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  1. $trapped

    5g and the weather

    So for some strange reason the FCC is selling spectrum that will interfere with weather forecasts. Is this really how far climate change deniers are willing to go to destroy our ability to forecast and respond to weather related events? I'd be willing to believe the FCC is just trying to bring...
  2. AlphaAtlas

    Microsoft Criticizes FCC Broadband Report

    According to a recently spotted FCC report, Microsoft thinks that the government is a little generous when it comes to their analysis of broadband availability. Based on their own analysis, some areas that supposedly have access to speeds of over 25 Mbps really don't have much access at all, and...
  3. cageymaru

    Facebook Faces a Multi-Billion Dollar Fine for Its Privacy Practices

    According to a report from the Washington Post, Facebook is negotiating with the FCC over a multi-billion dollar fine for its privacy issues and practices. The fine is expected to be the largest ever levied against a tech company. In 2011, the FTC and Facebook reached a deal to improve the...
  4. cageymaru

    HTC Vive Cosmos Is a Tethered Headset According to FCC Filings

    According to FCC filings, the upcoming HTC Vive Cosmos will not be a wireless headset. The 2.402-2.48 GHz frequencies used by the Cosmos are the same as what the Vive and Vive Pro devices use to connect wireless controllers to the headsets. A HTC representative told UploadVR that on "day one"...
  5. AlphaAtlas

    Swarm Asks the FCC for Permission to Launch 150 Tiny Satellites

    Earlier this year, Swarm Technologies got in trouble with the FCC for putting four tiny satellites into orbit without permission. Authorities and experts claimed that the tiny objects were too difficult to track, which makes them a danger to other satellites in orbit. Swarm was reportedly fined...
  6. cageymaru

    FCC Approves Google "Project Soli" Radar Sensor to Operate at Higher Power Levels

    The FCC has approved higher radar operating levels for Soli sensors in "Project Soli"; a gesture based system that can capture touchless motion commands from users with mobility, speech and tactile impairments. Project Soli allows the previously mentioned users to operate computers, tablets...
  7. cageymaru

    The FCC Has Levied a $900,000 Fine Against Swarm for Unauthorized Satellite Launch

    Swarm Technologies Inc has been ordered to pay a $900,000 fine by the FCC for "unauthorized deployment and operation of satellites, unauthorized operation of earth ground stations, and other unauthorized operation and testing of radio frequency equipment." The FCC had denied Swarm Technologies'...
  8. cageymaru

    The EFF Blasts the FCC Text Messaging Vote as Promoting Censorship

    The EFF and other groups have lambasted the latest FCC vote to keep text messaging classified as "information services" as another measure that elevates the power of corporations over the rights of consumers. The EFF notes that wireless providers such as Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint have already...
  9. cageymaru

    FCC Votes to Classify Text Messaging as an Information Service

    The FCC has voted to classify text messages as an "information service" under the Communications Act. This was done to give more leeway to wireless providers to fight spam messages and scam robotexts. Mass texting companies wanted text messaging reclassified as a "telecommunications service"...
  10. cageymaru

    FCC Launches Investigation into Mobility Fund Mapping Rule Violations

    The FCC is launching an investigation into major carriers who are accused of Mobility Fund mapping rule violations. These carriers may have submitted incorrect coverage area maps. The FCC seeks to allocate up to $4.53 billion over the next decade to advance 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE)...
  11. cageymaru

    SpaceX Receives FCC Approval to Launch Low Earth Orbit Internet Satellites into Space

    SpaceX has won FCC approval to launch 7,518 Starlink low Earth orbit internet satellites into space. These satellites will initially create a blanket of internet coverage for the USA, but the program is expected to expand worldwide as SpaceX seeks to broaden the network to 12,000 units. Kepler...
  12. cageymaru

    Almost 50% of U.S. Mobile Traffic Will Be Scam Calls by 2019

    First Orion sells call protection solutions to tens of millions of mobile subscribers and the company has released their inaugural 2018 Scam Call Trends and Projections Report which analyzes over 50 billion calls made to their customers in the past 18 months. In 2017 3.7% of all calls made to...
  13. cageymaru

    Robocall Firm Is Facing a $37.5 Million Fine from FCC for Spoofing Consumer Numbers

    The FCC has proposed leveraging a $37.5 million fine against Affordable Enterprises of Arizona for making 2.3 million illegally-spoofed telemarketing annoyance calls from numbers belonging to other consumers not affiliated with the company. This is the very first time that the FCC has been able...
  14. cageymaru

