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New FCC chair just blocked 9 companies from providing affordable Internet to the poor - Chicago Tribune;

New FCC chair just blocked 9 companies from providing affordable Internet to the poor - Chicago Tribune

Chicago TribuneNew FCC chair just blocked 9 companies from providing affordable Internet to the poorChicago TribunePai, 44, wants to "fire up the weed whacker" and remove new regulations adopted by Democrats in recent years. Brian FungThe Washington Post. Regulators are telling nine companies they won't be allowed to participate in a federal program meant to help ...and more »

FCC ends inquiries into T-Mobile's Binge On and other 'free data' plans from AT&T, Verizon, Comcast - GeekWire;

FCC ends inquiries into T-Mobile's Binge On and other 'free data' plans from AT&T, Verizon, Comcast - GeekWire

GeekWireFCC ends inquiries into T-Mobile's Binge On and other 'free data' plans from AT&T, Verizon, ComcastGeekWireT-Mobile CEO John Legere introduces Binge On during the Un-carrier X press conference at the Shrine Auditorium in 2015 in Los Angeles. Binge On allows T-Mobile customers to stream video for free without using their LTE data. (Photo by Jordan ...and more »

FCC drops net neutrality investigations into AT&T, Verizon - SlashGear;

FCC drops net neutrality investigations into AT&T, Verizon - SlashGear

SlashGearFCC drops net neutrality investigations into AT&T, VerizonSlashGearRight through December of last year, the FCC had ongoing investigations into telecom giants including AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile over their use of zero-rated data services, viewing them anti-competitive and in violation of net neutrality rules ...and more »

The FCC stops investigating carrier's 'zero-rating' plans - Engadget;

The FCC stops investigating carrier's 'zero-rating' plans - Engadget

EngadgetThe FCC stops investigating carrier's 'zero-rating' plansEngadgetNow that there's a new voice atop the FCC, priorities are changing. As part of a "Friday night news dump" -- as it's being called by fellow commissioner Mignon Clyburn -- the regulator announced it's done investigating carriers for "zero rating ...and more »

Public Knowledge Responds to FCC Revoking Lifeline Broadband Provider Status - Public Knowledge Tech News and Comment (blog)

Public Knowledge Responds to FCC Revoking Lifeline Broadband Provider StatusPublic Knowledge Tech News and Comment (blog)Today, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai revoked the Lifeline Broadband Provider (LBP) status of nine broadband providers that had previously been granted LBP status to provide essential connectivity to low-income households under ...and more »

The FCC OKs Streaming for Free—But Net Neutrality Will Pay - WIRED;

The FCC OKs Streaming for Free—But Net Neutrality Will Pay - WIRED

WIREDThe FCC OKs Streaming for Free—But Net Neutrality Will PayWIREDThe Federal Communications Commission's new chairman made what could be the least politically risky move of his entire tenure: He's ending the agency's investigations into companies for giving away free stuff. The practice is called zero-rating, and on ...and more »

FCC halts nine companies from participating in the 'Lifeline' program - Engadget;

FCC halts nine companies from participating in the 'Lifeline' program - Engadget

EngadgetFCC halts nine companies from participating in the 'Lifeline' programEngadgetFCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced on Friday that the FCC will not let nine companies participate in the federal Lifeline program, which provides low-cost internet connectivity for some of America's lowest-income households. This decision comes just weeks ...and more »

New FCC Kills Review Of AT&T, Verizon Free Data Services - Law360 (subscription)

New FCC Kills Review Of AT&T, Verizon Free Data ServicesLaw360 (subscription)Law360, Washington (February 3, 2017, 7:47 PM EST) -- The newly GOP-controlled Federal Communications Commission gutted some of the last “midnight” efforts of its Democratic predecessor Friday, including with the retraction of a probe into Verizon and ...and more »

FCC scraps net neutrality investigations of AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile - UPI.com;

FCC scraps net neutrality investigations of AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile - UPI.com

UPI.comFCC scraps net neutrality investigations of AT&T, Verizon, T-MobileUPI.comThe FCC on Friday announced it had ended investigations of AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile that were ordered by former President Barack Obama's government over net neutrality rules. The new FCC chairman said the carriers are free to offer controversial ...and more »

Net Neutrality Foe Ajit Pai Wants To Take A Weed Whacker To Regulations - The Inquisitr;

Net Neutrality Foe Ajit Pai Wants To Take A Weed Whacker To Regulations - The Inquisitr

The InquisitrNet Neutrality Foe Ajit Pai Wants To Take A Weed Whacker To RegulationsThe InquisitrAjit Pai, the new chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, wants to eliminate obsolete regulations that, in his view, hold back innovation and competition. He may even use a garden implement, figuratively speaking, to clear out the regulatory ...and more »

