Gov Agency Says FCC Not Doing Enough
After undertaking an examination of the Federal Communication's practices, the General Accountability Office of the U.S. believes that the FCC can and should do more to look out for consumers. The GAO believes the FCC needs to "ramp-up" oversight of the wireless industry and do a better job of enforcing rules that are meant to protect consumers. The CTIA issued a response, implying that the entire industry will work harder to meet consumers' need. The FCC itself has not yet responded publicly to the GAO report.
FCC Net Neutrality Repeal Permits Blocking and Throttling
The FCC today released the text of its plan to reverse Obama-era net neutrality regulations. The FCC contends that the rules stifled innovation and investment in wired and wireless broadband.
FCC Pushes Privacy Rules Forward
The FCC on Thursday followed through on plans to tackle consumer privacy. The agency issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to govern the use of consumer data by broadband providers, both wired and wireless.
FCC Unhappy with AT&T and Verizon's Zero-Rated Services
The FCC believes zero-rating content can hurt consumers and competition. The agency sent letters to AT&T and Verizon Wireless this week calling them out for exempting their own video services (DirecTV Now and go90, respectively) from customers' data caps.
FCC Chairman Reveals Full Plan to Kill Net Neutrality
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai today published a draft order that details how he intends to roll back the current net neutrality regulations. Pai said the order "would return to the bipartisan consensus on light-touch regulation, ending utility-style regulation of the internet." The goal, says Pai, is to "promote future innovation and investment." To start, Pai would strip the internet of its current classification as a "utility" and reclassify it as an "information service." Pai would also reinstate the private mobile service classification of mobile broadband internet service.
As far as I'm concerned...
Carriers: Fine, you either buy the phone retail, or you buy out of your contract (and we'll keep phones free)
The Obama admin and all this government is taking over our lives and are hand feeding us like we are children...
We want to get d!cked with no Vaseline by these big comp...
Is this REALLY what the FCC should do?
As much as I like protecting consumers, I don't see how that job falls within the jurisdiction of the FCC, if the above quote is their mission statement. Let's take cell phones out of the mix. If the price of AM/FM radios doubled overnight, would the FCC be able to tell manufacturers and retail stores not to charge the higher prices, or would the FCC b...