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FCC Begins Inquiry Into Google Voice

The Federal Communications Commission said it is investigating whether Google has violated telecommunications laws with its call management and calling service that has been blocking the connection of some calls to rural areas, according to the agency's Wireline bureau. In...

By Cecilia Kang  |  October 9, 2009; 3:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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My Q&A With Steve Largent, Wireless's Top Lobbyist on Net Neutrality

The wireless industry is being picked apart these days, having to explain to federal regulators such practices as exclusive handset deals and whether it's competitive enough as carriers have consolidated in recent years. Now, it is pushing hardest against net...

By Cecilia Kang  |  October 9, 2009; 11:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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DOJ Probe of IBM Only Part of Broad Look at Tech, Source Says

The Justice Department is indeed investigating IBM's alleged abuses of monopoly power in the mainframe computer and software market, according to a source with knowledge of the agency's activities. But it's among many reviews within the high-tech industry, the source...

By Cecilia Kang  |  October 9, 2009; 10:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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FTC Wants To Clarify: Bloggers Probably Won't Get Dinged $11,000

Note to the Federal Trade Commission: Don't make a blogger mad. Or confused. That's just what the agency did this week when it announced new guidelines that require bloggers and celebrities to fess up when they receive payments for endorsing...

By Cecilia Kang  |  October 9, 2009; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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My Q&A With Skype: iPhone Battle Won, but War Not Over

As the Federal Communications Commission considers the net neutrality rules proposed by Chairman Julius Genachowski, Web applications firms in Silicon Valley are trying to make sure the agency knows where they stand in this debate. Their goal, in short, is...

By Cecilia Kang  |  October 9, 2009; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Lawmakers Call for FCC Investigation Into Google Voice

Ten lawmakers representing rural districts asked the Federal Communications Commission Thursday for an investigation into Google’s voice calling service, which is blocking some calls to rural areas. In a Letter to the FCC (pdf) sent last Wednesday to FCC Chairman...

By Cecilia Kang  |  October 8, 2009; 1:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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My Interview With FCC Chairman: No Retreat On Net Neutrality

If they weren't paying much attention before, the telecom, cable and wireless industries are in rapt attention to Washington now as the new chairman of the Federal Communications Commission pushes for rules that could set the course of development of...

By Cecilia Kang  |  October 8, 2009; 12:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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Welcome To Post Tech, A One-Stop-Shop For Tech Policy

The Washington Post is committed to bringing readers the latest news, in-depth analysis and exclusive coverage of technology policy. So today, I'm launching a new blog, Post Tech, to underscore that mission. The blog will replace Post I.T., a Web...

By Cecilia Kang  |  October 8, 2009; 11:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Computer Science Professor David Farber Explains His Opposition to Net Neutrality

David Farber, a professor of computer science and public policy at Carnegie Mellon, opposes net neutrality rules proposed by the Federal Communications Commission. Here's why: Farber doesn't think there are enough examples of bad players in the telecom, cable and wireless industries to justify more regulation. And even if there...

By Mike Shepard  |  October 8, 2009; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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DOJ Probes IBM on Mainframe Monopoly

The Department of Justice has begun a preliminary investigation into whether IBM has abused its monopoly in mainframe computers.

By Washington Post Editor  |  October 8, 2009; 7:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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AT&T Mobility CEO on Net Neutrality: If It Ain't Broke, Don't Fix It

Ralph de la Vega, CEO of AT&T Mobility, said Wednesday that net neutrality rules on the table at the FCC could hurt the booming wireless industry. The comments by de la Vega followed a speech by FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski at a conference in San Diego by CTIA. Genachowski, in...

By Cecilia Kang  |  October 7, 2009; 3:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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FCC Chairman Hearts Springsteen, iPhone App for Kids

Okay, here's what we've gleaned this week about Julius Genachowski, head of the Federal Communications Commission. He's into the Boss and digs educational iPhone apps for his kids. This week, he spoke at a music policy conference and explained net neutrality through Bruce Springsteen lyrics. Today, in front of a...

By Cecilia Kang  |  October 7, 2009; 1:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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FCC Chair to Wireless Industry: More Spectrum Coming ... And Net Neutrality Rules

The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission said to the wireless industry Wedneday, "It's all about mobile." As such, Julius Genachowski commended AT&T and Verizon Wireless for their announcements yesterday that showed they were moving more in the direction Genachowski wants: to an open Internet. But he showed no sign...

