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

Wireless group sues San Francisco over cellphone ordinance

he wireless industry's biggest trade group, CTIA, said Friday that it has sued the city of San Francisco for its recent ordinance requiring retailers to display the radiation levels emitted from cellphones.

By Cecilia Kang  |  July 23, 2010; 4:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  AT&T , Apple , Consumers , FCC , Sprint Nextel , T-Mobile , Verizon  
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Senate online privacy hearing to draw FTC, FCC chairs, Google, Apple and Facebook

The Senate Commerce Committee’s hearing July 27 on online privacy will draw witness testimonies from the chairmen of the Federal Trade Commission and Federal Communications Commission, and representatives from Apple, Google, AT&T and Facebook. The hearing comes amid greater momentum...

By Cecilia Kang  |  July 23, 2010; 11:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  AT&T , Apple , Broadband , Consumers , FCC , FTC , Facebook , Google , Privacy  
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Friday wrap: a video Q&A session on tech policy issues

The status of broadband reclassification and net neutrality at the Federal Communications Commission drew lots of interest from readers. On the one hand, the FCC has said it will move to reclassify broadband as a telecommunications service but is...

By Cecilia Kang  |  July 23, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Guest post: Politics reporter's baptism into the brave new world of modern journalism

So you wanna be a multimedia journalist? Let me offer some advice: Keep an eye on your battery indicator. I am most definitely not a "mojo" -- a mobile journalist equipped with all manner of gear who can blog, Twitter and upload pics and videos directly from the road (did I just make up a word?). But I did agree to take along one of The Washington Post's high-definition Flip cameras when I headed out to Nevada last week to check in on the U.S. Senate campaign of Republican Sharron Angle because, well, they told me an idiot could do it. Check.

By Amy Gardner  |  July 22, 2010; 4:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Key lawmaker moves to reform phone subsidy, USF

Rep. Rick Boucher (D-Va.), chairman of the Communications Subcommittee, introduced a bill Thursday that would cap the Universal Service Fund, put more money toward broadband access, and change the way regulators determine who receives the subsidies.

By Cecilia Kang  |  July 22, 2010; 4:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Broadband , FCC  
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Rockefeller spectrum bill scraps FCC effort, affects 4G competition: analysts

Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV.) planned bill on spectrum isn't just about building a public safety wireless data network for emergency first responder. Depending on how the cards fall, the bill could set the stage for corporate competition down the road,...

By Cecilia Kang  |  July 22, 2010; 11:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Broadband , FCC  
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Let's hear your tech policy questions and we'll try to answer

Spectrum, USF, Privacy, and SAR -- who wouldn't love these topics. Lots going on this week. It's all in the blog and now we want to hear from you. Please send questions, in the comments section below or by e-mail...

By Cecilia Kang  |  July 22, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Rep. Dingell to FCC Chair: hold off on re-regulation of broadband

Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.), a member of the House Commerce committee, urged the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission to hold off on the agency's push to re-regulate broadband service providers. Dingell, a former chairman of the committee, said FCC...

By Cecilia Kang  |  July 21, 2010; 5:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Broadband , FCC  
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Update: Rockefeller to introduce spectrum bill; gives more airwaves to public safety

Update: with quotes from T-Mobile, Verizon Senator John D. Rockefeller (D-WV.) said Wednesday he plans to introduce a bill aimed to advance federal objectives to create more robust high-speed wireless networks for consumers and better emergency communications systems. Rockefeller said...

By Cecilia Kang  |  July 21, 2010; 1:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Broadband , FCC , T-Mobile , Verizon  
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Facebook hits 500 million users, amid questions of ownership

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced Wednesday the Internet social network he started out of his college dorm room six years has reached 500 million active users around the world. The much-expected milestone comes amid legal questions over ownership of the...

By Cecilia Kang  |  July 21, 2010; 12:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Cell phone safety advocates call on FCC, FDA to update rules, radiation standards

As concerns rise over the potential health risks posed by cellphone radiation, advocates of cell phone safety are urging federal regulators to do more to protect users of wireless gadgets. In a letter to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski,...

By Cecilia Kang  |  July 21, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  FCC  
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FCC says broadband not expanding fast enough; telecoms criticize report

The Federal Communications Commission’s criticism of Internet service providers Wednesday has sparked a backlash from telecom and cable giants, who say the agency is sending mixed messages on their performance and could be using a broadband report to advance their move to re-regulate broadband.

By Cecilia Kang  |  July 20, 2010; 5:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Readers tell stories of reconnecting on or rejecting Facebook

Thank you, readers, for your Facebook stories. Some of you thought the exercise was silly, calling the site and relationships formed there shallow and "inane." Others have experienced profound reconnections and formed new relationships on the site. But one thing's for sure: The six-year-old site, soon to reach 500 million users, has struck a nerve.

By Cecilia Kang  |  July 20, 2010; 12:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Reforms urged in federal Universal Service Fund for rural phones

From the paper today By Cecilia Kang Americans are turning away from home phone lines and toward mobile, but a federal program continues to pour $8 billion a year into phone service for rural homes and businesses. Last year in...

By Cecilia Kang  |  July 20, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Broadband , FCC  
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Harbinger-Skyterra ink $7 billion deal with Nokia to build 4G LTE satellite mobile broadband network

Harbinger Capital, a New York investment firm with extensive telecommunications holdings, announced Tuesday a eight-year, $7 billion deal with Nokia Siemens Networks to build and operate a satellite and mobile broadband network for wireless providers and other businesses. The new...

By Cecilia Kang  |  July 20, 2010; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  AT&T , Broadband , Clearwire , FCC  
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Share your stories of the best and worst Facebook connections

Facebook is about to hit 500 million users and chances are you are already on it. We want to hear your best -- the good and the bad -- connection stories on Facebook. Have you reconnected with family members on...

By Cecilia Kang  |  July 19, 2010; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (61)
 
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Facebook to hit 500 million users, but meteoric rise has come with growing pains

Photo credit: Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook page Facebook is expected to say this week that it has reached 500 million users, making it the biggest information network on the Internet in a meteoric rise that has connected the world into...

By Cecilia Kang  |  July 19, 2010; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
Categories:  FTC , Facebook , Privacy  
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