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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 ...

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The Battle Over Government-Run Internet Heats Up at FCC

August 20, 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 ...

TV Stations Sue FCC Over Plan to Auction Broadcast Licenses

August 19, 2014 A lobbying group for TV stations sued the Federal Communications Commission Monday over the agency's plan to auction their broadcast licenses to cell-phone carriers. TV stations don't have to participate in the auction, and the airwaves will mean faster smartphone connections for millions of consumers. But the National Association of ...

FCC Chief 'Deeply Troubled' by Verizon Plan to Slow Traffic

July 31, 2014 Verizon has found itself in hot water with federal regulators over its plan to slow traffic for certain customers. In a letter sent to Verizon CEO Dan Mead on Wednesday, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler said he is "deeply troubled" by the cell phone carrier's announcement. He demanded more ...

Congress Passed a Cell-Phone Unlocking Bill. But It Won't Do Much.

July 30, 2014 Legislation to allow people to "unlock" their cell phones won unanimous support on Capitol Hill and is about to become law. But the bill won't have much practical effect for most people. Cell-phone carriers already agreed to a voluntary unlocking policy, and the law will only be relevant until the ...

Reid Vows to Defend Net Neutrality From Republican Attacks

July 30, 2014 Harry Reid wants the Federal Communications Commission to know he'll be on the agency's side in a political battle with Republicans. In a letter to liberal advocacy groups, the Senate majority leader vowed to "lead the fight" to defend net-neutrality regulations "against the inevitable Republican attack." The Senate's top Democrat ...

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States Would Sue to Kill City Internet Service

July 23, 2014 A group representing state legislatures is threatening to sue to protect restrictions on city-run Internet networks, claiming the projects often waste taxpayer money. The National Conference of State Legislatures sent a letter Tuesday to the Federal Communications Commission, saying it would file a constitutional challenge against any federal action to ...

Did the White House Website Violate Its Own Privacy Rules?

July 22, 2014 The White House may have misled people who visited its website about how it tracked their online behavior. In a forthcoming paper, a group of researchers write that thousands of top websites, including WhiteHouse.gov,have been using a new, persistent type of online tracking. Justin Brookman, the director of consumer privacy ...

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House Votes to Save Bans on City Internet Service

July 17, 2014 House Republicans passed legislation Wednesday to keep the Obama administration from overturning state bans on city-owned Internet providers. The vote is a warning shot at the Federal Communications Commission, which has been mulling taking action against states that restrict municipal broadband service. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, a Tennessee Republican, spearheaded the ...

FCC Blames Net-Neutrality Glitch on Budget Woes

July 16, 2014 The Federal Communications Commission is blaming a lack of funding from Congress after its website crashed on Tuesday due to an onslaught of outraged comments on net neutrality. An agency spokesman said Congress has failed to give the agency enough money to upgrade its information-technology systems. The official said additional ...