The FCC Blocks 9 ISPs From Providing Broadband Access to the Poor - New York Magazine;

The FCC Blocks 9 ISPs From Providing Broadband Access to the Poor - New York Magazine

New York MagazineThe FCC Blocks 9 ISPs From Providing Broadband Access to the PoorNew York MagazineAjit Pai's FCC is, like the rest of the Trump Train, off to a rollicking and hypocritical start, if two big news items this week are anything to go by. On Tuesday, Pai introduced an initiative to identify areas desperately in need of broadband ...and more »

FCC slows expansion of low-income broadband subsidies - The Verge;

FCC slows expansion of low-income broadband subsidies - The Verge

The VergeFCC slows expansion of low-income broadband subsidiesThe VergeWhile those were the more attention-grabbing changes, Pai also took actions that suggest he's planning to alter Federal Communications Commission programs that subsidize broadband for schools and low-income families. One order reverses a small ...and more »

FCC performs midnight revocations of previous leadership's 'midnight regulations' - TechCrunch;

FCC performs midnight revocations of previous leadership's 'midnight regulations' - TechCrunch

TechCrunchFCC performs midnight revocations of previous leadership's 'midnight regulations'TechCrunchThe FCC giveth, and the FCC taketh away… from itself, apparently. Newly minted Chairman Ajit Pai has ordered the revocation of several reports and investigations instigated by the commission before the turnover to the new administration. Spiking the ...and more »

Trump's New FCC Chair Is Screwing Everything Up as Fast as He Can - Gizmodo;

Trump's New FCC Chair Is Screwing Everything Up as Fast as He Can - Gizmodo

GizmodoTrump's New FCC Chair Is Screwing Everything Up as Fast as He CanGizmodoLess than two weeks after Ajit Pai assumed leadership of the FCC, the agency quietly announced several troubling actions Friday afternoon, including major blows to net neutrality and a program designed to give poor people internet access. Article ...and more »

FCC Unveils Policy Changes Favoring Telcos, TV Stations And ISPs - Deadline;

FCC Unveils Policy Changes Favoring Telcos, TV Stations And ISPs - Deadline

DeadlineFCC Unveils Policy Changes Favoring Telcos, TV Stations And ISPsDeadlineWireless phone companies and TV stations are among the big winners in a bevy of decisions that the FCC — under its new chairman, Ajit Pai — released today as it begins to reverse policies supported by his predecessor, Tom Wheeler. Related.and more »

FCC Decision To Reduce Internet Subsidy For Low-Income Americans Comes Straight From Fox News - Media Matters for America (blog);

FCC Decision To Reduce Internet Subsidy For Low-Income Americans Comes Straight From Fox News - Media Matters for America (blog)

Media Matters for America (blog)FCC Decision To Reduce Internet Subsidy For Low-Income Americans Comes Straight From Fox NewsMedia Matters for America (blog)Trump-appointed Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai has chosen to reduce participation in an Obama-era expansion of a Reagan-era telecommunications subsidy for low-income Americans. The program, known as “Lifeline,” had ...and more »

Trump's FCC drops investigation into zero-rating, saying it's not into 'denying Americans free data' - Dallas News (blog);

Trump's FCC drops investigation into zero-rating, saying it's not into 'denying Americans free data' - Dallas News (blog)

Dallas News (blog)Trump's FCC drops investigation into zero-rating, saying it's not into 'denying Americans free data'Dallas News (blog)Federal regulators said Friday that they're dropping a months-long investigation into a controversial practice used by AT&T and other wireless carriers that's popular among customers, but criticized by consumer protection groups who say it squeezes out ...and more »

FCC suspends probes of telecommunications firms - The Hill;

FCC suspends probes of telecommunications firms - The Hill

The HillFCC suspends probes of telecommunications firmsThe HillThe Federal Communications Commission on Friday suspended its probes into whether thee major telecommunications companies violated net neutrality rules with their data plans. The FCC's wireless telecom bureau sent letters to AT&T, Verizon and ...and more »

FCC removes nine companies from Lifeline program - The Hill;

FCC removes nine companies from Lifeline program - The Hill

The HillFCC removes nine companies from Lifeline programThe HillThe Federal Communications Commission dealt a blow to a program intended to provide subsidized internet to the poor, announcing that nine companies would no longer be able to participate in the plan. Republican FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced the ...and more »

AT&T, Verizon catch a break under Trump FCC - CNET;

AT&T, Verizon catch a break under Trump FCC - CNET

CNETAT&T, Verizon catch a break under Trump FCCCNETThere's a new sheriff in town at the Federal Communications Commission and he just gave AT&T and Verizon a big pass. The FCC said Friday it would end its inquiry into the companies' so-called zero-rating offers that allow customers to watch video from ...and more »