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What's next for FCC on net neutrality?

What's next for net neutrality and the Federal Communications Commission? Industry insiders and analysts say FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski will go back to square one, where the FCC is faced with a controversial push to re-regulate broadband access by defining...

By Cecilia Kang  |  August 6, 2010; 8:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
 
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State Dept. wades into foreign BlackBerry bans

By Matthew Lee Friday, August 6, 2010 The Obama administration waded Thursday into the growing international dispute over the banning of BlackBerry services, saying it is seeking to broker compromises between the company that makes the popular smartphones and foreign...

By Cecilia Kang  |  August 6, 2010; 8:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  International  
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FCC ends net neutrality talks, back to square one

Here's our take in the paper today: By Cecilia Kang Washington Post Staff Writer Friday, August 6, 2010 The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday called off its closed-door meetings with big Internet companies aimed at reaching agreement on protecting consumer...

By Cecilia Kang  |  August 6, 2010; 8:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  AT&T , Broadband , FCC , Google , Net Neutrality , Verizon  
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FCC stops closed-door Internet policy meetings as Google, Verizon strike side deal

Under criticism for its handing of closed-door discussions with certain companies on broadband policy, the Federal Communications Commission announced Thursday the meetings with Verizon, AT&T, Google and Skype were unsuccessful and that it would stop holding them. The announcement comes...

By Cecilia Kang  |  August 5, 2010; 3:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Update: Google, Verizon look to bridge net neutrality debate, denies reports end of open Internet

Google CEO Eric Schmidt said Wednesday that the search giant and wireless partner Verizon are "trying to find solutions that bridge" disagreements over net neutrality, according to CNET. Schmidt didn't confirm that the companies have reached their own accord over...

By by Cecilia Kang  |  August 5, 2010; 8:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Consumers , FCC , Google , Mobile , Net Neutrality , Online Video , Verizon  
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FCC draws fire over closed-door meeting with Web, network giants

By Cecilia Kang Washington Post Staff Writer Thursday, August 5, 2010 Thwarted in his campaign to set government control over consumer access to the Internet, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski has been trying to salvage his efforts by negotiating...

By Cecilia Kang  |  August 5, 2010; 7:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Verizon, Google make net neutrality pact, sources say

Google and Verizon have come to an agreement on how network operators can manage Web traffic, according to two sources briefed on their negotiations. The agreement, expected to be announced within days, comes as the Federal Communications Commission tries to...

By Cecilia Kang  |  August 4, 2010; 4:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
Categories:  FCC , Google , Net Neutrality , Verizon  
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Intel to change practices in FTC settlement

By Jia Lynn Yang The Federal Trade Commission is banning tech giant Intel from a slew of practices deemed unfair and deceptive as part of an antitrust settlement over charges the firm exploited its dominance in the chip market to...

By Jia Lynn Yang  |  August 4, 2010; 12:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Antitrust , FTC  
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FTC to announce details of Intel settlement

By Jia Lynn Yang Computer chip giant Intel has settled its antitrust case with the Federal Trade Commission, according to the agency, which will announce the specifics of the deal Wednesday morning. Rather than go to trial, the two sides...

By Jia Lynn Yang  |  August 4, 2010; 8:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Lots of Internet competition -- just not at home

At first glance, the broadband market in the nation’s capital appears to be pretty competitive – at least as far as the Federal Communications Commission is concerned. The agency reports there are 35 providers of high-speed Internet service in the District of Columbia. But a closer look reveals what DC residents already know – most folks are lucky if they have three to choose from.

By John Dunbar  |  August 4, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Broadband , FCC  
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RIM says it doesn't share BlackBerry data; Saudi Arabia prepares to block service

Updated 10:20 p.m. Under growing global pressure from governments seeking wider access to the communications of its BlackBerry customers, Research in Motion said Tuesday that it does not share data on the users of its mobile devices. The statement came...

By Cecilia Kang  |  August 3, 2010; 6:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
 
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Key lawmaker urges FCC to reform phone fund for broadband, not wait for Congress

Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va), chairman of the Commerce Committee, on Tuesday urged members of the Federal Communications Commission to Reform the Universal Service Fund, a move that could expedite an overhaul of the $8 billion phone subsidy program.

By Cecilia Kang  |  August 3, 2010; 5:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  AT&T , Broadband , FCC  
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In criticizing UAE's plans to block BlackBerry service, U.S. government is walking a fine line

With the State Department’s criticism of the United Arab Emirates for blocking BlackBerry services, the U.S. government is left walking a fine line -– preaching for global Internet freedom at the same time that federal authorities are seeking greater powers...

By Cecilia Kang  |  August 3, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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State AG probes Apple, Amazon over e-Book prices

Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal said Monday he has launched investigations of Apple and Amazon for e-book pricing deals struck with publishers that appear to block competitors from offering better deals. In letters sent to the companies – which sell...

By Cecilia Kang  |  August 2, 2010; 9:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Antitrust , Apple , DOJ , FTC  
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Key lawmaker urges approval of Comcast-NBCU merger without net-neutrality conditions

The chairman of the House communications subcommittee urged federal regulators on Monday to approve Comcast’s proposed merger with NBC Universal, on the condition that the combined company promise not to withhold online video from competitors or distribute some content exclusively...

By Cecilia Kang  |  August 2, 2010; 5:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  AT&T , Antitrust , Comcast , DOJ , FCC , Google , Verizon  
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UAE bans BlackBerry amid global scrutiny of Internet use

The United Arab Emirates said Sunday it will suspend BlackBerry services because the device doesn't comply with local telecom regulations. But advocates of global Internet freedom said the move appears to be an attempt to crack open and monitor communications technology as the use of mobile phones explodes in countries accustomed to controlling what information gets to its citizens. BlackBerry smart phones, manufactured by Ontario-based Research in Motion, have gained global popularity for their secure encryption technology that appeals particularly to business users. In the UAE, which has a reported 500,000 BlackBerry users, that presents challenges for the government, which can’t access information on remote servers or crack security software, experts said.

By Cecilia Kang  |  August 2, 2010; 1:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  International , Mobile , Privacy  
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Video Q&A with AT&T: Biggest corporate users of Web should pay more for network

Click here for video Hank Hultquist, AT&T’s federal regulatory vice president answered your questions on reforms of a phone subsidy that the Federal Communications Commission wants to use for the buildout of broadband lines. Hultquist argues that maybe some...

By Cecilia Kang  |  August 2, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  AT&T , Broadband , FCC , VIDEOS  
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