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Democrat to NSA: Forget Congress, Stop Mass Spying Now

November 21, 2014 President Obama and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper endorsed the USA Freedom Act, which would have ended the NSA's bulk collection of data on millions of U.S. phone calls. Under the bill, the data would have remained with the phone companies, but the NSA could gain access to data ...

Obama's Net-Neutrality Plan Could Mean New Internet Fees

November 21, 2014 President Obama thrilled liberals and Internet activists last week by calling for the "strongest possible" net-neutrality regulations to ensure that all Internet traffic is treated equally. But his plan, which is still under consideration by the Federal Communications Commission, has raised a host of thorny regulatory questions unrelated to net ...

Lawmaker Says NSA Should End Phone Spying On Its Own

November 20, 2014 Legislation to rein in a domestic surveillance program crashed and burned in the Senate earlier this week. But one House Democrat is urging the Obama administration to stop the controversial spying on its own. "There's no reason, if you think that this is the correct policy, that you have to ...

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The Government Just Found the Funds to Give Firefighters High-Speed Internet Everywhere

November 19, 2014 The federal government has raised more than enough money to build a nationwide communications network for first responders. The network will help police, firefighters, and other public-safety officials from different agencies communicate with each other during emergencies. It is intended to handle high-speed data, so officials should be able to ...

The FCC Plans to Increase Your Phone Bill to Build Better Internet in Schools

November 17, 2014 The head of the Federal Communications Commission unveiled a plan Monday aimed at delivering high-speed Internet to classrooms and libraries around the country. To pay for the $1.5 billion proposal, the agency is planning a dramatic increase in government fees on all monthly phone bills. Consumers around the country will ...

The Broadband Industry’s Plan for Killing Obama's Net Neutrality Plan

November 11, 2014 The nightmare scenario for Internet providers is starting to come true. President Obama urged the Federal Communications Commission Monday to enact the "strongest possible" regulations to protect net neutrality. Under his plan, the FCC would invoke sweeping new powers over Internet providers, classifying them under the same legal provision as ...

Obama Urges ‘Strongest Possible’ Net Neutrality Rules From FCC

November 10, 2014 President Obama leapt directly into the net neutrality fight Monday, urging the Federal Communications Commission to claim expansive new powers over the Internet to enact the "strongest possible" regulations. "'Net neutrality' has been built into the fabric of the Internet since its creation — but it is also a principle ...

Senate Republicans Want to Rewrite Communications Act. So What Happens to Net Neutrality?

November 7, 2014 With control of the Senate, top Republicans are going to work on an ambitious plan to overhaul government regulation of the Internet, television, and telephone industries. Their effort to rewrite the Communications Act could have broad implications for how we all communicate and consume information. But the whole plan could ...

What the GOP Takeover of the Senate Means for Tech

November 5, 2014 The campaign is over, and now it's time to see how Republicans will actually govern with control of both chambers of Congress. Some elements of the party clearly still want to focus on battling the Obama administration at every turn. But if Republicans want to win a presidential election, they'll ...

The FBI's Secret House Meeting to Get Access to Your iPhone

October 31, 2014 The Obama administration is ramping up its campaign to force technology companies to help the government spy on their users. FBI and Justice Department officials met with House staffers this week for a classified briefing on how encryption is hurting police investigations, according to staffers familiar with the meeting. The ...