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Kevin Martin, former FCC chairman, to testify Monday in Comcast-NBC Universal hearing

On Monday, the House Judiciary Committee will hold a field hearing in Los Angeles on the antitrust implications of Comcast's proposed merger with NBC Universal. Among the witnesses who will address lawmakers is Kevin Martin, the former chairman of the Federal Communications Commission who is now representing Bloomberg.

By Cecilia Kang  | June 4, 2010; 4:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Antitrust, Comcast  
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AT&T tiered data plan and questions about regulatory oversight

Thanks to reader bitter_bill for asking how a previous post on AT&T data pricing relates to tech policy. Good question. There's lots of interest in Washington about consumer billing practices. There are also questions about the Federal Communications Commission’s push...

By Cecilia Kang  | June 4, 2010; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  AT&T, Broadband, FCC  
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Report urges more education about online safety

An online safety committee created by Congress will recommend on Friday that educators and government leaders focus on teaching children and parents about safe Internet practices while recognizing the limits of filtering technology in protecting young people. The biggest takeaway...

By Cecilia Kang  | June 4, 2010; 12:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Kids Online  
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Facebook continues to face heat over privacy

Facebook's announcement last week of simpler privacy settings was a good first step, users and privacy advocates said. But the company is continuing to sweat it out from pressure around the world that it still isn’t doing enough. And the...

By Cecilia Kang  | June 3, 2010; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  FTC, Facebook, Privacy  
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Disputes weigh on proposed public safety network

After the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks exposed the difficulties that public safety responders had in communicating with each other, Congress and regulators agreed that the country needed a high-speed, wireless network connecting firefighters, paramedics and police officers. Since then,...

By Cecilia Kang  | June 3, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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AT&T wireless scraps flat-rate Internet plan

AT&T on Wednesday announced data plans for new smart phone customers that charge based on how much data they consume. The move will allow users more flexibility to buy into lower-priced data plans but could spell higher costs for its small but growing base of active Internet subscribers, such as business users.

By Cecilia Kang  | June 2, 2010; 10:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  AT&T  
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Speaker Pelosi backs FCC plan to assert broadband oversight: report

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in an interview with bloggers Tuesday that she supports the Federal Communications Commission's plan to redefine broadband as a telecommunications service, according to the blog Fire Dog Lake, The Seminal. "Reclassification, net neutrality, universal access...

By Cecilia Kang  | June 2, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
 
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More on Yahoo social move

Here's more on Yahoo's expansion of social networking through its e-mail program. Anne Toth, head of privacy for Yahoo, said in an interview last Friday that the company briefed the Federal Trade Commission on a "high level" of its plan...

By Cecilia Kang  | June 1, 2010; 7:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Four out of five broadband users don't know kinds of speeds they get

Four out of five broadband Internet subscribers don’t know how fast their connections are, even as households and businesses spend more for faster connections advertised by their providers, according to a survey released Tuesday by the Federal Communications Commission. The...

By Cecilia Kang  | June 1, 2010; 11:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
 
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Yahoo jumps into social networking, using e-mail for sharing

In the paper today: By Cecilia Kang Yahoo plans to announce Tuesday that it is jumping into social networking by using its massive population of e-mail subscribers as a base for sharing information on the Web. Over the next few...

By Cecilia Kang  | June 1, 2010; 7:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  FTC, Privacy, Yahoo  | Tags:  Facebook, Google, MySpace, Yahoo, e-mail subscribers, social networking  
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