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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) just made your online personal information a lot safer. On October 27, the FCC announced new regulations that limit an Internet Service Providers’ (ISPs) ability to give out your personal information to third parties, such as marketing firms. Under these news rules, information will now be broken into Continue Reading

Killing the Cable Box

On October 17, 2016 By dpaulson

FCC Chairman Thomas Wheeler wants to change the way consumers watch TV by eliminating mandatory set-top box rentals.  So far, however, his cable box free future has remained elusively out of reach.

After seven months of debating, the FCC was scheduled to vote on the proposal on September 29, but ultimately removed it from [...]

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Regulatory Hurdles for Wireless Emergency Alerts

On September 29, 2016 By ckerr

On Monday, September 19, millions in the New York metropolitan area received the familiar emergency message most often used for inclement weather or abductions. However, this message neither warned of severe weather nor described an automobile—it instead identified Ahmad Khan Rahami, the man allegedly responsible for the recent explosions in Manhattan and New Jersey, as [...]

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Dennis Nicholl, a 63-year- old Chicago man was arrested on Tuesday and charged with a felony for the unlawful interference with a public utility. His bail was just set at $10,000. His crime? Using a cell phone jammer on the subway.  Nicholl, dubbed the “the cellphone police,” at his bond hearing is [...]

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Can the FCC Create Net Neutrality?

On April 16, 2015 By Allison Laubach

Statutory regulation of the telecommunications industry is outdated and unworkable in today’s increasingly tech-driven society.  The most recent legislation regarding the framework for telecommunications regulation, The Telecommunications Act of 1996, was passed nearly twenty years ago. The Telecommunications Act amended the Communications Act of 1934, which created the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and authorized it [...]

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In this era of technology, consumers are increasingly worried about protecting their private personally identifiable information. According to the Federal Trade Commission, identity theft topped the list of consumer complaints for 2014, beating out debt collection and imposter scams for the number one spot.  Companies, such as LifeLock, make a profit out of protecting consumers’ [...]

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Last week, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler announced in an op-ed his plan proposing that the FCC use its Title II authority to “implement and enforce open Internet protections.” This plan follows closely the one described in President Obama’s net-neutrality statement released last November which recommended the use of Title [...]

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Last year, when Comcast announced its plan to purchase Time Warner Cable, the deal came under heavy scrutiny from consumer advocates. Senator Al Franken of Minnesota, one of the Senate’s most liberal members, called the proposed deal “a disaster.” In a letter to the Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission, and the [...]

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On Tuesday, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued an Enforcement Advisory that notified businesses that blocking personal WiFi networks, or “hotspots,” is illegal and in violation of Section 333 of the Communications Act. Such actions, the FCC warned, “could lead to the assessment of substantial monetary penalties.”

This warning comes after the [...]

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While Google started as a lowly search engine, the company has evolved into an email service, online shopping, and even a Facebook-competitor in Google+. Now the company is pushing further and is revolutionizing internet service. Google Fiber is reported to run a hundred times faster than regular broadband connections, and runs through fiber-optic cables [...]

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