Tag Archives: Federal Communications Commission

FCC hits robocaller with gang’s largestever extortion demand of $120 million

Source: USA Today

“The Federal Communications Commission has levied its largest fine ever, targeting a Florida-based robocall network it says was responsible for nearly 100 million calls over the last three months of 2016. The agency on Thursday proposed a $120 million fine against Adrian Abramovich of Miami, Fla., alleging his operation, doing business as Marketing Strategy Leaders, made 96 million spoofed robocalls during the period in which the FCC investigated. Of those calls, about 90% were made to wireless phones, with 10% to landline phones. The calls used ‘neighborhood spoofing’ technology to include local area codes and the first three numbers of the recipient’s own phone number to encourage people to answer the calls.” [editor’s note: The details make it sound like Abramovich was indeed a big-time scammer, but the story doesn’t mention restitution. Presumably the $120 million just goes to the FCC itself – TLK] (06/22/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/news/2017/06/22/fcc-hits-robocaller-agencys-largest-ever-fine-120-million/103102546/

Trump to nominate Democrat Jessica Rosenworcel for empty slot at FCC

Source: Ars Technica

“President Donald Trump plans to nominate Democrat Jessica Rosenworcel for another term on the Federal Communications Commission. Rosenworcel had to leave the commission at the end of last year when the Republican-led US Senate refused to reconfirm her for a second five-year term. The departure of Rosenworcel and former Chairman Tom Wheeler left the FCC with just three out of the typical five members, with Republicans holding a 2-1 majority. Republican senators didn’t want Rosenworcel to stay on the FCC at the time because it would have resulted in a 2-2 deadlock. Commissioners are nominated by the president and confirmed by the Senate. But no party can have more than a one-vote majority, so Trump has to nominate a Democrat and a Republican to fill the empty seats.” (06/14/17)

https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2017/06/trump-to-nominate-democrat-jessica-rosenworcel-for-empty-slot-at-fcc/

FCC won’t publish evidence of alleged DDoS attack

Source: ZDNet

“The FCC will not publish evidence of an alleged distributed denial-of-service attack, which critics say prevented a flood of people from leaving messages on the agency’s support of net neutrality. Call for the release of the agency’s log files came after security experts and pro-net neutrality groups disputed the agency’s claims that someone attempted to ‘bombard the FCC’s comment system with a high amount of traffic’ in the hours after the John Oliver’s ‘Last Week Tonight’ show, which rallied viewers to leave feedback in favor of net neutrality rules, which the FCC currently wants to roll back.” (05/21/17)

http://www.zdnet.com/article/fcc-will-not-publish-evidence-of-alleged-ddos-attack/

FCC begins repeal of Obama-era “Net Neutrality” power grab

Source: Los Angeles Times

“Federal regulators on Thursday took the first formal step toward repealing tough net neutrality rules enacted two years ago that imposed strict oversight of Internet service providers [on the pretext of ensuring] the unfettered flow of online content. … With net neutrality supporters, including Sen. Edward Markey (D-Mass.), protesting outside the agency’s building, the Republican-controlled FCC voted 2-1 along party lines to start a formal, months-long process of dismantling the rules put in place in 2015. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said the goal was ‘to return to the light-touch regulatory framework’ that had allowed the Internet to flourish.” ()5/18/17)

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-net-neutrality-fcc-vote-20170518-story.html

FCC halts public comments on Net Neutrality

Source: Boing Boing

“After hearing from so many angry Americans who wanted to preserve net neutrality rules that they had to invent a seemingly fictional ‘denial of service’ attack to explain their servers melting down, the FCC has solved the problem by telling the public to go fuck themselves. The FCC will no longer accept public comments on Net Neutrality, while it ‘reflects’ on the comments it’s received.” (05/15/17)

https://boingboing.net/2017/05/15/a-banana-in-my-ear.html

FCC claims it was hit by DDoS attack after John Oliver segment

Source: Gizmodo

“Last night, John Oliver told his viewers to go to the FCC via a domain they bought, gofccyourself.com, and submit comments in favor of net neutrality. It was funny. A larf. A light-hearted jape with a serious point. Even funnier: Not long after the segment aired, the FCC’s website crashed. Many believed that the Oliver segment was to blame—not an unreasonable thought, given what happened last time the British comedian covered net neutrality. But now, the FCC is claiming it was the target of multiple distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks.” (05/08/17)

http://gizmodo.com/fcc-claims-it-was-hit-by-denial-of-service-attack-after-1795028422

Pai announces announces plan to reverse “Net Neutrality” scam

Source: The Verge

“The Federal Communications Commission is cracking open the net neutrality debate again with a proposal to undo the 2015 rules that implemented net neutrality with Title II classification. … [FCC chairman Ajit Pai’s] proposal will do three things: first, it’ll reclassify internet providers as Title I information services; second, it’ll prevent the FCC from adapting any net neutrality rules to practices that internet providers haven’t thought up yet; and third, it’ll open questions about what to do with several key net neutrality rules — like no blocking or throttling of apps and websites — that were implemented in 2015. Pai said the full text of his net neutrality proposal would be published tomorrow afternoon. It’ll be voted on by the FCC at a meeting on May 18th.” (04/26/17)

http://www.theverge.com/2017/4/26/15437840/fcc-plans-end-title-ii-net-neutrality

US FCC to launch “comprehensive review” of media regulations

Source: Reuters

“Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai on Tuesday said the top U.S. telecommunications regulator will launch a ‘comprehensive review’ of regulations that restrict consolidation among media companies, potentially opening the door to a new wave of deals among broadcasters and newspapers. At a speech to broadcasters in Las Vegas, the FCC chief said the commission will vote on May 18 to start the review. He noted that close to 1,000 pages of media regulations are on the books. He vowed to ‘aggressively’ modernize the FCC’s rules and ‘cut unnecessary red tape and give broadcasters more flexibility.'” (04/25/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-fcc-media-idUSKBN17R2W7

FCC votes to eliminate “overbuild” requirements on Charter merger

Source: Ars Technica

“The Federal Communications Commission has voted to eliminate a merger requirement that would have forced Charter Communications to expand its network into the territory of other high-speed broadband providers. The FCC’s approval of the Charter/Time Warner Cable merger last year required Charter to deploy broadband with download speeds of 60Mbps to at least two million residential and small business locations, of which at least one million would have to be in areas served by at least one other high-speed provider. The FCC’s then-Democratic leadership said that ‘overbuilding’ in areas served by only one ISP would bring lower prices and greater choice to consumers. But the FCC’s new Republican leadership has now eliminated the overbuild portion of the merger condition so that Charter can instead provide two million new connections in areas that don’t already have high-speed service.” (04/03/17)

https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2017/04/charter-wont-have-to-compete-against-other-isps-thanks-to-fcc-decision/

US Senate votes to block FCC meddling in ISP/customer relations

Source: The Hill

“The Senate passed a resolution Thursday in a 50-48 party line vote that would dismantle a set of internet privacy [sic] rules approved by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) last year. The rules, which the FCC passed in a party-line vote in October, require internet service providers such as AT&T and Verizon to obtain customers’ permission before using their personal information for advertising purposes. If passed by the House and signed by President Trump, the bill would use an obscure law called the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to eliminate the rules before they go into effect.” (03/23/17)

http://thehill.com/policy/technology/325410-senate-votes-to-block-internet-privacy-regulations