FCC chairman backs T-Mobile-Sprint deal in key endorsement
NEW YORK (AP) — A key federal regulator says he backs T-Mobile's $26.5 billion takeover of rival wireless carrier Sprint, a crucial step for the deal's approval.
Havasupai secures license to retain, expand internet access
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — An Arizona tribe whose land is among the most remote in the country plans to expand internet access now that it has a permanent license from the U.S. government.
Help coming on blocking scam calls for robocall-plagued US
NEW YORK (AP) — New measures by U.S. regulators could help thwart some of the billions of robocalls received in the U.S.
The Federal Communications Commission said Wednesday that it will...
Tribes across country push for better internet access
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — In a remote, roadless Arizona canyon that is home to a small Native American tribe, there's a natural skepticism toward the internet.
Report calls on FCC to probe storm aftermath in Puerto Rico
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A consumer activist group released a report Tuesday outlining the collapse in communications that beset Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, and it urged the U.S....
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — A Federal Communications Commission report says wireless carriers' poor preparation and coordination lengthened communication outages in the Florida Panhandle after...
China Mobile blocked from offering phone service in US
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. communications regulators on Thursday rejected a Chinese telecom company's application to provide service in the U.S. due to national security risks amid an escalation in...
FCC urges RI to stop diverting 911 fees to other funds
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Federal officials are urging Rhode Island to stop diverting proceeds from the 911 fee to fund other state budget items.
Federal bills would let state prisons jam cellphone signals
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Federal legislation proposed Thursday would give state prison officials the ability they have long sought to jam the signals of cellphones smuggled to inmates within their...
Feds move to shut down illegal radio station
WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — The federal government is seeking to shut down an unlicensed radio station in Worcester.
Federal prosecutors in Massachusetts say they're seeking a court injunction...
ICYMI: California withdraws ‘text tax’ after FCC ruling
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California regulators have canceled a plan to charge a fee for text messaging on mobile phones.
The California Public Utilities Commission reversed course after a Federal Communications Commission ruling last week classified text messaging as an information service and not a telecommunications service. The federal Telecommunications Act limits state authority over information services.
Nexstar offers just over $4B for Tribune Media
IRVING, Texas (AP) — Nexstar is offering to buy Chicago's Tribune Media for about $4 billion Monday, four months after the collapse of a similar bid from Sinclair Broadcast Group.
The deal would make Nexstar, whose stations reach nearly 39 percent of all U.S. television households, the biggest operator of local TV stations in the U.S. Yet it still must be approved by federal regulators, as well as shareholders.
FCC proposes rule that could hurt Vermont TV stations
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Television stations in Vermont say a proposed rule change from the Federal Communications Commission could cut their funding and shut the stations down.
FCC: Company created fake accounts, misused funds to buy jet
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A telecommunications company faces a potential $63 million fine for misusing government money meant to help low-income people get phone and internet service and instead spending it on a yacht and private jet, federal regulators said.
FCC proposes $37.5M fine vs Tucson company for spoofed calls
PHOENIX (AP) — The Federal Communications Commission has proposed a $37.5 million fine against a Tucson company for allegedly placing more than 2.3 million "maliciously-spoofed" telemarketing calls to sell home-remodeling services during a 14-month span starting in 2016.
FCC officials say Affordable Enterprises of Arizona made the telemarketing calls that apparently manipulated the caller-ID information so that many of the calls appeared to come from consumers not connected to the operation.
Guilty plea in threats made to family of FCC chairman
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A California man has pleaded guilty to threatening to kill the family of Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai for his role in repealing net neutrality rules.
Markara Man of Norwalk, California, pleaded guilty Friday in federal court in Alexandria to sending multiple threatening emails to Pai.
The FBI traced the emails to the 33-year-old Man, who admitted he sent them because he was upset about the repeal of net neutrality and wanted to scare Pai.
Verizon blames error for slowing firefighters’ internet
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A Northern California fire department said a telecommunications company slowed its internet communications at a crucial command center set up to help fight the largest wildfire in state history.
Lawsuit: Firefighters’ internet slowed during wildfire
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A Northern California fire department said a telecommunications company slowed its internet communications at a crucial command center set up to help fight one of the state's largest wildfires.
KQED radio reported Wednesday that Verizon acknowledged it wrongly limited data speed to the Santa Clara County Fire Department while firefighters helped battle the state's largest-ever wildfire in Mendocino County three weeks ago.
FCC chair: White House called about Sinclair-Tribune deal
WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, an independent agency, said Thursday that a White House official called to talk about a proposed merger between Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. and Tribune Media Co.
