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FTC backs driver apps in Chicago

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is warning Chicago lawmakers against a bill that would put limitations on software-based car services like Uber and Lyft.

While the bill currently under consideration could help protect consumers, "certain provisions ... may unnecessarily impede competition in these services without providing any apparent consumer protection benefits," the agency said in staff comments.


FCC hit over ‘rate floor’ increase

The Federal Communications Commission is coming under pressure for its attempt to raise the minimum amount that companies can charge for basic phone service and still get a government subsidy.

The commission’s “rate floor” is scheduled to go up from $14 to $20.46 this year, despite protest from members of both parties.


FAA: First drone testing site ready

The Federal Aviation Administration said Monday that its first site for testing the possibility to allowing nonmilitary drones to fly alongside commercial airplanes is ready to go.

The site, in North Dakota, is one of six that are expected to be used by the FAA to test the impact of the operation of drones on commercial flights.

The FAA is scheduled to test drones in North Dakota for two years.