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FCC Raises Bar for Broadband Internet Speeds

Many Americans technically no longer have a broadband Internet connection, thanks to a decision by the Federal Communications Commission. The FCC has revised the definition of broadband services, raising the standard for downloads from 4 Mbps to 25 Mbps and the upload speed from 1 Mbps to 3 Mbps. Since the average speed of Internet [...]

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Wireless Carriers Bid Over $24 Billion in Airwave Auction

The government auction of airwaves saw bids climb over $24 billion yesterday as wireless carriers battle it out for the valuable licenses. It’s been about a week since the auction began and already companies have shot past the reserve price of $10 billion. The demand for the airwaves, which can be used to enhance existing [...]

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Net Neutrality Rules Delayed to 2015 as FCC Responds to Obama’s Plan

Net neutrality has been a big topic this year and that’s set to continue into 2015. Tom Wheeler, the chair of the Federal Communications Commission, originally said that he wanted to have new rules in place by the end of the year. However, that’s unlikely after comments from President Obama earlier this week. Obama has [...]

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AT&T to Pay $105 Million to Settle Cramming Charges

AT&T has agreed to pay a fine of $105 million to settle a case regarding unauthorized third-party charges. The carrier is accused by the Federal Trade Commission of engaging in the practice of cramming, where customers are charged for premium services, such as ringtones and text messages offering trivia and horoscopes, without being aware they [...]

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FCC Receives Record 3 Million Comments on Net Neutrality

Monday marked the last day for the public to submit comments on the Federal Communication Commission’s proposed new net neutrality rules. The agency has received a record number of comments, totaling 3 million submissions from consumers, advocates, businesses, and lawmakers that continued to roll in up to the midnight deadline. The number of submissions received [...]

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Netflix Signs Interconnection Agreement with AT&T

Netflix has signed another interconnection agreement, this time with AT&T. The story was first reported by Mashable, with a statement from AT&T revealing that the agreement was actually reached in May, though connections are only just now being turned up. For AT&T customers, the deal should mean faster streaming when watching videos on Netflix. This [...]

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Sprint and T-Mobile to Join Forces for Spectrum Auction

Sprint and T-Mobile will reportedly join forces to capture spectrum in the incentive auction to be held by the FCC next year. The Wall Street Journal reports that the two carriers will form a joint venture to bid about $10 billion in the auction. That $10 billion is apparently part of a larger amount from [...]

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FCC Puts $100 Million toward Rural Broadband

There’s a lot of talk about making sure everyone in America has access to the Internet, but the Federal Communications Commission is putting its money where its mouth is. The FCC has allocated $100 million for research into developing low-cost broadband solutions for rural areas. The agency’s goal is to eventually launch networks in unconnected [...]

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Dish Calls on FCC to Reject Comcast-Time Warner Cable Deal

Dish Network is once again calling on the FCC to intervene in a deal it doesn’t like. Charlie Ergen, the head of Dish, met with FCC chair Tom Wheeler and the other four commissioners on Monday to discuss Comcast’s $45 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable. His chief argument is that that the combined company [...]

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FCC Considering New Broadband Definition

Broadband might soon be getting a new definition, according to a report from The Washington Post. The Federal Communications Commission is reportedly considering whether to change the definition of broadband from 4 Mbps to 10Mbps or possibly even 25 Mbps. The agency will also apparently change the minimum upload speed from 1 Mbps to a [...]

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