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  • FCC requires consumer protections in telephone transition to IP

    Telecom carriers must get permission from the U.S. Federal Communications Commission to replace their copper networks with Internet Protocol-based systems if the change will result in discontinued or reduced voice services for customers.

    Written by Grant Gross07 Aug. 15 05:59
  • FCC rejects proposal favoring small carriers in spectrum auction

    Small mobile carriers lost a battle Thursday when the U.S. Federal Communications Commission declined to make it easier for them to get access to a reserved slice of spectrum during a 2016 auction of television spectrum.

    Written by Grant Gross07 Aug. 15 05:21
  • Huge stakes involved in FCC's spectrum auction rules

    The U.S. Federal Communications Commission will decide this week which mobile carriers will control billions of dollars worth of prime wireless spectrum scheduled to be auctioned next year.

    Written by Grant Gross06 Aug. 15 02:29
  • ISP argues net neutrality rules violate its right to block content

    The U.S. Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality rules violate the free speech rights of broadband providers because the regulations take away their ability to block Web traffic they disagree with, one ISP has argued.

    Written by Grant Gross01 Aug. 15 04:24
  • There's more to municipal broadband than public funding, says report

    U.S. communities looking for faster broadband service than incumbent ISPs provide have alternatives to the increasingly controversial choice of seeking to publicly fund a network, according to a new handbook for city officials.

    Written by Grant Gross21 July 15 23:03
  • T-Mobile to pay $17.5 million fine for 911 outages

    T-Mobile USA will pay a US$17.5 million fine in a settlement with the U.S. Federal Communications Commission for two 911 emergency dialing outages on the company's mobile network last year.

    Written by Grant Gross18 July 15 01:42
  • FCC looks to protect customers during voice switch to IP

    The U.S. Federal Communications Commission may require the country's telecom carriers to warn residential and business customers about their plans to abandon old, copper telephone networks for IP-based systems.

    Written by Grant Gross11 July 15 03:04
  • Two US telecom companies to pay $3.5 million for data breach

    Two sister mobile and telecom service providers will pay a combined US$3.5 million after the U.S. Federal Communications Commission found that they were storing customers' personal data on unprotected servers accessible over the Internet.

    Written by Grant Gross10 July 15 05:54
  • FCC tells TracFone it must allow phone unlocking

    TracFone, a major provider of prepaid mobile phone service, must keep its promise to let customers unlock their devices and transfer service to competing carriers, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission said.

    Written by Grant Gross02 July 15 05:39
  • FCC's Wheeler defends net neutrality rules, discounts investment fears

    Predictions from net neutrality opponents that regulations would choke off broadband investment haven't come true, with several service providers announcing expansions in the four months since the U.S. Federal Communications Commission passed new rules, the agency's chairman says.

    Written by Grant Gross27 June 15 02:39