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Nation's CTO Reaffirms Commitment to Net Neutrality; Says Criticism Premature

Aneesh Chopra, the nation's chief technology officer, reaffirmed the White House's commitment to net neutrality amid increased criticism from lawmakers that the rules could hurt investment in Internet networks. "At a 100,000-foot view, we are committed to the notion that...

By Cecilia Kang  |  October 16, 2009; 6:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Chorus Against Net Neutrality Grows

The chorus of critics against a proposal for open-Internet policies at the Federal Communications Commission is growing. Thursday, the companies that sell the equipment for Internet networks and the people laying down fiber and engineering cell phone networks complained Thursday to the FCC chairman that such rules could hurt the economy and slow the spread of broadband Internet networks.

By Cecilia Kang  |  October 16, 2009; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Tags: Kay Bailey, at&t, fcc, net neutrality, verizon  
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Advertisers Oppose Proposed Rules for Bloggers

Don't pick on bloggers for doing what's been going on in traditional media for years, trade group Interactive Advertising Bureau wrote in a letter to Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jon Leibowitz Thursday.

By Cecilia Kang  |  October 16, 2009; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Tags: bloggers, ftc, internet advertising, randall rothenberg  
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T-Mobile Executive Calls for More Spectrum for Smaller Competitors

Neville Ray, T-Mobile’s senior vice president of engineering and operations, thinks the key to competition isn’t net neutrality rules but more spectrum. Specifically, he is pushing regulators to auction radio airwaves in the AWS band where T-Mobile and smaller carriers...

By Cecilia Kang  |  October 15, 2009; 3:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Worth Reading: Report Says Net Neutrality Key to Broadband Success

A recent Harvard report on broadband says net neutrality is key to success. Read this Fierce Wireless report. From the Onion, to bring laughs with your morning coffee: Cell Phone Stuck In 2-Year Contract With Local Man....

By Cecilia Kang  |  October 15, 2009; 11:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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Consumer Groups: Tell the Truth on Cell Phone, Internet Bills

What angers a cell phone or home Internet user more than just about anything else? Being lied to. But that's just how many consumers feel about the billing practices of their cell phone and home Internet service providers, according to...

By Cecilia Kang  |  October 15, 2009; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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Meet Telecoms Sans Frontieres, Using Tech for Disaster Relief

When earthquake, war, or pandemic strikes, the Telecoms San Frontieres team springs into action. And within 24 hours, their hotspot hubs are offering Internet connections to relief workers and governments in the heart of any disaster. Through satellite uplinks,...

By Cecilia Kang  |  October 15, 2009; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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FCC Pushing Net Neutrality Rules That Focus More On Network Providers, Less on Software Makers

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski is pushing for new open-Internet rules that would focus more on broadband network providers than on software and applications firms such as Yahoo, Google, and Amazon, according to a source in the agency and...

By Cecilia Kang  |  October 14, 2009; 5:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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FCC Blogs On Net Neutrality

From the Federal Communications Commission's Twitter feed: "We've launched our Open Internet Blog to address critical questions & encourage you to join the conversation." Check it out on the agency's Web site....

By Cecilia Kang  |  October 14, 2009; 4:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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AT&T Presses FCC To Crack Down on Google Voice

AT&T stepped up its campaign for greater federal scrutiny of Google's voice service, reasserting in a letter to the Federal Communications Commission Wednesday that the search giant's Web phone application violates both telecom and net neutrality laws. Last Friday, the...

By Cecilia Kang  |  October 14, 2009; 4:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Waxman Scrutinizes Traffic Pumping After Google Voice Inquiry

Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) and other key House lawmakers have sent letters to the CEOs of top telecom firms, launching a review into "traffic pumping" phone practices. Traffic pumping is the practice of routing conference and adult calls...

By Cecilia Kang  |  October 14, 2009; 2:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Tab Dump: Net Neut? And Finland Says Broadband Legal Right for All

I keep hearing opponents of open-Internet rules on the plate at the FCC referred to as "net neut" policy. (I guess meant to convey "neutering"?) Anyhow, here's a link to a Wall Street Journal opinion piece on the proposal for...

By Cecilia Kang  |  October 14, 2009; 10:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Cellular South CEO Hu Meena on Net Neutrality

Hu Meena, CEO of Cellular South, doesn't see the beef with net neutrality rules on the plate at the Federal Communications Commission.

By Cecilia Kang  |  October 14, 2009; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Tags: hu meena cellular south, net neutrality, wireless  
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My Chat With the FCC Wireless Chief Ruth Milkman

Ruth Milkman, head of the Federal Communications Commission’s wireless bureau, said Tuesday that Chairman Julius Genachowski’s open-Internet proposal would allow consumers to bring any phone that isn’t locked into a network to another carrier’s network. That would mean if you want to bring a Blackberry phone acquired through Verizon Wireless, at the end of your contract you could bring it to Sprint Nextel, Milkman says.

By Cecilia Kang  |  October 14, 2009; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Tags: att, blackberry, fcc, iPhone, net neutrality, ruth milkman, verizon  
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Updated: Snowe Broke With GOP on Net Neutrality, Too

Updated with letter from Republican Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison to FCC on net neutrality. Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) caused an eruption in the health-care standoff in Congress on Tuesday, breaking away from her party to vote in favor of a...

By Cecilia Kang  |  October 14, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Senate Republicans Send Another Letter to FCC on Net Neutrality

More criticism of FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski's proposal to create new net neutrality rules: A group of Republican senators, including Sam Brownback (R-Kan.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), sent a letter (pdf) to Genachowski on Tuesday, saying they believe all five...

By Cecilia Kang  |  October 13, 2009; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
 
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3 Democratic State Leaders Caution FCC on Net Neutrality

Three governors called for a careful approach to net neutrality in letters sent last week to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski. The governors of Arkansas, North Carolina and Oklahoma talked about how regulation could hurt investments. I dug into...

By Cecilia Kang  |  October 13, 2009; 12:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Google to Hire Liaison to Scholars Amid Greater Federal Scrutiny

Google is looking to hire someone to work with academics and economists to commission reports and organize conferences about issues swirling around the company these days in Washington. The academic relations manager is a new position under the Silicon Valley...

By Cecilia Kang  |  October 13, 2009; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Readers Weigh In on Net Neutrality Investment Debates

Arguments are heating up over how net neutrality rules could impact investment in networks and other technologies. In e-mails and in comments on this blog, readers are sounding off. (Love the e-mails, but would to see those lively insights put...

By Cecilia Kang  |  October 13, 2009; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Chat With Motorola CEO: Looking For Mojo In Android; Handset Deals Spur Innovation

Motorola is trying to get its groove back, betting on a partnership with Google to make new smartphones based on the search engine company's operating system software, Android. It's been a few years since its last hit, the Razor, and...

By Cecilia Kang  |  October 13, 2009; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Updated: Google Board Member Levinson Quits Amid Federal Probe Of Google-Apple Board Ties

Google announced Monday morning that its board member, Arthur Levinson, has left his seat as a director of the company amid a federal probe into potential anticompetitive ties between the boards of the search giant and Apple. Levinson, who also...

By Cecilia Kang  |  October 12, 2009; 9:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Show Me The Money: Does Net Neutrality Hurt Or Help Investments?

Will net neutrality hurt or help the economy? Amid a stubborn recession, that question will take center stage as critics and proponents debate how new rules at the Federal Communications Commission would impact investments in the Web.

By Cecilia Kang  |  October 12, 2009; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Tags: federal communications commission, invesments in broadband, julius genachowski, net neutrality  
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