Tag: FCC

  • Your Local TV Station May Soon Have New Owners

    Your Local TV Station May Soon Have New Owners

    It is very likely you live in a market with a local TV station that is owned by Tegna. Now a deal for Standard General to buy Tegna for $8.6 billion is one step closer to becoming a reality. Tegna owns or operates 66 television stations in 54 markets. These stations include ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC […]

  • The FCC is Cracking Down on Robocall Scammers 

    The FCC is Cracking Down on Robocall Scammers 

    Over the last few years, the FCC has been targeting robocallers who are trying to scam Americans. Most recently, the FCC is going after scammers who are using robocalls to trick Americans into giving up personal information or pay a fee to get student loan debt relief. To do this, the FCC has asked telecom […]

  • New FCC Ruling will Require Internet Services to Provide ‘Nutrition Labels’ Displaying Speeds and More

    New FCC Ruling will Require Internet Services to Provide ‘Nutrition Labels’ Displaying Speeds and More

    Today the Federal Communications Commission voted unanimously to move ahead with a plan to require broadband companies to display important plan information on easy to read labels so customers will know upfront what they’re getting. This means big broadband names like Comcast and Verizon and will have to provide ‘nutrition labels’ disclosing things like speed, […]

  • The FCC Has Developed a Speed Test to Improve Broadband Across the Country

    The FCC Has Developed a Speed Test to Improve Broadband Across the Country

    To help measure and get a better understanding of internet speeds from across the country, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is encouraging the public to use their newly released speed test app. Similar to existing speed tests like Oookla and Project Stream, the FCC Speed Test App will give users insights into their download and […]

  • New Device Listings Hint at Possible New Fire TV Remote

    New Device Listings Hint at Possible New Fire TV Remote

    A series of device listings from regulatory offices in several countries appear to reference a new remote control that could be coming to the Fire TV lineup in the future. Protocol’s Janko Roettgers tweeted about an FCC listing that mentions a new Bluetooth-enabled device with a model number of L5B83G. And while device photos aren’t […]

  • Senators Call for Increased Broadband Speeds

    Senators Call for Increased Broadband Speeds

    A bipartisan group of senators wants to deliver higher broadband speeds. Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO), Joe Manchin (D-WV), Angus King (I-ME), and Rob Portman (R-OH) wrote a letter this week asking for an update to federal broadband speed requirements. The letter notes the new administration’s “commitment to deploying affordable, high-speed broadband across the country to […]

  • The FCC Clarifies Phone Services Can’t Charge Customers for New Required Robocall-Fighting Tools

    The FCC Clarifies Phone Services Can’t Charge Customers for New Required Robocall-Fighting Tools

    Earlier this year the FCC mandated phone companies to implement new caller ID verification technology by June 2021. Now the FCC is clarifying, saying carriers can’t charge customers with surprise fees for the caller ID features. Known as STIR/SHAKEN, the new tech allows phone companies to verify that caller ID info actually matches the caller’s […]

  • AT&T Responds to AMC Complaint with the FCC

    AT&T Responds to AMC Complaint with the FCC

    Earlier this month, we reported on a complaint made by AMC to the FCC. In the complaint, AMC said that AT&T was showing favoritism to its own networks while putting smaller networks at a disadvantage. AMC claimed that AT&T wanted to cut back on how much it pays to carry AMC networks and asked the […]

  • New FCC Filings Could Point to Google’s ‘Sabrina’ Android TV Device

    New FCC Filings Could Point to Google’s ‘Sabrina’ Android TV Device

    Featured image: XDA Developers Recent FCC submissions add to the mounting evidence that Google is prepping an Android TV-based streaming device that could serve as a successor to the current Chromecast Ultra. 9to5 Google spotted the new filings and it’s possible they refer to Google’s upcoming device and its accompanying remote control. The new listings […]

  • FCC Extends Lifeline Waivers to Keep Americans Connected

    FCC Extends Lifeline Waivers to Keep Americans Connected

    Earlier this week, 15 members of the House Energy & Commerce Committee sent a letter to the FCC, asking for unlimited voice calling and data coverage for subsidized Lifeline plan customers to be continued throughout the duration of the pandemic. The FCC has responded by extending Lifeline waivers. “In light of the ongoing pandemic, we […]