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Todd Shields

FCC Votes to End Net Neutrality Rules

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission swept aside rules barring broadband providers from favoring the internet traffic of websites willing to pay for speedier service, sending the future of net neutrality on to a likely court challenge.

FCC to Review TV Station Ownership Cap

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai said the agency will consider altering and possibly killing a national limit on TV station ownership, in a move that may lead to more media mergers such as Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc.’s proposed purchase of Tribune Media Co.

FCC Chairman Proposes Abandoning Obama-Era Net Neutrality Rules

U.S. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai on Tuesday proposed vacating Obama-era net neutrality rules, handing a victory to broadband providers such as AT&T Inc. and Comcast Corp. while critics warned of higher prices and a less-open internet.

FCC Chairman to Propose Vacating Obama-Era Net Neutrality Rules

U.S. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai will propose vacating Obama-era net neutrality rules, according to a person briefed on the development that will hand a victory to broadband providers such as AT&T Inc. and Comcast Corp. that oppose the regulations.

Sinclair Wins Again at FCC, and Favoritism Claim Is Revived

A divided Federal Communications Commission approved a new TV broadcast standard backed by Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc., sparking renewed criticism that the agency is favoring the company -- a notion rejected by its Republican chairman.

FCC Plans December Vote to Kill Net Neutrality Rules

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission next month is planning a vote to kill Obama-era rules demanding fair treatment of web traffic and may decide to vacate the regulations altogether, according to people familiar with the plans.

FCC Ends Rule Requiring Broadcasters to Have a Local Studio

Regulators eliminated a nearly 80-year-old requirement for TV and radio stations to maintain a main studio in or near the communities they serve, a step that broadcasters welcomed as trimming unneeded rules and critics called a step toward homogenized programming.

FCC Weighs Revamping Ownership Rules Before Sinclair Deal

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai has told an opponent of Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc.’s proposed purchase of Tribune Media Inc. that the agency may review media ownership rules before ruling on the $3.9 billion deal, something that could delay a decision on the merger.

Can Trump Really Shut Down NBC?

“With all of the Fake News coming out of NBC and the Networks, at what point is it appropriate to challenge their License?”

Trump Threatens NBC License, Blasts ‘Disgusting’ Free Press

President Donald Trump denied ever calling for a bigger U.S. nuclear arsenal and questioned whether FCC licenses should be taken from NBC television stations after the network published a story on Wednesday saying he had done so in a meeting with military and security officials.

Lawmakers Challenge Silicon Valley on Sex-Trafficking Bill

Web companies opposed to a federal bill aimed at squelching online trafficking of children faced a blunt challenge from U.S. lawmakers at a hearing Tuesday, and a plea from a mother whose child was slain after being advertised for sex on the Backpage.com website.

FTC Opens Investigation Into Equifax Breach

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission and a powerful Congressional committee are investigating the data breach at Equifax Inc., deepening government scrutiny of the cyber attack that may have compromised the privacy of 143 million U.S. consumers.

Vacant U.S. Posts Hamper Hurricane Aid as Irma Set to Strike

The Trump administration’s slow pace of appointments has left vacancies in key posts related to emergency response, something that may hamper efforts to help victims of Harvey’s record rainfall and Hurricane Irma’s punishing winds.

Harvey Knockout of Cell Service Revives Talk of Backup Power

The wireless industry has for years successfully fought regulations that would force mobile phone networks to be hardened so they work during storms, but it may face renewed demands after Hurricane Harvey knocked out seven of 10 cell towers in the hardest-hit counties of Texas.

Tech Goes From White House to Doghouse in Trump’s Washington

Google once had Barack Obama’s ear, served as a revolving door for White House staff and saw its political agenda advance. In Donald Trump’s Washington, some conservatives say it’s gotten so powerful it should be regulated like a public utility.

Microsoft, Google Back Strong Net Neutrality Rules

Microsoft Corp. and Google pleaded with U.S. regulators on Monday to preserve strong net neutrality rules, while AT&T Inc. and Comcast Corp. backed weakened oversight and said Congress should settle the issue that’s burned for more than a decade.

Trump Chooses Democrat Who Backed Net Neutrality for FCC

Democrat Jessica Rosenworcel was chosen to return to the Federal Communications Commission, where she supported net neutrality rules and stricter media ownership limits that now may be undone under Republican leadership.

Net Neutrality Gets FCC Vote as Cable Pledges Good Behavior

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission plans a preliminary vote Thursday on dismantling Obama-era net neutrality rules, a change supported by broadband providers who say they won’t impede internet service and opposed by web companies that fear barriers to reaching customers.

What Is and Isn't Special About a Special Counsel: QuickTake Q&A

The criminal probe into Russia’s interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election underwent a personnel shakeup. With the U.S. attorney general self-sidelined, and a new director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation close to winning Senate confirmation, a makeshift lineup of law-enforcement officials has been overseeing an inquiry that has implications for American foreign policy, American politics and the Trump presidency. There have been calls to shake up Congress’s investigations as well

Tower Over Nebraska Town Is a Flash Point on the Path to a 5G Future

The people of Papillion, Nebraska like the idea of faster, more powerful wireless service in their town of 19,000 -- but not if it means they have to agree to an 11-story tower looming over a church. City officials rejected that proposal and three others from Mobilitie LLC, a California company that installs the infrastructure needed for next generation 5G wireless service.

Tillerson Says U.S. to Press Russia Over Syrian Chemical Weapons

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said he’ll use a meeting this week in Moscow to challenge Russia about chemical weapons in Syria, as the Trump administration plans its next moves following a missile strike in retaliation for the Assad government’s use of the banned munitions.