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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 may redefine broadband as high as 25Mbps download instead of 4Mbps

Potentially moving toward a greater level of broadband regulation, the Federal Communications Commission is considering shifting the classification of broadband from a minimum of 4Mbps up to at least 10Mbps or higher.

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Google, Facebook and Amazon blast the FCC’s Internet ‘fast lanes’ proposal

Definitely not interested in paying ISP's for preferential treatment, a group of nearly 150 technology companies stood together against the FCC's proposed plan to regulate deals involving paying for speed.

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FCC’s ‘Speed Test’ app comes to iOS, collects broadband data for nationwide study

The Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday launched its 'Speed Test' app for iOS in the hope that iDevice owners will help it with an ongoing nationwide study on mobile broadband services provided by the nation's wireless carriers.

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Want to unlock your smartphone? The new FCC Chairman has your back

Unlocking your phone without carrier permission is currently illegal. But new FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has told the wireless industry that it must change its policies to allow consumers to easily unlock their devices without hassle or long waits.

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FCC proposal would make in-flight Wi-Fi faster and cheaper

A new proposal from the Federal Communications Commission would both increase the speed of in-flight Wi-Fi connections and likely make it more affordable. Though promising, it will be a few years yet before any real changes are seen.

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State of the Web: Why the FCC’s ‘free super Wi-Fi’ plan is probably too good to be true

The Federal Communications Commission wants to lay the groundwork for a free "super Wi-Fi" network across the U.S. Unfortunately, a number of hurdles stand in the way. Here's everything you need to know.

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Cable companies lobbying FCC to force customers into using set-top boxes

While some consumers have cut the cord from cable and satellite companies over the past couple years, cable companies are looking for a way to earn additional revenue from basic cable subscribers.

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T-Mobile surprises subscribers after testing ‘Presidential Alert’ system early

With the potential for an attack on the United States or natural disaster hitting a major city always looming over citizens, cellular providers are banding together with the U.S. government to create an alert system.

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FCC plans to actively encourage broadband adoption

Inspired by a trip to Liberty, Nebraska and the lack of broadband in the area, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski is looking to invest and build infrastructure for rural areas across the United States.

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Sprint sues to stop AT&T from buying T-Mobile

Following a US Department of Justice antitrust lawsuit, Sprint has sued AT&T, AT&T Mobility, Deutsche Telekom, and T-Mobile, in an attempt to block AT&T's planned purchase of T-Mobile for $39 billion.

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FCC: Emergency 911 system will soon accept text, photo and video

The Federal Communications Commission has plans to allow individuals in emergency situations to send text messages, video and photos to 911 responders.

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Seattle PD warn Twitter followers of suspicious, sword-wielding man

Ever tried listened to a police scanner for an hour? The Seattle PD tried an experiment with Twitter this week, releasing the contents of emergency calls onto the social network.

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The Internet is killing local news, says FCC

Despite an overabundance of new media news outlets, the amount of quality local reporting has diminished to dangerous levels, a recently published FCC report shows.

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US senators take AT&T to task over T-Mobile deal

Yesterday's hearing of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights over AT&T's planed purchase of T-Mobile USA revealed a healthy dose of skepticism among senators about the deal.

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