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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...

House Advances Bill to Combat Cybertheft

March 26, 2015 A House subcommittee advanced legislation Wednesday aimed at preventing the kinds of massive hacks of personal information that have hit Target and Home Depot in recent years. Although Congress has tried—and failed—several times to pass data-breach legislation, the issue appears to have a new boost of momentum this year. Consumers...

Internet Providers Sue to Kill Net Neutrality

March 24, 2015 Telecom companies filed a pair of lawsuits Monday in an attempt to reverse the Federal Communications Commission's new net neutrality rules. The suits are expected to be the opening shots in a long legal war against the controversial regulations. USTelecom, which represents AT&T, Verizon, and other companies, filed its lawsuit...

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For First Time in 7 Years, FCC Fines TV Station for Nudity

March 24, 2015 For the first time during the Obama administration, the Federal Communications Commission on Monday said it plans to fine a television station for airing sexually explicit material. A Roanoke, Virginia, station accidentally aired a brief pornographic video clip during its evening newscast on July 12, 2012, in a segment on...

In Wake of Net Neutrality, Republicans Take Aim at FCC’s Budget

March 20, 2015 Less than a month after the Federal Communications Commission approved controversial net-neutrality regulations, congressional Republicans are looking to overhaul the agency's budget and procedures. GOP lawmakers don't say their planned legislation is revenge for the Internet regulations that they despise. But the FCC's questionable handling of net neutrality is a...

Republican: Net Neutrality Will 'Jeopardize the Open Internet'

March 19, 2015 Senate Republicans continued to lash out at the Federal Communications Commission's new net-neutrality regulations during an oversight hearing Wednesday. Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John Thune told the five FCC commissioners that their new rules "will only increase political, regulatory, and legal uncertainty, which will ultimately hurt average Internet users." Simply...