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Op-Ed: FCC hits the fan — Senate overturns net neutrality repeal

Washington - The FCC, reviled for its enthusiasm for overturning of net neutrality, is in trouble. The Senate has rejected net neutrality repeal, as the FCC comes under fire for allegedly faking a DDoS attack and millions of comments supporting the repeal.

Congress will vote on whether or not to bring back net neutrality

Congress will vote to restore net neutrality next week. If the measure is passed by a simple majority vote, it would still need to be signed by President Donald Trump. Right now, 48 senators appear to be in favor of the measure.

FCC — Four unauthorized satellites launched into space

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is accusing a California space company startup of launching four communications satellites into orbit back in January without the agency's approval.

Hawaii fires warning officer who sent missile alert

Washington - The administrator of Hawaii's Emergency Management Agency has resigned and an officer with a track record of "poor performance" has been fired after triggering mass panic with a false alert of a ballistic missile headed for the Pacific islands, officia...

Mozilla sues the FCC in attempt to restore net neutrality

Mozilla has filed a petition in the federal court of Washington DC in an attempt to overturn the FCC's repeal of net neutrality regulation. It said the web is a "global, public resource" that is dependent on net neutrality to exist in its current form.

4.5 million complaints made in the U.S. in 2017 about robocalls

In 2017 complaints about automated telemarketing calls (robocalls) in the US rose sharply. Since 2009 they have risen by a factor of five times.

End of net neutrality could change how much you pay for Internet

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will vote December 14 on a new rule that would reverse net-neutrality regulations adopted in 2015.

FCC, FTC detail what will happen if net neutrality gets repealed

The FCC and FTC have published a draft agreement that outlines how the agencies will collaborate if net neutrality gets repealed. They will share jurisdiction of ISPs, with the FCC responsible for reviewing complaints. Both bodies will meet regularly.

Internet pioneers urge FCC to cancel net neutrality vote

Over 20 pioneers credited with inventing the web have penned a letter to the FCC. The leaders explain how the FCC's intention to repeal net neutrality is based on "flawed and factually inaccurate" understanding of the web, demanding the vote is cancelled.

Op-Ed: No Net Neutrality = Slowing down the future with politics

Washington - The Trump administration’s decision to end Net Neutrality will be a disaster for business, for consumers, and for trade. This decision can turn the internet into Big Pharma v.2. Is that bad enough? How much worse does it need to be?

Op-Ed: Internet disaster in progress — FCC to repeal net neutrality

Washington - The repeal is going ahead. Use every swear word in every language on Earth, and you won’t even begin to describe the effect of repealing net neutrality. This move is an open license to turn the net in to a form of Big Pharma money grab.

Comcast criticised for trying to shut down net neutrality site

Comcast has threatened legal action against a site run by a group of net neutrality advocates. The site in question was trying to establish who's responsible for a deluge of fake anti-net neutrality comments. Comcast has objected to the use of its name.

John Oliver joins calls to stop the FCC destroying net neutrality

HBO comedian John Oliver has joined the movement aiming to stop the FCC from scrapping its net neutrality regulations in just ten days' time. FCC chairman Ajit Pai intends to do away with the Obama-era protections and prevent them being reinstated.

Google, Microsoft, Netflix tell FCC not to destroy net neutrality

A trade body representing over 30 of the largest companies in Silicon Valley has met with FCC chairman Ajit Pai to discuss the importance of preserving net neutrality regulations. The FCC is expected to roll back its net neutrality rules later this month.

Digital noise: How a new web plugin hides your footsteps online

A recently-launched browser plugin has introduced a new way to resist online tracking by creating "digital noise." Noiszy decreases the value of data collected by ISPs and advertisers by masking your activities with a "flood" of auto-generated web visits.

VPN usage is soaring, but alone they won't keep your privacy safe

In the wake of the U.S. Congress' landmark vote to repeal the FCC's broadband privacy rules, web users are turning to VPNs in an attempt to keep their browsing private. The apps route your data through a third-party service but can introduce more issues.

Congress passes, Trump to sign Internet privacy rollback bill

Washington - The House of Representatives approved — and President Donald Trump signaled he will sign — a bill repealing Obama-era Internet privacy rules restricting Internet service providers' ability to track and sell users' online browsing data.

Five things to know about the ISP privacy decision in the Senate

Earlier this week, Senate Republicans struck down Obama-era regulations against Internet Service Providers (ISPs) selling customer information. This has big implications for U.S. Internet users.

Apple submits mysterious 'wireless device' for certification

Apple has submitted a mystery product identified only as "wireless device" for testing by the FCC. It's the third time the company has filed the item in the regulatory database but details on what it is remain elusive.

Op-Ed: Trump ‘selling’ the internet? How naive can you get?

Sydney - A report is circulating that the Trump administration wants to sell the Internet to corporate interests to control internet access. 30 years ago, that might have been possible. Now, it’s about as dumb as you can get.

Op-Ed: New FCC chair in Trump administration may reject net neutrality

While the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has approved a number of rules that are pro-consumer during the last few years, they were often passed by a meager three to two margin.

FCC will upgrade wireless alerts after manhunt for Ahmad Rahami

In the wake of emergency alerts sent out during the manhunt for bombing suspect Ahmad Rahami, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to expand the system to make it more effective.

'Robocall' blocking technology needed, FCC tells phone companies

In an open letter to the CEOs of major phone companies on Friday, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) pressed them to take immediate action to make "robocall" blocking technology available to the public at no charge.

Mysterious FCC approval could reveal a new Google Glass

A mysterious FCC approval for a new Google device has surfaced. Details are scarce but it is believed that the product could be the next iteration of the wearable Google Glass headset, showing that the program is not cancelled as some have thought.

FCC rejects industry groups' attempt to stall public protections

Broadband industry lobbyist groups are at it again. Five industry trade groups asked the FCC to immediately halt the reclassification of internet service providers. Unsurprisingly, the FCC tossed the request aside.

Net neutrality wins in major FCC vote

The Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to enforce strong protection of net neutrality, reclassifying broadband Internet as a utility.

Op-Ed: FCC to regulate Internet and municipal Wi-Fi, does it hurt IoT?

The FCC wants to regulate the Internet industry, the same way government regulates, well, electricity and water, while advocates introduced the idea of Net Neutrality.

Sprint endorses net neutrality

Net neutrality advocates cheered a surprise move by telecommunications giant Sprint, which broke with the rest of the wireless industry on Friday by telling federal regulators that it would support strict net neutrality rules.

Republicans prepare to fight FCC net neutrality rules

Washington - As their numbers and confidence swell, Republicans in Congress are preparing to fight the Obama administration's plans to protect net neutrality.

It's not personal: Marriott clarifies Wi-Fi hotspot blocking plan

Hotel giant Marriott has rushed to clarify its decision to ask the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for permission to block guest Wi-Fi networks within their hotels.
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