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Ten Republicans to follow on Twitter

August 27, 2012 Twitter probably isn’t the best way to keep up to date on the 2012 Republican National Convention. It’s kaleidoscopic, erratic, and governed by whom one chooses to follow. The high-velocity and serendipitous nature of the medium is wasted on most elected officials, who use it to transmit safe, on-message banalities. ...

FCC adds data roaming condition to Verizon-cable spectrum deal

August 24, 2012 The Federal Communications Commission voted unanimously to approve Verizon Wireless's $3.9 billion purchase of spectrum from a group of cable companies, related joint marketing agreements, as well as the divestiture of spectrum by Verizon through a sale to T-Mobile, which was added to the deal to reduce spectrum concentration. The ...

Democratic lawmakers seek Internet freedom plank in platform

August 24, 2012 A group of Democratic representatives are seeking language in their party platform that backs network neutrality, online privacy protections, and free speech. California Democratic representatives Zoe Lofgren, Anna Eshoo and Doris Matsui, along with Colorado Democrat Jared Polis sent a letter on Wednesday to Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., who ...

FCC suspends deregulation of special access telecom markets

August 23, 2012 The Federal Communications Commission issued an order Wednesday night that suspends the rules under which telecommunications companies can request the deregulation of special access markets, on a 3-2 vote that followed party lines. Special access refers to the high speed broadband connections that link commercial users like office buildings to ...

How Mitt Romney does digital

August 22, 2012 Mitt Romney’s social-media guru does not quantify success in his candidate’s number of Facebook followers, but by their level of activity. Despite a recent Pew report that pegs President Obama as winning the battle for digital audiences, Zac Moffatt, the head of the Romney campaign’s digital operation, says that the ...

Ryan pick excites foes of tech regulation

August 16, 2012 Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., is best known as a budget wonk, and doesn’t have a major profile on technology issues. Still, his pick by Mitt Romney to join the Republican presidential ticket has energized a group of libertarian-leaning experts on tech policy who look past Ryan’s lack of issue-area expertise ...

Obama, Romney aren’t all that sociable on social media

August 15, 2012 The digital campaign to reelect President Obama is far more active and more engaging than the online efforts of Republican Mitt Romney, according to a new report published on Wednesday by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism. Obama’s campaign Twitter accounts are more prolific, his blogs are ...

Leahy applauds ICANN comments extension

August 14, 2012 The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers will take public comments on its plans to add new generic top-level domains until Sept. 26, the group announced on Friday. The comments period had been due to expire this Sunday. ICANN is in the process of reviewing requests for nearly 2,000 ...

Paul Ryan is not master of his domain (names)

August 13, 2012 The digital rollout of Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., as the Republican vice-presidential candidate is hitting a few virtual speed bumps. The Obama team launched a Google advertising campaign keyed to searches on Ryan’s name that links to Web pages with talking points criticizing Ryan’s budget proposal. The ad stood alone ...

Romney app scooped on VP choice

August 11, 2012 When Mitt Romney's presidential campaign launched the Mitt's VP App, it promised users they would "be the first to know" who the candidate had picked to be his running mate. But with a notification pushed out at 7:07 a.m. eastern time Saturday morning, users relying on the app got news ...