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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.


Report: Facebook launching mobile ad network

Facebook will unveil a mobile ad network later this month, according to a report from Re/code.

The mobile ad network will allow Facebook to use the information it has about its users to sell targeted advertisements that will reach users even when they're using apps other than Facebook's.