Ajit Pai told a Senate panel that Don McGahn, the White House counsel, called for a "status update" on the agency's action on the deal.
He said McGahn "saw something in the news and wanted to know what our decision was," but did not express an opinion.
FCC shuts down Alex Jones’ pirate flagship radio station
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Federal Communications Commission has shut down a pirate radio station that served as the flagship outlet for conspiracy theorist Alex Jones.
The Austin American-Statesman reports the FCC also has fined the station's operators $15,000 — a fine the FCC says in a lawsuit the operators are refusing to pay.
$3.9B buyout of Tribune by Sinclair ends in acrimony
NEW YORK (AP) — The $3.9 billion buyout of Tribune Media by Sinclair collapsed Thursday, ending a bid to create a massive media juggernaut that could have rivaled the reach of Fox News.
Tribune Media Co. said Thursday that it is suing Sinclair for breach of contract and at least $1 billion in damages, according to its complaint .
FCC commissioner meets with Alaska health care providers
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska health care providers discussed rural telehealth systems this week with the Federal Communications Commission, which provides subsidies that help keep the systems in operation.
NEW YORK (AP) — The Sinclair broadcasting company says it's in talks with Tribune Media on how to overcome regulatory hurdles to its $3.9 billion deal to buy Tribune's 42 TV stations.
The deadline for either party to walk away from the deal is midnight on Wednesday.
Sinclair CEO Chris Ripley said Wednesday morning that the companies are working to find approaches that are best for the company, employees and shareholders. He made the comments as Sinclair reported quarterly financial results.
FCC dismisses complaint against from BeIN Sports
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Communications Commission has dismissed a complaint filed against Comcast by beIN Sports, which was dropped this week by the cable systems of Comcast Xfinity and Verizon Fios.
Spain’s La Liga dropped by Comcast Xfinity, Verizon Fios
NEW YORK (AP) — BeIN Sports, which has televised Spain's La Liga in the U.S. since the 2012-13 season, has been dropped by the cable systems of Comcast Xfinity and Verizon Fios.
BeIN said filed a complaint against Comcast four months ago with the Federal Communications Commission, accusing violations of program carriage rules and the non-discrimination condition that was part of the FCC approval of Comcast's purchase of NBCUniversal.
NEW YORK (AP) — The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission is raising "serious concerns" about Sinclair's $3.9 billion deal for Tribune's television stations.
Sinclair wants to buy Tribune Media and its 42 TV stations, including KTLA in Los Angeles and WPIX in New York. To address potential antitrust concerns, Sinclair has said it would sell stations to several buyers.
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HONOLULU (AP) — The Federal Communications Commission is adopting a new rule to boost the reliability of emergency alerts after Hawaii earlier this year mistakenly sent warnings to cellphones and broadcasters that a ballistic missile was heading for the state.
The commission said in a statement Thursday it will require broadcasters and other participants in the nation's Emergency Alert System to notify the FCC when they discover they have transmitted a false alert.
Your internet use could change as ‘net neutrality’ ends
NEW YORK (AP) — Your ability to watch and use your favorite apps and services could start to change — though not right away — following the official demise Monday of Obama-era internet protections.
Any changes are likely to happen slowly, as companies assess how much consumers will tolerate.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's two U.S. senators are joining 61 of their colleagues in a call for the Federal Communications Commission to advance broadband services in rural America.
Republican Sen. Susan Collins and independent Sen. Angus King are joining other senators in sending a letter to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. The senators say improving accessibility of broadband is necessary to make sure rural residents have "access to high quality voice and broadband services."
Democrats hope net neutrality issue will win votes this fall
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats, joined by three Republicans, pushed through a measure intended to revive Obama-era internet rules that ensured equal treatment for all web traffic, though opposition in the House and the White House seems insurmountable.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on a Senate vote to repeal a rule from the Federal Communications Commission that scrapped Obama-era net-neutrality requirements. (all times local):
The Senate has voted to kill a Federal Communications Commission rule that repealed the Obama administration's ban on internet providers blocking or slowing down certain content.
Back in December, the FCC repealed "net neutrality" rules that ensured equal treatment for all web traffic.
FCC sets ‘net neutrality’ repeal for June 11, Senate to vote
NEW YORK (AP) — The Federal Communications Commission has set June 11 as the repeal date for "net neutrality" rules meant to prevent broadband companies from exercising more control over what people watch and see on the internet.
Among other things, the rules prohibited companies such as Comcast, AT&T and Verizon from favoring some services and apps over others.
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai says the repeal aims to replace "heavy-handed" rules with a "light-touch" approach to internet regulation.
