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FCC's Republican Commissioners vow to revisit Net Neutrality rules “as soon as possible”

FCC's Republican Commissioners vow to revisit Net Neutrality rules “as soon as p

In a letter sent recently to five industry trade groups, Ajit Pai and Michael O'Rielly – the two Republican Commissioners on the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) – have hinted that one of the key priorities of the right wing after getting majority control of the FCC is to scrap the Net Neutrality regulations.

The five industry trade groups to which Pai and O’Rielly have sent the letter include the CTIA, Competitive Carriers Association, American Cable Association, NTCA -- The Rural Broadband Association, and WISPA -- Wireless Internet Service Providers.

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US pay-TV industry puts forth proposal to counter FCC’s plan to fix TV boxes

US pay-TV industry puts forth proposal to counter FCC’s plan to fix TV boxes

Representatives for the US pay-TV industry have put forth a proposal t the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), for enabling more than 50 million subscribers to dump expensive set-top boxes to get TV and video programs.

The proposal -- which has been put forth by representatives for the National Cable & Telecommunications Association, Comcast, AT&T/DirecTV, and others --basically consists of an "industry-wide commitment" for creation of HTML5-based apps for third-party devices like smartphones, tablets and connected TV boxes.

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FCC, FTC ask 14 companies to detail how they release security updates

FCC, FTC ask 14 companies to detail how they release security updates

In letters sent out to 14 companies on Monday, the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have sought details about security vulnerabilities are handled by the companies, and how they roll out security updates to fix the vulnerabilities.

The companies to which the FCC and FTX have sent out the letters include six US wireless carriers as well as eight mobile devices and software makers. These companies include AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, US Cellular, Tracfone, Apple, Google, and Samsung, among others.

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Tom Wheeler: FCC will not investigate Netflix for throttling its own video streams

Tom Wheeler: FCC will not investigate Netflix for throttling its own video strea

At an open meeting of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Thursday’s the agency’s Chairman Tom Wheeler said that streaming giant Netflix’s practice of throttling its own video streams is not a Net Neutrality issue; and, hence, it will not be investigated the FCC.

According to Wheeler, the years-long controversial practice by Netflix to slow down video streams to customers on some wireless networks is an issue which falls outside of regulatory jurisdiction.

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FCC to Evaluate Discount Case involving Partners of Dish Network Corp

FCC to Evaluate Discount Case involving Partners of Dish Network Corp

On Monday, Republican Commissioner Ajit Pai, a member of the US Federal Communications Commission, asked for an investigation in the case in which $3 billion discount was granted to partners of Dish Network Corp in the recent auction by government of wireless licenses.

Pai called on agency Chairman Tom Wheeler to review the award. Pai affirmed that giving such grants to such a big company seems to be a mockery of the small-business discount program at the taxpayers' expense.

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Federal Communications Commission Changes Definition of Broadband

Federal Communications Commission Changes Definition of Broadband

The Federal Communications Commission has moved to change the definition of broadband by raising the minimum download speeds required from 4 megabits per second to 25 megabits per second. The minimum upload speed ranges from 1 megabits to 3 megabits per second.

This speed will triple the number of US households without broadband access. At present, 6.3% of US households do not have access to broadband under the previous 4Mpbs/1Mbps threshold whereas other 13.1% do not have access to broadband under the new 25Mbps downstream threshold.

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Blocking Wi-Fi in hotels is unfair: FCC

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An 'Enforcement Advisory' has been issued by the Federal Communications Commission. The FCC has stated that blocking Wi-Fi in hotels is unequivocally 'prohibited.'

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FCC: Regulators to review rates for special-access lines sold by telecom providers to businesses

FCC: Regulators to review rates for special-access lines sold by telecom provide

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) said in a Monday announcement that rates charged by telecom providers for special-access lines to businesses will be reviewed by the country's telecom regulators.

The rates which telecom providers charge for special-access lines are the rates at which the providers sell high-capacity data and voice connections to businesses. A number of businesses depend on special-access lines for transmitting large amounts of data quickly.

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Former FCC Commissioner requests a meeting with Obama on Net Neutrality

Former FCC Commissioner requests a meeting with Obama on Net Neutrality

In a letter written to President Barack Obama on Wednesday, Federal Communications Commission (FCC)'s former Commissioner Michael Copps has made a direct appeal to the President to help preserve a free and open Internet.

The letter - which Copps has written jointly with advocacy group Free Press' CEO Craig Aaron - comes at a time when new regulations that can potentially jeopardize Net Neutrality are being mulled by the FCC.

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FCC Chairman not convinced with Verizon’s childish ‘throttling’ argument

FCC Chairman not convinced with Verizon’s childish ‘throttling’ argument

On Friday, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler told reporters that he was not convinced with bigwig wireless carrier Verizon's argument in defense of its decision to throttle wireless data speeds for heavy users during peak usage hours.

Verizon had said in a July announcement that, beginning October, it will start throttling speeds for its top 5 percent of high-speed data users on its older unlimited data plans.

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