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Congress votes to repeal broadband privacy rules

ISPs could be spying on your browsing history and conversations

Ting, along with everyone that loves the Internet and believes that it’s an agent for positive change, stands strongly opposed to recent moves by Congress to erase broadband privacy protections.

Ting was among the signatories on the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) letter urging Congress to preserve FCC broadband Internet end user privacy protection rules and vote down plans to abolish them.

Yesterday, despite a public outcry, the House of Representatives voted 215 to 205 to do away with the FCC’s rules. These rules demanded that, among other things, an Internet service provider had to have permission before it could share a user’s personal information.

New protection laws to be repealed

The FCC’s laws, which passed last October and were due to take effect by the end of this year, forced ISPs to get clear permission from customers before sharing personal data such as email addresses, geo-locations, social security numbers, financial and health information, browsing history, app usage and even the content of their online communication.

The bill repealing the FCCs protection laws is expected to be signed into law by President Trump, putting all of that private data at real risk; ISPs like Comcast, AT&T, Time Warner and Verizon will be able to legally spy on their customers and sell their personal information to the highest bidder.

Additionally, the ACLU said, “passage of the resolution by Congress could prevent the FCC from issuing rules that are substantially the same (as those being repealed) in the future.”

The response

The new head of the FCC Ajit Pai said the repeal would help level the playing field between ISPs and other companies like Google and Facebook and that the FCC would work with the Federal Trade Commission to ensure privacy is protected “through a consistent and comprehensive framework.”

However, we and our cosignatories, see this as a betrayal of individual rights in favor of corporations. Individuals who, in many markets, have no choice but to use the big ISPs who lobbied for this policy change.

“Today Congress proved once again that they care more about the wishes of the corporations that fund their campaigns than they do about the safety and security of their constituents,” said Evan Greer, campaign director of Internet rights group Fight for the Future [Newsweek].

Fight for the Future plans to launch a billboard campaign, calling attention to those members of Congress who voted to repeal the FCC’s privacy rules. If you disagree with the decision, you might want to remember some of those names the next time you vote.

Keep in mind, members of the U.S. House of Representatives serve two-year terms and stand for election again in 2018. U.S. Senators serve six-year terms, and they’re staggered so that a third of all Senate seats come up every two years as well.

Where we stand

For the record, Ting is not in the business of selling customer data to anyone nor do we analyze your browsing data. Even if the laws change, we will be holding to our terms of service to protect your privacy.

If you’re not already worried, check out this piece from the EFF. Five Creepy Things Your ISP Could Do if Congress Repeals the FCC’s Privacy Protections

Moto G5 Plus available for pre-order now


Ting is part of Motorola’s exclusive US pre-launch event. The Moto G5 Plus officially launches on March 31… and that’s when you’ll receive it if you pre-order from Ting.

Please note: While this video shows the Gold Dust variant of the Moto G5 Plus, we’re offering the Lunar Gray variant.

We’re pretty excited about the Motorola Moto G5 Plus. It packs in features typically reserved for smartphones that cost way more than the G5 Plus’ $300 ask. Features like:

  • TurboCharge for six hours of juice after just 15 minutes on the charger.
  • A fingerprint reader to unlock the phone, pay for stuff and to save you the trouble of remembering passwords.
  • 4 GB of RAM and a 2 GHz octa-core processor which, translated into real people speak, means super smooth performance whatever it is you’re trying to do.
  • It’s fully unlocked which means you are in control. (which would also explain why the major carriers are trying to pretend this phone doesn’t exist)


Moto G5 Plus pre-orders from Ting will ship in time to arrive on March 31. The official launch date.

If you’re on the fence and a thin piece of neoprene is what’s going to push you over, you’ll be happy to know that we’ve got 50 Motorola koozies, one of which will ship with each of the first 50 pre-orders.

Pre-order now

Save on smartphone mobile data with the free Cut Your Data eBook

Cut your Data : strategies for saving on mobile data ebook cover

Lowering your cellular data usage is much easier than you think. The major carriers want you to believe that an unlimited plan is necessary in this day and age, but how much mobile data do you really need?

You can have an identical smartphone experience with a much lower bill just by taking advantage of data saving features in popular apps and using Wi-Fi where available.

The comprehensive Cut your Data eBook helps you understand how your mobile data is being used and how to take control of said usage. The book starts with an audit of how much data you’re using today, whether you’re on iPhone or Android. Next, we jump into some data saving strategies before taking a look at some of the most popular apps and services used today, and how to limit their data usage without switching up your smartphone routine.

You should totally download it… If only for the horoscopes on the last page.

Grab the PDF Book

Get to the Choppa!

The Ting Video Team is always looking for interesting ways to showcase Ting Internet towns. Last time, they rented a hot air balloon. This time, while shooting a commercial in Centennial, Colorado, they enjoyed the experience of flying over the mountains in a chopper. For some of the team, the helicopter ride was an experience that can now be crossed off the ol’ bucket list.

Check out the breathtaking scenery they endured below-freezing temps to capture on film!

#TingBreak Spring Break Photo Contest

#TingBreak Spring Break Photo Contest

What did you do over Spring Break?

Whether you had your toes in the sand on a tropical beach or stayed snuggled in at home with your favorite book, chances are, you took a photo over Spring Break with your phone. Share it with us and you could win one of three prizes, including a new Moto G4 Plus!

How to enter

Your photo

Upload your photo to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and tell us where you went or what you did while you were on vacation. Tag your friends if you like, just be sure to use the hashtag #TingBreak and make it public so we can find your entry.

Your phone

Don’t forget to mention your phone model – it will be a fun way to show how you can get amazing photos from any type of smartphone, be it a flagship or even a low-end model. And to drive the point home, we’re offering $100 Ting Credit for the best photo taken with a low-end model as well as best taken with a flagship model phone.

We consider a flagship phone to be a phone that cost $400 or more at the time of launch.

The prize

The grand prize: your choice of a Motorola Moto G4 Plus or $250 in Ting credit which can be used toward a phone from the Ting Shop or that can be applied to your monthly bills, awarded to our judges’ favorite photo submission.

To summarize, tag your Spring Break photos with #TingBreak for a chance to win one of these prizes:

  • Grand prize for best photo: Motorola Moto G4 Plus or $250 Ting credit
  • Best photo with flagship model phone: $100 Ting credit
  • Best photo with low-end model phone: $100 Ting credit


The winners

Submit as often as you like! The contest starts today and you have until April 9 to submit your vacation photos. We’ll share some of our favorite photos over the weeks to come and announce the winners on April 10 here on the blog and on social media, so stay tuned!

#TingBreak Spring Break Photo Contest is only open to residents of the United States. Winners will be announced and contacted on April 10, 2017.

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