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PayPal updates its controversial user agreement following FCC warning

PayPal updates its controversial user agreement following FCC warning

On Monday, digital payments company PayPal announced to make fixes to its user agreement following the controversy that sparked over its new robocalling policy.

The company faced criticism for adding new language into its user agreement, which indicated that they would be subjected to robocalls. The people feared that this would give PayPal the ability to cover users with autodialed marketing calls and texts.

A stern warning was sent by FCC to PayPal on June 11th, which detailed how the company could be violating the law. The FCC reminded PayPal that it along with any service providers or affiliates could be fined up to $16,000 per text message or call.

FCC allows Consumers to stop Robocalls

FCC allows Consumers to stop Robocalls

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Thursday agreed that Verizon, AT&T and other telecommunication carriers aren't duty-bound to connect annoying ‘robocalls’.

The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday stated that Verizon, AT&T and other telecommunication carriers will not be bounded to connect annoying ‘robocalls’ if a consumer doesn't want them.

FCC commissioners mostly agreed that call blocking technology should not only be allowed, but encouraged too. The FCC also voted in favor of expanding its Lifeline program to provide low-income subsidies for broadband service.

The major thing for the FCC in this case was to question the widespread appeal of battling unwanted robocalls, which last year alone generated 215,000 complaints to the agency.

Charter Communications expresses Interest to strike a deal with Time Warner Cable

Time Warner Cable

Charter Communications is heading towards a possible merger with Time Warner Cable Inc, according to Wall Street Journal. Charter Communications provides cable television, high-speed Internet, and telephone services.

It has been reported that Time Warner Cable's CEO Rob Marcus has been called by Malone, the chairman of Charter's largest shareholder, Liberty Broadband Corp. in order to express Charter's interest in pursuing friendly deal talks.

Comcast Corp said that its merger with Time Warner Cable (TWC) and its deal with smaller competitor Charter Communications have been terminated amid regulatory resistance.

Astronomers object to iRobot's proposal of selling automated lawnmowers

Astronomers object to iRobot's proposal of selling automated lawnmowers

Scientists at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory have objected to the proposal set by iRobot Corporation for selling lawnmowers guided by radio waves.

According to the scientists, machines might interfere with the ultra-sensitive radio telescopes they are using to the universe.

iRobot is known for its self-guided Roomba vacuum cleaners and bomb-disposal equipment. The company filed a request with the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to use airwaves for robot lawn mowers to be guided wirelessly.

The company filed for permission to market its lawnmower robot as it needs fixed wireless infrastructure to map its route around a lawn. Other robotic lawnmowers typically use hard-wired fences to keep the bots in place.

iRobot's radio-guided lawnmowers could interfere with Radio Telescopes

iRobot's radio-guided lawnmowers could interfere with Radio Telescopes

Scientists at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory have objected the proposal set by iRobot Corp. for selling lawnmowers guided by radio waves. According to the scientists, machines might interfere with the ultra-sensitive radio telescopes they are using to study the universe.

iRobot is known for its self-guided Roomba vacuum cleaners and bomb-disposal equipment. The company filed a request with the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to use airwaves for robot lawn mowers to be guided wirelessly.

The company filed for permission to market its lawnmower robot as it needs fixed wireless infrastructure to map its route around a lawn. Other robotic lawnmowers typically use hard-wired fences to keep the bots in place.

Net Neutrality Rules Passed by FCC Have Opposite Effect on Internet Protection, said Sen. John Thune

Net Neutrality Rules Passed by FCC Have Opposite Effect on Internet Protection

It has been reported that Sen. John Thune called out the FCC this week, saying that its recently passed net neutrality rules have exactly the opposite effect on protecting an open internet.

The Federal Communications Commission in last month voted 3-2 in support of reclassifying the Web as a Title II telecom service.

According to Chairman Tom Wheeler, the reclassification of the internet as Title II will be the strongest open internet protections ever proposed.

Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Thune during an oversight hearing on Wednesday said that it was also one of the most important and most controversial decisions in the agency's history.

FCC Announces Timeout on Comcast-Time Warner Cable and AT&T-DirecTV mega-mergers

FCC Announces Timeout on Comcast-Time Warner Cable and AT&T-DirecTV mega-mergers

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) said that it will take some time before it announces a decision about the proposed merger Comcast and Time Warner Cable (TWC) and AT&T's acquiring DirecTV.

The agency said that it would announce the results of its three-month long review of both the mergers by the end of March, but now it has taken time-out due to legal issues. The companies involved in the mergers are not in the favor to release records of video-programming contracts with suppliers.

FCC Delays Comcast and AT&T Review Again

FCC Delays Comcast and AT&T Review Again

Once again, the FCC has decided to pause the 180-day "shot clock" on its regulatory reviews for the prospective mergers of Comcast and Time Warner Cable, and AT&T and DirecTV.

The agency has again mentioned the pending court decisions on how to handle the disclosures of information related to deals made by the MVPDs with programming companies as the main reason behind the move.

In the announcement, the FCC said, "At this time, we believe it is prudent to pause the informal 180-day transaction clocks because the commission would be advantaged by knowing the resolution of the pending Petition for Review before the transaction clocks reach the 180-day mark, which both are slated to do by the end of March".

