China Might Cause A ‘Dangerous’ Split In The Internet, FCC Chief Warns

China may be planning on utilizing its 5G technology to build its own version of the internet, Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai has warned, per The South China Morning Post. Though this internet would be super fast due to its superior technology, it would nonetheless likely be heavily censored, which is why Pai has […]

FCC Proposes Creating Three-Digit National Suicide Prevention Hotline ‘988’

As the number of suicides in America continues to steadily increase, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has proposed a much faster and more memorable way for those at risk to seek help if need be. A recommendation from the FCC to Congress in a report this week proposed designating the number 988 as the National […]

Wireless Phone Carriers Like Verizon Now Have The Power To Automatically Block All Unwanted Robocalls

Those robocalls that interrupt dinner or make your phone ring during an important business meeting could soon be coming to an end. This week, the Federal Communications Commission voted to give wireless carriers the power to automatically block unwanted robocalls for all customers. As CNN Business reported, the move is meant to combat a rise […]

John Oliver Slams HBO Parent Company AT&T Amid Robocall Rant Aimed At FCC

Last Week Tonight host John Oliver took aim at AT&T, the parent company of his employer HBO during a segment criticizing robocalls and the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) failure to do anything about them, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The late-night host took to HBO’s airwaves Sunday night to let rip a high-energy rant against […]

Proposed California Text Tax Infuriates Cell Phone Users

OMG! Cell phone users in California are in disbelief that state regulators want to tax their text messages. A new surcharge proposed by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) wouldn’t be a per-text tax, but rather a flat monthly fee based on a cellular bill that already includes fees for text message services. Many carriers […]

Here’s Why The Scourge Of Robocalls Is Getting Worse

Robocalls, or scripted calls made by an automated service, are considered by many to be a great annoyance. Some estimates place the number of robocalls at around 147 million per day, every day. So the chances of any single individual getting one of those calls once in a while, or more frequently, is very good […]

California Governor Jerry Brown Signs Net Neutrality Law

California Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation to restore net neutrality in the state late Sunday, Reuters reports. Previously approved by the state Assembly and Senate, despite protests from internet service providers and cable lobbyists, California’s net neutrality rules are thought to be the strictest in the United States, according to Ars Technica. “While the Trump […]

Robocallers Slapped With Mega Fines For Spoofing Real Numbers

Few things are more infuriating and annoying these days than the dozens of robocalls spoofing real phone numbers. Perhaps that’s why hearing that the FCC slapped a robocaller with a mega fine recently felt so great for so many people who have been on the receiving end of these calls. According to a Gizmodo report, […]

iPhone XR Still Not Authorized By The FCC

On September 12, Apple announced its 2018 product lineup, which included three new iPhones. The company unveiled two new OLED devices: the iPhone XS, with a 5.8-inch display, and the 6.5-inch iPhone XS Max. The prices of these phones will start at $999 and $1,099, respectively. Apple also showed off a cheaper iPhone with a […]

FCC Shuts Down Alex Jones’ Flagship Pirate Radio Station Liberty Radio

While many fans of Alex Jones’ shows, primarily Infowars, are aware that his flagship radio station is Liberty Radio, what most people do not know is that said station is a pirate radio outfit that operates from an apartment building. A pirate radio station is one that operates without a valid license, and while the […]

Democrats Calling For Congress To Restore Obama-Era Net Neutrality Laws

Net neutrality ended on June 10, but that doesn’t mean that everyone has given up on the Obama-era law. The purpose of net neutrality was to ensure that internet providers could not block specific websites and purposefully alter the speed of access to specific sites, reported the Inquisitr. About six months ago, the Federal Communications […]

Net Neutrality Ends Tomorrow, FCC On Track To Remove Rules As Scheduled

Net neutrality protections, first put in place during the Obama administration, will end on June 11. Ever since the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted in December to rescind the rules, members of Congress, tech companies, and numerous advocacy groups have fought without success to keep net neutrality in place. Net neutrality rules were enacted to […]

Net Neutrality Resolution Expected To Pass Senate, But Still Has An Uphill Battle

The U.S. Senate is expected to vote on a resolution bringing back net neutrality regulations at 3 p.m. Eastern time today, although it is unlikely that the U.S. House will take up the measure before the end of this term, or win approval from President Trump, should it clear both chambers. In an open meeting […]

Wyden Asks FCC To Investigate Securus Technologies

An American telecom company, which provides correctional-facility telephone services, has come under fire for harvesting location data on American phone users and selling it to the police with no oversight. In view of this, Oregon Senator Ron Wyden has asked the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and wireless carriers to investigate how Securus Technologies had been […]

Net Neutrality Ends June 11, FCC Says – Did Trump Lawyer Michael Cohen Take AT&T Money To Influence U.S. Law?

