• Nathan Simington Dec 9, 2020

    Senate OKs Trump Pick for FCC, Adding Hurdle to Biden Plans

    The Senate has narrowly approved President Donald Trump’s lame-duck nominee to become a member of the Federal Communications Commission, setting up the agency for a stretch of partisan gridlock likely to stymie President-elect Joe Biden’s policies.

  • mental health Dec 13, 2019

    Regulators to Set Up 3-Digit Suicide Hotline Number Like 911

    Aiming to make it easier for people to get help and to reduce the stigma associated with mental health, federal regulators are moving toward setting up a new three-digit number for people to reach a suicide prevention hotline. A law last year required the Federal Communications Commission to study assigning a three-digit number for suicide prevention. That study found evidence...

  • United States Aug 16, 2019

    US Government Proposes New 3-Digit Suicide Prevention Hotline

    With suicides on the rise , the U.S. government wants to make the national crisis hotline easier to reach. Once implemented, people will just need to dial 988 to seek help. Currently, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline uses a 10-digit number, 800-273-TALK (8255). Callers are routed to one of 163 crisis centers, where counselors answered 2.2 million calls last year....

  • Congress Jun 7, 2019

    Regulators Give Phone Companies New Tools to Fight Robocalls

    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 problem that pesters Americans on the level of billions of calls a month.

  • United States May 16, 2019

    Robocall Relief? Feds to Vote on Measures to Block Spam Calls

    New measures by U.S. regulators could help thwart some of the billions of robocalls received in the U.S. The rising volume of calls in the last few years has created pressure on Congress, regulators and phone companies to act. The Federal Communications Commission said Wednesday that it will vote in June on whether to allow to carriers block spam calls...

  • Donald Trump Apr 12, 2019

    FCC to Hold Big 5G Auction, Spend $20B for Rural Internet

    The U.S. government will hold a massive auction later this year to bolster 5G service, the next generation of mobile networks. President Donald Trump showcased the announcement Friday, declaring that the race to stand up these faster, more powerful networks is a competition “America must win.” “We cannot allow any other country to outcompete the United States in this powerful...

  • attorney Jun 29, 2018

    Man Accused of Threatening to Kill FCC Chairman's Family

    Prosecutors say a Southern California man is accused of threatening to kill the family of Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai. Markara Man, of Norwalk, was arrested Friday after he admitted that he made the threats because he was angry over the federal agency’s attempt to repeal net neutrality rules and wanted to scare the chairman.

  • Congress Jun 11, 2018

    Net Neutrality Repeal Takes Effect, But the Fight Is Far From Over

    As the repeal of Obama-era net neutrality regulations took effect Monday, advocates for an open internet continue to fight the changes, NBC News reported. They’ve introduced efforts to re-implement similar rules prohibiting internet service providers from throttling internet speeds at the state level and pass a resolution in Congress to undo the Federal Communications Commission’s decision. The FCC voted on...

  • Congress Jun 11, 2018

    Net Neutrality Repeal Goes Into Effect

    Net neutrality is no longer the law of the land as of Monday, June 11, 2018. State governments are also taking action in the face of its repeal by the FCC, with more than half of the states exploring their own net neutrality legislation. The House of Representatives may vote to overturn the repeal after the Senate passed the measure in May.

  • Seth Meyers Mar 19, 2018

    John Oliver's First ‘Week' of the Year

    “Last Week Tonight” returns just in time Sunday, following a three-month hiatus.

  • Asher Klein Jan 31, 2018

    Hawaii Worker Who Sent False Alert Had Problems But Kept Job

    Hawaii emergency management officials knew for years that an employee had problems performing his job. Then, he sent a false alert warning of an imminent missile attack earlier this month. The worker had mistakenly believed drills for tsunami and fire warnings were actual events, and colleagues were not comfortable working with him, the state said Tuesday. His supervisors counseled him...

  • Donald Trump Jan 16, 2018

    Missile-Alert Error Reveals Uncertainty About How to React

    When Jonathan Scheuer got an alert on his phone of a ballistic missile headed for Hawaii, he and his family didn’t know what to do. They went to their guest bedroom, then decided it would be safer on the ground floor of their Honolulu home. “What do we do?” he wondered. “Where do we go?” People should immediately seek shelter...

  • Donald Trump Jan 15, 2018

    ‘Mass Hysteria': Panic Rattles Hawaii After False Missile Alert

    The second recent blunder in Hawaii’s planning for a possible North Korean nuclear attack created “mass hysteria” on the islands after an emergency alert warning of an imminent strike sounded on hundreds of thousands of cellphones. For nearly 40 minutes people waited. Then came the second mobile alert: someone hit the wrong button, there was no missile. Some people abandoned...

  • David Chang Jan 14, 2018

    Vai Sikahema Tells Kids Where to Find Will After Getting False Missile Threat Alert During Vacation in Hawaii

    NBC10’s Vai Sikahema was in Hawaii when an emergency alert stating a missile was heading toward the island was sent to phones. Vai described how he and his wife reacted to the news during an interview with MSNBC.

  • Donald Trump Jan 16, 2018

    Hawaii Says No Missile Threat After Emergency Alert Mistakenly Sent

    After an emergency alert of a ballistic missile threat left people “crying and screaming” in Hawaii on Saturday, emergency officials confirmed that the message was sent in error and that no missile was headed for the island state. However, the mistake drew outrage from local leaders and has prompted a federal investigation. The alert, which was sent to people’s cell...

  • attorney Dec 14, 2017

    Lawmakers Ready to Fight for ‘Net Neutrality'; Attorney Generals Vow Suit

    The Federal Communications Commission voted to end net-neutrality rules that guaranteed equal access to the internet on Thursday but opponents of the decision plan legal challenges. The attorneys general of New York and Washington say they plan to file a lawsuit against the FCC to stop the rollback of the Obama-era rules. Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson says the…

  • CHICAGO Jun 11, 2018

    GRAPHIC: Where Net Neutrality's End Could Be Felt the Most

    The Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to end net neutrality rules, which that have prevented internet service providers from playing favorites with websites. The change won’t affect everyone in the United States the same way, according to data compiled by mapping firm Esri. By and large, cities are more likely to be impacted by changes than rural areas, according to...

  • CEO Dec 14, 2017

    As ‘Net Neutrality' Vote Nears, Some Brace for a Long Fight

    As the federal government prepares to unravel sweeping net-neutrality rules that guaranteed equal access to the internet, advocates of the regulations are bracing for a long fight. The Thursday vote scheduled at the Federal Communications Commission could usher in big changes in how Americans use the internet, a radical departure from more than a decade of federal oversight. The proposal...

  • Congress Dec 8, 2017

    Net Neutrality Fans Speak Up as FCC Set to Strike Down Rules

    Net neutrality is a simple concept but a dense and often technical issue that has been argued over for years in tech and telecom circles. Now everyday folks are talking about it. That’s because the Federal Communications Commission has scheduled a vote next week to gut Obama-era rules meant to stop broadband companies such as Comcast, AT&T and Verizon from...

  • head Nov 29, 2017

    FCC Head Ajit Pai Dismisses High-Profile Net Neutrality Defenders From Entertainment, Tech Industries

    The head of the Federal Communications Commission defended his plan to undo the country’s net-neutrality rules by bringing the culture wars to telecommunications policy....
    FCC Chairman Ajit Pai last week unveiled his plan to gut Obama-era net neutrality rules, which were meant to keep broadband providers from playing favorites with websites and apps. Tech companies, including Airbnb, Etsy and Twitter, sent...

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