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EZ Texting, T-Mobile settle text blocking suit

EZ Texting and T-Mobile settled a lawsuit over the alleged blocking of text messages for a medical marijuana Web site. EZ Texting's lawsuit, in which it said T-Mobile clamped down on free speech on the Internet, was set for a...

By Cecilia Kang  | October 1, 2010; 4:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Microsoft sues Motorola for allegedly violating patents on Android phones

Microsoft said Friday it has filed a lawsuit against Motorola for allegedly infringing on nine patents to produce Motorola's Android smart phones. The software giant said in a press release that the patents are related "to a range of functionality...

By Cecilia Kang  | October 1, 2010; 3:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Microsoft  
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Internet piracy debate intensifies on Senate bill

A battle has intensified over federal rules to prevent online piracy, with Hollywood, Web site operators and engineers clamoring to influence the outcome of a Senate bill. In one corner, the U.S. Chamber, Hollywood and artists support Senator Patrick Leahy’s...

By Cecilia Kang  | October 1, 2010; 3:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  copyright  
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FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski caught in a net

By Cecilia Kang Call him what you want (many have garbled his name), but don't call Julius Genachowski an Internet regulator. That label, in a political environment where regulation of big business often holds particular scorn, is one that the...

By Cecilia Kang  | October 1, 2010; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Mixed corporate reactions to next moves on net neutrality

Broadband service providers and Internet content firms are expressing mixed reactions to the failure of the House to come up with a net neutrality rule. And the biggest debate revolves around the Federal Communications Commission's proposal to assert its authority over broadband services in order to carry out a net neutrality rule.

By Cecilia Kang  | September 30, 2010; 2:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  AT&T, Broadband, Comcast, FCC, Facebook, Net Neutrality, Online Video  
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update: Dorgan, Markey add to call for FCC to assert authority over broadband

Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.) on Wednesday, urged the Federal Communications Commission to reassert its authority over broadband services after a failed attempt to create a new neutrality bill.

By Cecilia Kang  | September 30, 2010; 12:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Net neutrality back at FCC, a look at how it can affect Comcast-NBCU merger

The hot-button issue of net neutrality is back at the Federal Communications Commission -- and not just its proposal for new rules. Observers said the merger between Comcast and NBC Universal could also be a vehicle for the embattled chairman to carry out his net neutrality ambitions.

By Cecilia Kang  | September 30, 2010; 11:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  AT&T, Antitrust, Apple, Broadband, Comcast, Consumers, DOJ, FCC, Google, Media, Net Neutrality, Online Video  
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FCC changes position on cell phone radiation and safety guidelines

The Federal Communications Commission has updated its views on cellphone safety in a move criticized by a public interest group for downplaying the potential risks that radio frequencies could pose to users. The agency, without issuing a press release, made...

By Cecilia Kang  | September 30, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  AT&T, Apple, FCC, Verizon  
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Waxman says net neutrality bill dead, FCC should assert regulatory authority

Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) confirmed Wednesday afternoon that his net neutrality bill was effectively scrapped after Rep. Joe Barton (D-Tex.) declined to lend his support to the legislation. In a statement, Waxman urged the Federal Communications Commission to move forward with its proposal to re-assert its authority to regulate broadband access providers. Doing so would allow the FCC to create its own net neutrality rules -- an effort that was thrown into doubt when a federal court ruling.

By Cecilia Kang  | September 29, 2010; 5:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
 
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Net neutrality bill may be dead for this session, sources say

correction: A previous version of this post incorrectly stated the FCC was planning to vote on net neutrality in its Nov. 30 meeting. The FCC has not announced its agenda for its Nov. 30 meeting. A House Democratic push to...

By Cecilia Kang  | September 29, 2010; 3:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  FCC, Net Neutrality  
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Senate piracy bill changed after criticism by ISPs, engineers, public advocates

Senator lawmakers on Wednesday made changes to a controversial bill aimed at combating online piracy after an uproar by Silicon Valley engineers, Internet service providers and public interest groups that the legislation would lead to censorship. In a release, bill...

By Cecilia Kang  | September 29, 2010; 2:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  copyright  
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Congress passes bill to make Internet, smartphones accessible for blind, deaf

Congress passed a bill on Tuesday night that would make the Internet and mobile phones more accessible to people with disabilities. The legislation will go to President Obama next week to sign into law. Advocates for the blind and deaf say the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act would ensure that Web sites and makers of consumer electronics consider the vision- and hearing-impaired, who have been left behind as more communications tools move to the Web.

By Cecilia Kang  | September 29, 2010; 10:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Consumers, Mobile, VIDEOS  
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Internet pioneers protest Senate anti-piracy bill

Some of the rock stars of Internet engineering (yes, they exist) on Tuesday protested a Senate bill aimed at fighting online piracy, saying the legislation could lead to censorship and destabilize the architecture of the Web. In their letter to...

By Cecilia Kang  | September 28, 2010; 9:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
 
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Cable cord-cutting just a snip, but that could be changing

So far, the Internet threat to cable television has been more bark than bite. But that could be changing, some analysts say. With the economy continuing to weigh on households and better options emerging for Web TV, consumers who have hung on to their monthly cable and satellite television subscriptions may think again.

By Cecilia Kang  | September 28, 2010; 4:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  AT&T, Apple, Comcast, Consumers, FCC, Media, Net Neutrality, Online Video, Verizon  
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House net neutrality bill seeking Republican love

Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) Tuesday appeared close to a final draft for a net neutrality bill with support from key businesses and public interest groups. But he also faced the challenge of gaining Republican support as some Democrats expressed opposition,...

By Cecilia Kang  | September 28, 2010; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Broadband, FCC, Net Neutrality  
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Commerce finishes $4 billion broadband Internet stimulus grants

The Commerce Department on Monday announced the last of its more than $4 billion in stimulus grants for the expansion of broadband Internet lines. The program, as part of the Recovery Act, was meant to jump-start the economy and provide...

By Cecilia Kang  | September 27, 2010; 5:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Broadband  
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FCC likely to approve of wireless tiered pricing: analysts

Federal regulators aren’t expected to stand in the way as wireless service providers move away from flat rate Internet plans and moving toward tiered pricing schemes, according to analysts. Verizon Communications CEO Ivan Seidenberg said the nation’s largest wireless service...

By Cecilia Kang  | September 27, 2010; 2:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  AT&T, Broadband, FCC, Mobile, Net Neutrality, Sprint Nextel, T-Mobile, Verizon  
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Suit against T-Mobile for text blocking heads to federal court this week

A federal court will hear arguments this week on EZ Texting's suit against T-Mobile for allegedly blocking cellphone text messages. The case has spurred debate over the government's role as a regulator of text-messaging communications on cellphones.

By Cecilia Kang  | September 27, 2010; 9:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Mobile, T-Mobile  
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