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John K. Higgins
FCC's Internet Privacy Proposal Sparks Congressional Action
07/05/16 10:12 AM PT | E-Commerce Times | 1240 Words

... breaches of consumer data occurring all too frequently, who could be against proposals to improve privacy on the Internet? Well, a broad swath of the e-commerce sector, ranging from CTIA-The Wireless Association to USTelecom and the National Retail Federation, is strongly opposed to a recent proposal from the Federal Communications Commission ...

Erika Morphy
Comcast Takes FCC Bull by Horns in Throttling Battle
09/05/08 2:41 PM PT | E-Commerce Times | 940 Words

Comcast has answered the Federal Communications Commission's order -- to not only cease its controversial network management practices, but also reveal them publicly -- with a legal maneuver of its own: The cable provider has asked the Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit...

Richard Adhikari and John K. Higgins
Tech Industry Lambasts New FCC Privacy Rules
11/01/16 1:20 PM PT | E-Commerce Times | 1094 Words

... United States Federal Communications Commission last week adopted privacy rules for both wired and wireless broadband ISPs aimed at giving consumers greater control over their data, more privacy, and stronger security safeguards for that data. The rules implement Section 222 of the Communications Act.

John K. Higgins
FCC Privacy Proposal Troubles Broadband Internet Providers
03/29/16 7:00 AM PT | E-Commerce Times | 1213 Words

The Federal Communications Commission likely will issue the proposed regulations by Friday. It will accept public comment on the proposal before taking final action.

The program would require ISPs to meet consumer privacy protection standards similar to the regulations that cover telephone service companies.

Jay Lyman
FCC Criticized for VoIP Tapping Requirements
08/11/05 1:33 PM PT | TechNewsWorld | 718 Words

... Internet service and voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) companies must build technology that allows "tapping" for interception by U.S. law enforcement officials to comply with a ruling by the Federal Communications Commission last week that critics complain unnecessarily and unilaterally expands federal rules on...

Jay Lyman
FCC Mulls Airborne Mobile Phone Use
12/16/04 11:32 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 576 Words

... with antiquated technical issues and political pressure, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) this week contemplated lifting the ban on cellular telephone use on aircraft. The Commission proposed relaxing the current ban on wireless phone use during flights that was intended to avoid interference with...

Keith Regan
FCC Clears Way for Cable, Telecom Showdown
12/21/06 11:16 AM PT | E-Commerce Times | 826 Words

... Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted Thursday to make it easier and faster for telephone companies to enter markets with television services , clearing the way for a showdown with cable companies for the right to deliver bundles of products into consumers' homes. By a...

John P. Mello Jr.
FCC Drops Net Neutrality Rules on Dissection Table
03/12/15 3:34 PM PT | E-Commerce Times | 712 Words

... U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Thursday released the final version of its controversial open Internet rules. In the introduction to the some 400 pages of new rules, which cover both wired and wireless broadband, the commission stated its "carefully tailored rules" would prevent specific...

Peter Suciu
New FCC Chair Ajit Pai Vows to Kill Net Neutrality Rules
01/24/17 12:18 PM PT | E-Commerce Times | 1050 Words

... Donald Trump on Monday named Ajit Pai chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. Pai, who has been a Republican commissioner for the agency since 2012, replaced Tom Wheeler, whom President Obama appointed to the top FCC post in late 2013. With the new...

John K. Higgins
FCC Draws mHealth Road Map, Part 2
11/02/12 5:00 AM PT | E-Commerce Times | 1174 Words

... FCC Draws mHealth Road Map, Part 1 The U.S. government's efforts to advance health technology include work taking place at two obvious agencies: the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

However, an unlikely player in...

Katherine Noyes
FCC Gives Web-Over-TV Device Thumbs Down
08/09/07 3:12 PM PT | TechNewsWorld | 881 Words

Microsoft , Google and other members of the White Spaces Coalition received a blow last week when the Federal Communications Commission rejected the device they proposed to allow wireless Internet transmissions over unused TV spectrum. Known as a "white space device," the technology is intended...

Teri Robinson
FCC To Let Carriers Share Customer Data
07/17/02 11:50 AM PT | E-Commerce Times | 712 Words

... Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has cleared the way for telephone companies to share customer data with associates that hawk communications services -- without first seeking customer consent. Earlier regulations governing use of such data had prevented telecom companies from sharing customer information unless they...

Richard Adhikari
FCC Plan to Boost Inflight WiFi Takes Off With Turbulence
05/11/13 5:00 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 637 Words

... more airlines begin to offer WiFi, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission is proposing to increase the bandwidth available for inflight wireless broadband. The FCC is essentially basing its proposal on Qualcomm's submission to the government from July 2011.

This raises the question of...

Javad Heydary
FCC Bars States from Regulating VoIP
11/11/04 5:00 AM PT | E-Commerce Times | 539 Words

... a highly anticipated ruling, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) declared on Tuesday that Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services are subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the federal government. The five-member panel unanimously decided that VoIP services are interstate in nature and therefore...

David Jones
FCC Wins Huge Net Neutrality Victory Over Big Telecom
06/14/16 3:06 PM PT | E-Commerce Times | 834 Words

... appellate court on Tuesday handed a major victory to the Federal Communications Commission by upholding the agency's watershed Open Internet Order, which ensures equal access to the Internet. By a 2-1 vote, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit...

Erika Morphy
FCC Twists Robocallers' Arms
03/19/13 2:20 PM PT | E-Commerce Times | 551 Words

... Federal Communications Commission last week issued citations to two service providers for delivering unauthorized robocalls -- that is, automatically dialed calls with prerecorded voice messages -- to millions of wireless phones. The companies that received the citations are the Dialing Services and Richard Gilmore's...

Mike Martin
Verizon Goes for FCC's Jugular in Net Neutrality War
01/21/11 12:07 PM PT | E-Commerce Times | 694 Words

Verizon Communications Thursday picked a legal fight with the Federal Communications Commission over its recently announced Net neutrality rules. "We are deeply concerned by the FCC's assertion of broad authority for sweeping new regulation," said Michael Glover, Verizon senior vice president and deputy general counsel.

David Jones
FCC Votes 3-2 to Upend Net Neutrality
12/14/17 1:50 PM PT | E-Commerce Times | 741 Words

... Federal Communications Commission on Thursday voted 3-2 to repeal Obama-era Net neutrality rules that prevented Internet service providers from blocking, throttling or otherwise giving preferential treatment to customers. Backers of the repeal characterized it as promoting greater technological innovation and freedom to conduct business.

Kris Holt
Tech Industry Leans on FCC in Net Neutrality Clash
05/08/14 12:07 PM PT | E-Commerce Times | 771 Words

... than 100 companies in the tech industry have come together to battle a proposal by the Federal Communications Commission that they say could irreparably harm the open Internet. Firms including Amazon, eBay , Facebook, Google , Kickstarter, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Netflix, Twitter, and Yahoo signed...

Renay San Miguel
AT&T Bad-Mouths Google Voice to FCC
09/28/09 12:05 PM PT | E-Commerce Times | 713 Words

... net neutrality debate has officially taken a left turn into weirdness, following weekend revelations that AT&T has asked the Federal Communications Commission to investigate the Google Voice application as a potential violation of open communications policies. This would be the same AT&T that just...

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