Tech, Diversity, Policy, United States, Federal Communications Commission, Inequality, Voice, Online Education

T-Mobile Screwups Caused Nationwide Outage But FCC Isn't Punishing Carrier

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The Federal Communications Commission has finished investigating T-Mobile for a network outage that Chairman Ajit Pai called "unacceptable." But instead of punishing the mobile carrier, the FCC is merely issuing a public notice to "remind" phone companies of "industry-accepted best practices" that could have prevented the T-Mobile outage. After the 12-hour nationwide outage on June 15 disrupted texting and calling services, including 911 eme...
Tags: Fcc, Tech, Ars Technica, Federal Communications Commission, Pai, Ajit Pai, Mobile Pai

SpaceX is on a stunning streak with Starlink, Elon Musk's plan to bathe Earth in high-speed internet. But the scheme isn't without big snags.

SpaceX founder Elon Musk has called Starlink user terminals, which are designed to connect to the internet via a fleet of orbiting satellites, "UFOs on a stick." Ashish Sharma/SpaceX SpaceX has rocketed 835 Starlink satellites into orbit to build a high-speed internet service. Elon Musk, the company's founder, says Starlink will soon open for a public beta, followed by paid US service shortly thereafter. Early results are promising, with high speeds and low latencies. SpaceX even gave Star...
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FCC Defends Helping Trump, Claims Authority Over Social Media Law

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The Federal Communications Commission's top lawyer today explained the FCC's theory of why it can grant President Donald Trump's request for a new interpretation of a law that provides legal protection to social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook. Critics of FCC Chairman Ajit Pai's plan from both the left and right say the FCC has no authority to reinterpret Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which gives legal immunity to ...
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FCC To Delay $9 Billion Rural Broadband Push To Fix Data Flaws

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg Law: The Federal Communications Commission is poised to delay $9 billion in rural 5G subsidies for 18 to 24 months so it can fix mapping flaws that bar the agency from determining which areas need the service. The holdup is the most recent delay in the FCC's nine-year effort to pay wireless carriers to expand service to remote areas that otherwise are too unprofitable to serve. The FCC scrapped a similar subsidy effort last year, after it found ...
Tags: Fcc, Congress, Tech, Federal Communications Commission, Bloomberg Law, Universal Service Fund

Who regulates social media?

Social media platforms have repeatedly found themselves in the United States government’s crosshairs over the last few years, as it has been progressively revealed just how much power they really wield, and to what purposes they’ve chosen to wield it. But unlike, say, a firearm or drug manufacturer, there is no designated authority who says what these platforms can and can’t do. So who regulates them? You might say everyone and no one. Now, it must be made clear at the outset that these companie...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Social, TC, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, Europe, Instagram, Fcc, Social Networks, Congress, California, France, Government, Social Media

Trump signs law making 988 the national suicide prevention hotline starting in 2022, as the coronavirus pandemic has caused a mental health crisis

Sue-Ann Siegel works a shift monitoring the Montgomery County Hotline from her home office fielding calls, including from the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline on March 18, 2020 in Chevy Chase, MD. Katherine Frey/The Washington Post/Getty Images President Trump signed a bipartisan bill into law on Saturday that designates 988 as the universal telephone number for the national suicide prevention hotline starting in 2022, according to CNN. The bill will change the hotline's number to thre...
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Big tech's biggest shield is under fire from all 3 branches of government — here's how repealing Section 230 went from a Trump threat to an impending reality

Pressure is mounting in all three branches of government to strip blanket protections that big tech companies have long enjoyed. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images Section 230 — a federal law that Shields social media companies from liabilities that would otherwise reshape or crush their businesses — appears closer than ever to being rewritten.  President Donald Trump has escalated a recent push to repeal Section 230 as retribution for Facebook and Twitter fact-checking his posts. He says they'...
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