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Cram this in your Pai hole! New York, Cali, eight other US states sue to stop T-Mobile-Sprint merger • The Register
n fact the lawsuit quotes the majority shareholder of T-Mobile US, Germany's Deutsche Telekom, as saying in a document that reducing the number of large mobile operators in the United States would result in a "more '********; market by reducing competition and enabling it to earn a greater return on its investment."

And no, you didn't read that wrong, the text from the Deutsche Telekom document that the lawsuit quotes has, very unusually, been redacted.

The same thing happens again later: "Internal documents reveal that for several years, Deutsche Telekom AG and T-Mobile have believed that moving from four national carriers to three would be '********* ,' and facilitate a '*************.'"
sprin-t  t-mobile  sprint  antitrust  fcc  ovum 
yesterday by yorksranter
Phone companies can block robocalls by default starting today, FCC says | Ars Technica
“The FCC today also started the process of requiring carriers to implement the SHAKEN and STIR protocols, which use digital certificates to verify that Caller ID numbers aren’t being spoofed. Pai’s office said he’ll move ahead with the requirement ‘if major voice service providers fail to [deploy SHAKEN and STIR] by the end of this year.’

“Carriers’ plans for implementing automatic call blocking are not clear. T-Mobile responded to the FCC vote today and noted that it lets consumers opt in to a free call-blocking service. But the company didn’t say whether it will change that from an opt-in to an opt-out service.”
arstechnica  2019  fcc  spam  calls  robocalls 
11 days ago by handcoding
Ajit Pai proposes new rule that would allow carriers to block robocalls - The Verge
‘The American people are fed up with illegal robocalls’
On Wednesday, the Federal Communications Commission announced a new measure that would grant mobile phone carriers new abilities to block the growing number of unwanted robocalls.
The new rule would make it easier for carriers, like AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile, to automatically register their customers for call-blocking technology. As of right now, customers have to opt-in on their own. It would also allow customers to block calls coming from phone numbers that are not on their contacts list. Commissioners are expected to vote on the measure at their June 6th meeting.
“Allowing call blocking by default could be a big benefit for consumers who are sick and tired of robocalls,” FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said. “By making it clear that such call blocking is allowed, the FCC will give voice service providers the legal certainty they need to block unwanted calls from the outset so that consumers never have to get them.”
Robocalls are getting worse: according to reports, over 48 billion robocalls were placed in the US in 2018 alone.
gov2.0  politics  telemarketing  robocalls  telco  fcc 
14 days ago by rgl7194
How to Stop Spam Robocalls With STIR/SHAKEN, New York Intelligencer, May 2018
Phone spam skyrocketed thanks to two things
= VOIP "means that open-source software can let a single computer hooked up to the web make thousands of calls an hour"
= "easy ability of anyone to “spoof” a phone number"

"since mid-2015, a consortium of engineers from phone carriers and others in the telecom industry have worked on [addressing phone spoofing]. The solution: the STIR (Secure Telephone Identity Revisited) and SHAKEN (Signature-based Handling of Asserted information using toKENs) standards. The idea: make it so every phone has a certificate of authenticity attached to it — a kind of digital signature — that allows you to once again trust your caller ID."

"STIR/SHAKEN has spent the last year or so running in a test-bed environment overseen by ATIS. ... For this system to work, carriers on both sides of a phone call need to be involved. Verizon has stated that it plans to begin to implement STIR/SHAKEN in parts of its network this year, with a bigger rollout scheduled for 2019"

