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Verizon backtracks—but only slightly—in plan to kick customers off network

Location:
Verizon Communications, 140 West St, New York, NY, 10007, United States

Verizon Wireless is giving a reprieve to some rural customers who are scheduled to be booted off their service plans, but only in cases when customers have no other options for cellular service.

Ajit Pai should be fired, petition says before Senate re-confirmation vote

Location:
Free Press (DC), 501 Third Street NW, Washington, DC, 20001, United States

Network neutrality advocacy group Free Press is gathering signatures on a petition to "fire" Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai, who needs a re-confirmation vote from the Senate in order to continue serving on the FCC.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s plan to lower broadband standards is “crazy,” says Commissioner Rosenworcel

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai’s proposal that could lower the country's broadband standard is "crazy" and does nothing to solve the United States' broadband accessibility problems, said FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel.

“Fake” net neutrality comments at heart of lawsuit filed against FCC

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

The Federal Communications Commission has ignored a public records request for information that might shed light on the legitimacy of comments on Chairman Ajit Pai's anti-net neutrality plan, according to a lawsuit filed against the FCC.

8,500 Verizon customers disconnected because of “substantial” data use

Location:
Verizon Communications, 140 West St, New York, NY, 10007, United States

Verizon is disconnecting another 8,500 rural customers from its wireless network, saying that roaming charges have made certain customer accounts unprofitable for the carrier.

Comcast said he used too much data—so he opted to live without home Internet

Location:
Comcast, 1500 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19102-2148, United States

Longtime Comcast customer Drew Weaver was surprised in mid-May of 2017 when he got an automated call notifying him that he’d gone over his 1TB monthly data cap.

Judge dismisses Shiva “I Invented EMAIL” Ayyadurai’s libel lawsuit against Techdirt

Location:
USA, United States

A federal judge in Massachusetts has dismissed a libel lawsuit filed earlier in 2017 against tech news website Techdirt. The claim was brought by Shiva Ayyadurai, who has controversially claimed that he invented e-mail in the late 1970s.

Google is losing allies across the political spectrum

Location:
Google, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA, 94043, United States

With so many Googlers in government, Google had an outsized influence on policymaking during the Obama years. But today, Google is in a different situation.

Comcast sues Vermont to avoid building 550 miles of new cable lines

Location:
Comcast, 1500 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19102-2148, United States

Comcast has sued the state of Vermont to try to avoid a requirement to build 550 miles of new cable lines. Comcast's lawsuit against the Vermont Public Utility Commission (VPUC) was filed Aug 28 in US District Court in Vermont and challenges several provisions in the cable company's new 11-year permit to offer services in the state.

FCC “apology” shows anything can be posted to agency site using insecure API

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

The Federal Communications Commission's website already gets a lot of traffic—sometimes more than it can handle. But thanks to a weakness in the interface that the FCC published for citizens to file comments on proposed rule changes, there's a lot more interesting—and potentially malicious—content now flowing onto one FCC domain.

AT&T absurdly claims that most “legitimate” net neutrality comments favor repeal

Location:
AT&T, 208 South Akard St, Dallas, TX, 75202, United States

Despite a study showing that 98.5 percent of individually written network neutrality comments support the US's current net neutrality rules, AT&T is claiming that the vast majority of "legitimate" comments favor repealing the rules.

IP lawyer who represented TiVo is Trump’s pick as USPTO chief

Location:
United States Patent and Trademark Office, 600 Dulany Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314, United States

President Donald Trump has selected Andrei Iancu, the managing partner of a major Los Angeles law firm, to be the next head of the US Patent and Trademark Office.

Hal Singer, a Title II opponent, explains why Ajit Pai’s plan won’t protect net neutrality

Location:
Economists Incorporated, 2121 K Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20037, United States

The Federal Communications Commission plan to repeal network neutrality rules depends partly on the argument that antitrust rules can protect consumers and websites from bad behavior by Internet service providers.

FTC: We won’t stand in the way of pending Amazon-Whole Foods merger

Location:
Federal Trade Commission (FTC), 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20580, United States

The Federal Trade Commission has formally allowed Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods to go forward.

