FCC Chairman Ajit Pai to leave telecom agency on January 20

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai, a Republican, says he is leaving the telecommunications regulator on Inauguration Day.

President-elect Joe Biden will choose a new Democratic head for the agency. A new administration typically picks a new chairman.

Pai has presided over a contentious FCC over the last four years. He undid net neutrality rules that barred internet service providers like Comcast and AT&T from favoring some types of online traffic over others in 2017 and championed other deregulatory efforts. He has also worked to free up spectrum for cellphone companies so they can roll out 5G, the next-generation wireless standard that promises faster speeds, and cracked down on Chinese telecom companies as national security threats.

The incoming FCC is likely to try to reinstate net neutrality rules and focus on closing the ā€œdigital divide,ā€ getting internet service to Americans who don’t have it because it’s not available or they

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Comcast will raise prices for TV and internet in January

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Get ready to pay more for Comcast services in the new year.


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Nationwide price hikes for Comcast’s cable TV and internet service are coming Jan. 1, a company representative confirmed. Standard monthly rates as well as additional fees not shown in advertised pricing will see increases, Ars Technica earlier reported.

TV customers will see a price increase of up to $4.50 a month on the Broadcast TV fee, as well as a $2 bump to the Regional Sports Network fee. That adds up to paying as much as $78 more per year. Currently, the Broadcast TV fee is between $7.90 and $14.95, depending on the market, while the RSN fee maxes out at $8.75 a month in most areas.

Six internet-only packages, which are currently priced

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Comcast will raise prices for TV and internet in January, report says

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Get ready to pay more for Comcast services in the new year, a report says.


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Nationwide price hikes for Comcast’s cable TV and internet service are coming Jan. 1, according to a Wednesday report by Ars Technica. Both standard monthly rates and hidden fees not shown in advertised pricing will reportedly see increases.

TV customers will see a price increase of up to $4.50 a month on the “Broadcast TV” fee, as well as a $2 bump to the Regional Sports Network (RSN) fee, Ars Technica says. That adds up to paying as much as $78 more per year. Currently, the Broadcast TV fee is reportedly between $7.90 to $14.95, depending on the market, while the RSN fee maxes out at $8.75 a month in most areas.

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Paid Apple TV+ subscribers to receive $4.99 credits until January

Apple is providing credits to customers who paid for access to Apple TV+, with paid subscribers set to receive $4.99 per month from the iPhone producer from November until January 2021.

Emails have started to be received by Apple customers who have signed up for Apple TV+’s paid service, declaring they will be receiving the equivalent of their subscription fee back for a three-month period. Eligible accounts, namely any Apple TV+ subscribers paying for access, will receive a store credit to their Apple ID each month in the period, which can be used towards other Apple services, the App Store, or a future Apple TV+ subscription.

The value of the credit will be $4.99 per month in the United States, and will be the local equivalent cost of the monthly Apple TV+ subscription in other territories.

The credit is a “thank you for being an Apple TV+

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