    Wireless Carriers Begin Using Differentiation to Throttle Youtube and Netflix

    In the spirit of the overturning of the net neutrality rules, U.S. telecom companies have begun using differentiation to throttle certain traffic on their networks according to a study by Northeastern University and University of Massachusetts. Differentiation is the practice of giving...
  15. cageymaru

    Net Neutrality Heads to Court as States Seek to Implement Their Own Rules

    Twenty two states and the District of Columbia have sent representatives to ask a U.S. appeals court to reinstate net neutrality laws as they seek to secure state rights to implement their own open internet plans. In addition to the state attorney generals, companies such as Mozilla Corp, Vimeo...
  16. DooKey

    Here Comes Big Cable to Slay Another Rule That Helps Small ISPs Compete

    Big Cable is lobbying to kill off a rule that helps small ISPs compete. The rule in question requires the telecom companies to allow competitors to resell their internet access at a government set rate. They don't like this. Economist William Zarakas uses figures from the telecoms to build his...
  17. cageymaru

    FCC Mistakes Angry Americans for Hacker DDoS Attack

    The FCC has maintained a theory that the agency's Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS) was the victim of a hacker's DDoS attack during the Net Neutrality debate. Angry Americans seeking to have their voices heard on the issue of Net Neutrality, flooded the FCC's ECFS website with requests to...
  18. Zarathustra[H]

    Anyone Else Invited to Volunteer for ISP Speed Testing?

    I just received this email today. There is no way in hell I'm putting this "white box" in my network, but it is interesting none the less...
  19. cageymaru

    Sinclair-Tribune Deal on Shaky Ground After Serious Concerns Expressed by FCC

    The Sinclair-Tribune deal is all but dead after FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has expressed "serious concerns" about the ownership of certain stations . Sinclair Broadcasting which already owns 192 TV stations in the USA wanted to acquire Tribune Media's 42 stations in 33 markets for $3.9 billion. In...
  20. cageymaru

    FCC Votes to Change How It Handles Consumer Complaints

    The FCC which is led by Ajit Pai has voted to change the way that it handles consumer complaints. Instead of investigating informal complaints from consumers about companies, it will now forward the complaints to the offending company which have 30 days to respond. If the consumer doesn't...
  21. FrgMstr

    FCC Looks to Amazon and Ebay for Help

    While Amazon and Ebay have been making efforts to put down loaded Kodi box sales in the recent past, the FCC is now asking for something a bit different. Some Kodi box are now displaying FCC logos, and you guessed it, the FCC is not good with that. Interestingly, the FCC has nothing to do with...
  22. DooKey

    Robocaller Hit With Record $120 Million Fine

    The FCC just issued its largest robocalling fine ever for a robocaller (WARNING autoplay video) from Florida. He is charged with making almost 100 million robocalls over a three month period using spoofed caller ID. According to the FCC he duped a large number of elderly people into purchasing...
  23. FrgMstr

    You had One Job TMobile - Connect My Call

    You make a phone call, it rings and no one ever picks up. You would think that the person is not there to take the call and likely that their voicemail is broken. In the case of T-Mobile, you may have just been getting a fake ring tone. The FCC thinks so, and while T-Mobile is soaking up a...
  24. FrgMstr

    Pai Gets Thumb in Eye by Pierce

    KTUU is reporting that the woman picked by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, was arrested last week on fraud charges. Elizabeth Peirce, former CEO of Quintillion, allegedly duped two New York investment companies into putting up $250M to invest into Quintillion, based on contracts she had forged. Sit...
  25. DooKey

    SpaceX Receives FCC Approval for Starlink Satellite Constellation

    The FCC has approved the deployment of a 4,425 satellite constellation for SpaceX. The satellites will be in support of the Starlink internet service that Elon Musk envisions will provide affordable internet services to remote areas that are currently underserved. However, there is one caveat...
  26. DooKey

    FCC Changes Rules for Small Cell 5G Equipment

    The FCC voted 3-2 to change the rules (WARNING auto play video) regarding small cell 5G deployment. The intent of the rule change is to reduce government reviews that were really designed for large cell tower deployments. This reduction in bureaucracy should allow these types of deployments...
  27. DooKey

    FCC Broadband Speed Map is Back Online

    The national broadband speed map is back after a 4 year hiatus. It's actually pretty decent even though the data does need some tweaks and it would be nice if it included prices as well. I put my address into the map and found out about a few providers I didn't know about, however, it missed a...
  28. DooKey

