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Republican House members protest FCC broadband proposal in force

Nearly every Republican member of the House signed a letter to the Federal Communications Commission protesting a plan to redefine broadband Internet access as a telecommunications service. The FCC plans to start reviewing that plan at its June 17 meeting....

By Cecilia Kang  |  May 28, 2010; 1:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Broadband  
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FCC questions inclusion of wireless in redefinition of broadband

When the Federal Communications Commission begins its push for clearer authority over broadband services, one area of the fast-growing industry may not be included: wireless. In its press release Thursday, the agency said it would begin an inquiry into FCC...

By Cecilia Kang  |  May 28, 2010; 9:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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FCC begins regulatory overhaul of broadband at June 17 meeting

The Federal Communications Commission will begin the process of redefining broadband services as a telecommunications service at its open meeting on June 17. In a press release, the agency said it will issue a notice of inquiry -- which will...

By Cecilia Kang  |  May 27, 2010; 2:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Broadband  
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Klobuchar: FCC survey supports plan to rein in cell phone termination penalties

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) said the Federal Communications Commission's survey on consumer cell phone experiences supports her bill that would force wireless companies to do a better job at explaining and notifying subscribers of penalties for leaving their contracts early....

By Cecilia Kang  |  May 27, 2010; 12:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Early Termination Fees  
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The latest on Facebook's new privacy options

Facebook's founder presented new one-click options Wednesday to help subscribers protect their privacy, responding to a torrent of complaints that it had become far too hard to determine and control levels of protection.

By Cecilia Kang  |  May 27, 2010; 9:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Rep. Doyle throws support behind FCC reclassification plan

Rep. Mike Doyle (D-Pa.) said to accomplish the goal of bringing more broadband connections across the nation, the Federal Communications Commission must proceed with a plan to redefine high-speed Internet access as a telecommunications service. He also urged Congress to...

By Cecilia Kang  |  May 26, 2010; 3:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  FCC  
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Facebook CEO Zuckerberg announces new privacy tools

Updated, 6:51 p.m. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday announced what he described as simplified privacy tools for the social networking platform’s more than 400 million users. “We don’t pretend that we are perfect,” Zuckerberg said in an interview. “We...

By Cecilia Kang  |  May 26, 2010; 2:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Key lawmaker outlines list of conditions to Comcast-NBC merger

Updated at 9:45 p.m. with comment from Comcast Sen. Herb Kohl (D-Wis.) urged federal regulators to impose conditions on Comcast’s proposed merger with NBC Universal, saying the mega media merger could injure consumers and competitors. If approved, he said the...

By Cecilia Kang  |  May 26, 2010; 11:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Cell users being hit with surprise charges, fees

The Federal Communications Commission said Wednesday that one in six cell phone users have been shocked to find increases in their monthly bills that aren’t part of their service plan, according to a survey by the agency. Half of cell...

By Washington Post Editors  |  May 26, 2010; 10:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
Categories:  FCC  
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Google tries its hand at influence in Washington

In the paper today By Ariana Eunjung Cha and Cecilia Kang When someone as influential as Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV requests your presence at a hearing, Washington insiders know it's more of a summons than an invitation. So for...

By Cecilia Kang  |  May 26, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Antitrust , Apple , DOJ , FTC , Google  
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Facebook to unveil simplified privacy settings Wednesday

Facebook plans to reveal simplified privacy settings on Wednesday morning (10:30 a.m. PST) for its 400 million users. The company has scheduled a conference call with reporters at 10:30 a.m. to discuss the changes to its privacy policy. The move...

By Cecilia Kang  |  May 25, 2010; 6:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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GOP Sen. Ensign: FCC should drop reclassification as Congress updates laws

Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) on Tuesday urged the Federal Communications Commission to abandon its proposal to redefine broadband as a telecommunications service. The ranking member of the communications subcommittee said that the FCC shouldn’t proceed with its plan as Congressional...

By Cecilia Kang  |  May 25, 2010; 2:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Google touts its economic impact amid increased scrutiny

Google said Tuesday that the search goliath generated $54 billion in economic activity in the United States last year, including $254 million for the District. The company released its state-by-state report to show that the company isn't the only one...

By Cecilia Kang  |  May 25, 2010; 9:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Update: Key Dem lawmakers call for rewrite of 1996 Telecom Act

Update: With letter from 74 Democratic lawmakers to FCC Chairman, opposing plan to redefine broadband. Key Democratic lawmakers said Monday that they are seeking to update communications laws, a move aimed at clarifying murky interpretations over federal oversight of the...

By Cecilia Kang  |  May 24, 2010; 3:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Washington Post editorial critical of FCC move to oversee broadband

The Washington Post's editorial board weighed in Monday on the decision by the Federal Communications Commission to reclassify broadband as a telecommunications service. They say the FCC's "third way" -- to reclassify with fewer rules than those for phone services...

By Cecilia Kang  |  May 24, 2010; 11:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Internet privacy comes to head; Facebook to change tools, Google accused of wiretapping

Gallery: Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg says 'We will keep listening' Internet privacy is having its moment. From flaps at Facebook and Google over the past several months to growing anger by consumers and lawmakers calling for investigations and punishment, the once...

By Cecilia Kang  |  May 24, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  FCC , FTC , Facebook , Google , Privacy  
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Facebook founder Zuckerberg says easier privacy tools coming after uproar

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg said he hears you. You don't like the new privacy tools introduced since last December and so the company is going to change things so that it is A) easier to understand and configure who gets...

By Cecilia Kang  |  May 24, 2010; 6:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  FTC , Facebook  
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