By Cecilia Kang  |  October 7, 2009; 12:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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AT&T Wireless Chief, De La Vega, Named Chairman of CTIA

AT&T Mobility CEO Ralph de la Vega was named chairman of the wireless industry trade group CTIA. He will begin his term in January and will replace T-Mobile USA CEO Robert Dotson. The trade group also announced new board members: AOL Vice President of Mobile Products Raine Bergstrom; Assurant Solutions...

By Cecilia Kang  |  October 7, 2009; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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The Full Story on AT&T Opening to Skype, Verizon Android Deal

Click here to read my story from the paper today on AT&T and Verizon Wireless opening their networks to popular phone services....

By Cecilia Kang  |  October 7, 2009; 10:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Tags: at&t blocking skype,iphone blocking skype,net neutrality  
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AT&T Lost Skype Fight When Admitted Blocking To Protect Voice Revenues: Analysts

With regulatory winds against it, AT&T's announcement to allow Internet voice services on the iPhone to ride on its 3G network was expected.

By Cecilia Kang  |  October 7, 2009; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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FCC Chair Expected To Give AT&T Props, But Push Forward On Net Neutrality

When FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski speaks at 12:30 p.m. today to the wireless industry, he'll likely make a nod to moves Tuesday by AT&T to run Internet voice services for the iPhone on its cell network. But he's probably not going to scale back on his push to codify and strengthen rules that ensure consumers get access to any legal application or content of their choice on the Web, analysts say.

By Cecilia Kang  |  October 7, 2009; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Tags: at&t blocking skype on iphone,fcc,iphone,net neutrality  
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AT&T Allows iPhone To Make Internet Calls On Cell Network

AT&T said Tuesday it would open its 3G wireless network to Internet voice applications on the iPhone, including Skype. The move comes as the nation's second largest wireless operator has been pushing back against proposed net neutrality rules at the Federal Communications Commission. Skype and other Internet voice applications could...

By Cecilia Kang  |  October 6, 2009; 4:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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Verizon Teams With Google On Cell Phones, Google Voice

Verizion, the nation's largest cell phone service, announced Tuesday morning it is teaming up with Google to develop phones using the search giant's Android mobile software platform. Verizion Wireless CEO Lowell McAdam said on a conference call it will introduce two new Android phones this year. He also said the...

By Cecilia Kang  |  October 6, 2009; 2:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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All Eyes on AT&T at CTIA; Will Ma Bell Let Skype Onto Its Networks?

Is AT&T about to announce Skype and Google Voice will run on its mobile network via Apple's iPhone? That's the buzz ahead of a wireless industry conference that begins Wednesday in San Diego.

By Cecilia Kang  |  October 6, 2009; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Google CEO To FCC Chair: Thanks for Net Neutrality, Need a Hand With Broadband?

Last Friday, Google chief executive Eric Schmidt stopped by the Federal Communications Commission to say thanks to Chairman Julus Genachowski and senior staff for proposing new rules on net neutrality that the firm has long advocated. Schmidt "expressed his appreciation to the chairman for his leadership in promoting open and...

By Cecilia Kang  |  October 6, 2009; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Republicans Step Up Opposition to Net Neutrality; House GOP Ask FCC For Data

A group of House of Representatives Republicans on Monday called for the Federal Communications Commission to do a market analysis before proposing a new rule that would prevent Internet service providers from acting as gatekeepers of content and services on the Web. In a letter to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski,...

By Cecilia Kang  |  October 5, 2009; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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FTC: Bloggers, Research Studies Must Cite Ties To Advertisers

Bloggers, fess up. If you're receiving money from companies and endorsing their products, say so or face a potential penalty of $11,000 from the Federal Trade Commission. The policy for bloggers was part of new guidelines on how advertisers can use endorsements by research firms, bloggers and celebrities, the FTC...

By Cecilia Kang  |  October 5, 2009; 1:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Tab Dump: Spotlight Google

Amid the chatter of Ken Auletta's new book on Google, TechCrunch says some of the most interesting stuff comes from media moguls responding to the Web giant. CEO Eric Schmidt at one time said he aimed to make the search engine into a $100 billion media empire. More on Google...

By Cecilia Kang  |  October 5, 2009; 10:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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What FCC Chair Is Reading: Gives Glimpse of Thinking on Broadband, Net Neutrality

To understand how FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski thinks about his job, go back in history and understand the postal system. That's what I picked up from a book Genachowski offered to me last week as recommended reading.

By Cecilia Kang  |  October 5, 2009; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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