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22 states and DC issue new brief seeking to reverse FCC’s net neutrality order

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018

The dream of an open and free internet isn't dead. Net neutrality — the principle that internet service providers must treat traffic equally, regardless of the source — is still seeing a strong fight waged on its behalf. This week, a group of 23 attorneys general from across the U.S., led by New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood, published a new brief reaffirming its dedication to the cause.

The brief is the latest action in an ongoing lawsuit filed earlier this year by Underwood's predecessor A.G.

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22 states and DC issue new brief seeking to reverse FCC's net neutrality order was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

FCC warns consumers about “scourge” of scam robocalls and caller ID spoofers

Friday, March 9th, 2018

The Federal Communications Commission wants you to know that it is fighting on the side of the average American consumer, and not just devoted to appeasing the likes of Comcast and Verizon, by taking on the existentially crucial issue of scammy phone calls. Sort of. Like, they're thinking about it.

Today, the FCC announced that it will hold a joint policy forum with the Federal Trade Commission on March 23 on the topic of illegal robocalls and what these agencies, along with "private sector solutions," can do to stop them.

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FCC warns consumers about "scourge" of scam robocalls and caller ID spoofers was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

FCC officially publishes net neutrality repeal, opening the door for challenges in the courts and Senate

Thursday, February 22nd, 2018

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) published its final rules gutting net neutrality today. But like most phone announcements these days, there were no real surprises. We all knew what was coming.

Why the actual publication of the repeal matters is because it is only now that states and internet freedom organizations can start taking legal action. Plus, now the Senate has 60 legislative days to block the FCC if it is so inclined, which would require help from Republican senators.

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FCC officially publishes net neutrality repeal, opening the door for challenges in the courts and Senate was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

This app checks if your carrier is violating net neutrality

Friday, January 19th, 2018

The FCC is ending its enforcement of net neutrality (unless the Senate can override it), but it's still an important issue. Now that it's no longer illegal, we'll probably see more carriers and ISP begin to interfere with internet traffic as time goes on. Researchers from Northeastern University and The University of Massachusetts have published an app that can verify if your carrier or ISP is throttling or blocking some services.

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This app checks if your carrier is violating net neutrality was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

The FCC has killed net neutrality protections in the US, and that’s bad

Thursday, December 14th, 2017

Net neutrality was codified under the FCC's Title II regulatory authority nearly three years ago, regulations that covered both wired and wireless internet providers. The providers were none too happy about this - Verizon's morse code sass being the most memorable response.

Today, the FCC voted to end its authority over ISPs under Title II, putting an end to those net neutrality protections. Ajit Pai, chairman of the FCC, is largely credited with making this happen.

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The FCC has killed net neutrality protections in the US, and that's bad was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

FCC adopts new rules allowing carriers to “proactively block illegal robocalls”

Friday, November 24th, 2017

In what is likely a smokescreen intended to distract from the FCC planning a vote to destroy net neutrality, the FCC has issued additional rules which permit telecoms to block robocalls, specifically those which use Caller ID spoofing to impersonate phone numbers that do not exist, are not allocated by telecoms to subscribers, or are inbound-only phone numbers— in other words, allocated to systems which are unable to make outgoing calls.

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FCC adopts new rules allowing carriers to "proactively block illegal robocalls" was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

FCC adopts new rules allowing carriers to “proactively block illegal robocalls”

Friday, November 24th, 2017

In what is likely a smokescreen intended to distract from the FCC planning a vote to destroy net neutrality, the FCC has issued additional rules which permit telecoms to block robocalls, specifically those which use Caller ID spoofing to impersonate phone numbers that do not exist, are not allocated by telecoms to subscribers, or are inbound-only phone numbers— in other words, allocated to systems which are unable to make outgoing calls.

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FCC adopts new rules allowing carriers to "proactively block illegal robocalls" was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

FCC to vote on removing Net Neutrality regulations

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

Net Neutrality is the idea that Internet service providers (Comcast, Verizon, AT&T, and so on) should treat all data the same. It has been a hot topic in the United States for years, especially after the FCC voted in 2015 to reclassify ISPs as Title II utilities, essentially making Net Neutrality law.

In January of this year, Ajit Varadaraj Pai was named the new chairman of the FCC by President Trump.

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FCC to vote on removing Net Neutrality regulations was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Verizon caught throttling Netflix and YouTube, says it’s testing ‘video optimization’ tech

Friday, July 21st, 2017

Netflix launched a speed test tool a while back in part because ISPs have been caught in the past doing shady things with Netflix traffic. The fast.com speed testing tool this week revealed Verizon has started throttling Netflix, and users report YouTube is also affected. So, what gives? Verizon says it's just testing some "video optimization" technology, whatever that means.

Using the Netflix speed testing tool, users of Verizon's LTE network appear to be limited to 10Mbps.

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Verizon caught throttling Netflix and YouTube, says it's testing 'video optimization' tech was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

FCC’s Ajit Pai announces that the future of internet regulation is deregulation

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

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We've covered the FCC's dance with Net Neutrality and Title II regulation for ISPs in the past, and it looks like chairman Pai has come out with a few more statements about the return to a future of deregulated internet regional monopolies. The FCC is in full propaganda mode today, churning out piles of information (or misinformation) on the subject after Pai announced his plans to stop ISPs from following Title II regulations.

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FCC's Ajit Pai announces that the future of internet regulation is deregulation was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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