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February 19, 2014
Preserving the Internet as an open platform for innovation and expression while providing certainty and predictability in the marketplace is an important responsibility of this agency.
FCC chairman Tom Wheeler • In a new statement, confirming that the Federal Communications Commission will take steps to implement new net neutrality rules after a federal court struck down the organization’s Open Internet Order earlier this year. Rather than attempting to reclassify internet providers, or challenging the court’s verdict, Wheeler says the FCC will rewrite the rules in a manner that would survive another judicial review. source
14:46 // 5 months ago
January 14, 2014

D.C. Court of Appeals strikes down FCC net neutrality regulations

  • 2010 The Federal Communications Commission adopted the Open Internet Order, a set of rules dictating how internet service providers could/couldn’t prioritize web traffic; fulfilling a campaign promise from President Obama to continue protecting net neutrality during his time in office.
  • 2014 A federal judge in Washington D.C. struck down the rules adopted under the Open Internet order, saying that the FCC over-stepped its boundaries by implementing the new regulations on ISPs and that Congress would need to formally classify companies like Verizon and Comcast as “common carriers” if it believed the FCC should have the same ability to regulate ISPs as it does telecommunications providers. source
16:16 // 6 months ago
February 4, 2013
Unsurprisingly, major telecom providers like AT&T and Verizon aren’t big on having to compete with the government for customers who don’t actually need the overpriced services being offered by their companies. Some GOP members have suggested that it would be more fiscally responsible for the FCC to sell the broadcast spectrum, allowing the government to raise billions in new revenue. What say you, dear reader? source

Unsurprisingly, major telecom providers like AT&T and Verizon aren’t big on having to compete with the government for customers who don’t actually need the overpriced services being offered by their companies. Some GOP members have suggested that it would be more fiscally responsible for the FCC to sell the broadcast spectrum, allowing the government to raise billions in new revenue. What say you, dear reader? source

17:02 // 1 year ago
September 12, 2012
16:00 // 1 year ago
August 1, 2012
Today’s action demonstrates that compliance with FCC obligations is not optional. The open device and application obligations were core conditions when Verizon purchased the C-block spectrum. The massive innovation and investment fueled by the Internet have been driven by consumer choice in both devices and applications. The steps taken today will not only protect consumer choice, but defend certainty for innovators to continue to deliver new services and apps without fear of being blocked.
FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski • Regarding an FCC ruling that basically prevents Verizon from charging money for its 4G wi-fi tethering services — a big victory for people who feel like they’re getting screwed by their phone provider. Why’s that? The 4G network was set up to be open and pro-consumer, with cell phone companies having limited influence on how their customers can use it. Verizon Wireless will also voluntarily make a $1.25 million payment to the Treasury to settle the issue.
10:15 // 1 year ago
June 21, 2012
Supreme Court sides with ABC and Fox, rejects FCC indecency fines 
A win for the entertainment industry: The fines were a result of three separate incidents, spread across multiple years and two broadcast networks. The Court tossed three fines from two separate networks on Thursday, in a narrow decision which could have had wide implications for the entertainment industry, but probably won’t due to the way it was decided. Here are the indecency fines the networks were fighting against:
ABC The network and several of its local affiliates faced fines from the FCC totaling $1.4 million, thanks to a 2003 episode of popular, edgy-for-its-time cop drama “NYPD Blue”, which included a 7-second shot of actress Charlotte Ross’ naked buttocks. None for Dennis Franz?
FOX During an acceptance speech at the 2002 Billboard Music Awards, Cher dropped an F-bomb while discussing her critics. One year later, reality TV star Nicole Richie used the same word while describing the difficulty of cleaning dog feces out of a bag. source
» But wait a second: Before you start celebrating the new era of guns and porn during prime-time television, know that the Supreme Court has not stripped the FCC of its ability to regulate broadcasters. In fact, they vacated a lower court’s decision to rule the so-called “indecency rule” unconstitutional; however, the justices did not believe that the organization provided “fair warning” to Fox and ABC that their respective broadcasts could result in fines. (Photo via Bloomberg)
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A win for the entertainment industry: The fines were a result of three separate incidents, spread across multiple years and two broadcast networks. The Court tossed three fines from two separate networks on Thursday, in a narrow decision which could have had wide implications for the entertainment industry, but probably won’t due to the way it was decided. Here are the indecency fines the networks were fighting against:

