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Zero-rated programs from vertically integrated providers may cause harm: FCC report

Media | 01/12/2017 10:00 pm EST

A branch of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) said it had concerns with the differential pricing practices used by Verizon Communications Inc. and AT&T Inc. as it wrapped up a review of sponsored data and zero-rating. A report published Wednesday by the United States regulator’s Wireless Telecommunications Bureau said that “in particular, sponsored data offerings by vertically integrated mobile providers may harm consumers and competition...

FCC approves ISP privacy rules

telecom | 10/27/2016 5:38 pm EDT

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has approved a proposed set of new rules Internet service providers (ISPs) must follow when handling customer information. In a Thursday press release, the United States telecom regulator said it is adopting rules that “ensure broadband customers have meaningful choice, greater transparency and strong security protections for their personal information collected by ISPs.” Among the new requirements are that ISPs must require opt-in consent from customers to share data such as precise geo-location, web browsing history and app usage history.  In response to the approval, U.S. think tank Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) issued a press release expressing disappointment in the FCC’s vote.  “The privacy framework established...