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AT&T/Time Warner deal could be approved without any FCC merger review

Advocacy groups are urging US regulators to consider blocking AT&T's purchase of Time Warner, but AT&T may be able to avoid any review by the Federal Communications Commission.

After setback, FCC Chairman keeps pushing set-top box and privacy rules

After a rare setback, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler is still pushing for votes on plans to reform the cable TV set-top box market and impose new privacy rules on broadband providers.

FTC says it may be unable to regulate Comcast, Google, and Verizon

The Federal Trade Commission is worried that it may no longer be able to regulate companies such as Comcast, Google, and Verizon unless a recent court ruling is overturned.

WikiLeaks founder Assange’s Internet “intentionally severed by state party”

WikiLeaks announced via its Twitter account that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's Internet connection had been cut off, blaming a "state party" for the outage.

George Orwell never dreamed of advertising as invasive as Yahoo’s proposal

Yahoo wants to take advertising to the next level—that is, the Orwellian level—bombarding people in public places with targeted advertising served up by the surveillance society.

Hillary Clinton vs. Donald Trump on broadband: She has a plan, he doesn’t

The 2016 presidential election is likely to have a major impact on how the US government tries to expand broadband deployment and how it regulates Internet service providers.

T-Mobile now throttling mobile hotspots when network is congested

T-Mobile USA has begun throttling mobile hotspot data when its network is congested while giving priority to smartphones and other devices that connect directly to the cellular network.

After Facebook “censors” anti-Muslim posts, hate groups sue US government

In July 2016, an organization called the “American Freedom Defense Initiative” joined another group called Jihad Watch in suing US Attorney General Loretta Lynch. Both entities felt slighted by Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

Verizon workers can now be fired if they fix copper phone lines

Verizon has told its field technicians in Pennsylvania that they can be fired if they try to fix broken copper phone lines. Instead, employees must try to replace copper lines with a device that connects to Verizon Wireless’s cell phone network.

Verizon’s fiber plan called “haphazard,” leaves many with subpar DSL in NJ

Verizon’s plan to deploy fiber to 900 homes and fix problems with its DSL network in South New Jersey is “haphazard” and fails to “address the systemic problems” faced by Verizon customers, an independent government agency said.