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SpaceX filing reveals Starlink internet service has over 10,000 users

Starlink Public beta testing for SpaceX’s satellite-beamed internet service kicked off late last year for people in the US, Canada and the UK, and an FCC application (PDF) tells us a bit about how things are going so far. CNBC points out the filing, which seeks designation for Starlink as an eligible telecommunications carrier, and …

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CenturyLink, Frontier missed FCC broadband deadlines in dozens of states

Enlarge / A CenturyLink service van parked in Santa Fe, New Mexico, on May 2, 2019. Getty Images | Robert Alexander CenturyLink and Frontier Communications have again failed to meet broadband-deployment deadlines in dozens of states after taking money from the Federal Communications Commission. When the FCC awarded Connect America Fund Phase II grants in …

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After Math: 24-hour PogChamps and 56-inch ‘Hyperscreens’

So, wild week huh. Probably not how most of us had hoped to start the new year off, but hey, it didn’t really pan out for the president either what with Twitter and Facebook having finally suspended Donald Trump’s social media accounts. And as if that wasn’t crisis enough, a whole bunch of other things …

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Bankrupt Frontier gets more FCC money despite pattern of missing deadlines

Enlarge / A Frontier Communications service van. Mike Mozart / Flickr A Republican US senator from West Virginia has asked the government to block broadband funding earmarked for Frontier Communications, saying that the ISP is not capable of delivering gigabit-speed Internet service to all required locations. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) outlined her concerns in …

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Senate confirms Trump nominee to the FCC

Yuri Gripas / reuters On Wednesday, the Senate today voted 49-46 to confirm Nathan Simington to a five-year term at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Simington is a proponent of repealing Section 230, a clause within the 1996 Telecommunications Act that protects internet companies from liability on account of their users. His main telecom experience …

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GOP clinches 2-2 deadlock for Biden FCC as Senate approves Trump nominee

Enlarge / Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai and FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr, two of the FCC’s three Republicans, talk before the start of a Senate Commerce Committee hearing on August 16, 2018. Getty Images | Bill Clark The Republican-controlled US Senate today confirmed a Trump nominee to the Federal Communications Commission, ensuring that President-elect …

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T-Mobile activates 988 for emergency mental health services

fizkes via Getty Images T-Mobile customers can now call 988 to access free emergency mental health services. It added support for the number more than 18 months ahead of the deadline that the Federal Communications Commission set for providers to do so.  In July, the FCC voted to designate 988 as the three-digit number for …

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FCC forces T-Mobile to pay $200 million fine for subsidiary Sprint’s fraud

Enlarge Getty Images | aluxum T-Mobile has agreed to pay a $200 million fine to resolve an investigation into subsidiary Sprint, which was caught taking millions of dollars in government subsidies for “serving” 885,000 low-income Americans who weren’t using Sprint service. Sprint admitted the violations in September 2019, about six months before T-Mobile completed its …

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T-Mobile will pay $200 million to settle Sprint’s alleged Lifeline abuse

Alex Tai/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images T-Mobile is paying the price for the reported misdeeds of its recent acquisition. The carrier has agreed to pay a $200 million settlement over FCC allegations Sprint abused the Lifeline program for low-income communications, claiming subsidies for 885,000 customers that weren’t using the initiative. The agreement also requires that …

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“Stay Home” robocalls to voters prompt FBI, FCC investigations

Enlarge / Voters in Michigan, one of the states where residents received misleading robocalls about the election, casting their ballots on November 3, 2020. Elaine Cromie | Getty Images Both the FBI and the Federal Communications Commission are investigating a series of suspicious robocalls that warned recipients to “stay home” on Election Day in an …

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