  • ABC The network and several of its local affiliates faced fines from the FCC totaling $1.4 million, thanks to a 2003 episode of popular, edgy-for-its-time cop drama “NYPD Blue”, which included a 7-second shot of actress Charlotte Ross’ naked buttocks. None for Dennis Franz?
  • FOX During an acceptance speech at the 2002 Billboard Music Awards, Cher dropped an F-bomb while discussing her critics. One year later, reality TV star Nicole Richie used the same word while describing the difficulty of cleaning dog feces out of a bag. source

» But wait a second: Before you start celebrating the new era of guns and porn during prime-time television, know that the Supreme Court has not stripped the FCC of its ability to regulate broadcasters. In fact, they vacated a lower court’s decision to rule the so-called “indecency rule” unconstitutional; however, the justices did not believe that the organization provided “fair warning” to Fox and ABC that their respective broadcasts could result in fines. (Photo via Bloomberg)

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15:16 // 2 years ago
February 11, 2012
The official 3G dead-zone map, courtesy of the FCC
FCC announces creation of mobility fund: In a press release Friday morning, the FCC reaffirmed its commitment to increasing broadband and mobile coverage in rural areas. The agency announced the creation of a new Mobility Fund, a new addition to the Connect America Fund, created to “accelerate our nation’s ongoing efforts to close gaps in mobile wireless service.” Included in the press release was a reminder that the agency will soon host a $300 million reverse auction, with the winner receiving $300 million to provide rural broadband coverage. They also revealed an interactive map of the nation’s worst coverage areas, created with online map-making tool MapBox. source
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FCC announces creation of mobility fund: In a press release Friday morning, the FCC reaffirmed its commitment to increasing broadband and mobile coverage in rural areas. The agency announced the creation of a new Mobility Fund, a new addition to the Connect America Fund, created to “accelerate our nation’s ongoing efforts to close gaps in mobile wireless service.” Included in the press release was a reminder that the agency will soon host a $300 million reverse auction, with the winner receiving $300 million to provide rural broadband coverage. They also revealed an interactive map of the nation’s worst coverage areas, created with online map-making tool MapBoxsource

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August 22, 2011
16:20 // 2 years ago
May 11, 2011

Blatant evidence the FCC is in bed with big corporate entities

  • January After a long year of hand-wringing, including much complaining by consumer groups, the FCC approved the merger of NBC Universal and Comcast by 4-1. There was much teeth-grinding.
  • May One of the four commissioners who voted for the merger, Meredith Attwell Baker, has a new job. Wanna guess where? It rhymes with “bombast.” Or, perhaps, “total conflict of interest.”  source
23:28 // 3 years ago
December 21, 2010
Every time and in every way that the telecommunications careers have had power or control, we the people wind up getting screwed. Every audience that I speak this statement and phrase to bursts into applause.
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak • Offering up his take on the whole net neutrality battle, an argument he explains in great detail by noting how he, being the inventive guy he is, has run up against the big telecommunications companies multiple times in his life, first with his dial-a-joke service (which he had to stop because the cost proved to be way too expensive), and then, years later, with his nice-guy attempt to wire up his entire neighborhood with free cable access (no, really). The Woz’s main argument in this case? “Local ISP’s should provide connection to the Internet but then it should be treated as though you own those wires and can choose what to do with them when and how you want to,” he writes, “as long as you don’t destruct them.” That’s something that a lot of people can certainly get behind, for sure. source (viafollow)
10:19 // 3 years ago