Jon Brodkin

Google Fiber could get FCC help in fights to compete against AT&T

Google Fiber and other Internet service providers that want to build new networks might get good news from the Federal Communications Commission, which is considering rules that would speed up the process of attaching wires to utility poles.

One broadband choice counts as “competition” in new FCC proposal

A Federal Communications Commission plan to eliminate price caps in much of the business broadband market uses a new test for determining whether customers benefit from competition.

“Unenforceable”: How voluntary net neutrality lets ISPs call the shots

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai reportedly wants to get rid of the FCC's network neutrality rules and replace them with "voluntary" commitments from ISPs.

After vote to kill privacy rules, users try to “pollute” their Web history

While the US government is giving Internet service providers free rein to track their customers’ Internet usage for purposes of serving personalized advertisements, some Internet users are determined to fill their browsing history with junk so ISP

ISP privacy rules could be resurrected by states, starting in Minnesota

Legislation approved by the Minnesota House and Senate the week of March 27 would prevent Internet service providers from collecting personal information without written approval from customers.

For ISPs, your Web browser history is just another ad sales tool

On March 23 the Senate voted to eliminate privacy rules that would have forced Internet service providers to get your consent before selling Web browsing history and app usage history to advertisers.

“Dig once” bill could bring fiber Internet to much of the US

Years in the making, a proposal to mandate the installation of fiber conduits during federally funded highway projects might be gaining some new momentum.

Muni broadband customers could lose service unless a new bill becomes law

In 2016, North Carolina won a court case against the Federal Communications Commission, a victory that allowed it to restore a state law that restricts the growth of municipal broadband networks.

After years waiting for Google Fiber, KC residents get cancellation e-mails

Some Kansas City residents who have been waiting years for Google Fiber to install service at their homes recently received e-mails canceling their installations, with no word on whether they'll ever get Internet service from the company.

T-Mobile “ghost calls” clog 911 and may have led to baby’s death

Recently in Dallas (TX), a six-month-old baby boy named Brandon Alex died after the child's babysitter was unable to reach 911 from a T-Mobile phone.