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Senate confirms full slate of FTC commissioners (updated)

The Senate unanimously confirmed all five of President Trump's nominees to serve on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), bringing the consumer protection agency to full strength for the first time since the start of the new administration. The FTC

FCC Chairman Pai receives NRA gun award for courage

In lieu of delivering advertised remarks dubbed "American Pai: The Courageous Chairman of the FCC," Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai received the National Rifle Association's (NRA) “Charlton Heston Courage Under Fire Award” at t

House Communications Subcommittee Democrats accuse FCC Chairman Pai of evading congressional oversight

The 13 Democratic Reps on the House Communications Subcommittee accused Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai of trying to evade congressional oversight of his agency.

Senate Banking Committe overwhelmingly approves amendment blocking President Trump on ZTE

The Senate Banking Committee rebuked President Donald Trump's efforts to ease sanctions on the Chinese telecom firm ZTE, which the intelligence community and trade regulators have warned poses a national security risk for the U.S.  The committee a

FCC will take public comments on Sinclair-Tribune merger until at least July 12

The Federal Communications Commission will be restarting the informal 180-day shot clock on its review of the proposed Sinclair-Tribune merger after it reviews the latest and information from the most recent filing.

Watchdog to conduct ethics training for FCC after CPAC controversy

The Office of Special Counsel has ruled that Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai did not violate ethics laws by participating in a panel discussion at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in February, but said that i

Rep. Keith Ellison questions FCC Chairman Pai over former adviser's wire fraud indictment

Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) sent a letter to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai asking for details on the nature of Elizabeth Ann Pierce’s appointment as chairwoman of an FCC advisory committee.

Reps. Square Off at Hearing Over Online Censorship

House Communications Subcommittee Chairman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Rep James Hines (D-CT) testified before the House Judiciary Committee about alleged online censorship of conservative speech.

Privacy group sues FTC for records on Facebook's privacy program

An advocacy group is suing the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for records on Facebook’s privacy practices, arguing that there’s a “clear public interest” in learning details about the social media giant’s policies following revelations of a data s

FCC defends GOP commissioners' appearance at CPAC

The Federal Communications Commission’s top lawyer says that Republican commissioners who attended the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) earlier in 2018 did not violate any ethics rules. FCC General Counsel Thomas Johnson Jr.