Reuters: Trump plans to nominate official for FCC amid social media push

Reuters: Trump plans to nominate official for FCC amid social media push . “President Donald Trump, pressing for new social media regulations, plans to nominate a senior administration official to be a member of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the White House said on Tuesday.”

CNN: FCC seeks record fine against alleged scam operators who made 1 billion robocalls

CNN: FCC seeks record fine against alleged scam operators who made 1 billion robocalls. “The US government is seeking fines of up to $225 million from health insurance telemarketers who allegedly made a billion unwanted robocalls in violation of Federal Communications Commission rules. The record-breaking penalty, announced Tuesday, is the largest proposed fine in FCC history. It targets Texas-based Rising Eagle for allegedly spamming consumers in more than a half-dozen states, including Arkansas, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio and Texas.”

Gizmodo: Judge Orders FCC to Hand Over IP Addresses Linked to Fake Net Neutrality Comments

Gizmodo: Judge Orders FCC to Hand Over IP Addresses Linked to Fake Net Neutrality Comments. “A Manhattan federal judge has ruled the Federal Communications Commission must provide two reporters access to server logs that may provide new insight into the allegations of fraud stemming from agency’s 2017 net neutrality rollback.”

CNET: How the FCC got involved in Trump’s war against Twitter

CNET: How the FCC got involved in Trump’s war against Twitter. “With a stroke of his pen, President Donald Trump asked the Federal Communications Commission to regulate Facebook, Twitter and other social media companies. That would be a new task for the independent agency, and it’s unclear if its Republican leadership will take on the role. After all, the agency repealed net neutrality protections in 2017 so that it wouldn’t have to regulate broadband companies, like Comcast and Verizon.”

Ars Technica: FCC to require anti-robocall tech after “voluntary” plan didn’t work out

Ars Technica: FCC to require anti-robocall tech after “voluntary” plan didn’t work out. “Phone companies would be required to deploy technology that prevents spoofing of Caller ID under a plan announced today by Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai.”

Report: Two-Thirds of Counties Average Internet Speeds Slower Than Broadband (Route Fifty)

Route Fifty: Report: Two-Thirds of Counties Average Internet Speeds Slower Than Broadband. “New data, crowdsourced from an app that tests internet connectivity speeds, found that 65% of counties across the United States are averaging connection speeds slower than the FCC’s definition of broadband.”

Route Fifty: Frustrated by Flawed Broadband Maps, States Are Trying to Create Their Own

Route Fifty: Frustrated by Flawed Broadband Maps, States Are Trying to Create Their Own. “State officials tasked with overseeing expansion of broadband to their residents say it is paramount to have accurate information about where infrastructure and service is lacking. But because connectivity data collected by the Federal Communications Commission often overestimates broadband’s reach, many states are trying to gather their own data, sometimes going door-to-door to query residents, to better understand service gaps.”

Ars Technica: FCC data fails to count 21 million people without broadband, study finds

Ars Technica: FCC data fails to count 21 million people without broadband, study finds. “The Federal Communications Commission’s broadband data dramatically underestimates the number of Americans without access to home Internet service, a new study has found. The actual number of people lacking home-broadband access is about twice as high as the FCC estimate, the study found.”

Mashable: FCC confirms wireless carriers broke federal law by selling location data

Mashable: FCC confirms wireless carriers broke federal law by selling location data. “At the center of the investigation are all four major U.S. carriers: AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile. It is unclear at this time which groups will be penalized, and what that penalty will look like. Further documentation on the specifics of the violation is forthcoming.”

Ars Technica: CenturyLink, Frontier took FCC cash, failed to deploy all required broadband

Ars Technica: CenturyLink, Frontier took FCC cash, failed to deploy all required broadband. “CenturyLink and Frontier Communications have apparently failed to meet broadband-deployment requirements in numerous states where they are receiving government funding to expand their networks in rural areas. CenturyLink notified the Federal Communications Commission that it ‘may not have reached the deployment milestone’ in 23 states and that it hit the latest deadline in only 10 states.” Note this fail did not stop CenturyLink from winning a $1.6 billion federal contract this month.

Ars Technica: DOD joins fight against 5G spectrum proposal, citing risks to GPS

Ars Technica: DOD joins fight against 5G spectrum proposal, citing risks to GPS. “The Department of Defense has weighed in against a proposal before the Federal Communications Commission to open the 1 to 2 Gigahertz frequency range—the L band—for use in 5G cellular networks. The reason: segments of that range of radio spectrum are already used by Global Positioning System signals and other military systems.”

BuzzFeed News: Political Operatives Are Faking Voter Outrage With Millions Of Made-Up Comments To Benefit The Rich And Powerful

BuzzFeed News: Political Operatives Are Faking Voter Outrage With Millions Of Made-Up Comments To Benefit The Rich And Powerful. “A BuzzFeed News investigation — based on an analysis of millions of comments, along with court records, business filings, and interviews with dozens of people — offers a window into how a crucial democratic process was skewed by one of the most prolific uses of political impersonation in US history. In a key part of the puzzle, two little-known firms, Media Bridge and LCX Digital, working on behalf of industry group Broadband for America, misappropriated names and personal information as part of a bid to submit more than 1.5 million statements favorable to their cause.”

CNN: Federal officials raise concerns about White House plan to police alleged social media censorship

CNN: Federal officials raise concerns about White House plan to police alleged social media censorship. “Officials from the Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Trade Commission have expressed serious concerns about a draft Trump administration executive order seeking to regulate tech giants such as Facebook (FB) and Twitter (TWTR), according to several people familiar with the matter.”

Ars Technica: FCC finally orders ISPs to say exactly where they offer broadband

Ars Technica: FCC finally orders ISPs to say exactly where they offer broadband. “The Federal Communications Commission voted today to collect more accurate data about which parts of the US have broadband and which parts lack high-speed connectivity. From now on, home Internet providers will have to give the FCC geospatial maps of where they provide service instead of merely reporting which census blocks they offer service in.”