<Lots of open questions and problems>
= UI not defined
= extra hoops for legitimate VOIP users
= "will only work in the U.S., and robocalls and phone spam are at this point a global problem"
= easy to set up shop anew if flagged as spammer
spam  robocalls  FCC  spoofing 
17 days ago by pierredv
It’s a wrap: FCC concludes first set of high-band auctions, raising $2.7B | FierceWireless May 2019
the Spectrum Frontiers auctions of the 24 GHz and 28 GHz bands raised more than $2.7 billion in gross bids. Combined, 55 applicants were qualified to bid, and the winning bidders won 5,869 licenses, according to the FCC.
FCC  FierceWireless  5G  mmwave  spectrum-auctions  24GHz  28GHz 
18 days ago by pierredv
F.C.C. Warns About the ‘One Ring’ Robocall Scheme - The New York Times
Your phone rings once and the caller leaves no message. Thinking you missed a call, you call the number back.
Someone answers or maybe you get a recording. You stay on the phone listening to the person or trying to decipher what the recording is saying.
Unknown to you, though, you have been connected to a line with high interconnect fees, similar to calling a 900 number, and a bloated phone bill is on its way.
The Federal Communications Commission warned consumers about this “one ring” scheme in an alert last week. It’s also known as a wangiri scam — Japanese for “one ring and cut.”
fcc  gov2.0  robocalls  privacy  security  scam  nytimes 
4 weeks ago by rgl7194
SpaceX Files for 6 Base Stations for Starlink Earth Connections : spacex
r/spacex: Welcome to r/SpaceX, the premier SpaceX discussion community and the largest fan-run board on the American aerospace company SpaceX. This board is not an official outlet for SpaceX information.
spacex  starlink  LEO  satellite  constellation  2019  basestations  UnitedStates  fcc 
4 weeks ago by stevesong
FCC Chairman Pai: Private sector should build 5G; security is key issue | FierceWireless
"Looking at the bigger picture, “we believe 5G security issues need to be addressed upfront,” he said in prepared remarks. “Making the right choices when deployment is beginning is much easier than trying to correct mistakes once network construction and operation is well underway. Moreover, decisions that impact 5G security need to be made with the long term in mind. Focusing too heavily on short-term considerations could result in choices that are penny-wise but pound foolish.”"
FierceWireless  5G  security  cyber-spectrum  cybersecurity  FCC  Ajit-Pai 
6 weeks ago by pierredv
FCC struggles to convince judge that broadband isn’t “telecommunications” | Ars Technica
Skeptical judges question FCC's justification of net neutrality repeal.
A Federal Communications Commission lawyer faced a skeptical panel of judges today as the FCC defended its repeal of net neutrality rules and deregulation of the broadband industry.
FCC General Counsel Thomas Johnson struggled to explain why broadband shouldn't be considered a telecommunications service, and struggled to explain the FCC's failure to protect public safety agencies from Internet providers blocking or slowing down content.
Oral arguments were held today in the case, which is being decided by a three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. (Audio of the four-hour-plus oral arguments is available here.) Throttling of firefighters' data plans played a major role in today's oral arguments.
Of the three judges, Circuit Judge Patricia Millett expressed the most skepticism of Johnson's arguments, repeatedly challenging the FCC's definition of broadband and its disregard for arguments made by public safety agencies. She also questioned the FCC's claim that the net neutrality rules harmed broadband investment. Circuit Judge Robert Wilkins also expressed some skepticism of FCC arguments, while Senior Circuit Judge Stephen Williams seemed more amenable to FCC arguments. (Williams previously dissented in part from a 2016 ruling that upheld the Obama-era net neutrality rules. Now the same court is considering FCC Chairman Ajit Pai's repeal of those rules.)
The lawsuit seeking to overturn the net neutrality repeal was filed by more than three dozen entities, including state attorneys general, consumer advocacy groups, and tech companies such as Mozilla and Vimeo.
fcc  broadband  net_neutrality  politics  gov2.0 
6 weeks ago by rgl7194
Captain Midnight broadcast signal intrusion - Wikipedia
"On April 27, 1986, American electrical engineer and business owner John R. MacDougall, using the pseudonym Captain Midnight, jammed the Home Box Office (HBO) satellite signal on Galaxy 1 "

FCC penalities were nugatory then, too: under a plea bargain, John MacDougal "received a $5,000 fine, one year unsupervised probation, and his amateur radio license was suspended for a year." It’s amazing he was even found; "a tourist overheard him discussing the incident on a pay phone off Interstate 75"

"Satellite hijacking only became a felony only after this event."
jamming  spectrum-vulnerability  hacking  FCC  Wikipedia  stories  people 
7 weeks ago by pierredv

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