Latest Federal Communications Commission News

Federal agency to give $12M for Wyoming broadband expansion

Oct. 13, 2019 5:34 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The Federal Communications Commission is expected to provide $12.1 million to expand broadband coverage to rural parts of Wyoming over the next decade. The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reported three companies are expected to receive funds to extend service to more than 4,700 Wyoming homes...

Court: FCC can dump net neutrality, but can't bar state laws

Oct. 1, 2019 4:14 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal court has cleared the way for state and local governments to bar internet providers from favoring some services over others, even as the court affirmed the Federal Communications Commission's right to dump national rules. Even so, legal experts say state and local efforts will...

Sprint accused of taking millions

Sep. 25, 2019 5:08 PM EDT

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — The federal government has accused Sprint Corp. of failing to provide service to low-income subscribers after accepting millions of dollars in subsidies to do so. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai said Tuesday he's asked the agency's enforcement bureau to...

Feds: SC prison cellphone jam test has 'promising results'

Sep. 25, 2019 2:11 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Federal officials said Wednesday that they were encouraged by another test of a jamming technology that some hope will help combat the threat posed by inmates with smuggled cellphones, which officials have long said represent the top security threat within their institutions. The test...

In rural Georgia, access to broadband worse than data showed

Sep. 21, 2019 12:53 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A mapping program is finding that rural broadband access in Georgia is worse than federal officials first thought. Lawmakers are trying to find ways of bringing more broadband service to rural areas — and they need to know the extent of the problem. However, lawmakers have only had...

Federal agency says Montana needs to replenish 911 account

Sep. 18, 2019 6:32 PM EDT

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — The Federal Communications Commission says Montana needs to return $2 million to the state's 911 account. The Missoulian reported Tuesday that the funds generated from 911 fees were placed in a state account holding $12 million in 2017. State lawmakers transferred $2 million from the...

Report challenges internet providers' advertised speeds

Aug. 31, 2019 3:06 AM EDT

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — Slow internet speed in rural areas does more than stop farmers from buying Netflix subscriptions, and it could be robbing their communities of a chance at financial success. It also has sweeping implications for how people in those areas communicate with their doctors, complete...