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California’s monster net neutrality bill just survived its dicey first hearing

California is not the first state to consider a law that would pick up the net neutrality protections recently dropped by the FCC. Washington and Oregon have new laws, for instance. But California is a much bigger state, with a much bigger bill to match. That complexity came out today in the first hearing on … Continue reading “California’s monster net neutrality bill just survived its dicey first hearing”

California’s monster net neutrality bill just survived its dicey first hearing
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In a blow to Huawei and ZTE, an FCC proposal would ban Chinese phone subsidies

With its two biggest strategic rivals also being major tech providers, the U.S. government is trying to cut its dependence on Russian and Chinese technology firms. The latest move comes from the FCC. Today its chairman, Ajit Pai, circulated a proposal for consideration at the Commission’s April 17 meeting to ban certain companies from receiving … Continue reading “In a blow to Huawei and ZTE, an FCC proposal would ban Chinese phone subsidies”

In a blow to Huawei and ZTE, an FCC proposal would ban Chinese phone subsidies
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Reminder: Don’t put your satellites in space without FCC permission

The Federal Communications Commission believes a Silicon Valley space tech startup launched four small satellites without permission, an unprecedented move by a commercial space company, IEEE Spectrum reports. The startup, Swarm Technologies, aims to provide connectivity to internet of things devices in remote areas. Founded in 2016 by an engineer who worked with Google and another … Continue reading “Reminder: Don’t put your satellites in space without FCC permission”

Reminder: Don’t put your satellites in space without FCC permission
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Critics on both the left and right say Ajit Pai’s FCC is hurting poor people

FCC chairman Ajit Pai says he wants to help poor people. “I have often said that my highest priority as chairman is closing the digital divide–the gap between those who have access to next-generation technologies and those who don’t,” he told a Senate committee in September when talking about reforms to a subsidy program called … Continue reading “Critics on both the left and right say Ajit Pai’s FCC is hurting poor people”

Critics on both the left and right say Ajit Pai’s FCC is hurting poor people
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SpaceX live stream: How and when to watch the Falcon 9 “Starlink” launch

Elon Musk’s SpaceX will launch a recycled Falcon 9 rocket this morning from Vandenberg Air Force Base in Southern California. It’s the company’s first launch since it pulled off the dazzling—if not over-the-top—feat of shooting a Tesla roadster into space earlier this month. The Falcon 9 will be carrying PAZ, a Spanish radar-imaging satellite. More … Continue reading “SpaceX live stream: How and when to watch the Falcon 9 “Starlink” launch”

SpaceX live stream: How and when to watch the Falcon 9 “Starlink” launch
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FCC chair actions on eve of Sinclair-Tribune deal under scrutiny

The Federal Communications Commission’s top internal watchdog has opened an investigation into whether agency chair Ajit Pai and others improperly changed rules governing ownership of TV stations in order to benefit Sinclair Broadcasting. The New York Times reported today that just weeks after Pai spearheaded rule changes last April that resulted in companies like Sinclair … Continue reading “FCC chair actions on eve of Sinclair-Tribune deal under scrutiny”

FCC chair actions on eve of Sinclair-Tribune deal under scrutiny
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The FCC chair wants to approve SpaceX’s ambitious plans for satellite internet

Ajit Pai, the head of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission, has made an interesting request to the agency’s other four members: He wants them to approve SpaceX’s ambitious plan to deploy a mass of satellites, which would beam broadband internet back to earth. To bridge the #digitaldivide, esp. in hard-to-reach areas, we'll have to be … Continue reading “The FCC chair wants to approve SpaceX’s ambitious plans for satellite internet”

The FCC chair wants to approve SpaceX’s ambitious plans for satellite internet
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Rhode Island just joined the list of the states with net neutrality legislation

The state vs. federal government battle over net neutrality continues, with Rhode Island’s legislature introducing companion state Senate and House bills today. They are modeled after legislation written by assemblymember Patricia Fahey in neighboring New York State. Rather than regulate internet service providers outright, and risk getting slapped down for “preempting” federal government authority, the … Continue reading “Rhode Island just joined the list of the states with net neutrality legislation”

Rhode Island just joined the list of the states with net neutrality legislation
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