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FCC Mulls Banning Redskins Name

September 30, 2014 The Federal Communications Commission is weighing whether to ban TV stations from saying the name of Washington's football team. A law professor filed a petition with the agency earlier this month, claiming that the name "Redskins" violates federal rules barring any indecent content on broadcast television. At a press conference ...

‘Beyond the Law?’ FBI Director Criticizes Apple, Google Privacy Features

September 26, 2014 The FBI director criticized Apple and Google Thursday for adopting new policies that will block police from accessing private data on phones and tablet computers. An FBI spokesman confirmed that Director James Comey told reporters he is "very concerned" that the new features could thwart critical police investigations. The bureau ...

FCC Plans Next Move on Net Neutrality

September 23, 2014 The Federal Communications Commission is spitballing some creative new ideas for protecting net neutrality. In a blog post Monday, Julie Veach, the chief of the agency's Wireline Bureau, said Chairman Tom Wheeler is looking at a "rainbow of policy and legal proposals" rather than being confined to "monochromatic" options. The ...

FCC Hints at Expanding Net Neutrality Rules to Cell Phones

September 10, 2014 The Federal Communications Commission is eyeing an expansion of its net-neutrality rules to cover cell-phone service. In a speech Tuesday, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said that Internet access on smartphones is a "key component" of the investment and innovation that net-neutrality regulations are intended to protect. "Although the comment cycle ...

Nancy Pelosi Presses FCC to Ban Internet ‘Fast Lanes’

September 9, 2014 House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi wants to give federal regulators sweeping new powers over Internet access. The move is necessary, she said Monday, to save net neutrality and protect Internet users. But Republicans and business groups warn that applying utility-style regulations to the Internet would strangle economic growth and ultimately ...

Senator Demands Answers About iCloud Security Measures

September 5, 2014 A top Senate Democrat is demanding more information from Apple after hackers obtained nude photos of several celebrities. In a statement, Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller said he wants the company to brief his staff on the "security protocols in place for its cloud databases." "Apple is expected to ...

Feds Crack Down on Google Over Kids' App Spending

September 4, 2014 Google is the latest company to face federal charges for failing to prevent children from racking up big bills for their parents. The company agreed Thursday to refund at least $19 million to consumers to settle a case with the Federal Trade Commission. According to the agency, Google unfairly billed ...

FCC Chief: Comcast Is Wrong About Internet Competition

September 4, 2014 Most Americans lack any real choice in accessing high-speed Internet, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission said Thursday. Comcast and other cable giants have argued that the industry is already plenty competitive. Consumers in many areas can choose to access the Internet from a DSL provider or on their ...

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How Republicans Flip-Flopped on Government-Run Internet

August 26, 2014 Government-run Internet service is an abomination, a waste of taxpayer funds, and an assault on private industry. And if states want to ban it, the federal government should get out of their way. That's what congressional Republicans are saying now, but just a few years ago, top GOP lawmakers were ...

The Battle Over Government-Run Internet Heats Up at FCC

August 21, 2014 If Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler wants to stop states from blocking city-run broadband, he'll likely have to override Republican opposition to do it. In a speech Wednesday, a top Republican FCC aide argued that the agency lacks the authority to overturn state laws on the issue. More than ...