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Digital ad gadfly dings AT&T hotspot for intrusive ad injections

August 26, 2015 1:55 pm

The free airport hotspot provided by AT&T at Dulles International Airport has “sprouted ads. Lots of them, in places they didn’t belong,” says Jonathan Mayer, PhD candidate in computer science, law lecturer at Stanford and perennial privacy and digital ad gadfly, in a blog post [...]

FCC fines company for blocking wi-fi at convention centers

August 18, 2015 11:03 am

Smart City Holdings, a company that provides wi-fi services at convention and meeting centers, agreed to pay a fine of $750,000 to settle Federal Communications Commission charges that it blocked personal wi-fi hotspots. The FCC’s investigation, based on a complaint it received last year, [...]

FCC votes unanimously to deny auction credits to Dish

August 17, 2015 5:31 pm

In a setback for Dish’s spectrum strategy, the Federal Communications Commission voted unanimously to deny the $3.3 billion in auction credits to two small wireless companies in which Dish had a financial interest. Dish’s participation in the AWS-3 auction was widely criticized when it was [...]

FCC ups its game in robocall enforcement

August 11, 2015 1:58 pm

The Federal Communications Commission slapped Travel Club Marketing with a $2.96 million fine for making illegal robocalls. It’s the largest forfeiture order ever issued by the FCC. After reviewing complaints from consumers, the FCC found that Tampa-based Travel Club Marketing, its owner [...]

Playing a game of chicken in the biggest spectrum auction in history

August 7, 2015 5:55 am

The broadcast incentive auction has been widely described as a “once-in-a-life-time opportunity” for wireless providers. So why did the chief executives of Verizon, Sprint, and Dish use their recent second quarter conference calls to talk down the  possibility of bidding on the [...]

House commerce leaders slam FCC auction rules

August 6, 2015 5:59 pm

Add House commerce committee leaders to the growing list of disappointed GOP commissioners, industries and groups that find the Federal Communications Commission’s incentive auction procedures, adopted Thursday in a party-line vote, well short of the mark. “Three years ago, Congress [...]
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