AT&T brings 500Mbps home Internet to cities outside its territory

Location:
AT&T, 208 South Akard St, Dallas, TX, 75202, United States

Major home Internet providers in the US don't typically expand into each other's territory, but this week, AT&T said it is launching high-speed Internet in parts of New York City and other major metro areas outside of its traditional wireline footprint.

Head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement: We don’t use stingrays to locate undocumented immigrants

Location:
US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, 500 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20536, United States

The acting head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the federal agency charged with deportations, has confirmed in a new letter that it does not use cell-site simulators, also known as stingrays, to locate undocumented immigrants.

Supreme Court asked to nullify the Google trademark

Location:
Supreme Court of the United States, One First Street, NE, Washington, DC, United States

Is the term "google" too generic and therefore unworthy of its trademark protection? That's the question before the US Supreme Court.

FCC’s claim that it was hit by DDoS should be investigated, lawmakers say

Location:
Government Accountability Office (GAO), 441 G St., NW, Washington, DC, 20548, United States

Sen Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) and Rep Frank Pallone (D-NJ) called for an independent investigation into the Federal Communications Commission's claim that it suffered DDoS attacks on May 8.

Cox starts charging $50 extra per month for unlimited data

Location:
Cox Communications, 1400 Lake Hearn Drive, Atlanta, GA, 30319, United States

Cox is now charging its customers $50 extra each month for unlimited data.

President Trump can block people on Twitter if he wants, administration says

Location:
Department of Justice, 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20530-0001, United States

The administration of President Donald Trump is scoffing at a federal lawsuit by Twitter users who claim that their constitutional rights are being violated because the president has blocked them from his @realDonaldTrump Twitter handle.

FCC faces backlash for saying Americans might not need fast home Internet

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

American Internet users are telling the Federal Communications Commission that mobile broadband is not a full replacement for fast home Internet service.

Ajit Pai accused of conflict for helping former client, a prison phone company

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

A prisoners' rights group has accused Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai of having a conflict of interest because he used to represent a prison phone company as a lawyer.

Maybe Americans don’t need fast home Internet service, FCC suggests

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

Americans might not need a fast home Internet connection, the Federal Communications Commission suggests in a new document. Instead, mobile Internet via a smartphone might be all people need.

Facing libel lawsuit, Techdirt takes large donations to broaden coverage

Location:
techdirt, United States

In the wake of an ongoing, expensive libel lawsuit that could drag on for years, Mike Masnick, the founder of Techdirt, announced that his website would accept more than $250,000 in donations "to further reporting on free speech."

One broadband choice still counts as “competition” after court decision on Business Data Services

Location:
U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit, 111 S 10th St., St. Louis, MO, 63102, United States

A Federal Communications Commission decision to eliminate price caps in much of the business broadband market can remain in place after a federal judge denied a petition to halt the FCC order.

ACLU: Absent warrant standard, police could monitor anyone via location data

Location:
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), 125 Broad St, New York, NY, 10004, United States

Lawyers representing a man convicted of six robberies in the Detroit area have now filed their opening brief at the Supreme Court in one of the most important digital privacy cases in recent years. This case, Carpenter v. United States, asks a simple question: is it OK for police to seize and search 127 days of cell-site location information (CSLI) without a warrant?

Data cap analysis found almost 200 ISPs imposing data limits in the US

Location:
BroadbandNow, Austin, TX, United States

A company that tracks Internet service providers and data caps in the US has identified 196 home Internet providers that impose monthly caps on Internet users.

Charter has moved millions of customers to new—and often higher—pricing

Location:
Charter Communications, 12405 Powerscourt Dr, St. Louis, MO, 63131, United States

Charter Communications has moved 30 percent of the customers it acquired in a blockbuster merger onto new pricing plans, resulting in many people paying higher prices.

Comcast fails to get hidden fee class-action suit thrown out of court

Location:
US District Court for the Northern District of California, 450 Golden Gate Ave, San Francisco, CA, 94102, United States

A class-action complaint against Comcast can move forward after a federal judge rejected a Comcast motion to dismiss it.

FCC says its specific plan to stop DDoS attacks must remain secret

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

The Federal Communications Commission has told members of Congress that it won't reveal exactly how it plans to prevent future attacks on the public comment system.