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FTC report focuses on security, 'data minimization' for Internet of Things

Security is a big concern among a lot players in the Internet of Things, so it's no wonder that federal regulators would zero in on that as they look for ways to prevent fraud and unfair business practices.

TracFone to pay $40M to settle FTC complaint over data throttling practices

América Móvil's U.S. MVNO, TracFone Wireless, agreed to pay $40 million to the Federal Trade Commission to settle charges that it duped millions of consumers by advertising unlimited data service and then throttling customers' speeds or cutting their service off entirely when they exceeded certain data allotments. The FTC said TracFone did not properly disclose its throttling practices.

Comcast-TWC merger 'no longer inevitable,' declares L.A. Times

The Los Angeles Times just might be the first national publication to declare the proposed merger of Comcast and Time Warner Cable not a fait accompli.

FCC's Rosenworcel pushes for more spectrum for Wi-Fi, unlicensed use

FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel renewed her call for the FCC to free up more spectrum for unlicensed used and Wi-Fi, something that has been a perennial concern of hers.

Ofcom details approach to IoT, as FTC recommends limits on data collection

Ofcom released details of plans designed to ensure the UK takes a leading role in developing the Internet of Things (IoT), as the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) separately outlined its approach to the emerging technology sector.

State groups, lawmakers say FCC has no authority to overturn anti-municipal broadband laws

A call made by President Barack Obama to the FCC asking the FCC to overturn a series of existing 20 existing state laws that either prohibit or outright ban cities and towns from building and operating their own broadband network businesses will face a number of legal challenges.

Report: Comcast ghost-writing pro merger letters from politicians to FCC

Letters from politicians to the FCC supporting Comcast's purchase of Time Warner Cable have been ghostwritten by Comcast PR executives, according to The Verge.

Verizon ponies up $5M to resolve FCC rural call completion investigation

Verizon is going to pay $5 million to settle an FCC inquiry into whether the service provider's rural customers could receive long distance or wireless calls to their traditional POTS phones.

Brian Roberts called Barack Obama, tried to talk him out of Title II proposal

Comcast CEO Brian Roberts called a top Obama aide late last year in an unsuccessful attempt to dissuade the President from endorsing strident Title II-based Internet regulation.

NCTA calls 25 Mbps broadband definition excessive in FCC filing

The National Cable Telecommunications Association has written the FCC, calling a proposed redefinition of broadband to 25 Mbps downstream and 3 Mbps upstream excessive.