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NY can’t force ISPs to offer $15 low-income broadband plans, judge rules

Enlarge Getty Images | PM Images On Friday, the broadband industry won a court order that prohibits New York from enforcing a state law that would require ISPs to sell $15-per-month broadband plans to low-income households. Lobby groups for ISPs sued New York to block the law that was scheduled to take effect on June …

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Charter charges more money for slower Internet on streets with no competition

Enlarge / A Charter Spectrum service truck in McKinney, Texas, on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021. Getty Images | Bloomberg It’s no surprise that cable companies charge lower prices for broadband when they face competition from fiber-to-the-home services. But an article yesterday by Stop the Cap provides a good example of how dramatically promotional prices for …

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ISPs claim broadband prices aren’t too high—Biden admin isn’t buying it

Enlarge Getty Images | Guirong Hao Biden administration officials are not convinced by the broadband industry’s claims that Internet prices aren’t too high, according to a report today by Axios. The White House announced on March 31 that President Biden “is committed to working with Congress to find a solution to reduce Internet prices for …

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AT&T/Verizon workers’ union urges states to regulate ISPs as utilities

Enlarge Getty Images | jangeltun The Communications Workers of America (CWA) union is lobbying state governments to regulate Internet service providers as utilities. The CWA, which represents more than 150,000 workers at AT&T and over 30,000 at Verizon, announced on Monday a “multi-state effort to pass state legislation that would establish public utility commission oversight …

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Proposed law could force ISPs to stop hiding true size of monthly bills

Enlarge Getty Images | McCaig Internet service providers could be required to release “broadband nutrition labels” with detailed information about prices, speeds, and data caps under legislation introduced by US Rep. Angie Craig (D-Minn.). Craig’s “Broadband Consumer Transparency Act” would bring back expanded transparency requirements that were eliminated when then-Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai …

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UK government buys chunk of bankrupt Starlink competitor, OneWeb

Enlarge / A OneWeb receiver. OneWeb The UK has entered the increasingly competitive race to become a global satellite Internet provider after taking control of failed space startup OneWeb with Indian billionaire Sunil Bharti Mittal. The low-Earth-orbit-satellite operator emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Friday and will now seek a further $1.25 billion through …

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Broadband power users explode, making data caps more profitable for ISPs

Data cap cash. Aurich Lawson | Getty Images The number of broadband “power users”—people who use 1TB or more per month—has doubled over the past year, ensuring that ISPs will be able to make more money from data caps. In Q3 2020, 8.8 percent of broadband subscribers used at least 1TB per month, up from 4.2 …

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T-Mobile expands LTE home internet to over 130 more cities

John Lamparski/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images T-Mobile’s home internet trial has come a long way from 2019, or even earlier this year. The carrier has rolled out the LTE-based service to over 130 extra cities spread around the states of Michigan, Minnesota, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, West Virginia and Wisconsin. As …

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The tech antitrust problem no one is talking about

After years of building political pressure for antitrust scrutiny of major tech companies, this month Congress and the US government delivered. The House Antitrust Subcommittee released a report accusing Apple, Amazon, Google, and Facebook of monopolistic behavior. The Department of Justice filed a complaint against Google alleging the company prevents consumers from sampling other search …

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FCC launches a $9 billion fund to expand 5G in rural areas

Mark Wilson via Getty Images The Federal Communications Commission today launched the 5G Fund for Rural America, a 10-year, $9 billion program designed to help close the nation’s digital divide. The money will be used to expand 5G wireless broadband connectivity to areas of the United States that need this support, including regions without unsubsidized …

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