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Post Tech: November 14, 2010 - November 20, 2010

Rep. Dingell tells FCC to give up data roaming rule, questions broadband authority

Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.), a veteran lawmaker in telecommunications policy, on Friday slammed a proposal by the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission to force national wireless carriers to provide roaming services for customers of regional service providers.

By Cecilia Kang  | November 19, 2010; 3:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Broadband, FCC, Net Neutrality  
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NCTA head McSlarrow to resign spring 2011

The National Cable & Telecommunciations Association announced on Friday that CEO Kyle McSlarrow will step down to pursue other business opportunities in the cable industry. In a news release, the trade group said McSlarrow would depart in spring 2011. He...

By Cecilia Kang  | November 19, 2010; 2:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Broadband, Comcast, Net Neutrality  
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Orb brings Internet to TV, says networks can't block like they did to Google

Yet another company is offering a way to bring the Internet to your TV. Orb Networks launched its OrbTV Thursday, promising to bring Hulu, Netflix and anything you watch on your desktop to the living room. But wait, how will...

By Cecilia Kang  | November 19, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Online Video  
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Now that broadband grants are out, Commerce seeks money to make sure funds aren't misused

The Commerce Department is done doling out $4 billion in broadband Internet grants. Now, it says it doesn't have enough money for oversight and monitoring of those grants to ensure they were put to good use. In its quarterly report...

By Cecilia Kang  | November 18, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Broadband  
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update: Senate anti-piracy bill provokes battle between Hollywood and Web giants

Update: The Senate Judiciary Committee, in an executive session, voted in favor of the bill. It now moves to the full Senate for a vote at a time to be determined.On Thursday morning, a Senate Judiciary committee will consider legislation...

By Cecilia Kang  | November 18, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  copyright  
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Lawmakers weigh TV fees bill, some call television market broken

The chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee scolded television cable providers and broadcasters Wednesday for getting mired in fee disputes that he says have harmed consumers. Sen. John "Jay" Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) said the failure to control the disputes was a symptom of broader problems in the TV market. There is a "race to the bottom" among news services that offer polarizing views, he said. He also criticized cable and satellite firms that bundle hundreds of channels to sell to consumers at ever rising prices.

By Cecilia Kang  | November 17, 2010; 4:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Comcast, Consumers, FCC, cable  
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U.K. says no need for net neutrality rules

The U.K. minister in charge of communications policy said Wednesday that there isn't a need for so-called net neutrality regulation, citing healthy competition among Internet service providers as the key to preventing unfair practices on the Web. Communications Minister Ed...

By Cecilia Kang  | November 17, 2010; 1:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Net Neutrality  
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Apple appoints former Northrop Grumman CEO to board

Former Northrop Grumman chief executive Ronald Sugar has joined Apple's board of directors. Sugar, who retired from the government defense and security contracting firm earlier this year, will serve as chairman of Apple's audit and finance committee, according to a news release<.

By Cecilia Kang  | November 17, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Apple  
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Verizon echoes Comcast: Feds shouldn't reign over Internet service providers

Verizon's Tom Tauke (AP) Verizon Communications, ahead of a change in Congress, urged self- regulation of the Internet as the Federal Communications Commission attempts to assert more authority over broadband service providers like it. Tom Tauke, Verizon's executive vice...

By Cecilia Kang  | November 17, 2010; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Comcast, FCC, Net Neutrality, Verizon  
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What a Do Not Track option might look like

How would a Do Not Track registry work? Not quite like the popular Do Not Call list its name implies, experts say. The latter is a phone list that's off limits to telemarketers. The former would be a tool on...

By Cecilia Kang  | November 17, 2010; 7:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Privacy  
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Google Voice available on iPhone 1 year after denied, FCC questions

Google said Tuesday that its voice application is available for Apple's iPhone, after more than a year of questions by the Federal Communications Commission about why Apple appeared to be blocking the competing application. In its official blog, Google said...

By Cecilia Kang  | November 16, 2010; 3:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Apple, Google  
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Smartphone sales to pass computers in 2012: Morgan Stanley analyst Meeker

Internet analyst said she expects smartphone sales will surpass PC and laptop sales next year, with more than 450 million units sold. By 2012, smart phone sales will approach 650 million unit sales, Mary Meeker said during a presentation Tuesday at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco.

By Cecilia Kang  | November 16, 2010; 2:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Facebook, International, Mobile, Online Video, Social media  
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Commerce Dept. weighs privacy policy guidelines

The Commerce Department has drafted broad recommendations for Internet privacy oversight in a widely anticipated report that could set the stage for tighter regulation of Web firms. Among its 10 policy recommendations, the report calls for strengthening the Federal Trade...

By Cecilia Kang  | November 16, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  FTC, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Privacy  
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House to hold Do Not Track hearing on Internet privacy

The House subcommittee for commerce, trade, and consumer protection is planning a hearing in early December on Internet privacy, with Web firms expected to testify on the idea of a Do Not Track registry, according to Capitol Hill staffers. The...

By Cecilia Kang  | November 15, 2010; 5:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  FTC, Google  
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Pegoraro on Facebook's universal messaging system

Facebook isn't just introducing an e-mail service -- it's setting high ambitions. At an event Monday in San Francisco, founder Mark Zuckerberg introduced a major upgrade to the social network's messaging system that's designed to fold in other, older forms...

By Rob Pegoraro  | November 15, 2010; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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New @facebook.com e-mail, new message tools spell more ad opportunities

Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said Monday that it is offering @facebook.com e-mail addresses as part of a new suite of communications tools that the company will use to keep users on the site longer and serve up tailored advertising....

By Cecilia Kang  | November 15, 2010; 2:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  FTC, Facebook  
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Hmmmm: Apple to make iTunes announcement Tues

Apple is announcing something new with iTunes on Nov. 16.

By Cecilia Kang  | November 15, 2010; 2:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Comcast executive: self-regulation, not government mandates, for Internet

Comcast executive vice president David Cohen will deliver a speech in Washington on Monday, where he will stress the role of self-regulation of the Internet. Cohen, the head of policy for the nation’s biggest Internet and cable services provider, wrote in a blog ahead of his speech at the Brookings Institution that engineering- and company-led groups such as the Internet Engineering Task Force and Broadband Internet Technical Advisory Group, sufficiently ensure competition and growth of the Web and Internet networks. Self-regulation is a better option than federal mandates, he says.

By Cecilia Kang  | November 15, 2010; 11:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  AT&T, Comcast, DOJ, FCC, Net Neutrality, Verizon  
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Microsoft hires Salem, former chief of staff to Sen. Bayh

Microsoft said Monday it has hired Capitol Hill veteran Charles Salem as managing director of public policy. The former chief of staff to Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.) will report to Fred Humphries, who heads Microsoft's operations. It's unclear what issues...

By Cecilia Kang  | November 15, 2010; 11:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Microsoft  
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Week ahead: Facebook mail? TV retransmisssion fees

Two events worth following this week: 1) Facebook's announcement on Monday, 1 p.m. EST of what is expected to be a new e-mail service, among other communications tools, according to the New York Times. This is significant because the social...

By Cecilia Kang  | November 15, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Regulators eye Internet, program conditions to Comcast-NBC merger, sources say

Federal regulators have told Comcast and NBC Universal that they have significant concerns that a proposed merger will harm competition in the cable and satellite market and the nascent but fast-growing Internet TV industry, according to sources familiar with the reviews.

By Cecilia Kang  | November 14, 2010; 11:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Comcast  
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