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Some people can’t get FCC subsidy because “Street” isn’t the same as “St.”

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images | acilo) Some broadband users who qualify for the government’s new $50-per-month subsidies haven’t been able to obtain the discounts because of technical problems in the Federal Communications Commission’s rollout of the program. The problems appear to stem from the FCC’s National Verifier and how the broadband providers’ systems interact with […]

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Verizon forces users onto pricier plans to get $50-per-month gov’t subsidy

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images | SOPA Images ) Verizon and other Internet service providers are preventing some low-income customers from getting new $50-per-month government subsidies unless they switch to different plans that are sometimes more expensive. Over 825 ISPs nationwide are selling plans eligible for the new subsidies that the US government made available to […]

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Striking Charter workers build ISP where “profits are returned to users”

Enlarge / Rooftop antenna at Immaculate Conception School in the Bronx. (credit: People’s Choice Communications) Charter Communications employees who have been on strike since 2017 are building an Internet service provider in New York City called “People’s Choice.” “People’s Choice Communications is an employee-owned social enterprise launched by members of IBEW Local #3 to bridge […]

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Charter must pay $19 million for tricking customers into switching ISPs

Enlarge / Pinocchio. (credit: Getty Images | malerapaso) A judge has ordered Charter Communications to pay $19.2 million to Windstream for lying to customers in order to trick them into switching from Windstream to Charter’s Spectrum Internet service. Charter also faces a $5,279 penalty for shutting off service to hundreds of Windstream’s resale customers. When […]

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Big ISPs pause donations to 147 Republicans who tried to reverse Biden’s win

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images | SilverV) Comcast, AT&T, and Verizon say they have suspended political donations to the 147 Republican members of Congress who voted against certifying Electoral College results, but the companies left the door open for resuming campaign contributions to those lawmakers in the future. “We will be suspending contributions in 2021 to […]

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SpaceX won”rural” FCC Financing in Unexpected places, Such as Important airports

Expand (charge: Getty Images | aluxum) Even the Federal Communications Commission last week granted $9.2 billion into 180 broadband suppliers, stating the money will deliver Internet access to 5.2 million”unserved” houses and businesses in rural regions across the USA. But consumer advocates say they have found significant issues from the FCC’s financing options, like sending […]

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SpaceX Has $886 million by FCC to subsidize Starlink from 35 Countries

Expand / Starlink satellite dish along with gear in the Idaho panhandle’s Coeur d’Alene National Forest. (charge: Wandering-coder) SpaceX was given $885.51 million from the Federal Communications Commission to offer Starlink broadband into 642,925 rural houses and businesses in 35 countries.  The satellite supplier was among the greatest winners at the FCC’s Rural Digital Opportunity […]

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The Technology problem no one is Speaking about

After decades of developing political pressure to get antitrust evaluation of big technology businesses, this past month Congress and the US administration sent. The House Antitrust Subcommittee published a report on Apple, Amazon, Google, along with Facebook of monopolistic behaviour. The Department of Justice registered a complaint from Google alleging the business prevents users by […]