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Post Tech: November 28, 2010 - December 4, 2010

FCC's Copps: net neutrality requires reclassification of broadband

Federal Communications Commission member Michael J. Copps said Thursday night that the agency should strengthen its authority over the Internet by reclassifying broadband as a telecommunications service, thereby subjecting network operators to heavier regulation. The remarks, made at an...

By Cecilia Kang  | December 3, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  FCC, Net Neutrality  
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Hulu CEO visits FCC to discuss Comcast-NBC merger

Jason Kilar, chief executive of the network-backed online television platform Hulu, made a marathon tour through the Federal Communications Commission Wednesday, answering questions from commissioners and the chairman's staff on how Comcast and NBC Universal's proposed merger could affect...

By Cecilia Kang  | December 3, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Comcast, DOJ, FCC, Online Video  
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Klobuchar wants more vigorous FCC oversight of cell phone billing practices

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) on Thursday urged the Federal Communications Commission for greater oversight of cell phone billing practices, particularly as users move toward smart phones and other wireless gadgets with tiered data fees. Please check out Post Tech's story...

By Cecilia Kang  | December 2, 2010; 4:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Consumers, FCC  
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Congressman promises Internet privacy bill with do-not-track program for youth

Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) said Thursday that he plans to introduce a privacy bill next year aimed at protecting youth from being tracked online. The bill would include a do-not-track feature that would block marketers and prevent youth from having their personal identification collected or profiled on the Web, Markey said during a House hearing to deliberate a “Do Not Track” program recommended by privacy groups.

By Cecilia Kang  | December 2, 2010; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  FTC, Privacy  
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Verizon got a $1.5 billion credit boost from Federal Reserve

The Federal Reserve's financial aid during the finanicial crisis not only went to Wall Street but companies such as Verizon Communications that aren't associated with the financial sector. My colleagues Jia Lynn Yang, Neil Irwinn and David Hilzenrath reported Wednesday...

By Cecilia Kang  | December 2, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Verizon  
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FCC chair's net neutrality push faces uphill battle

FCC Republicans say they oppose net neutrality push

By Cecilia Kang  | December 1, 2010; 11:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  FCC, Net Neutrality  
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FTC recommends 'Do Not Track' program in Internet privacy report

The Federal Trade Commission on Wednesday released a much-anticipated report outlining recommendations to protect the privacy of consumers on the Internet, including establishment of a "Do Not Track" registry.

By Cecilia Kang  | December 1, 2010; 11:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  FTC, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Privacy  
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Speech by FCC chair on net neutrality proposal

photo: FCC Chairman Julius Genchowski credit: The Washington Post CHAIRMAN JULIUS GENACHOWSKI REMARKS ON PRESERVING INTERNET FREEDOM AND OPENNESS WASHINGTON, DC December 1, 2010 After months of hard work at the FCC, in other parts of government, in the...

By Cecilia Kang  | December 1, 2010; 10:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  FCC  
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FCC chair announces net neutrality push without re-asserting role over broadband Internet

The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission plans to announce Wednesday a controversial proposal that would prohibit Internet providers from favoring or discriminating against any traffic that goes over their networks. FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski would do so, however, without...

By Cecilia Kang  | December 1, 2010; 12:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  AT&T, Broadband, Comcast, Consumers, FCC, Google, Net Neutrality, Sprint Nextel, T-Mobile, Verizon  
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Lawmakers push FCC to vote on net neutrality in 2010

Three Senate Democrats on Tuesday urged the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission to create net neutrality rules before the end of the year. Chairman Julius Genachowski is expected as early as Wednesday to announce a net neutrality proposal for vote in December.

By Cecilia Kang  | November 30, 2010; 4:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  FCC, Net Neutrality  
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FCC looks into Level 3-Comcast spat over online video

The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission said Tuesday his agency is looking into claims by Level 3 Communications, a Netflix partner, that Comcast broke net neutrality guidelines.

By Cecilia Kang  | November 30, 2010; 1:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Comcast, FCC, Net Neutrality  
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House hearing Thursday on opting out from Web tracking; eyes on FTC report this week

The House Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection subcommittee released details on its hearing Thursday called "Do-Not-Track Legislation: Is Now the Right Time?” The hearing is at 10:30 a.m. and will "examine the feasibility of ... providing Internet users a simple...

By Cecilia Kang  | November 30, 2010; 10:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  FTC, Privacy  
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E.U. launches formal antitrust investigation into Google

The European Commission, the European Union's executive body, said Tuesday it has opened a formal antitrust investigation into Google's search practices. The E.C. said in a release it will focus on whether Google illegally used its dominance in search to lower the rankings of unpaid search results from competitors while giving preferential rankings to its own services.

By Cecilia Kang  | November 30, 2010; 9:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Antitrust, Google  
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Faster cell phone services bring a wave of new services and charges

If you think cellphone bills are complicated now, just wait. Within weeks, some of the biggest wireless companies will offer super-fast Internet connections for cellphones that rival the speeds delivered to desktop computers. As competitors follow suit with their own...

By Cecilia Kang  | November 30, 2010; 7:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  AT&T, Broadband, Clearwire, Consumers, FCC, Facebook, Google, Mobile, Online Video, Sprint Nextel, T-Mobile, Twitter, Verizon  
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Level 3 accuses Comcast of unfairly using its clout as the dominant U.S. cable provider

update at 10:45 p.m.: with comments from Susan Crawford, professor of communications law at Cardozo University's law school; quote from Level 3 assistant legal counsel An online networking company that carries video feeds for Netflix has accused cable giant Comcast...

By Cecilia Kang  | November 29, 2010; 8:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  Comcast, DOJ, FCC, Media, Net Neutrality  
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Federal customs agents seize Web sites of traffickers in knockoffs

ederal customs agents have seized 82 Web sites accused of trafficking in handbags and other counterfeit goods, escalating a crackdown against so-called knockoffs that have increasingly moved online, the Justice Department said Monday. The seizures, announced on the "Cyber Monday" online shopping day, targeted sites selling an array of products, including fake Coach purses, counterfeit sports equipment and even a Disney DVD set with Minnie Mouse's name spelled wrong.

By Cecilia Kang  | November 29, 2010; 2:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  copyright  
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AT&T ramps up lobbying effort against net neutrality at FCC

The Federal Communications Commission has seen a flurry of lobbying in the past two weeks, in anticipation the agency will pursue a vote on a net neutrality proposal next month. AT&T was by far the most active in pushing its...

By Cecilia Kang  | November 29, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  AT&T, FCC, Net Neutrality  
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Week ahead: FCC meeting, Do Not Track hearing

Rising to the top of the list, two events to watch: Tuesday: The Federal Communications Commission will hold its monthly meeting Tuesday, with a slew of spectrum-related items. But what's not on the agenda could be more interesting. We'll see...

By Cecilia Kang  | November 29, 2010; 6:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  FCC, Privacy  
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Bush friends Facebook, takes Q&A from Zuckerberg

President George W. Bush will hit the social Web on Monday with a live Q&A on Facebook hosted by CEO Mark Zuckerberg. The company said Bush will visit its Palo Alto headquarters and at 2 p.m. PST he'll speak to employees about his new book "Decision Points."

By Cecilia Kang  | November 29, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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