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Former FCC chairs Martin, Powell to Genachowski: Be consistent and act

Former Republican chairmen of the Federal Communications Commission had some advice for the current head of the embattled agency: act. “Some of the most important advice I got as chairman was that you have to be deliberate in thinking...

By Cecilia Kang  | October 8, 2010; 4:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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FCC chair signals agenda items ahead: USF, consumer issues

Julius Genachowski, chairman of the Federal Communications Commision, on Thursday highlighted some items on his agenda going forward. In a speech during an awards dinner for the nonprofit One Economy, Genachowski mentioned four items worth noting: -Reforming the Universal Service...

By Cecilia Kang  | October 8, 2010; 8:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Broadband, Consumers, FCC, Spectrum  
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FCC seeks to remedy cell phone users' "bill shock"

FCC seeks to remedy cellphone users' 'bill shock' By Cecilia Kang Washington Post Staff Writer Thursday, October 7, 2010; 8:18 PM The Federal Communications Commission wants cellphone customers to know: It can hear you now. Consumers are complaining in record...

By Cecilia Kang  | October 8, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  AT&T, Apple, Consumers, FCC, Mobile, Verizon  
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History of Huawei illustrates historic distrust between U.S. and China

By John Pomfret Washington Post Staff Writer Friday, October 8, 2010; 12:33 AM SHENZHEN, CHINA - Late last year, as AT&T was preparing to buy hundreds of millions of dollars of equipment for its next-generation phone system, one of its...

By Cecilia Kang  | October 8, 2010; 6:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  AT&T  
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Pegoraro: ACTA draft looks weaker

Rob Pegoraro, author of Faster Forward, takes a look at the most recent global anti-counterfeiting negotiations. Take a look: Almost-final, much weaker ACTA draft published By Rob Pegoraro The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement is this close to escaping its protracted, mostly...

By Cecilia Kang  | October 7, 2010; 2:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Obama to sign bill to bring Web, devices to disabled

President Obama on Friday will sign into law a disabilities bill that will make the Internet, smartphones and Internet video more accessible to people with disabilities. Obama is scheduled to sign the the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act,...

By Cecilia Kang  | October 7, 2010; 1:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Rupert Murdoch champions Rhee in public schools reform

Rupert Murdoch is no fan of government regulation. But the outspoken head of News Corp. believes in sweeping U.S. educational reform and is a big fan of embattled D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee. In a speech at the annual...

By Cecilia Kang  | October 7, 2010; 11:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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In age of Facebook, Twitter and apps, some candidates adapt better than others

By Shailagh Murray and John Wagner Robert Ehrlich has lots of friends - 58,273 of them, to be exact. That's the number of people who've friended the former Maryland governor on Facebook, and as he campaigns across the state trying...

By Cecilia Kang  | October 7, 2010; 11:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Verizon CEO won't confirm iPhone-Verizon deal

Verizon Wireless chief executive Lowell McAdam said on Wednesday that he wouldn't an iPhone-Verizon deal.

By Cecilia Kang  | October 6, 2010; 3:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  AT&T, Apple, Broadband, Mobile, Verizon  
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Verizon: 4G LTE high-speed network to be in 38 cities by year-end

Verizon Wireless said Wednesday it will launch a high-speed Internet network in 38 metropolitan areas by the end of the year, a major upgrade to mobile phone service that allows users to watch videos and play games with nearly the...

By Cecilia Kang  | October 6, 2010; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Broadband, Clearwire, Verizon  
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Cell phone growth up 5 percent; group warns of overbearing regulations

Consumers may be sheepish, but not when it comes to buying new cell phones. The number of the devices in the U.S. up 5 percent to 292.8 million cell phones in June 2010 compared to the same month last year....

By Cecilia Kang  | October 6, 2010; 1:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Washington gets less bang for its buck on broadband, survey says

Washingtonians get less bang for their broadband buck than every state in the nation except Alaska, according to a survey released Tuesday. District subscribers don’t pay much per month ($43.72, fifth when included among the 50 states) but when you add connection speeds to the equation, it’s a different story.

By John Dunbar  | October 6, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Broadband, Comcast, Consumers, Digital Divide, FCC  
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Android takes smart-phone lead from BlackBerry, iPhone

Android phones have replaced the BlackBerry and iPhone in popularity among new users, according to new data by Nielsen. Statistics show that Google's operating system for mobile phones has become a greater threat in the dynamic and competitive market...

By Cecilia Kang  | October 5, 2010; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
 
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More monitoring of billing practices sought after Verizon overcharge

Senate lawmakers urged the Federal Communications Commission to strengthen its oversight of billing practices by telecommunications firms, after Verizon Wireless announced that it erroneously charged $50 million in unwanted data fees. The FCC will explore next week a “bill shock”...

By Cecilia Kang  | October 5, 2010; 12:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Consumers, Early Termination Fees, FCC, Verizon  
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FCC's Clyburn urges further scrutiny of Verizon overcharges

Federal Communications Commission member Mignon Clyburn said Monday that Verizon's refund to customers for surprise data charges were not enough to ease scrutiny over the company's billing practices. In a statement Monday evening, Democratic commissioner Clyburn said Verizon Wireless's...

By Cecilia Kang  | October 5, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Consumers, FCC, Verizon  
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Comcast-NBC Universal merger review hits FCC speed bump

A review of the proposed merger of Comcast and NBC Universal hit a speed bump Monday, as the Federal Communications Commission asked for more information from both companies. The FCC asked dozens of questions (pdf comcast.doc) of both firms...

By Cecilia Kang  | October 5, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Antitrust, Comcast, FCC  
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Verizon Wireless still faces FCC scrutiny over wrong data charges

Verizon Wireless is trying to make good with its customers they wrongly charged for data services, but the nation’s biggest wireless service operator still faces scrutiny by federal regulators. The Federal Communications Commission said Sunday that it will continue to...

By Cecilia Kang  | October 4, 2010; 12:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  FCC, Verizon  
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Verizon Wireless plans $50M refund to customers; admits wrong charges

Verizon Wireless admitted on Sunday it had erroneously charged customers for data services they didn't want and said it would refund more than $50 million to those cellphone users. The announcement, among the largest customer refunds by a telecom service, comes amid complaints that users were unintentionally accessing the Web and using other data services, only to find those mistakes through extra charges on their monthly service bills.

By Cecilia Kang  | October 3, 2010; 9:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
Categories:  Consumers, FCC, Verizon  
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