Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

5:38am

Thu May 15, 2014
All Tech Considered

FCC To Unveil Proposed Rules To Govern Internet Traffic

Originally published on Thu May 15, 2014 12:55 pm

Proponents of open Internet access protest in front of the FCC headquarters in Washington, D.C. The commission votes Thursday on its proposed rules amid debate about network neutrality.
Elise Hu NPR

The Federal Communications Commission announced last month that it would propose new rules. In a blog post, Chairman Tom Wheeler insists that the open Internet rules will help maintain what's called network neutrality. That is, making certain that your Internet provider doesn't give a faster connection to a service that can pay more.

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1:29am

Mon April 29, 2013
All Tech Considered

After Sandy, Questions Linger Over Cellphone Reliability

Originally published on Mon April 29, 2013 11:07 am

Residents of the East Village in New York City look for cellphone reception Nov. 1 after Hurricane Sandy wiped out power and some cell towers.
Timothy A. Clary AFP/Getty Images

Roughly one in four cellphone towers in the path of Hurricane Sandy went out of service. It was a frustrating and potentially dangerous experience for customers without a landline to fall back on. Now, local officials and communications experts are pushing providers to improve their performance during natural disasters.

Lori McCaskill lives in Brooklyn, and when Sandy hit last October, her Verizon cell service went out. She couldn't work. She couldn't check in with family and friends. Her sister was due to have a baby any day.

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12:41pm

Thu March 28, 2013
It's All Politics

Thieves Target Political Ad Consultants On New FCC Site

A woman views a Mitt Romney campaign ad in September, a month after the launch of an online government database that is supposed to make it easier for the public to see what political ads air in big markets, and how much is spent on them.
Karen Bleier AFP/Getty Images

8:28am

Fri March 22, 2013
The Two-Way

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski Says He Will Step Down

Originally published on Fri March 22, 2013 12:24 pm

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski testifies before a Senate committee in March of 2013.
T.J. Kirkpatrick Getty Images

The chairman of the Federal Communication Commission announced during a staff meeting on Friday that he intends to step down "in the coming weeks."

Julius Genachowski's resignation comes just a day after Commissioner Robert McDowell announced his plans to step down.

The New York Times reports the Obama administration has not settled on a replacement for Genachowski. It reports:

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12:57pm

Tue March 5, 2013
The Two-Way

White House Backs Right To Unlock New Cell Phones

Originally published on Tue March 5, 2013 1:23 pm

Following the lead of FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, the White House said yesterday that it believed users should be allowed to unlock their cellphones without breaking the law.

The White House made the statement in response to an online petition signed by more than 114,000 people. R. David Edelman wrote:

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