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Rep. Lieu Urges FCC to Speed up Inquiry Into SS7 Flaw

With politicians worried about the rise in Russian (and other) hacking, Representative Ted Lieu has urged the FCC to accelerate its investigation into the SS7 wireless flaw that made headlines earlier this year. Last April 60 minutes featured a report on the flaw inherent in Signaling System 7 (SS7, or Common Channel Signalling System 7…

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FCC Sets Guidelines For the Death of DSL, Copper

The evolution from DSL and copper networks to fiber and wireless (especially 5G) is in some ways an inevitability, and may in some areas provide dramatic benefits to consumers. But we’ve long noted how some telcos are taking advantage of the idea to gut consumer protections and ignore upgrade obligations for networks they received billions…

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AT&T Blames the FCC For Telco’s Inability to Block Robocalls

AT&T has decided the best course of action in response to the company’s refusal to block robocalls — is to blame the FCC. AT&T and other large mobile providers have been under fire for much of the year for their collective inability to block telemarketing robocalls. A campaign from Consumers Union has managed to collected…

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FCC Approves Charter Merger, Conditions Ban Caps For 7 Years

This has become a bit of a broken record over the last six months, but the FCC appears very close to approving Charter Communications‘ $79 billion (debt included) acquisition of Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks. Sources tell Bloomberg that FCC boss Tom Wheeler is circulating an order to approve the deal with conditions,…

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Consumer Complaints About Broadband Caps Are Soaring

Consumer complaints to the Federal Communications Commission about broadband data caps rose to 7,904 in the second half of 2015 from 863 in the first half, notes a new report by the Wall Street Journal. The Journal filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the agency to obtain the data on complaints, which have…

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Verizon Tells FCC Privacy Rules Should be Opt Out Not Opt In

We’ve been discussing how the FCC is planning to craft new privacy rules for broadband customers. The move was initiated in large part after Verizon was caught modifying wireless user packets to inject a stealth header that tracks user behavior around the Internet. The technology was in use for two years before security researchers even…

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House Passes Bill Attempting to Gut Net Neutrality

The House has voted 241-173 to approve a bill that would not only prevent the FCC from enforcing its new net neutrality rules, but would prevent the FCC from doing much of anything. The GOP’s No Rate Regulation of Broadband Internet Access Act” (pdf) was presented as a bill that would prevent the FCC from…

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White House Backs FCC Push For Cable Box Competition

The President has thrown his support behind the FCC’s quest to bring greater competition to the cable set top box market. Back in February the FCC voted to create new rules that would force cable companies to deliver their content via third-party set tops without a CableCARD, theoretically opening the door to set top box…

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FCC, CFPB Unveil New Broadband Internet Labels to Provide Greater Transparency for Consumers

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has announced new broadband labels to provide consumers of mobile and fixed broadband Internet service with easy-to-understand information about price and performance. The FCC says that these labels should help consumers make informed decisions about the purchase of broadband Internet service. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, joined by Consumer Financial Protection…

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FCC Boss Says No Timetable on Review of Caps, Zero Rating

Both Comcast and Verizon are now giving their own content a notable market advantage by exempting it from each company’s usage caps. Many people see this as a clear net neutrality violation and an act of anti-competitive behavior, yet the FCC so far has taken a rather glacial tact when deciding whether or not to…