Ars Technica: FCC gives ISPs another $563 million to build rural-broadband networks

Ars Technica: FCC gives ISPs another $563 million to build rural-broadband networks. “More than 220,000 unserved rural homes and businesses in 24 states will get broadband access because of funding authorized yesterday by the Federal Communications Commission, the agency said. In all, the FCC authorized more than $563 million for distribution to ISPs over the next decade. It’s the latest payout from the commission’s Connect America Fund, which was created in 2011.”

Yahoo Finance: The FCC said repealing net-neutrality rules would help consumers: It hasn’t

Yahoo Finance: The FCC said repealing net-neutrality rules would help consumers: It hasn’t. “FCC chairman Ajit Pai repeatedly emphasized that eliminating the rules would help smaller ISPs in particular bring competition to the market. ‘They told us that these rules prevented them from extending their service because they had to spend money on lawyers and accountants,’ he said in a June 2018 statement. A year later, the bargain looks unfulfilled. Evidence remains scant of ISPs saving money from this regulatory rollback, or working to give consumers faster or better broadband options. But they also don’t seem to be using their new power, much less abusing it.”

Ars Technica: 47 Democrats cave on net neutrality after GOP calls bill “dead on arrival”

Ars Technica: 47 Democrats cave on net neutrality after GOP calls bill “dead on arrival”. “Forty-seven Democratic members of Congress are calling for a net neutrality compromise with Republicans, who have refused to support a full restoration of the net neutrality rules repealed by the Ajit Pai-led Federal Communications Commission.”

The Register: FCC promises, yet again, to tackle robocalls. Translation: Expect six more months of waiting

The Register: FCC promises, yet again, to tackle robocalls. Translation: Expect six more months of waiting. “Faced with growing political and legal anger, Ajit Pai, the chairman of America’s communications watchdog, has again promised to do something about robocalls – and again left critics fuming over his foot-dragging antics.”

Techdirt: The Pai FCC Sits On Its Hands While Phone Companies Rip Off American Taxpayers

Techdirt: The Pai FCC Sits On Its Hands While Phone Companies Rip Off American Taxpayers. “We’ve talked often about how the nation’s phone companies, now fixated on video and online advertising, have effectively just been letting their DSL and phone networks fall apart while still charging exorbitant rates. Not only did these companies take billions in taxpayer dollars to build these older copper-based networks, they took billions more in subsidies for fiber upgrades they never fully deployed. Yet increasingly we’ve watched as they’ve refused to upgrade or even repair their networks across countless states, leaving customers trapped with expensive service that often doesn’t even meet the FCC’s standard definition of broadband (25 Mbps).”

Ars Technica: FCC “fined” robocallers $208 million since 2015 but collected only $6,790

Ars Technica: FCC “fined” robocallers $208 million since 2015 but collected only $6,790. “The Federal Communications Commission has issued $208.4 million in fines against robocallers since 2015, but the commission has collected only $6,790 of that amount. That’s because the FCC lacks authority to enforce the penalties, according to an investigation by The Wall Street Journal.”

Techdirt: Much Of The Broadband Growth Ajit Pai Credits To Killing Net Neutrality Was Actually Due To A Clerical Error

Techdirt: Much Of The Broadband Growth Ajit Pai Credits To Killing Net Neutrality Was Actually Due To A Clerical Error. “So a few weeks ago we noted how the Ajit Pai FCC has been trying to pretend that some modest recent broadband growth is directly thanks to its unpopular policies — like killing net neutrality. Except a closer look at the report shows the data they used was only accurate up to the tail end of 2017, when net neutrality wasn’t even formally repealed until June of 2018 (read: the growth couldn’t have been due to killing net neutrality yet, because it hadn’t technically happened yet).”