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Rejecting Petition, FCC Slams Free Press, Defers to Stations' News Judgment

The FCC rejected Free Press’ emergency petition for inquiry into broadcasters airing allegedly false information about COVID-19 (see 2004060026). FCC Republicans slammed the petition as an attack on free speech. “At best, the Petition rests on a fundamental…Subscribe to Read >>

Trump Formalizes 'Team Telecom' Foreign Investment Review Process

President Donald Trump’s “Team Telecom” executive order formalizes the executive branch’s process for reviewing foreign takeovers of U.S. communications assets, but some observers questioned the extent to which it will alter the status quo. DOJ, DOD and the Department…Subscribe to Read >>

Streaming Video Downshifting Data in Face of Network Congestion Worries

Streaming video providers are slowing down video transmissions to free up bandwidth when U.S. ISP networks are jammed, we heard this and last week. More content providers likely dialed back their HD video quality during the pandemic, said Streaming…Subscribe to Read >>

Pai: FCC Considered All Objections From Incumbents on 6 GHz Plan

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said Monday the agency will move as quickly as it can to allow outdoor use of the 6 GHz band by very low-power devices. Pai told incumbents the FCC has fully vetted their concerns, speaking…Subscribe to Read >>

Encryption Advocates Say DOJ Can Probe Without Weakening Security

DOJ can investigate without weakening end-to-end encryption for messaging apps, representatives from BSA|The Software Alliance and Internet Society said in interviews, after Telegram told us the messaging app is under FBI investigation. Attorney General William Barr has repeatedly attacked…Subscribe to Read >>

CPUC Sets April 16 COVID-19 Vote; Wildfire Backup Power Plan Irks Industry

The California Public Utilities Commission teed up a COVID-19 resolution for members' April 16 meeting to retroactively apply emergency customer protection measures from March 4 until the emergency ends. Meanwhile, industry opposed CPUC plans for power backup, among other…Subscribe to Read >>

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Usage Rocketing, Home Broadband Weathers Pandemic-Induced Demand -- for Now

The massive shift of workers and students to their homes due to COVID-19 is gobbling up data transmission availability and challenging employers with their networks optimized for an in-office workforce, network and data experts said in interviews last week…Read More >>

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