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FCC says AT&T, Verizon are violating net neutrality with sponsored data plans

FCC says AT&T, Verizon are violating net neutrality with sponsored data plans

This week the FCC sent letters to both AT&T and Verizon, stating that zero-rated data — plans and services that don't count against users' monthly allotment — is a violation of net neutrality rules. For AT&T, this applies to their new DirecTV Now streaming video service, and for Verizon it's their own Go90 video service. The FCC's wireless communications chief Jon Wilkins wrote that the telecoms' practices "inhibit competition, harm consumers, and interfere with the ‘virtuous cycle’ needed to assure the continuing benefits of the Open Internet."

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T-Mobile fined $48m by FCC over ‘unlimited’ data restriction disclosures

T-Mobile fined $48m by FCC over ‘unlimited’ data restriction disclosures

The FCC has announced that T-Mobile will pay $48 million to settle a probe into its restrictions disclosures related to unlimited data. The commission announced the fine today, saying it is related to an investigation it carried out regarding whether the Uncarrier appropriately disclosed what kind of restrictions come with its ‘unlimited’ data plan. The FCC found that some customers on both T-Mobile and MetroPCS may have expected more high-speed data than they ultimately received.

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Comcast fined $2.3 million by FCC over erroneous billing issues

Comcast fined $2.3 million by FCC over erroneous billing issues

Comcast has been fined $2.3 million over so-called ‘negative option billing’ — that is, unauthorized billing for services or goods that weren’t request and that require the consumer to contact the company in dispute and to seek refunds. According to the FCC, it had received many complaints from Comcast customers who claimed the service provider was bill “cramming,” or adding charges to bills for things they didn’t request, including DVRs and premium channels. In some cases, subscribers say they declined items, only to be mailed them and billed for them.

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Wireless Emergency Alerts will soon support more characters, embedded URLs

Wireless Emergency Alerts will soon support more characters, embedded URLs

The Wireless Emergency Alert system, which pushes AMBER Alerts and emergency notifications of things like natural disasters to phones across the US, is about to get something of an overhaul. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted today to expand the WEA system in a number of different ways, ranging from giving the alerts more characters to adding embedded URLs where it's appropriate.

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Netflix declares war on data caps, wants FCC to chime in

Netflix declares war on data caps, wants FCC to chime in

It’s that time of year again for the US Federal Communications Commission, lovingly called the FCC. It’s that time when it is legally mandated to examine the state of broadband deployment in the country, which also means it will be in the crosshairs of ISPs, and vice versa. Netflix, not an ISP, is taking that opportunity to convince the FCC to declare, once and for all, that home Internet data caps are unreasonable, and sometimes even discriminatory. Such a statement, though not completely legally binding, could ISPs to make some adjustments to align Netflix’s point of view.

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Roku tipped with 5 new models inbound: HDR, 4K and more

Roku tipped with 5 new models inbound: HDR, 4K and more

It seems Roku is preparing to launch five new models in the near future, at least two of which will apparently include support for HDR video. The models have surfaced in various ways, including in FCC filings; while those filings have had many of their details redacted, other info has seemingly been made public via a pair of Canadian websites. Assuming one of the leaks is accurate, the official launch will happen on September 7.

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Samsung Scoop Bluetooth speaker crosses FCC

Samsung Scoop Bluetooth speaker crosses FCC

A new portable Bluetooth speaker has been spied making its way through the FCC for certifications. The speaker clearly states that it is a Samsung product on the bottom and it has the name Scoop stamped across the top of the backside as well. Samsung has clearly put time and effort into making the portable device very stylish.

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Apple and Google team up with FCC to fight robocalls

Apple and Google team up with FCC to fight robocalls

Remember back in July when we told you that the FCC had called on carriers and device makers to help in the fight against robocalls? You'd be forgiven if you thought nothing would come of the FCC's urging, but the very next day, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said he was ready to lead a "strike force" to help the FCC put an end to the robocall problem. It turns out that strike force is real and it had meeting with the FCC today, kicking off its efforts to make robocalls a thing of the past.

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Philips Hue Motion Sensor tipped for September launch

Philips Hue Motion Sensor tipped for September launch

Philips looks set to add hands-free smarts to its Hue lighting system, with word of a new Hue Motion Sensor sneaking out ahead of the gadget's launch. A mainstay of many smart home installations, Hue's wirelessly-enabled bulbs can be controlled by various means, including the company's iOS and Android apps, from a smartwatch, the Hue Tap switch, and basic scheduling, but if you wanted motion-triggers you had to look to third-party platforms.

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AT&T CEO says he’s ready to help FCC stop robocalls

AT&T CEO says he’s ready to help FCC stop robocalls

Recently, Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler decided it was time to get serious about stopping robocalls, writing letters to the major wireless and landline carriers in the US giving them 30 days to come up with a plan of action. AT&T seems to be hitting the ground running in the search for solutions, with chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson saying that he'll lead a "Robocalling Strike Force," which would bring the major players in the industry together to develop solutions that halt robocalls from ever reaching consumers.

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FCC urges US carriers to help in the fight against robocalls

FCC urges US carriers to help in the fight against robocalls

There are few things in this world we can label as "unanimously hated." However short that list is, though, robocalls would most likely be at or near the top of it. The FCC has working for years to get consumer discontent with robocalls and robotexts sorted out, and the agency's latest attempt at doing so involves urging carriers in the US to give consumers more options when it comes to blocking them.

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PS4 wireless adapter FCC filing teases DualShock 4 PC support

PS4 wireless adapter FCC filing teases DualShock 4 PC support

Once upon a time, Sony promised that the DualShock 4 controller would be compatible with PCs. More than two years have passed since and, as of right now at least, you still can’t officially use the DS4 with your computer (though unofficial solutions exist). A recently surfaced Sony FCC filing has stoked hopes that things will change soon, with the paperwork detailing a PS4 wireless adapter and a model number that indicates it is related to controllers.

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