The end of the Obama-era Net Neutrality rules is happening on June 11, 2018, according to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the organization’s chairman Ajit Pai. The timing of the announcement happens to coincide with reports that AT&T admitted that Donald Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, was paid between $200,000 and $600,000 by AT&T to […]

Hawaii Worker Who Sent False Missile Text Message Alert Thought It Was Real, Investigation Reveals

The Hawaii emergency worker who sent out a text message alert to thousands of islanders warning of an incoming missile attack thought the threat was real, MSN is reporting. What’s more, a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) investigation had revealed that several points of failure in Hawaii’s emergency management system directly or indirectly led to the […]

The Ajit Pai Effect

On December 14, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission voted to repeal net neutrality. Ever since then, the FCC and the organization’s chairman, Ajit Pai, have been facing continuous criticism. The University of Maryland’s Program for Public Consultation published a poll a few days before the repeal had received a vote. After introducing respondents to the […]

Good And Bad News For Net Neutrality Advocates: Reaching The Magic Number 30 Probably Won’t Do Much

A Senate bill that would reverse the Federal Communications Commission’s decision to repeal Net Neutrality received its 30th co-sponsor yesterday after Senator Claire McCaskill announced her supported for the bill via Twitter. Senator McCaskill then became the 30th co-sponsor, which means the bill will definitely receive a vote on the Senate floor. The bill is […]

The FCC Thinks American Broadband Standards Are Too Fast And Defined Too Aggressively

Net neutrality, the principle that internet service providers must treat all data on the internet the same without discriminating or charging differently, is effectively dead. The Federal Communications Commission voted to repeal net neutrality on December 14 last year, dismantling net neutrality regulations. This has set the ground for the repeal to go into full […]

‘Energous WattUp System’: First FCC Approval For Remote Wireless-Charging Technology

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has approved the Energous WattUp Mid Field transmitter, which is a remote wireless-charging technology. It could charge devices such as watches, smartphones, smart speakers, and other gadgets at a distance of up to three feet. Energous, a company that develops chargers and empowers electric devices through radio frequency energy, stated […]

Net Neutrality Isn’t Gone Just Yet, And Is Likely To Stay At Least Through 2018

Net neutrality has been on everyone’s minds lately, especially now that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has, as of last week, voted to end the rules that, theoretically at least, ensure a free and open internet. And while alarmist headlines in publications such as the Los Angeles Times, Fox Business, and TechCrunch have all mourned […]

FCC Has Reportedly Been Using Dead People’s Social Media Accounts To Spread Propaganda

The Federal Communications Commission voted to repeal net neutrality on December 14. Dismantling the so-called net neutrality regulations will grant broadband providers more power than ever. Companies like AT&T, Verizon, and Comcast will now be able to charge more, block certain websites, and censor content. These corporations now have the power to redefine, reshape, and […]

FCC Repeals Net Neutrality: Is The Internet Doomed?

On Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission gathered for their December Open Commissions Meeting and, much to the chagrin of internet users the world over, elected to overturn the Obama-era net neutrality laws established in 2015. Central to the concept of net neutrality is the idea that internet service providers should not be able to slow […]

Net Neutrality Repeal: Should You Be ‘Freaking Out’ As Experts And Social Media Users Share Internet Woes?

Most internet users turn on their laptop, cell phone, or any other type of electronic device and search the online world for a variety of different topics on a daily basis without a thought of internet neutrality crossing their minds. While people might not understand what internet neutrality really means, or how it affects their […]

FCC Leader Ajit V. Pai’s Net Neutrality Plans Could Block Many Websites

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) officially announced plans today to repeal net neutrality rules that were enacted by President Barack Obama. FCC Chairman Ajit V.Pai has been instrumental in the decision to abolish these existing Internet guidelines, despite opposition from numerous activist groups such as Battle for Net Neutrality. Net Neutrality: A Brief Overview The […]

Net Neutrality Day: Will The FCC End The Internet As We Know It? #NetNeutrality Sparks Twitter Debate

