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U.S. regulators to propose use of cell phones in flight

US telecommunications regulators will consider next month allowing people to use cell phones and other broadband services during flights, officials said Thursday. The proposal would allow people to make phone calls and surf the Internet on their phones, tablets and computers when aircraft are above 10,000 feet (3,048 meters). But…

Federal appeals court to hear oral arguments in net neutrality case next month

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The federal appeals court in Washington on Tuesday set September 9 as the date for oral arguments in the so-called net neutrality case that could be seminal for federal regulation of Internet traffic. The highly anticipated hearings, originally expected to take place this past spring, will pit…

Swearing and nudity: Supreme Court eyes indecency

WASHINGTON — The US Supreme Court questioned whether battling indecency made sense in these times, in a case involving blurted broadcasting of curse words, and TV series’ bare buttocks shots. Justices reviewing the case were vocally divided. Some insisted on keeping regulation in place while others stressed that the vast…

FCC turns down volume on loud TV ads

WASHINGTON — US telecom regulators ordered television stations on Tuesday to turn down the volume on commercials. “The rules adopted today require that commercials have the same average volume as the programs they accompany,” the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) said in a statement. The FCC said the move was a…

FCC to set standards for mass disruptions of Americans’ communications

Following an investigation into a public transit authority that cut off mobile phone service amid a protest earlier this year, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) said recently that it would attempt to outline the circumstances under which officials may legally disrupt wireless communications in the U.S. In a release last…

Republicans push to overturn ‘net neutrality’ rules

During a Communications and Technology Subcommittee Hearing on Wednesday, House Republicans pushed for a resolution to eliminate ‘net neutrality’ rules recently adopted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The committee passed the resolution, with all 15 Republicans voting to repeal the rules and all 9 Democrats voting against it. The…

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