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House Votes to Halt Obama's Plan to Give Up Internet Authority

May 23, 2014 The House approved an amendment Thursday that would delay the Obama administration's plan to give up oversight of certain technical Internet management functions. In a 245-177 vote, the House attached the legislation to the annual defense authorization bill. Seventeen Democrats joined the Republicans in approving the measure. The House then...

China Hits Back Over Hacking Charges

May 20, 2014 The Obama administration's decision to bring criminal charges against members of the Chinese military is already showing signs of straining the U.S. relationship with China. Shortly after the Justice Department accused five Chinese officers of hacking U.S. companies, China announced that it is withdrawing from a joint cybersecurity working group....

AT&T Promises to Protect Net Neutrality—If It Gets to Buy DirecTV

May 20, 2014 AT&T is offering up a slew of goodies to try to convince regulators to let it buy DirecTV. The proposals target some top priorities of the Obama administration in an attempt to grease the wheels for regulatory approval of the $48.5 billion deal. For three years, AT&T promises to abide...

China Hits Back Over Hacking Charges

May 20, 2014 The Obama administration's decision to bring criminal charges against members of the Chinese military is already showing signs of straining the U.S. relationship with China. Shortly after the Justice Department accused five Chinese officers of hacking U.S. companies, China announced that it is withdrawing from a joint cybersecurity working group....

Amid Protests, FCC Moves Ahead With New Rules for the Internet

May 15, 2014 The Federal Communications Commission is moving ahead with new regulations that would limit the ability of broadband-service providers to tamper with Internet traffic. The net-neutrality proposal has sparked a massive public outcry because it could allow providers to charge websites for faster service in some cases. Dozens of protesters banged...

Google, Facebook, Amazon Warn FCC Rules Pose 'Grave Threat to the Internet'

May 8, 2014 The world's largest technology companies are coming out in force against the Federal Communications Commission's proposed regulations of Internet access. In a letter to the FCC Wednesday, Google, Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft, Twitter, Yahoo, Netflix, and dozens of other companies warned that the FCC's plan to allow Internet service providers to...

Mozilla Has a Plan to Save Net Neutrality

May 5, 2014 Mozilla is urging the Federal Communications Commission to enact new rules to bar Internet service providers from charging websites for faster service. In a filing with the FCC on Monday, the nonprofit foundation that makes the Firefox Web browser outlined a new legal path to enact tough network-neutrality regulations. Chris...

White House: Police Should Have Warrants for Email Searches

May 2, 2014 Police officers should obtain a warrant before searching emails, text messages, and other private digital content, White House advisers said Thursday. The officials urged Congress to update the Electronic Communications Privacy Act—a 1986 law that allows police to read emails that have been opened or that are more than 180...

The FCC Chief Just Told the Cable Execs to 'Put Away Their Party Hats'

May 1, 2014 The head of the Federal Communications Commission is warning cable industry leaders not to abuse their power over Internet access—lest they find themselves on the receiving end of tougher federal regulation of the Internet. Speaking at the National Cable and Telecommunications Association's annual Cable Show on Wednesday, FCC Chairman Tom...

Elizabeth Warren: Internet 'Fast Lanes' Will Help 'Rich and Powerful'

April 30, 2014 Sen. Elizabeth Warren urged the Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday to enact strong net-neutrality rules to ensure that all websites receive equal service. "Reports that the FCC may gut net neutrality are disturbing, and would be just one more way the playing field is tilted for the rich and powerful...