Internet/Broadband

Coverage of how Internet service is deployed, used and regulated.

Will the FTC come down hard on Facebook? It's only happened twice in 20 years

If Facebook has to pay a  Federal Trade Commission penalty for the Cambridge Analytica data scandal, it will join a very short list of companies to have done so. Of 91 cases involving online privacy issues the Federal Trade Commission has brought

Facebook tries to clarify how it collects data when you're not on Facebook

Facebook outlined its data collection practices.

Will Europe Force the US to Move Faster on Privacy Reform?

On April 12th, the Irish High Court elevated a series of questions to the European Court of Justice (ECJ, the Supreme Court of the European Union) regarding the validity of key legal instruments used by American tech companies to process Europeans

FCC Proposes Prohibiting Universal Service Spending On Equipment And Services From Companies That Pose National Security Threats

The Federal Communications Commission is proposing to help protect the security of the nation’s communications networks through its stewardship of the over $8.5 billion a year Universal Service Fund (USF).

Statement Of Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel On The Security Of Telecommunications Networks

Today the Commission will consider a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeking comment on a rule to prohibit the future use of Universal Service Funds to purchase equipment or services from providers identified as posing a national security risk.

FCC Proposes Modernizing Rules For Smaller Carriers' Business Data Services

The Federal Communications Commission proposed modernizing rules governing business data services (BDS) for certain small rural carriers, known as Alternative Connect America Model, or A-CAM, carriers. 

Thousands of Android apps may be illegally tracking children, study finds

Thousands of free, popular children's apps available on the Google Play Store could be violating child privacy laws. Seven researchers analyzed nearly 6,000 apps for children and found that the majority of them may be in violation of the Children'

INCOMPAS to Hill: Paid Prioritization Must Be Off Limits

INCOMPAS, the internet and competitive networks association (formerly COMPTEL), wants the House Communications Subcommittee to know just where it stands on paid prioritization: firmly against it. INCOMPAS said paid prioritization, an umbrella term

What It's Like to Live in America Without Broadband Internet

More than 24 million Americans, or about 8 percent of the country, who don’t have access to high-speed internet, according to the Federal Communications Commission—and that’s a conservative estimate.

AT&T and cable lobby are terrified of a California net neutrality bill

Internet service providers celebrated  when the Federal Communications Commission voted to eliminate nationwide net neutrality rules that prohibit blocking, throttling, and paid prioritization.