FCC votes to use cell phone taxes to help the poor access broadband Internet

In a 3-to-2 vote on Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission narrowly agreed to approve a proposal that would allow the U.S. government to subsidize the Internet for low-income Americans.
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FCC takes action on robocalls, spam texts: DT Daily 1:48

The FCC says consumers can tell phone service providers to block robocalls and spam text messages, the Hybrid Airship combines a blimp with an airplane and a Heinz QR code sends people to a porn site.

Sprint ends throttling unlimited customers’ data to stay in the FCC’s good graces

Sprint announced it'll stop throttling unlimited customers in a preemptive response to the FCC's new Net neutrality rules. The move comes soon after the commission announced plans to fine AT&T for slowing certain subscribers' speeds.

And the largest fine in FCC history goes to … AT&T for throttling data speeds

AT&T will cough up $100 million for throttling its customer's data and not properly informing them of the practice. AT&T argues back that throttling is necessary to ensure overall network performance, but the FCC says unlimited data means…

FCC urges phone companies to make opt-out anti-theft measures standard on all devices

The FCC has urged smartphone manufacturers to make the anti-theft measures on devices an opt-out system, ensuring they come switched on as standard, in an effort to cut down on smartphone thefts.

FCC Chairman proposes cheaper Internet for low-income households to improve upward mobility

The FCC is proposing changes to their Lifeline program that would provide broadband connections to all qualifying low-income Americans. The proposal comes from FCC chairman Tom Wheeler.

Verizon and Sprint ordered to pay $158 million in fines over cramming charges

The Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Trade Commission have slammed Sprint and Verizon with a collective $158 million in fines after the conclusion of an investigation over "mobile cramming" allegations.

FCC Net neutrality update: U.S. Telecoms say reclassification will be ‘crushing’ to industry

FCC chairman Tom Wheeler’s new Net neutrality proposal aims to reclassify broadband under Title II, end throttling, blocking, and paid prioritization. Here’s what it all means and how it will affect you.

Despite Comcast’s failure, AT&T’s $48.5 billion merger with DirecTV is looking good

AT&T's proposed merger with DirecTV seems likely to win approval from the FCC and Justice Department. The telecommunications giant plans to merge its regional pay-TV offerings with satellite programming.
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It’s over! Comcast abandons plan to rule 57 percent of all U.S. broadband Internet

Under increased pressure due to recent moves from the FCC and the Justice department, Comcast is reportedly abandoning plans for its $45.2 billion merger with Time Warner Cable.

How stolen data sold to a bald guy landed AT&T with record-breaking $25 million FCC fine

AT&T has been hit with a $25 million fine, the largest ever handed out by the FCC, over a lengthy data breach which took place last year, during which data related to 280,000 customers was illegally accessed.

911 went out in Colorado, and the FCC ain’t happy about it

The Federal Communications Commission has penalized two companies that were involved in a 911 emergency call outage that affected 11 million people. The FCC's actions included assessing a record $16 million against CenturyLink for its role…