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Last week, we reported that tens of thousands of fraudulent comments had been filed in favor Ajit Pai’s proposal to roll back net neutrality rules, using text taken from the Center for Individual Freedom (though, according to the CFIF, they aren’t behind the fake comments). We spoke to several people who had comments filed under their names and addresses, as did reporters from other outlets, and several more supposed commenters responded to our emails after publication saying they hadn’t filed comments with the FCC.

But the coverage hasn’t deterred whoever is filing these fake comments, which have ballooned. On Wednesday last week, 128,000 of these particular identical comments, beginning “The unprecedented regulatory power the Obama Administration imposed on the internet…” had been filed.

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We have just a few weeks until they are officially unveiled but that won’t stop the rumour mills from continuing to reveal everything there is to know about the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus (or S8+) smartphones.

The latest comes from an official appearance on the FCC website.

The US Federal Communications Commission has certified the wireless connectivity tech of the phones, and the American carrier variants, for use in the country.

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Consumers will be better able to determine if they’re getting a sweet deal on high-speed Internet access and avoid indigestion when they open their bills by using nutrition-like labels for broadband service unveiled Monday by federal regulators.

Modeled on the rectangular Nutrition Facts labels on food products, the new broadband labels replace information on calories, sugar and cholesterol with details on price, speed and data caps.

“If you’re going to get competition, competition, competition, you need information, information, information,” said Tom Wheeler, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission.

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Low-income Americans will be eligible for a monthly subsidy of $9.25 to receive high-speed Internet service in an effort approved by federal regulators on Thursday to close the so-called digital divide and expand access to broadband.

The Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 along party lines to expand a 3-decade-old program that subsidizes phone service for people who cannot afford it.

Now consumers will be able to apply the monthly Lifeline subsidy to broadband service or a bundled voice-and-data package from an Internet service provider.

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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Friday dismissed a petition that would have required some of Web’s largest firms, including Facebook, Google and Netflix, to honor “Do Not Track” signals from consumers’ browsers.

“The Commission has been unequivocal in declaring that it has no intent to regulate edge providers,” the FCC declared in the Nov. 6 order (download PDF) that dismissed demands from the California-based consumer advocacy group, Consumer Watchdog.

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The Samsung Galaxy J3 smartphone – which was spotted listed on Geekbench earlier last month – has passed the FCC hurdle, meaning it could be made official soon. The certification documents do not reveal much information except that the device, carrying a model number of SM-J3109, was tested for 3G, 2G, and LTE.

The Geekbench listing had revealed that the handset is powered by a Snapdragon 410 SoC with 64-bit Cortex-A53 CPU, and sports a 5-inch 720p display. It comes with 1GB RAM and 8GB expandable internal memory.

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Xiaomi looks to have moved one step closer to releasing its first smartphone in the US, as one of the company’s handsets has been spotted over at the FCC website. The discovery comes one week after Xiaomi President Bin Lin reignited the conversation about the Chinese tech company making its début in the US.

The phone spotted at the FCC is named the Xiaomi Redmi 2 Pro, a relatively low-end 4.7-inch handset with a 1280 x720 display resolution. The phone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage and a 2,200mAh battery. It also boasts 4G LTE connectivity and some band support for US networks AT&T and T-Mobile.

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Frequencies once considered useless for most mobile services could start showing up on phones and other devices in a few years under a plan by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission.

On Thursday, the FCC adopted a proposal to make four high-frequency spectrum bands available for services including mobile voice and data and machine-to-machine communication, or the Internet of Things. Though some of those bands are already used for technologies such as satellite, they have never been approved for regular mobile service.

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