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T-Mobile slapped with $40 million fine for playing fake ringtones on rural calls

T-Mobile has agreed to pay $40 million after the FCC found that despite promising to end the practice, T-Mobile was still playing fake ringtones on calls to rural areas in an effort to make customers believe that the call had been…
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Is this why FCC chairman Ajit Pai canceled his CES appearance?

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai canceled a scheduled appearance at CES 2018 one week before CTA president and CEO Gary Shapiro told Digital Trends it may related to threats of violence he has received over net neutrality regulations.
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The FCC will make a final vote to reverse the net neutrality rules in December

The Federal Communications Commission is scheduled to make a final vote on reversing net neutrality rules in December. This move could cause broadband providers to block or throttle content, raising fees.
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FCC agrees to extend the comment period around net neutrality by two weeks

With the new president came a new FCC chairman, Ajit Pai, and he suggested rolling back net neutrality regulations. Now, the FCC is extending its comment period by two weeks to review all the opposing sides.
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U.S. Senate votes to allow internet service providers to sell your private data

The U.S. Senate voted to cancel the FCC's rules preventing ISPs from selling private data to advertisers. It's the first step of several based on the Congressional Review Act giving Congress the right to repeal federal regulations.
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The U.S. Senate wants to limit the FCC’s ability to regulate ISP data policies

Congress is stepping in to address the status of recent FCC rulings regarding how ISPs use customer's data, with Senate Republicans introducing legislation that would do away with the rules altogether.
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Apple submitted a mysterious Bluetooth and NFC device for FCC approval

Apple submitted another filing to the FCC, this time for a Bluetooth and NFC device -- but what exactly is the device? Excellent question -- but it could hint at an exciting new Apple product.
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FCC halts investigations into zero-rating data programs like T-Mobile’s Binge On

The FCC will no longer investigate programs like T-Mobile's Binge-On and AT&T's Sponsored Data that were previously accused of violating net neutrality rules championed by ex-chairman Tom Wheeler.
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The end of net neutrality? FCC chairman Tom Wheeler will resign in January

Tom Wheeler, the current chairman of the United States Federal Communications Commission, announced his resignation. He will step down when President-elect Donald Trump takes office in January 2017.
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An FCC filing suggests Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime refresh is on its way

It looks like Samsung is prepping the release of yet another mid-range smartphone. A refresh of the Galaxy Grand Prime was spotted in an FCC filing, only a few weeks after it was seen in a Geekbench log.
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FCC commissioner wants an investigation into Wi-Fi at presidential debate

A commissioner from the Federal Communications Commission has asked the agency to investigate the banning of journalists’ Wi-Fi hotspots at Monday’s presidential debate at Hofstra University. Press were required to pay $200 for Wi-Fi…
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The FCC just took the next big step in implementing 5G

The FCC has voted unanimously to implement a plan for 5G -- one that will see the commission designating bands of radio waves to 5G. Those radio waves will be used by carriers like Verizon and AT&T.
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The FCC is trying to figure out how much trouble unwanted radio waves really cause

Radio waves are everywhere, and many serve no real purpose. The FCC is trying to determine exactly how much the level of radio noise has changed over the past two decades since the proliferation of mobile devices.
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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…