FCC approves net neutrality rules

Tom Wheeler

London, Feb 27 - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has reportedly approved net neutrality rules that will prohibit paid prioritisation, and the blocking and throttling of lawful content and services in the United States, a report said.

The changes proposed by Chairman Tom Wheeler got the commission's nod after three commissioners voted in favour as opposed to two who voted against it, reported the BBC.

The U. S. Telecommunications Industry Association has asked broadband providers to "immediately" take legal action over the rule changes.

FCC chief proposes slew of 'stringent measures' to ensure net neutrality for US internet users

FCC chief proposes slew of 'stringent measures' to ensure net neutrality for US

London, Feb 05 - The chairman of the U. S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has reportedly proposed a slew of "strong" measures to ensure that the principles of net neutrality are upheld.

Describing his vision as the "strongest open internet protections ever proposed by the FCC," Tom Wheeler said in an article that he intended to impose new restrictions on how fixed line and mobile broadband providers handle data, reported the BBC.

Wheeler explained that he wanted to reclassify internet service providers (ISPs) to make them like any other public utility, in order to ensure that they can be regulated by the watchdog.

He proposed a series of enforceable, bright-line rules that will prohibit paid prioritisation, and the blocking and throttling of lawful content and services.

FCC chairman pledges to promote competition

FCC chairman pledges to promote competitionTom Wheeler, the new chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), on Monday pledged to make the telecommunications industry more competitive.

Mr. Wheeler there was a need to make sure that small wireless carriers are capable of competing in the next year's spectrum auction, adding that he was an extreme believer in the power of the marketplace.

He stressed on the need of the FCC's intervention at a time of stifled competition in the telecommunications market.

FCC pushes for gigabit speed broadband deployment in all US states by 2015

FCC pushes for gigabit speed broadband deployment in all US states by 2015Issuing a `Gigabit City Challenge' call on Friday, Federal Communications Commission (FCC)'s Chairman Julius Genachowski said that gigabit speed broadband services should be made available in all the US states by the year 2015.

FCC considers making carriers report their resilience during natural disasters

FCC considers making carriers report their resilience during natural disasters With the devastating Hurricane Sandy having knocked down nearly 25 percent of cell towers during the peak of its impact in the affected states, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is mulling over the prospect of a report by the carriers about the disaster performance quality of their networks.

FCC: “Serious outages” of communication services still remain in some hurricane-hit areas

FCC: “Serious outages” of communication services still remain in some hurricane-hit areasWith Hurricane Sandy causing power system failures in the Northeast part of the US, the officials at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) revealed in a Wednesday statement that a number of "serious outages" of wireless and wired communications services are still being reported in New York, New Jersey, and some other severely-hit areas.

FCC approves spectrum compromise between AT&T, Sirius

FCC approves spectrum compromise between AT&T, Sirius In a recent statement, AT&T has disclosed that its spectrum compromise with Sirius XM Radio, for resolving the issues that arise because of the proximity of a few of their respective spectrum assets, has been approved unanimously by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

The AT&T-Sirius compromise plan was first put forth by the two companies in June this year; and essentially enables AT&T to use spectrum in the so-called Wireless Communication Services (WCS) band for furthering its LTE deployment.

FCC lets cable “program access” rules expire

FCC lets cable “program access” rules expireWith a 5-0 vote against the extension of "program access" rule enacted two decades back, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has freed cable operators from the obligation of providing their non-sports cable channels to competing satellite and telephone companies which also offer video services.

The FCC's unanimous decision against renewing the program-sharing rule led to the expiry of the rule on Friday; thereby enabling cable providers - like Time Warner Cable - to keep back their non-sports programming from rivals.

FCC unanimously approves proposal to realign airwaves

FCC unanimously approves proposal to realign airwavesIn a move which apparently will be the first of its kind by any government in the direction of paying for reclaiming public airwaves with the aim of selling them, the five-member Federal Communications Commission (FCC) gave its unanimous approval, on Friday, to a preliminary yet all-encompassing proposal to realign airwaves.

Amazon's new Kindle Fire HD 8.9 yet to be approved for sale by FCC

Amazon's new Kindle Fire HD 8.9 yet to be approved for sale by FCC The newly-unveiled 4G-capable 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD tablet from Amazon is now available for pre-orders, though the online retail giant is yet to get the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)'s approval for selling the high-end tablet.

The approval of the FCC is mandatory for wireless communications devices as it underscores the assurance that the devices will operate safely and will not cause any inappropriate interference with other signals.

FCC launches first country-wide mobile broadband performance measurement program

FCC launches first country-wide mobile broadband performance measurement programThe Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently launched its first country-wide mobile broadband performance measurement program - dubbed `Measuring Mobile America' - which will essentially test the cellphone data speed in the US.

For the comprehensive program, which marks the expansion of the FCC's current broadband measurement effort to include mobile data as well, the FCC will partner with wireless carriers, the stakeholders, and the public interest and research community.

FCC to test data speed claims of wireless carriers

FCC to test data speed claims of wireless carriersAfter its Wednesday proposal of a new program under which the data speed claims of wireless carriers will be tested, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will hold an open meeting on 21 September, 2012, to hear the comments of the industry and the consumers about the proposal for measuring mobile broadband service performance in the US.

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