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Democrats Press FCC to Unmask Koch-Backed Groups

May 1, 2015 Frustrated with the Koch Brothers and other conservative donors pouring money into attack ads, Democrats are asking a federal agency to enact tougher political disclosure rules. But that agency isn't the Federal Election Commission, which typically handles campaign finance issues. Instead, top Democrats in the House and Senate are pressing ...

Rand Paul Leads Charge to Kill Net Neutrality

April 29, 2015 Sen. Rand Paul introduced a bill Wednesday to repeal the Federal Communications Commission's net-neutrality regulations. The move will do little to endear Paul to Silicon Valley executives, who largely support the new rules, as he tries to raise money from them for his bid for the Republican presidential nomination. And ...

FCC's Enforcement Bureau Cracks Down on Telecom Giants

April 27, 2015 There's a new sheriff in town at the Federal Communications Commission. And he's got corporations reaching for their checkbooks. In his first year on the job as chief of the FCC's Enforcement Bureau, Travis LeBlanc has issued some of the largest fines in the agency's history. AT&T agreed to pay ...

The Legal War Over Net Neutrality Has Begun

April 15, 2015 The Federal Communications Commission will have to fend off a flurry of lawsuits—and some top legal firepower—to save its net-neutrality rules. AT&T and three groups representing cable companies and cellular carriers sued to repeal the rules on Tuesday. The U.S. Telecom Association filed its suit on Monday. And the groups ...

Republicans Push Fast-Track Bill to Kill Net Neutrality

April 14, 2015 A group of House Republicans introduced a resolution Monday to block the Federal Communications Commission's net-neutrality regulations. The measure, authored by Rep. Doug Collins, a Georgia Republican, would take advantage of a procedural fast-track under the Congressional Review Act, allowing it to bypass Democratic opposition in the Senate. It would ...

The First Net Neutrality Complaints Are Coming

April 10, 2015 The Federal Communications Commission may have to soon consider the first disputes under its new net neutrality regulations, starting with a fight over Internet congestion and online video. Cogent Communications, which controls parts of the Internet backbone, is preparing to file complaints to the FCC, charging Internet service providers Comcast, ...

AT&T to Pay $25 Million for Failing to Stop Theft of Personal Information

April 9, 2015 AT&T agreed to pay a $25 million fine on Wednesday to settle federal charges that it failed to protect its customers' sensitive personal information, including Social Security numbers. Thieves were able to steal information on nearly 280,000 U.S. customers, the Federal Communications Commission said. The penalty is the largest the ...

Feds Urged to Investigate YouTube App for Kids

April 7, 2015 Earlier this year, Google unveiled a mobile app that it said would make YouTube safe for kids. But a coalition of consumer groups says the app is actually taking advantage of children with an onslaught of advertising for junk food and toys, and they want the federal government to investigate. ...

Senate to Investigate White House Role in Google's Antitrust Victory

March 30, 2015 A Senate panel plans to investigate whether the White House inappropriately derailed a federal investigation into accusations that Google was stifling online competition. Sen. Mike Lee, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary's Antitrust Subcommittee, plans to contact the Federal Trade Commission, Google, and other online companies to discuss the issue, ...

'You're Playing God with the Internet!' Republican Shouts at FCC Chief

March 26, 2015 Congressional Republicans are united in their anger over new net neutrality regulations—but no one could match the fury displayed by Rep. Louie Gohmert on Wednesday. "You're playing God with the Internet!" the Texas Republican shouted at Tom Wheeler, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, during a House Judiciary Committee ...