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Post Tech: October 18, 2009 - October 24, 2009

My chat with Rep. Boucher on his privacy bill

Rep. Rick Boucher (D-Va.) thinks a key to economic growth is online commerce, so he’s trying to promote targeted advertising on the Web to get people to open their wallets and spur the creation of more small Internet companies selling...

By Cecilia Kang  |  October 23, 2009; 12:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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As FCC moves forward on net neutrality, McCain tries to pull reins

Here's my ink-on-paper story about the net neutrality proposal passing the FCC yesterday. Yesterday, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) introduced a bill, called the Internet Freedom Act, that would keep the FCC from enacting such rules. Check out the Reuters story...

By Cecilia Kang  |  October 23, 2009; 8:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Google's Schmidt talks to Post reporters, editorial

Google CEO Eric Schmidt dropped by The Post yesterday to talk to reporters and the editorial board. In a wide-ranging, hour-long conversation with us, he spent a lot of time talking about net neturality, stressing his firm's support of the...

By Cecilia Kang  |  October 23, 2009; 8:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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FCC moves forward on net neutrality rule-making in unanimous vote

With a unanimous vote to move forward on a rule-making process for how the federal government will police access to the Internet, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski won a victory on his first major policy issue at the agency. The chairman,...

By Cecilia Kang  |  October 22, 2009; 11:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
 
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FCC Republicans McDowell, Baker agree to explore net neutrality rules

In the open meeting, Republican Commissioners Robert McDowell and Meredith Attwell Baker said they disagree with some of the legal and factual arguments behind a proposal by FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski on net neutrality. But they said they will vote...

By Cecilia Kang  |  October 22, 2009; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Telecom firms face net-neutrality defeat despite lobbying blitz

I'm at the FCC open meeting as commissioners comment on the proposal for net neutrality. I'll cover the vote and details of the proposal that will begin a rule-making process that should continue to feed lots of good stuff on...

By Cecilia Kang  |  October 22, 2009; 10:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Survivor Winner Yul Kwon Joins FCC

He survived extreme physical and psychological tests on Survivor. Now Yul Kwon will bring his cunning to the Federal Communications Commission as deputy chief of the consumer and governmental affairs bureau. The Post's Reliable Source writes about how the 2006...

By Cecilia Kang  |  October 22, 2009; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Worth Reading

Canada passes Internet traffic management rules. Network carriers weigh a pay-as-you-go model....

By Cecilia Kang  |  October 22, 2009; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Tags: canada, internet, netwrok carriers  
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New BFFs Verizon, Google agree on net neutrality, except for wireless

In a joint statement with Google CEO Eric Schmidt, Verizon Wireless CEO Lowell McAdam said he agrees with the FCC's push to codify existing net neutrality guidelines and handle violations on a case-by-case basis. But they disagreed on whether those...

By Cecilia Kang  |  October 21, 2009; 7:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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10 Senators back FCC's push for net neutrality

Ten Democratic senators, including Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.), sent a letter to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski to support his push for net neutrality rules and to commend the agency's decision to hold a longer comment period for the public to weigh...

By Cecilia Kang  |  October 21, 2009; 5:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Verizon CEO joins executives opposed to net neutrality

Verizon CEO Ivan Seidenberg on Wednesday morning warned against net neutrality rules at the Federal Communications Commission, one day ahead of a vote to strengthen policies for how companies like his can treat access to content on the Web. He...

By Cecilia Kang  |  October 21, 2009; 10:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Comcast CEO on net neutrality

Brian Roberts, CEO of Comcast, talked to Silicon Alley about the cable industry outlook and net neutrality rules (hint: he's not for 'em). Here's the Silicon Alley's interview , and excerpts on net neutrality below:

By Cecilia Kang  |  October 21, 2009; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Tags: brian roberts, comcast blocking bit torrent, comcast ceo, net neutrality  
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My chat with Google's Vint Cerf

Vint Cerf, Google's "chief internet evangelist" and an early innovator of the Internet, spoke to me by phone from Stockholm Tuesday, days after he sent a letter of support for net neutrality to the Federal Communications Commission .

By Cecilia Kang  |  October 21, 2009; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Tags: at&t, fcc chairman julius genachowski, google vint cerf, net neutrality  
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Tech venture capitalists lend support to net neutrality rules

The people who invested the money that eventually brought us the Mac,Tweets and Internet search are now weighing in on Washington's biggest tech policy issue. Investors in companies such as Apple, Facebook, and Google threw their support behind a push...

By Cecilia Kang  |  October 20, 2009; 11:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Ranking house member calls for halt on net neutrality, others show support

Rep. Joe Barton (R-Tex), ranking member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, called on Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski Tuesday to stop a push to create broadband Internet rules, saying new regulations could have "catastrophic" effects on investment in...

By Cecilia Kang  |  October 20, 2009; 7:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Think tank asks 10 questions about net neturality

The Information Innovation & Technology Foundation is asking 10 questions of the Federal Communications Commission to establish a possible framework for guiding any decisions on net neutrality rules. Here 's a sample of the questions posed in the memo published...

By Cecilia Kang  |  October 20, 2009; 2:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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My Q&A with XO Communications, an ISP that favors net neutrality

XO Communications, an Internet service provider, says the big telecos don't speak for it. The company is pushing for net neutrality rules at the Federal Communications Commission that it believes could enhance competition among network operators like it. The Herndon,...

By Cecilia Kang  |  October 20, 2009; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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AT&T lobbyist asks employees, their families and friends to protest net neutrality rules

AT&T's top lobbyist, Jim Cicconi, sent a letter to all of the telecom giant's 300,000 employees on Sunday, urging them to express their concerns over a net neutrality proposal under consideration by the Federal Communications Commission. Check out his letter...

By Cecilia Kang  |  October 20, 2009; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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FCC tweaking controversial net neutrality proposal ahead of meeting

A tidbit from my ink 'n paper story (remember those?) today worth sharing: The two most controversial parts of the net neutrality proposal -- defining what is reasonable network management and how managed services fit under the rules -- is...

By Cecilia Kang  |  October 20, 2009; 8:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Unanswered questions in net neutrality debate

In the war of words over net neutrality, there are some questions from both sides of the debate that have been left unanswered. Opponents of new rules say there simply aren't enough examples of harm to warrant more regulation. Are...

By Cecilia Kang  |  October 20, 2009; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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Vint Cerf, early Web technologists show support for net neutrality

The lobbying battle over net neutrality heated up Monday, as a group of computers scientists involved in the founding of the Internet weighed in in support of the proposed rules. In a letter (pdf) to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius...

By Cecilia Kang  |  October 19, 2009; 4:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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AT&T, carriers fund democratic reps against net neutrality

All but two of the 72 Democratic lawmakers who cautioned last Friday against open-Internet rules have received campaign donations this year from Internet service providers, the companies most likely to be impacted by new regulations. For their most recent election...

By Cecilia Kang  |  October 19, 2009; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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Web giants Facebook, Amazon, Twitter join support for net neutrality

Internet heavyweights are weighing in on the net neutrality debate, sending a letter to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski on Monday morning supporting his push for new rules. The CEOs of Amazon, Google, Facebook and Twitter, along with some...

By Cecilia Kang  |  October 19, 2009; 8:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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CTO Chopra Talks Cloud, Spectrum, Net Neutrality on CSPAN

The Chief Technology Officer of the U.S., Aneesh Chopra, spoke on C-SPAN's The Communicators program last Friday, explaining just what he does as the president's advisor on technology policy. He said his job is to figure out how to upgrade...

By Cecilia Kang  |  October 19, 2009; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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