The FCC has denied a space startup permission to launch a collection of communications satellites after discovering that it had already launched some — after being told not to. Swarm Technologies, still in stealth mode, appears to have gone ahead with the deployment of four satellites deemed too small to be tracked and therefore unsafe to put into orbit. Read More
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai proposed on Tuesday directing $954 million toward restoring and expanding communications networks in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands heavily damaged during the 2017 hurricane season.
When the FCC rolled back net neutrality protections in December, advocates for the free, open internet came out en masse. Although the decision has been made, the fight isn’t over yet, and that’s what FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn reiterated today at the fifth annual Lesbians Who Tech conference at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco. “What the FCC did was to depress… Read More
Enlarge (credit: Getty Images | sshepard) The Federal Communications Commission today collected a $614.3 million fine from Verizon and Straight Path, a company that Verizon just bought. The merger and fine are related. Straight Path held about 1,000 FCC spectrum licenses but failed to use them. Straight Path thus entered a settlement with the FCC requiring it "to sell its licenses and remit 20 percent of the overall proceeds of the transaction to the US Treasury," the FCC said in its announcement today. Verizon struck a deal to buy Straight Path in May 2017 for $3.1 billion and completed the acquisition today. Verizon and its new subsidiary were responsible for paying the $614.3 million, which "is the largest civil penalty ever paid to the US Treasury to resolve a Commission investigati
That FCC inspector general investigation in to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and whether he has been "improperly coordinating" with Sinclair Broadcasting on the conglomerate's efforts to buy Tribune Media looks like just the beginning of Pai's ethical problems. The guy's a corrupt little bastard. That includes showing up at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) last week, not something government officials should be doing. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai was given the National Rifle Association's Charlton Heston Courage Under Fire Award at CPAC Friday. Accepting the award is almost certainly a violation of government ethics rules, according to Walter Shaub, who was director of the US Office of Government Ethics from 2013 to 2017. Pai has not publicly responded to the accusation. It's actua
The countdown to the end of net neutrality has started. While the FCC voted in December to do away with net neutrality, their new rule doesn't take effect until 60 days after it's published in the Federal Register. They finally published the rule last Friday so the fight begins anew, and first up is Congress. The first effort to reverse the FCC’s attack on net neutrality is via the Congressional Review Act, which can be used to overturn a regulatory action with a simple majority vote in Congress. Activists say they’re just one vote away from bringing it to a vote in the Senate, and are planning a major push on February 27 to bring pressure to bear on lawmakers. [...] The CRA repeal still has a functional purpose: It will force ISP-loyal lawmakers to put their corruption on proud display
The National Rifle Association (NRA) on Friday honored the head of the Federal Communications Commission with a rifle after braving death threats and other opposition as he worked to undo the Obama administration's 2015 net neutrality rules. The post NRA honors FCC chair with rifle for repealing ‘net neutrality’ appeared first on Politicus USA.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The National Rifle Association (NRA) on Friday honored the head of the Federal Communications Commission with a rifle after braving death threats and other opposition as he worked to undo the Obama administration's 2015 net neutrality rules.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission is expected to publish on Thursday its December order overturning the landmark Obama-era net neutrality rules, two sources briefed on the matter said Tuesday.
The inspector general of the Federal Communications Commission is investigating the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai, for possibly having worked just a little to closely with far-right media conglomerate Sinclair Broadcasting in its attempt to purchase Tribune Media. WASHINGTON — Last April, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai, led the charge for his agency to approve rules allowing television broadcasters to greatly increase the number of stations they own. A few weeks later, Sinclair Broadcasting announced a blockbuster $3.9 billion deal to buy Tribune Media — a deal those new rules made possible. By the end of the year, in a previously undisclosed move, the top internal watchdog for the F.C.C. opened an investigation into whether M