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When the FCC crafted its first set of net neutrality rules, it treated the mobile internet as a young space that needed less regulation to thrive; it only asked that carriers disclose what they were doing and avoid blocking apps. That directive may have been fine in 2010, when high-speed LTE barel

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Binging on Mad Men via Netflix or Blu-ray has a few advantages over watching the show when it broadcasts. Namely, not having to sit through commercials that jump higher in volume than anything heard in the halls of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce. As spotted by The Hill, the FCC is hoping to change t

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Don't think that widespread cellphone surveillance is the sole province of big nations like the US and UK; apparently, it's within reach of just about any country with enough cash and willing carriers. The Washington Post understands that \"dozens\" of countries have bought or leased surveillance to

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This boxy, unassuming thing you see above is what's called an IMSI catcher. In essence, they pose as miniature cell towers that mobile devices connect to and route things through. All of that information - phone numbers, call recipient, caller location - are fair game to whomever controls that box

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You've had the option of texting 911 in a handful of US cities for a couple of months, thanks in part to voluntary efforts from bigger cellphone carriers. However, the FCC doesn't want you to be left out solely because you're on a smaller network. The agency has just adopted rules requiring that a

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Not happy that Verizon is going to throttle unlimited LTE data plans? You're not alone. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has just sent a letter to Verizon Wireless CEO Dan Mead criticizing the carrier for the new policy. He's \"deeply troubled\" by the move, and suggests that the arbitrary slowdowns may be

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If you're like me, you've paid for a certain speed from you internet provider only to get a fraction of the promised bandwidth. The FCC is reminding those who control access to the interwebs to be honest and forthcoming with their advertised data with the Open Internet Transparency Rule. The decre

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Let's try something really quickly: pull your phone out, flip it over, and maybe squint at it a bit. Chances are you'll see a series of FCC-mandated pictograms emblazoned there, little images you've probably never paid attention to before. If US senators Deb Fischer (R-Nebraska) and Jay Rockefelle

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The FCC is ready to start doling out up to $2 billion dollars in grants to American schools to pay for WiFi networks, but it doesn't seem that anyone -- especially the schools -- are happy about it. The new rules under the aging E-Rate program, which is part of the Universal Service Fund, would se

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