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Post Tech: April 18, 2010 - April 24, 2010

FCC's McDowell against reclassification, citing courts

Robert McDowell, a member of the Federal Communications Commission, said Friday that he wouldn’t support putting broadband services under the same regulatory regime as phone services, saying such a move would face significant legal challenge. In a news briefing, McDowell,...

By Cecilia Kang  |  April 23, 2010; 2:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Tags: Federal Communications Commission, Network neutrality  
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Europeans launch first long-term cellphone health study -- where is U.S.?

Five European nations on Thursday launched the first long-term study on the potential effects of mobile phone use on health. This will fulfill a years-long push by some public interest groups and scientists for longer and better studies on the...

By Cecilia Kang  |  April 23, 2010; 8:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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FCC's Clyburn skirts reclassification, likely to side with chairman

Mignon Clyburn, a member of the Federal Communications Commission, said she hasn't decided conclusively what course of action she will take as the agency deliberates on whether it will reclassify broadband services under Title II. But a source close to...

By Cecilia Kang  |  April 22, 2010; 5:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Tags: Federal Communications Commission, Mignon Clyburn  
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FCC moves to open television set-top box for Internet, competition

The Federal Communications Commission took a tiny step forward on Wednesday toward updating the television set-top box, a move that Chairman Julius Genachowski hopes will eventually stir more competition between providers of paid television and Internet services. “Consumers want devices...

By Cecilia Kang  |  April 22, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  Broadband , FCC  
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FCC begins reform of USF fund, doesn't address reclassification

The Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday began the process of reforming the Universal Service Fund with a unanimous vote to set off the transformation of the phone subsidy program into one that also includes broadband services. The move marks a...

By Cecilia Kang  |  April 21, 2010; 3:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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NYT: Economists balk at FCC's net neutrality plans

In the New York Times today, several economists took issue with the Federal Communications Commission's push for net neutrality rules that would mandate all Internet service providers treat any Web site or application equally. In a guest op-ed, Georgetown economics...

By Cecilia Kang  |  April 21, 2010; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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UPDATE: AT&T, Verizon ramped up lobbying in Q1

UPDATE at 2:35 p.m.: with new percentage increase for AT&T. Its spending rose 15 percent, not 75 percent. UPDATE: at 3:38 p.m: with new percentage decrease for Verizon. Its spending fell 4 percent. It didn't rise, as previously stated. The...

By Cecilia Kang  |  April 21, 2010; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  AT&T , Broadband , Comcast , Consumers , Early Termination Fees , FCC , FTC , Facebook , Google , Microsoft , Net Neutrality , Verizon  
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Google reveals U.S., foreign governments hungry for private data

Image by Google via CrunchBase Photo: David Drummond, Google's chief legal counsel In the paper today: By Cecilia Kang Advertisers aren't the only ones hungry for data on online users. So are U.S. and foreign governments, according to Internet giant...

By Cecilia Kang  |  April 21, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Facebook , Google , International , Microsoft  
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UPDATE: Amazon sues N.C. for demanding customer info

Update at 9 p.m. EST with comments by North Carolina's secretary of the Department of Revenue, disputing Amazon's claims that it sought information on book titles. Amazon.com filed a suit against North Carolina tax authorities who have asked for the...

By Cecilia Kang  |  April 20, 2010; 2:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
 
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Google shows U.S., Brazil top the list of nations seeking user data

Google said Tuesday that it is making public the amount of requests it receives from foreign and U.S. governments for information about its users and requests to censor data. Topping the list are Brazil and the United States, which have...

By Cecilia Kang  |  April 20, 2010; 2:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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10 nations criticize Google privacy misstep with Buzz

In the past year, Google has made a remarkably fast foray into just about every corner of technology: cellphones, broadband services, digital publishing, navigation and social networking to name a few. But after a couple high-profile kerfuffles that exposed consumers’...

By Cecilia Kang  |  April 20, 2010; 11:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Google boosts lobbying spending more than 50%

Google increased its first-quarter spending on lobbying by more than 50 percent to argue its position on privacy, online advertising competition and net neutrality to members of Congress, federal regulators and the White House. According to documents filed Tuesday with...

By Cecilia Kang  |  April 20, 2010; 10:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  FCC , FTC , Google  
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Speech by Facebook COO points to firm's growing Washington presence

photo: Vogue May 2010 Fighting laryngitis, Facebook’s chief operating officer, Sheryl Sandberg spoke Monday at the annual awards dinner for the Center for Democracy and Technology, an event affectionately known as Washington’s annual “tech prom.” In an address that...

By Cecilia Kang  |  April 20, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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A bill to make federal research available online

Rep. Mike Doyle (D-Pa.) is trying to make research papers available to the public through a bill he introduced last week that would require agencies to give online access to publications. The bill, called the Federal Research Public Access Act...

By Cecilia Kang  |  April 19, 2010; 10:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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My chat with Levin about his broadband critics, surprises

One month after finishing an epic outline of what the federal government needs to do to bring affordable broadband services to the nation, Blair Levin spoke with The Post about his critics and surprises he found along the way. The...

By Cecilia Kang  |  April 19, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Broadband , FCC  
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Opinions on what the FCC should do next

The Washington Post and The New York Times editorial boards jumped into a debate on the future of the Federal Communications Commission and they didn't agree. The Washington Post editorial board commented last Saturday on questions about the Federal Communcations...

By Cecilia Kang  |  April 19, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Broadband , FCC  
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