    Net Neutrality Rules Officially Repealed and Now the Legal Fight Begins

    Effective yesterday the 2015 net neutrality rules were officially repealed in the federal register. The Electonic Frontier Foundation, 22 Attorneys General and others, are now going to court to fight this repeal. Individual states are contemplating their own net neutrality laws as well. This...
  29. DooKey

    FCC Watchdog Looks Into Changes That Benefited Sinclair

    Sinclair Broadcasting purchased Tribune Media a few short weeks after new rules were passed by the FCC that allowed this action. As a result, an internal FCC watchdog is looking into whether or not the FCC chair improperly pushed for these rules to benefit Sinclair directly. If true this might...
  30. R

    Elon Musk's Satellite Broadband Clears Crucial U.S. Hurdle

    Bloomberg is reporting today that Elon Musk's SpaceX application to provide broadband services using satellite technologies was recommended by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai today. Last year SpaceX requested authority to deploy and operate a constellation of 4,425 satellites operating 700-800 miles above...
  31. R

    Mozilla Will Re-File Suit Against FCC to Protect Net Neutrality

    In a blog post today, Mozilla announced that they would be re-filing a suit against the FCC to protect net neutrality. Last month Mozilla filed a petition against the FCC for it's decision to overturn net neutrality. However they jumped the gun as the FCC filed to dismiss the suit, and require...
  32. DooKey

    FCC May Vote Next Month on Change to Broadband Definition

    The FCC may vote next month on a proposed change to the definition of landline broadband that lowers the threshold from 25/4 to 10/1Mbps down/up speeds. The 25/4 definition was established in 2015. Also, they may be considering counting cellular data speeds that meet the 10/1 definition as a...
  33. DooKey

    First Power-At-A-Distance Wireless Charging Technology Approved by FCC

    Energous Corporation announced they have received FCC certification for power-at-a-distance charging technology. The new technology sends focused RF power to devices up to three feet away. This technology should be very handy for anyone using small wireless devices like earbuds, smart watches...
  34. DooKey

    Tech Pioneers Try to get a Delay of Net Neutrality Vote

    Steve Wozniak, Vinton Cerf and others wrote a letter to their congressional representatives to get them to ask the FCC chair to cancel the December 14 vote to repeal net neutrality. They wrote that the FCC had many misunderstandings in its approach to regulating the internet and that repeal...
  35. DooKey

    FCC Will Let Carriers Abandon Copper Lines Without Offering Adequate Replacements

    Jon Brodkin, at ars Technica, has written an article that claims the FCC is going to eliminate rules that require carriers to provide replacements for copper infrastructure as it is retired. I'm not sure if this is a hyperbolic claim or not, but I usually believe the truth is probably somewhere...
  36. M

    Verizon Wants FCC to Ban States From Protecting Your Privacy

    From DSL Reports, it seems Verizon is trying to convince the FCC to ban states from enacting laws protecting consumer privacy. This is another effort from Verizon to manipulate customer data as the company has been presumably selling your phone number and location data. The company says allowing...
  37. DooKey

    Looks Like the FCC Will Not Vote on Net Neutrality in November

    FCC Chariman Ajit Pai released a blog post of what the FCC will be voting on next month and the "Restoring Internet Freedom" rule isn't on the list. However, there are several items on the list that appear to be straight forward and shouldn't be too controversial. The bottom line for me is...
  38. M

    US Telco Fined $3 Million in Domain Renewal Blunder

    The Federal Communications Commission levied a fine of $3 million to Sorenson Communcations for failing to renew a domain name vital to the local 911 emergency service. The Utah based telecommunications provider failed to notice the domain's expiration causing the Video Relay System to quit on...
  39. R

    FCC Says There Is No Documented 'Analysis' of the Cyberattack It Claims Crippled Its Website

    In early May the FCC website was bombarded with traffic, which caused its website to temporarily crash while reportedly receiving 160 comments per minute about Net Neutrality. Gizmodo filed a FOIA request to get some information regarding records of the supposed cyber attack. The agency's chief...
  40. FrgMstr

    Battle for the Internet's Future

    I am fairly sure that most of our readers are very aware of Net Neutrality and what it is all about and that it going away is likely not a good thing for all of us. If you have not taken the time to write the FCC and your Congressman, Battle for the Net makes that very simple, and I encourage...
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