FCC Unsure Whether to Punish Carriers for Selling Location Data

· Andrew Orr · Link

Two years ago we found out that US carriers were selling real-time location data of its customers. The FCC has wrapped up its investigation, and maybe it will punish the carriers…or maybe not. Who knows? Chairman Ajit Pai doesn’t.

Pai’s statement went on: “Accordingly, in the coming days, I intend to circulate to my fellow Commissioners for their consideration one or more Notice(s) of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture in connection with the apparent violation(s). We are unable to provide additional information about any pending enforcement action(s) beyond what is stated in the letter.”

If that seems unusual vague: that “one or more” mobile operators “apparently violated” the law by selling location data, you’re not the only one.

FCC Set to Approve T-Mobile-Sprint Merger

· Charlotte Henry · News

T-Mobile and Sprint merger

Chairman Ajit Pai will recommend to the FFC that a merger between T-Mobile and Sprint should go ahead, he said in a statement.

John Oliver Robocalls FCC to Protest Ineffective Rules

· Andrew Orr · Link

John Oliver is robocalling FCC commissioners like Ajit Pai. He argues that the rules are ineffective at stopping them.

“Hi FCC, this is John from customer service,” Oliver’s recorded voice says on the call. “Congratulations, you’ve just won a chance to lower robocalls in America today… robocalls are incredibly annoying, and the person who can stop them is you! Talk to you again in 90 minutes—here’s some bagpipe music.”

New MacBook Pro Love (Mostly) and FCC Reaches for New Low - ACM 470

· Bryan Chaffin · Apple Context Machine Podcast

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Apple announced new MacBook Pros, and Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet talk about what they like (processors and RAM) and what they don’t like (pricing on storage). They also dig into FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s efforts to reach for a new low.

Net Neutrality Ends in US, Protective Legislation Stalls

· Jeff Gamet · Analysis

Net Neutrality faces Republican opposition

FCC chairman Ajit Pai’s dream of an internet unshackled from net neutrality regulations is coming true because as of now the Open Internet Order is no longer in effect, opening the door for internet service providers to control access to online content in the United States as they see fit.

US Senate Forcing Vote to Restore Net Neutrality

· Jeff Gamet · News

Protesters marching to protect net neutrality

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s dream to kill net neutrality could come to an end because the U.S. Senate is forcing a vote to restore the protections.

Ajit Pai Advisor Arrested on Fraud Charges

· Bryan Chaffin · Editorial

Ajit Pai, Destroyer of Net Neutrality

Is it Ajit Pai’s fault she’s an alleged crook? No, but it surely reinforces Bryan Chaffin’s extremely negative perceptions that someone brought on to help his radical deregulatory agenda is being accused of fraud.

FCC Votes with Ajit Pai to End Net Neutrality in Party Line Vote

· Bryan Chaffin · Editorial

Ajit Pai, Destroyer of Net Neutrality

They did so with zero public hearings, a comment system marred by fake comments—including Russian-submitted comments in favor of ending Net Neutrality—and overwhelming public support for Net Neutrality regulation.

Apple Root Password Bug, Ajit Pai’s Net Neutrality Fight, Listener Topics – ACM 349

· Bryan Chaffin · Apple Context Machine Podcast

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Apple fixed its root access flaw in macOS High Sierra, but the whole incident is a corporate black eye for a company known for executing. Bryan and Jeff also talk about Ajit Pai’s latest embarrassing comments defending his plan to gut net neutrality. They also talk about some of the topics suggested by the Apple Context Machine Facebook Group.

Frothy Rants about Encryption and Net Neutrality, Plus Apple's AR Goggles - ACM 348

· Bryan Chaffin · Apple Context Machine Podcast

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A listener sparks an intense rant from Bryan and Jeff about encryption and passcode-attempt-based device wipes, and FCC Chairman Ajit Pai gets them going on Net Neutrality. They cap the show with the observation that Apple’s AR goggle project appears to be back on.