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March 23, 2017 6:06 PM Senate agrees to let carriers use your data however they want

The bill would rollback previous FCC consumer privacy protections. The bill's author, Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) argues that these privacy regulations place an unfair burden on service providers compared to websites like Google and Facebook, who also collect user data, and constitute a "bureaucratic power grab". This data includes "precise geo-location 85

March 23, 2017 5:57 PM Senate votes to block internet privacy regulations

The Senate passed a resolution Thursday in a 50-48 party line vote that would dismantle a set of internet privacy rules approved by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) last year. The rules, which the FCC passed in a party-line vote in October, require internet service providers such as AT&T and Verizon to obtain customers’ permission before using 70

March 23, 2017 5:31 PM The Senate just voted to undo landmark rules covering your Internet privacy

Senate lawmakers voted Thursday to repeal a historic set of rules aimed at protecting consumers' online data from their own Internet providers, in a move that could make it easier for broadband companies to sell and share their customers' usage information for advertising purposes. The rules, which prohibit providers from abusing the data they gather 66

March 23, 2017 5:12 PM FCC: Over 12,000 911 calls failed during AT&T outage

An investigation by the U.S. federal telecom regulator says about 12,600 callers couldn't reach 911 directly from their cellphones during a five-hour AT&T outage on March 8. A Federal Communications Commission official said Thursday that the outage affected AT&T customers in the Southeast, central U.S. and parts of the Northeast as well as a significant 47

March 15, 2017 4:53 PM FCC Chairman Pledges to Build Out Broadband, Speed Up Decision Making

Ajit Pai says he hopes to expand opportunity in parts of the U.S. struggling to adapt to economic change The new GOP chairman of the Federal Communications Commission promised more broadband and less bureaucracy, in an effort to expand opportunity in parts of the country that are struggling to adapt to economic change. Kicking off a tour of Midwestern 17

March 7, 2017 11:03 PM Trump Nominates FCC Chairman Ajit Pai for Second Term, Official Says

Move may help accelerate Republicans’ tech agenda by allowing confirmation debate before policy fights WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump has nominated Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai for a second five-year term on the panel, an administration official said Tuesday. The move could help accelerate Republicans’ ambitious tech agenda 42

March 4, 2017 1:15 AM The Latest: Reporter says bomb threat suspect harassed him

A former journalist from St. Louis accused of making threats to at least eight Jewish community centers had been accused of bizarre behavior before. Juan Thompson is facing a federal charge of cyberstalking an ex-girlfriend. Authorities say the threats were made in an effort to smear her. His supporters say he has no criminal record. A reporter at an alternative 77

March 4, 2017 1:15 AM Jewish Centers get FCC help in tracking bomb threats

WASHINGTON — Jewish Community Centers are getting a federal waiver to help them identify perpetrators behind a wave of bomb threats. The Federal Communications Commission on Friday temporarily waived a privacy rule for all JCCs and telecommunications carriers that serve them, so they can trace calls from blocked phone numbers. “This agency must and will do whatever 49

February 24, 2017 7:11 PM FCC Chairman Ajit Pai Will Seek to Suspend Privacy Rule

Rules would have subjected cable and wireless firms to somewhat tougher standards than other firms like Facebook and Google when handling user data WASHINGTON—Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai said he would seek to roll back key portions of an Obama-era privacy rule that cable and wireless firms opposed as unfair. The move marks the most significant 27

February 10, 2017 11:13 PM FCC Chairman to Push Congress for Expansion of Broadband Internet

Ajit Pai looks to have high-speed service as part of expected infrastructure legislation WASHINGTON—Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai said Friday that he is pushing for Congress to include an expansion of broadband internet service in expected infrastructure legislation, including some of his own ideas for aiding hard-to-serve areas 23