Latest Federal Communications Commission News

Senators urge FCC to maintain quake wireless alert speeds

Jul. 16, 2019 5:58 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A group of U.S. senators from the West Coast is urging the government to ensure that planned changes to the national Wireless Emergency Alert system do not impair its ability to provide rapid warnings about earthquakes. Twenty senators signed a letter Tuesday to Federal Communications...

FCC announces $7 million more in rural internet funding

Jul. 15, 2019 2:55 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The federal government says it will allocate an additional $7 million in funding over the next 10 years to expand internet access in rural areas of Arkansas. The Federal Communications Commission announced Monday that the funds will provide broadband access to nearly 4,000 more...

FCC approves priority window for tribes to expand broadband

Jul. 10, 2019 8:20 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The Federal Communications Commission has approved a priority filing window for tribes to obtain licenses that could boost internet service in rural communities. The commission voted 3-2 Wednesday in favor of the filing window for federally recognized tribes. The 2.5 Ghz-band of...

Federal labor, communications chiefs to visit West Virginia

Jul. 1, 2019 4:49 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The heads of the Federal Communications Commission and U.S. Department of Labor are set to visit West Virginia. U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito says in a news release she and FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr are scheduled to tour Boone Memorial Hospital in Madison on Monday and later...

FCC proposal could boost broadband internet on tribal lands

Jun. 24, 2019 7:36 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The Federal Communications Commission has proposed giving rural Native American tribes a priority filing window for licenses that could expand internet access on their land. The FCC has been working to revamp the way it issues licenses for the 2.5 GHz-band Educational Broadband...

Georgia internet speed far slower than US government reports

Jun. 15, 2019 12:06 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Internet speeds in Georgia are far slower than what has been reported by the federal government, a newspaper reported. An analysis of internet speed test results by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution found that internet speeds were about one-fourth as fast as those reported by the Federal...

Editorials from around New York

Jun. 12, 2019 6:06 PM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from New York's newspapers: Newsday on robocalls June 8 The calls come during dinner. During the workday. Even in the middle of the night. They veer from annoying and laughable to frightening and dangerous. Sometimes, they're offering debt reduction, solar...

FCC wants to fix maps that now overstate broadband coverage

Jun. 12, 2019 2:16 PM EDT

U.S. telecom regulators are trying to fix faulty maps that don't reflect which Americans have access to high-speed internet. Lawmakers and public-interest groups have lambasted the Federal Communications Commission for inaccurate maps that overstate coverage and hinder government efforts to subsidize internet...

States sue to stop $26.5 billion Sprint-T-Mobile deal

Jun. 11, 2019 5:16 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A group of state attorneys general led by New York and California filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday to block T-Mobile's $26.5 billion bid for Sprint, citing consumer harm. The state attorneys general said the promised benefits, such as better networks in rural areas and faster service...

Regulators give phone companies new tools to fight robocalls

Jun. 6, 2019 2:05 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal regulators voted Thursday to give phone companies the right to block unwanted calls without getting customers' permission first. The Federal Communications Commission's move could make call-blocking widespread and help consumers dodge annoying robocalls, which have exploded into a...