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Post Tech: March 21, 2010 - March 27, 2010

Policy makers, businesses debate role of Washington in cloud computing

Behind Facebook, Gmail and the Bing search engine is a multibillion-dollar shift in technology that users don’t see and Washington doesn’t quite know how to handle. That trend is called cloud computing: the hosting of data on remote servers that...

By Cecilia Kang  |  March 26, 2010; 12:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Former FCC chairman asks: Who steers the broadband plan?

Your Browser DoesNot Support IFrames. Former FCC chairman Michael Powell asks how the national broadband plan -- dispersed between many entities of government -- will be executed in a coherent way....

By Cecilia Kang  |  March 26, 2010; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Broadband , FCC  
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Pew director asks FCC about citizens in broadband plan

Lee Rainie, director of the Pew Internet & American Life Project, asks how regular folks can be part of the plan....

By Cecilia Kang  |  March 25, 2010; 3:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Broadband , FCC  
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FCC broadband plan cost $20 million

The Federal Communications Commission spent $20 million on the year-long process of creating its national broadband plan. Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.) revealed that price tag in a House hearing Thursday. The FCC told him in a letter (pdf) that they...

By Cecilia Kang  |  March 25, 2010; 3:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Broadband , FCC  
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Media Access Project CEO Brown asks FCC about price competition

Tyrone Brown, former FCC commissioner and the new chief executive of the Media Access Project asks how the national broadband plan addresses current consumer offerings. He said Internet service providers offer bulk services that are also tied to equipment;...

By Cecilia Kang  |  March 25, 2010; 12:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Broadband  
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On this, AT&T and Verizon agree: FCC shouldn't assert more control over broadband

AT&T agrees with fierce competitor Verizon on this: The Federal Communications Commission shouldn't reclassify broadband services. In a blog post Thursday, AT&T's head lobbyist, Jim Cicconi, backed Verizon Communications in its call earlier this week for Congress to reexamine the...

By Cecilia Kang  |  March 25, 2010; 11:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  AT&T , Broadband , FCC , Verizon  
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Go Daddy ceases new business in China

From the paper today: By Ellen Nakashima and Cecilia Kang GoDaddy.com, the world's largest domain name registration company, told lawmakers Wednesday that it will cease registering Web sites in China in response to intrusive new government rules that require applicants...

By Cecilia Kang  |  March 25, 2010; 9:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Google , International  
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Gates foundation survey shows libraries key to getting low-income populations online

One-third of all Americans over the age of 14 have used a public library to access the Internet during the past year, according to a study released Thursday by the University of Washington and funded by the Bill & Melinda...

By Cecilia Kang  |  March 25, 2010; 12:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Broadband , FCC  
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Verizon calls on Congress to rethink Internet oversight, could take away power from FCC

Verizon Communications is calling on Congress to rethink the way the federal government oversees Internet services, witih recommendations that could take away power from the Federal Communications Commission just one week after it unveiled a decade-long plan to bring broadband...

By Cecilia Kang  |  March 24, 2010; 2:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Media Access Project names Tyrone Brown new CEO

Public interest group Media Access Project said Wednesday that it has appointed former FCC commissioner Tyrone Brown to lead the organization. Brown, an attorney at the Wiley Rein law firm, will take over as chief executive, succeeding Andrew Schwartzman, who...

By Cecilia Kang  |  March 24, 2010; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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CDT's Harris asks FCC about protections for innovators

Leslie Harris is president of the Center for Democracy & Technology, a public interest group. She asks the Federal Communications Commission if the national broadband plan will include liability protections for Internet innovators....

By Cecilia Kang  |  March 24, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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John Stanton's push for an all-wireless Haiti

From Wednesday's editions: By Cecilia Kang The earthquake that devastated Haiti also destroyed the nation's feeble network for phones and Internet service. Except for cellphones, the population was largely cut off from communication. But out of the rubble, one U.S....

By Cecilia Kang  |  March 24, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  International , Mobile  
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Federal Eye: new Web site on federal spending

From colleague Ed O'Keefe, who writes the Federal Eye blog, here's a post on new government Web sites that help people track how their tax dollars are being spent: Happy Tuesday! The Obama administration will soon relaunch USASpending.gov, the government...

By Cecilia Kang  |  March 23, 2010; 6:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Senate hearing on FCC's broadband plan postponed

The Senate Commerce Committee postponed its hearing of the Federal Communications Commission's national broadband plan. Chairman Julius Genachowski was scheduled to appear as the sole witness in the hearing. The committee is expected to come out with a statement soon...

By Cecilia Kang  |  March 23, 2010; 3:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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XO Communications questions the FCC on its broadband plan

Heather Burnett Gold, XO Communications' senior vice president for external affairs, asks the Federal Communications Commission about how the national broadband plan will aid small businesses. XO, based in Herndon, is an Internet service provider for small businesses....

By Cecilia Kang  |  March 23, 2010; 1:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Tech giants criticize Australia plan for Internet filtering

Google, Microsoft and Yahoo are among many high-tech companies that have objected to the Australian government’s plan to begin filtering Internet content. The Sydney Morning Herald reported that 147 comments were submitted to the government on its proposal to begin...

By Cecilia Kang  |  March 23, 2010; 12:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Google , International  
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One Economy's Mourad asks FCC about adoption programs

One Economy is a non-profit group that has worked for years to bridge educational, economic and social divides using high-tech solutions. They have also weighed heavily in adoption goals set by the Federal Communications Commission's national braodband plan. Here,...

By Cecilia Kang  |  March 23, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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NPR's On Point looks at FCC's national broadband plan

NPR's "On Point" on Monday explored the "Bandwidth Crunch," looking at the Federal Communications Commission's national broadband plan. Host Tom Ashbrook took an expansive look at what the plan means for the U.S. economy and for American consumers. His guests:...

By Cecilia Kang  |  March 23, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Google to stop censoring in China, redirects to Hong Kong

In Tuesday's editions: By Ellen Nakashima, John Pomfret, and Cecilia Kang Google announced Monday that it would stop censoring search results on its site in China, forcing authorities in Beijing to decide whether they are willing to forsake one of...

By Cecilia Kang  |  March 23, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Google , International  
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My chat with Google News founder, Krishna Bharat, with video

Krishna Bharat, the creator of Google News, has never been a journalist. Though he's often asked what is more important for the search giant’s news site: editorial judgment or Google’s famous attention to its algorithms. The answer, he said, is...

By Cecilia Kang  |  March 22, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Ammori, law scholar, to FCC: What does future competition look like?

The FCC has made a big deal about how its national broadband plan seeks to increase competition in the often concentrated market for broadband service providers. It's promised to bust open the television set top box, which is tightly controlled...

By Cecilia Kang  |  March 22, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Critics spotlight lack of competition in FCC's broadband plan

Less than a week after the release of the FCC's broadband plan, a chorus of criticism is growing. A top concern: there's not enough in there to increase competition. Yochai Benkler, a professor of law at Harvard University, has extensively...

By Cecilia Kang  |  March 22, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Our top 10 questions on the FCC's national broadband plan

Now that you’ve spent the weekend (so splendid weather-wise in Washington) studying the national broadband plan, we ask: what next? We’ll spend the week exploring the many questions that arise from the dense but often vague document. Julius Genachowski, chairman...

By Cecilia Kang  |  March 22, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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