Net Neutrality Day has taken off yet again as activists speak out through online and in-person protests to fight what they view as an attack on internet freedom from the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which threatens to strip net neutrality rules put in place under the Obama administration, reports The Hill. But not everyone […]

Nintendo’s SNES Classic Sells Out In Europe While U.S. Awaits FCC Approval

Nintendo just announced the SNES Classic, a mini version of the classic gaming console with 21 games already installed. Fans excitement rose with the mention that titles such as Super Mario World, Super Mario Kart and The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past were going to be included with the miniature console. With […]

Ringless Voicemails Will Be Banned Under New Anti-Robocall Rules

Ringless voicemails will be included in new U.S. anti-robocall rules being devised by the FCC after a plea to exempt them was withdrawn. A marketing company had been trying to convince the FCC that ringless voicemails shouldn’t be banned under the same legislation as regular robocalls. The firm, called All About the Message, had petitioned […]

Donald Trump Nominates Democrat As FCC Commissioner

Donald Trump has recently displayed his willingness to stick to conservative party lines, but a new move by the U.S. President seems to go against his prevailing actions. That is not to say that Trump himself does not have any motives of his own, but he has nevertheless nominated, or rather re-nominated, a democrat to […]

Asgardia, Proposed First Independent Space Nation, To Launch ‘Off-Planet’ Data Storage Satellite

The team behind the project to set up Asgardia, the world’s first independent space-based nation, has taken a step toward fulfilling the ambitious goal after plans for the project were first announced last year. The proposed first independent space nation, which hopes to have a legal and constitutional system of its own, is set to […]

Stephen Colbert: ‘I Won,’ CBS Will Not Face FCC Penalties For Colbert’s Explicit Sex Jokes

Stephen Colbert will not face penalties from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for his explicit jokes about U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian leader Vladimir Putin, engaging in oral sex, Variety reports. CBS blurred Colbert’s mouth, and the controversial words used were bleeped out during airing, “The only thing [Trump’s] mouth is good for is […]

Stephen Colbert Won’t Apologize For Dirty Trump Joke, Despite #FireColbert And FCC Investigation

Last Monday, The Late Show host Stephen Colbert decided to tell America what he really thinks of Donald Trump. And, as it turns out, what Colbert thinks of POTUS No. 45 is not much. In a scathing opening monologue, spurned by months of living under a Trump presidency, not to mention Donald’s treatment of fellow […]

FCC To Investigate Stephen Colbert For Explicit Trump-Putin Jokes, Will Apply ‘Obscenity Law’ If Necessary

Stephen Colbert faced major backlash following Monday night’s airing of The Late Show. During his opening monologue, the comedian made explicit jokes about U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian leader Vladimir Putin engaging in oral sex, according to The Hill. The FCC is investigating Stephen Colbert's Joke about President Trump — TIME (@TIME) May […]

What Is Net Neutrality, And How Will Rolling It Back Impact Internet Use?

Net neutrality is a buzz word that has been in the news a lot lately. There could be big changes coming to the internet very soon, so let’s make sure we all understand exactly what it is and what changes we could be facing. Net neutrality is when our ISP (Internet Service Providers) allow all […]

Net Neutrality Foe Ajit Pai Wants To Take A Weed Whacker To Regulations

Ajit Pai, the new chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, wants to eliminate obsolete regulations that, in his view, hold back innovation and competition. He may even use a garden implement, figuratively speaking, to clear out the regulatory underbrush. He is also championing an effort to expand high-speed broadband. An FCC commissioner since May, 2012, […]

Net Neutrality Foe Ajit Pai Named By Trump To Lead The FCC

Net neutrality and Donald Trump may be the next battle that the American people will see running through the news. That’s because Trump just named Ajit Pai, a known enemy to the net neutrality policy the FCC currently holds, to chair the FCC during his administration. Although net neutrality has mostly been a battle that […]

‘The Walking Dead’ Season 7 Premiere Under FCC Review Following Complaints [Spoilers]

The Walking Dead Season 7 started out with some of the most gruesome content on television, but it has yet to really fall under FCC scrutiny. But fans of the show knew all too well that it would eventually land on the desk of the Federal Communications Commission following complaints from viewers or family advocate […]

WWE News: One Idiot Fan Files FCC Complaint Against WWE For Promoting Terrorism

When it comes to WWE, people forget that the “E” in the name stands for entertainment. Most know by now that WWE is scripted entertainment and always has been. There is no shock to most, whereas some still don’t get that WWE is doing this. Everything you see may not be completely planned out, but […]

