Telecommunication

Communication at a distance, especially the electronic transmission of signals via the telephone

D.C. Circuit Issues Partial Reversal of Wheeler-Era Robocall Decision

The US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit has decided that not every smartphone is an autodialer subject to the restrictions of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).

How the Trump FCC Is Disconnecting the Poor

March 8, the Voices for Internet Freedom coalition hosted a briefing for members of Congress and their staff about the disastrous policies the Federal Communications Commission is moving forward that would make it harder for poor people to access

A new bill could finally ban predatory inmate phone costs

March 8, a bipartisan group of US Senators introduced the Inmate Calling Technical Corrections Act that aims to restore federal authority to crack down on what prison reform advocates call the “usurious,” “abusive,” and “exploitative” business pra

Verizon, CWA settle New York copper network dispute, agree on repairs, improvements

Verizon and the Communications Workers of America (CWA) have reached a settlement requiring the telco to repair and make improvements to its copper network infrastructure throughout New York state. Under the terms of the agreement, the service pro

Critics on both the left and right say Ajit Pai’s FCC is hurting poor people

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai says he wants to help poor people.

From AT&T to Cable One: Who has the highest data caps in wireline, wireless and cable?

In this report, we consider which carriers have implemented data caps and how large those caps are. Each provider is ranked by the size of the data cap they offer and the charge they incur for exceeding it.

Remarks of Commissioner Clyburn, "The FCC's War on the Poor", at Voices for Internet Freedom Coalition

The last time we spoke, you kindly permitted me to go off-script, to talk about how the Federal Communications Commission is proposing to destroy the Lifeline program.

Sen Duckworth and Others Introduce Inmate Calling Technical Corrections Act

[Press release] Sens Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Rob Portman (R-OH), Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Brian Schatz (D-HI) introduced the Inmate Calling Technical Corrections Act to strengthen the nation’s criminal justice system by helping families keep in tou

Consumer Alert: Protect Yourself Against 'Neighbor Spoofing', Scam Callers Placing Phone Calls That Appear To Be Local

The Federal Communications Commission is warning consumers about “neighbor spoofing” scams where thieves manipulate caller ID information in ways that make calls appear to have been placed locally. In general, scammers use such spoofing to increas

Chairman Pai’s supporters say he’s gone too far with plan that hurts poor people

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai can usually count on support from broadband industry lobbyists and conservative think tanks each time he announces a new policy.