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Post Tech: March 14, 2010 - March 20, 2010

FCC begins review to make broadband data available

The Federal Communications Commission on Friday said it would take public comments about a petition by public interest group Free Press to make data on broadband access rates more broadly available. The request by Free Press focuses on a database...

By Cecilia Kang  |  March 19, 2010; 4:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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FCC takes comments on retransmission fights

The Federal Communications Commission on Friday called for public comments on a petition field by cable, satellite and telecom service providers on retransmission rules between them and broadcasters. The notice comes after a transmission fees dispute between Walt Disney and...

By Cecilia Kang  |  March 19, 2010; 2:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  FCC  
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Inmarsat CEO Sukawaty to FCC: Where's the love for satellite?

Andrew Sukawaty is the CEO of British-based Inmarsat. His satellite service customers include broadband providers in the U.S. that bring high-speed Internet connections to hard-to-reach areas through satellite feeds. Inmarsat’s main business comes from military and governments and businesses (oil...

By Cecilia Kang  |  March 19, 2010; 2:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Broadband  
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Lawmakers push immigration reforms that include green cards for science Phds

Post colleague, Spencer Hsu, wrote Thursday about a plan to overhaul immigration laws: Sens. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) announced the building blocks Thursday for a new push in Congress to overhaul the nation's immigration laws,...

By Cecilia Kang  |  March 19, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Cyberwar challenges told through story of Saudi-CIA Web site takedown

Post reporter Ellen Nakashima wrote Friday about the dismantling of a Saudi-CIA Web site, and the need for clearer cyberterror policies: By early 2008, top U.S. military officials had become convinced that extremists planning attacks on American forces in Iraq...

By Cecilia Kang  |  March 19, 2010; 8:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Rep. Stearns: never mind about those previous concerns with the broadband plan, I've got some others

One of the first lawmakers to criticize the Federal Communications Commission’s national broadband plan, is now retreating from some of his initial comments. Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.) fired off a statement right after the plan’s release, calling net-neutrality and reclassification...

By Cecilia Kang  |  March 19, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Broadband , FCC  
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HTC says it's not going down without a fight in Apple patent war

In Apple's phone patent battle, HTC, the creator of Google’s Nexus phone, said Wednesday that it’s not going down without a fight. “HTC disagrees with Apple’s actions and will fully defend itself,” wrote Peter Chou, chief executive of HTC, in...

By Cecilia Kang  |  March 18, 2010; 3:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Apple , Google , Mobile  
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We know you love tech policy -- now here's something for econ policy

A plug for a worthwhile newish feature from The Post. If you want to know what's going on in Washington related to business and economic policy, check out the Economic Agenda, a Web feature and newsletter that you can get...

By Cecilia Kang  |  March 18, 2010; 2:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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FCC wants to hear your thoughts on Comcast-NBC merger

Got an opinion on the proposed merger between Comcast and NBC Universal? You can let the Federal Communications Commission know. Starting today, the agency is taking public comments as it officially begins its review of what would be a mega...

By Cecilia Kang  |  March 18, 2010; 11:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Comcast , FCC  
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FCC testing finds fastest broadband speeds in D.C., N.Y. areas

Already, 150,000 people have taken the Federal Communications Commission’s broadband speed test and the results so far show that the fastest download and upload speeds are in the Washington and New York areas. Now, this isn’t an exact science and...

By Cecilia Kang  |  March 18, 2010; 10:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Facebook settles $9.5 million suit on Beacon privacy complaint

Facebook won approval for its $9.5 million settlement of a class action lawsuit related to its controversial Beacon program, which let users track one another’s online purchases.

By by Cecilia Kang  |  March 18, 2010; 7:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  FTC , Facebook  
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FCC broadband plan heads for congressional scrutiny next week

Next week, Congress will weigh in with its view of the Federal Communications Commission’s national broadband plan. The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee has scheduled a hearing for Tuesday, March 23 at 2:30 p.m. to review the plan. The...

By Cecilia Kang  |  March 17, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Broadband , FCC  
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How the FCC's new national broadband plan is expected to affect consumers

From the paper Wednesday: Among the dozens of policy recommendations in the Federal Communications Commission's national broadband plan, the impact on consumers varies. The following are answers to some of the top questions we've been asked about how the broadband...

By Cecilia Kang  |  March 17, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  AT&T , Broadband , Consumers , FCC , Spectrum , Verizon  
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President Obama hails broadband plan

President Obama comments on the national broadband plan: America today is on the verge of a broadband-driven Internet era that will unleash innovation, create new jobs and industries, provide consumers with new powerful sources of information, enhance American safety and...

By Cecilia Kang  |  March 16, 2010; 4:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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China readies for Google pullout

By John Pomfret BEIJING -- The Chinese government on Tuesday appeared to set the foundation for Internet giant Google to pull out of China, with one spokesman contending that the company's potential departure would be an "individual business act" and...

By Cecilia Kang  |  March 16, 2010; 2:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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FCC Republican member warns against too many rules, reclassification

Robert McDowell, a Republican member of the Federal Communications Commission, warned against rules in the national broadband plan that could hinder investment in networks. In the agency’s presentation Tuesday of the far-reaching plan, McDowell noted that cable companies have laid...

By Cecilia Kang  |  March 16, 2010; 11:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Post Tech takes your questions on FCC broadband plan

Your Browser DoesNot Support IFrames. Post Tech will be live chatting Tuesday at noon on the Federal Communications Commission's national broadband plan. We'll pour through the 388-page proposal and what it all means. Submit your questions here. And here's the...

By Cecilia Kang  |  March 16, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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In plan to connect the nation to broadband, FCC will be faced with high hurdles

Here's our story on the national broadband plan for the paper today. At the end, I've listed the stand-out proposals: By Cecilia Kang The Federal Communications Commission announced on Monday its long-awaited plan to bring broadband Internet connections to every...

By Cecilia Kang  |  March 16, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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FCC dodges answers on reclassification in sweeping national broadband plan

As the Federal Communications Commission unveiled its sweeping national broadband plan, questions loom over the agency’s ability to regulate Internet service providers. The agency chose to avoid answering what it will do as a federal court appears that it will...

By Cecilia Kang  |  March 16, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Broadband , FCC  
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Executive summary of FCC national broadband plan

Here is the executive summary of the national broadband plan to be presented tomorrow. The Federal Communications Commission will unveil its plan to bring broadband Internet connections to the entire country, a decade-long effort intended to make the U.S. a...

By Cecilia Kang  |  March 15, 2010; 10:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Is Internet privacy dead? No, just more complicated: researchers

The numbers tell one story: With 10 billion Tweets sent and 400 million Facebook users signed, people clearly want to be heard and seen and able to hear and see others on social networks. But Internet users also care about...

By Cecilia Kang  |  March 15, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  FTC , Facebook , Google , Privacy  
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China flexes its muscles, balks at Google in online censorship battle: reports

A resolution between China and Google appeared less likely over the weekend in its months-long dispute over online censorship. According to the New York Times, Chinese offiicals have warned Google's partners they had to abide by Chinese laws on censorship,...

By Cecilia Kang  |  March 15, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Google , International  
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