5G On Your Smartphone? FCC Clears Path For New Spectrum Development

Could 5G technology be coming soon to your smartphone? It just took some baby steps today. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC), in a unanimous vote of 5-0, set aside spectrum for future 5G devices. The FCC assigned frequencies at 28 gigahertz (GHz), 37 GHz, and 39 GHz, according to USA Today. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler […]

Bernie Sanders’ Supporters Accuse Mainstream Media Of Prejudice Against Him, Flood Federal Regulator With Complaints

Bernie Sanders’ supporters are refusing to give up. The Vermont senator has come a long way since he announced his presidential candidacy, having beaten Democratic party favorite Hillary Clinton in 17 states so far. But ever since the beginning of his underdog campaign, his supporters have felt that Sanders has been unfairly covered by the […]

FCC Proposes Stringent Rules For ISPs To Protect User Privacy – ‘Nutrition Labels’ Revealing Speed, Caps, And Hidden Fees Suggested Too

The FCC has proposed new rules that will force the ISPs to protect user privacy. Moreover, the agency also unveiled new broadband labels that are akin to the “Nutrition labels” on food products, which will mention details about speed, pricing, caps, and hidden fees too. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted on a proposal for […]

Improved Wireless Coverage: Your 911 Calls Are Major Concern For The FCC

Improved wireless coverage is a major concern for the FCC and cellular service providers. According to the Pew Research Center, two-thirds of Americans own smart phones. And as of 2015, at least seven percent of Americans are entirely dependent on their phones for internet access because they have “neither traditional broadband service at home, nor […]

T Mobile’s Potential Net-Neutrality Violation, Works In Reverse

According to the a story written by the Wall Street Journal, T-Mobile might be violating net-neutrality by degrading YouTube videos in its Binge On program. T-Mobile’s Binge On program offers video streaming free to users who are on the 3GB plan, where the quality of streaming videos is downgraded to 480p, which is the quality […]

Prison Phone Companies Battle FCC Over Rate Cap, Want To Be Able To Charge Inmates Up To $14 Per Minute

The operators of at least two of the nation’s largest providers of prison phone service have threatened to sue the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) over a plan to cap the rates the companies charge the inmates and their families for phone calls, Ars Technica is reporting. In a 3-2 vote Thursday, the FCC voted to […]

A Miley Cyrus Song Nearly Ruined These Air Force Pilots’ Careers

If you’re an Air Force pilot and if you listen to Miley Cyrus, then you may not want to text the lyrics. Or, maybe, you shouldn’t mention her music at all. It turns out that listening to Miley Cyrus can cost you your career. Top U.S. Air Force officials are currently investigating to see if […]

Lyft Cited By FCC For Robocalls, Text Messages

Lyft, the San Francisco-based competitor to popular ride-sharing service Uber, has been cited by the FCC for forcing their users to accept unwanted robocalls and text messages, according to a report from CNET. According to the FCC’s citation, Lyft, which works through a smartphone app, prevents users from using their service unless they accept marketing […]

AT&T Accepts $428 Million In Annual Government Spending

AT&T has been given a $428 million-a-year contract to provide 10mbps internet service to rural America. As Ars Technica reported, AT&T was less than happy about the 10mbps requirement, saying that the company shouldn’t have to provide speeds that fast. The money is coming from the Connect America Fund which gets its funds from surcharges […]

DIRECTV And AT&T Receive Final Approval To Merge

DIRECTV and AT&T received final approval by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to merge. The proposed deal is worth $48.5 billion. The FCC voted on Thursday, approving the merger with a few conditions. Three out of the five FCC commissioners voted in favor of the DIRECTV and AT&T merger, according to a report by […]

AT&T Fined $100 Million For Slowing Down Customer Data Speeds, FCC Says Communications Giant Deceived Customers

AT&T is being fined $100 million for misleading customers about its unlimited data plans and slowing down customer data speeds without telling them after they used more than 5 GB of data. The Federal Communications Commission said it plans to levy the biggest fine in history against AT&T Mobility for violating the Open Internet Order, […]

Elon Musk Aspires To Launch Internet Into Space

Elon Musk’s company, SpaceX, has filed a request with the federal government for permission to start testing a project that could bring Internet to all parts of the world — from space. The plan is to launch about 4,000 satellites that would be able to make high-speed Internet signals available to all parts of the […]