The Federal Communications Commission has officially approved the merger between T-Mobile and Sprint.A few weeks ago, the FCC voted to approve the deal, but now it has released its official approval order and statements on the merger.In the statements released by the FCC, the Commission made it clear that the approval was largely in an effort to create stronger 5G networks in the U.S. T-Mobile and Sprint have long argued that a merger would speed up the rollout of 5G, and it seems like the FCC agrees.The vote was approved 3-2, with the three Republican members voting in favor and two Democrats opposed.“As we emerge into a 5G environment, this transaction would ensure a strong third competitor with the resources necessary to develop spectrum and infrastructure assets needed for a robust nationwide 5G network,” FCC chairman Ajit Pai wrote in the statements.“So let’s be clear: A vote against this transaction is a vote against the creation of a strong 5G competitor.”
The T-Mobile/Sprint merger is one step closer to becoming a reality.The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has formally voted to approve the merger, just a few months after the Department of Justice (DOJ) gave its approval.In May, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said he would vote for the merger as long as the two companies committed to a fast rollout of 5G tech.Other Republican commissioners also signaled support for the merger.The two Democratic commissioners on the FCC have voiced disapproval for the merger, with one commissioner, Jessica Rosenworcel, penning an op-ed about it in the Atlantic earlier today.“A condensed pharmaceutical industry has led to a handful of drug companies raising the prices of lifesaving medications, taking advantage of those struggling with illness,” said Rosenworcel in the article.
Google is once again facing allegations that its cloud for education may be harvesting and selling information on school kids.Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood is suing PDF for full disclosure of how the Chocolate Factory handles and markets any information it collects through the G Suite for Education service it operates for roughly half of the state's K-12 schools.K-12 is kindergarten through to twelfth grade, or children five to 18 years old.Hood believes Google may have been collecting and selling information on student activity – such as account data and browsing histories – to third parties, who then use that data for targeted advertisements.This, we're told, would be a violation of the deal Google signed in 2015 when it contracted to provide schools in Mississippi with the G Suite formerly Google Apps for Education services.Hood says his lawsuit, filed in Lowndes County, Mississippi, on Friday, will not ask Google to pay the state any money, rather it would open the California corporation's doors to state attorneys who want to know just what data Google is collecting and how it shares that information.
The judge said Cook County Sheriff Thomas Dart's anti-Backpage lobbying amounted to "an informal extralegal prior restraint of speech" because Dart's actions were threatening the site's financial survival.But Ferrer, citing the First Amendment, has largely refused to comply with the subpoena—which essentially demands to know everything about the company's business model and profits, including how it screens ads.That screening aspect of the subpoena are similar to the one Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood issued to Google about its polices of policing third-party content.Other requirements include annual revenue, annual profits, and, among other things, "All documents" related to "Traffic directed to or from Adult Sections of Backpage's US-based websites," and "All documents relating to processing of payment and fees associated with posting advertisements."Bolstered by horror stories of young girls saying they were sold for sex on the site, Senate lawmakers contended Backpage supports a flourishing market for sex-trafficking advertisements.When the Senate voted for contempt, Sen.
Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood at a news conference last year.Google has ended its legal conflict with a Mississippi state official who opened a wide-ranging investigation into the search giant's business practices.A dismissal agreement PDF filed yesterday in court states that Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood and Google will "endeavor to collaborate in addressing the harmful consequences of unlawful and/or dangerous online content."The document also states that Hood's office withdrew the original subpoena on April 22 and acknowledges that Google "remains subject to the laws of the State of Mississippi and to the jurisdiction and authority of the Attorney General."The agreement comes after the US Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit ruled against Google, finding that the search company's challenge to Hood's investigation was premature.However, the appeals court opinion also criticized Hood's demands for evidence as being overly broad, noting that Google tried hard to comply.