A passenger checks his cellphone while boarding a flight in Boston. The Federal Communications Commission is proposing new rules to allow using cellphones for data and voice calls during airline flights.
December 12, 2013 The communications agency's commissioners voted 3-2 to consider new rules allowing voice calls while jetliners are in the air — something that's been forbidden on U.S. flights. But the head of the Department of Transportation says he's "concerned" by the prospect of such calls.
February 5, 2013 You've heard of the war on women, the war on religion, and more recently even the war on the Second Amendment. Washington is full of so-called wars. But a war on Wi-Fi?
June 21, 2012 The Supreme Court ruled 8-0 but issued a narrow decision about the vagueness and timing of the decency rules, not their First Amendment implications.
April 27, 2012 The Federal Communications Commission has approved a rule requiring TV stations to post details online about the amount of political advertising they air, and what they charge for the ads. For the first two years, the ruling applies only to major network affiliates in the nation's biggest markets.
On the phone in Manhattan.
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April 10, 2012 Companies have agreed to create a national database for stolen or missing phones, which would then be deactivated. It's hoped that will make them less tempting.
January 18, 2011 The deal still needs approval from the Justice Department.
Federal Communications Commission commissioners listen to staff recommendations.
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December 21, 2010 Anyone looking for clarity on what the FCC's new Web rules mean will be hard-pressed to find it. President Obama said they would keep innovation alive on the Internet while John Boehner said they will kill it.
Reputed mob boss John Gotti sits in New York Supreme Court in Manhattan, N.Y., on Jan. 20, 1990.
July 14, 2010 The backstory on the F.C.C. profanity case: How the "Teflon Don" rubbed out the "Seven Dirty Words."
April 2, 2010 The best of this week's Talk.
August 4, 2009 When should a word be bleeped out? That depends on the word. Some words are obvious. Others, like 'goddamn' pose problems.
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November 4, 2008 The Supreme Court hears arguments in FCC v. Fox Television Stations.
December 19, 2007 The FCC's making rules... will Congress let them?
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