Deadline for comments on town’s FCC petition extended
Cable customers affected by the NBC blackout have a little extra time to file comments to supplement the town’s petition against Charter Communications.
Ajit Pai, FCC chairman, won’t probe Sinclair for ‘news distortion’
Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai has denied a request by Senate Democrats to investigate the right-leaning Sinclair Broadcasting Group for news distortion, saying such a probe would be chilling to free speech.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on the lack of internet connectivity in rural and American Indian communities (all times local):
An official with the Federal Communications Commission says investment in broadband infrastructure is critical as it is increasingly determining which cities, towns and tribal nations in the United States will thrive.
Botched Hawaii missile alert prompts advice on alert drills
HONOLULU (AP) — The missile alert Hawaii mistakenly sent to the public in January prompted the Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday to recommend that government workers avoid using the phrase "this is not a drill" during practice sending emergency notices.
The FCC included the advice in its final report on what went wrong when Hawaii accidentally warned a ballistic missile was about to hit the islands.
FCC commissioner criticizes diversion of 911 fees
CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) — A representative with the Federal Communications Commission has levied heavy criticism on Rhode Island for diverting 911 fees, calling it an "enormous deception."
FCC Commissioner Michael O'Rielly gave his statements during a meeting with first responders at the Cranston Central Library Monday. O'Rielly says the state has diverted more than $8 million, or 60 percent, of the 911 fees it collected.
Wolf to put $35M toward encouraging broadband expansion
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf's administration said Monday that it will make $35 million available to encourage telecommunications companies to extend high-speed internet service to areas of Pennsylvania that lack it.
Wolf's administration said it hopes to expand broadband internet to every part of Pennsylvania by the end of 2022.
Appeals court nixes some FCC rules on robocalls
MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) — A federal appeals court rolled back rules intended to deter irritating telemarketing robocalls, saying they were too broad.
California bill looks to preserve net-neutrality rules
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California lawmaker has introduced legislation that looks to maintain net-neutrality rules recently scuttled by the Federal Communications Commission, setting up a likely showdown with influential internet companies and, if his bill passes, with the Trump administration in court.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Northern Wisconsin leaders are frustrated by the lack of progress on broadband internet access in the area.
Dan Corbin, the chairman for the town of Summit, told Wisconsin Public Radio that residents in areas of Douglas County and the city of Superior have yet to see expanded broadband services.
Washington becomes 1st state to approve net-neutrality rules
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Setting up a likely legal fight with the Trump administration, Washington has become the first state to enact its own net-neutrality requirements after U.S. regulators repealed Obama-era rules designed to keep the internet an even playing field.
Washington becomes 1st state to approve net-neutrality rules
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington became the first state Monday to set up its own net-neutrality requirements after U.S. regulators repealed Obama-era rules that banned internet providers from blocking content or interfering with online traffic.
Washington Legislature passes net-neutrality bill
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Internet providers would be prohibited from blocking content or impairing traffic under a net-neutrality measure passed Tuesday by the Washington Legislature.
The vote comes in response to the Federal Communications Commission's recent repeal of net-neutrality rules.
Oregon moves toward state net neutrality law
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — In response to moves by federal regulators ending net neutrality, and citing a looming deadline, Oregon legislators advanced a proposal aimed at forcing internet service providers in the state to treat all types of content equally.
The proposal passed the House 40-17 Monday and now heads to the Senate.
Appeals court says FTC can police telecommunications cos.
NEW YORK (AP) — A U.S. appeals court says the Federal Trade Commission can police telecommunications companies like AT&T — a ruling that's important because another agency is dropping its oversight with repeal of "net neutrality" rules governing customer access to apps and websites.
NRA honors Ajit Pai, FCC chair, over net neutrality repeal
The National Rifle Association honored the Republican chairman of Federal Communications Commission on Friday for his role in repealing Obama-era net neutrality protections, making Ajit Pai the latest recipient of the NRA's "Charlton Heston Courage Under Fire Award."
N.Y. Supreme Court rebuffs Charter bid to dismiss lawsuit
STAMFORD — New York’s Supreme Court rejected this week a motion by Charter Communications seeking to dismiss a lawsuit filed last year by the state’s attorney general, Eric Schneiderman, who alleges the company defrauded and misled New York customers by promising internet service it knew it could not deliver.
By Brian Fung
The Washington Post
State governments are becoming a pivotal player in the battle over net neutrality. In recent weeks, legislatures stretching from California to Massachusetts have introduced bills aimed at restoring the Federal Communications Commission's broadband rules, which banned internet providers from arbitrarily speeding up or slowing down websites.