What if your Apple TV was your cable box? The FCC wants you to have that choice

The FCC is expected to propose rules that would let customers ditch their pay-TV provider's cable box in favor of competitors' hardware. It faces stiff opposition from industry players and members of Congress.

The FCC says that American Internet access still really stinks

If you've complained about your Internet (or lack thereof) in the United States this past year, you're not alone -- the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) agrees with you, and just failed the country on its annual deployment test.

The U.S. has tripled Internet speeds over the last several years, but still lags behind others

Internet service providers in America have tripled the speed of an average connection over the last three and a half years, but the country's broadband still lags behind other nations.

FCC wants to be informed about data-free streaming services from T-Mobile, AT&T, and Comcast

The FCC sent letters to T-Mobile, AT&T, and Comcast, asking the companies to provide specific details about their respective data-free streaming services. The agency requested that the companies respond by no later than January 15…

T-Mobile Binge On doesn’t violate Net neutrality rules, says FCC chairman

T-Mobile's latest Un-Carrier service, Binge On, does not appear to violate the Net neutrality rules imposed by the Federal Communications Commission. The Chairman of the Commission, Tom Wheeler, said Binge On is both pro-competitive and…

The Justice Department won’t help the FCC fight against local broadband restrictions

The FCC is in the midst of legal action to tackle state restrictions on municipal broadband, but the Department of Justice has declined to take any stand in the cases.

Requesting ‘Do Not Track’ settings? Companies are just laughing in your face

Do Not Track requests are just that and only that, requests. And according to the Federal Communications Commission, they're requests that don't have to be, and often aren't, honored.

Would you pay $14 a minute for phone calls? Now prison inmates won’t have to either

The FCC is taking "further steps to rein in the excessive rates and egregious fees on phone calls paid by some of society’s most vulnerable: people trying to stay in touch with loved ones serving time in jail or prison."

Finally! The FCC is releasing telemarketers’ numbers to help you block them

The FCC announced it is releasing "robocall and telemarketing consumer complaint data weekly to help developers build and improve “do-not-disturb” technologies that allow consumers to block or filter unwanted calls and texts."

Sprint will throttle unlimited data customers when they hit 23GB in a month

After saying it will adhere to net neutrality policies by removing throttling for its unlimited data customers, Sprint changed its mind and will throttle them if they hit 23GB of data usage during a billing cycle.
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The new DroneDefender from Battelle is a rifle-mounted anti-drone security system that uses radio pulses to disable a hostile drone without destroying it.

The FCC hands down a $1.2M fine to Sprint over mishandled 911 outage in 2014

The FCC is on a crusade against carriers who did not act accordingly during 911 outages, and Sprint is the latest victim of the agency's wrath as it was hit with a $1.2 million fine for mishandling a 911 outage in 2014.