Spy at will! FCC won't force companies to honor Do Not Track


The FCC has rejected Consumer Watchdog's petition to force Internet companies like "Google, Facebook, YouTube, Pandora, Netflix, and LinkedIn") to honor the "Do Not Track" flag that browsers can send to web-servers, informing them that users do not want their Internet activity to be tracked and shared with third parties. Read the rest

Sons of Anarchy FCC complaints: ”The most sadistic program on TV," also #butts


"I hate to think that people are watching this and we walk among them." Read the rest

FCC trying to stop phone companies that rip off prisoners' families


The private phone companies that charge prisoners' families up to up to $12.95 for 15 minutes' conversation are not the worst prison profiteers, but they're pretty high up in the rogues' gallery of greedy, immoral predators who view the poorest and most vulnerable Americans as penned-up wallets. Read the rest

Subliminal penises and other bizarre FCC complaints about TV's MythBusters

MuckRock spotlights some of the complaints -- some utterly bizarre, others downright stupid -- filed with the FCC by viewers upset with MythBusters. My favorites are the one about the subliminal penis spotted in an explosion and a "near hate crime" against the Catholic Church:

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Christ, What an Asshole

"Internet access is not a necessity or human right" -Michael O’Rielly, Republican FCC Commissioner Read the rest

Cable bills cut after FCC complaints


Christopher Ferguson's Comcast bill was bullshit. When he complained, the company offered him alternatives that cost more. So he turned them in to the FCC and got relief.

Two customers, one of Comcast and one of Time Warner Cable, told Ars that the cable providers gave them price breaks last week shortly after they complained to the FCC about what they claim are unfair billing practices. These two complaints weren’t about net neutrality violations, but both customers we talked to seemed to be spurred into action by the FCC expanding its complaint system. Moreover, the FCC’s net neutrality order also reclassified broadband providers as common carriers, allowing for penalties if their billing practices are “unjust” or “unreasonable." The FCC has not said exactly what constitutes unjust or unreasonable pricing.

Photo: Comcast Center, Philadelphia, Mordor. Courtesy @funruly. Read the rest

FCC fines AT&T $100M for throttling "unlimited" customers

The company advertised an "unlimited data" plan on its 5-12Mbps LTE network, but customers who hit a cap were throttled to 1/60th of that. Read the rest

FCC tells Paypal to knock it off with the robocalls

Although Paypal's new take-it-or-leave-it terms-of-service give it the right to give robocallers your phone number for endless harassment, the FCC has warned the company that this idea isn't just stupid and evil, it's also illegal. Read the rest

Comcast ghost-wrote politicians' letters in support of Time Warner Cable merger

Letters sent to the FCC in favor of Comcast's proposed Time Warner Cable merger came from Mayor Jere Wood of Roswell, GA; Councilor Todd Wodraska of Jupiter, FL; Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown and many other politicians -- all written in whole or part by Comcast's staffers and lobbyists. Read the rest

One month to Net Neutrality showdown at FCC: add the countdown to your site!

Evan from Fight for the Future writes, "Today is exactly one month before the FCC's much anticipated vote on new net neutrality rules -- this could be the most important vote for the future of the Internet in our lifetimes." Read the rest

The FCC will vote on Net Neutrality in February

Tom Wheeler, head of the US Federal Communication Commission. (REUTERS/JASON REED)

In an announcement ending weeks of speculation, Federal Communications Commission officials today said that federal regulators will introduce and vote on new proposed net neutrality rules in February. Read the rest

Marriott plans to block personal wifi hotspots

The hotel chain petitioned the FCC for changes that could let venues shut down personal networks. Microsoft, Google, and the cell industry are opposed.

FCC seems to have lost hundreds of thousands of net neutrality comments

Evan from Fight for the Future writes, "The Sunlight Foundation released a study based on data that the FCC had released to the public about the most recent batch of net neutrality comments. We at Fight for the Future worked really hard to deliver more than 750,000 comments of our own to the FCC, but when we looked at the data, hundreds of thousands of them were missing. Our CTO Jeff Lyon just took to Reddit to try to get to the bottom of this. Maybe you can help?" Read the rest

Fight for the Future gives the FCC a holiday break, asks you to write Congress about Net Neutrality instead

Evan from Fight for the Future writes, "In the last two months, net neutrality supporters (like you?) have helped us drive more than 55,000 phone calls to desks at the FCC demanding real Title II net neutrality."

That's a lot. Like, 1,000 phone calls per day. Best part: we're going right around the FCC's switchboard and connecting people directly to FCC officials.

FCC employees are people too. So, we're going to give the FCC a little holiday break this week. But if they don't show us on their December 11th meeting that they're headed in the right direction, we'll be back, and in greater numbers.

Want to help the fight right now? Send an email to Congress telling them not to be idiots about net neutrality, it's not a partisan issue.

We're giving the FCC a holiday break!

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Net Neutrality activists blockade FCC Chairman Wheeler's house

They showed up at 6:55am outside cable-lobbyist-turned-dingo-babysitter Tom Wheeler's house and blocked the end of his driveway with a banner reading "SAVE THE INTERNET!" Read the rest

Symbolic FCC/Net Neutrality square-wheeled longboard

Andreas made this square-wheeled longboard featuring FCC chairman (and former cable lobbyist) Tom Wheeler, to symbolize the plan the FCC and Big Telco have for the future of our Internet. Read the rest

New Net Neutrality tool connects you directly to the phone of senior White House staffers

Did Obama Break the Net? -- from the good people at Demand Progress and Fight for the Future. Read the rest

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