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FCC Chairman: 'No Secret Instructions' From Obama on Net Neutrality

March 17, 2015 "There were no secret instructions from the White House," FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler will insist at a House Oversight Committee hearing today on the White House's role in the agency's net-neutrality decision, according to his prepared statement. "I did not, as CEO of an independent agency, feel obligated to follow...

FCC Finally Unveils Net-Neutrality Rules

March 12, 2015 Two weeks after approving sweeping net-neutrality regulations, the Federal Communications Commission has finally made those rules public. The full document is 400 pages long, although that includes statements from the five commissioners, as well as legal and policy analysis by the FCC staff. The actual rules themselves take up only...

Cable and Telecom Giants Take FCC to Court Over Net Neutrality Rules

March 6, 2015 The Federal Communications Commission delivered a thrilling victory to Internet activists last week by approving sweeping net neutrality regulations, but critics already are plotting how to kill the rules in court. Comcast has warned that "we all face inevitable litigation and years of regulatory uncertainty." AT&T has pointed to "the...

Obama's 'Privacy Bill of Rights' Gets Bashed from All Sides

March 2, 2015 The White House unveiled an ambitious legislative proposal Friday to restrict how companies, including Web giants like Facebook and Google, can handle private information. And it was promptly denounced by industry groups and privacy advocates alike. Tech companies warned that the so-called "Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights Act" would impose...

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Obama's 'Privacy Bill of Rights' Gets Bashed from All Sides

March 2, 2015 The White House unveiled an ambitious legislative proposal Friday to restrict how companies, including Web giants like Facebook and Google, can handle private information. And it was promptly denounced by industry groups and privacy advocates alike. Tech companies warned that the so-called "Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights Act" would impose...

Is FCC Becoming Too Politicized?

February 27, 2015 The Federal Communications Commission is no stranger to controversial issues—remember the ruckus over the Janet Jackson Super Bowl halftime show? But net neutrality has taken things to a new level, and that has people wondering if the agency is politicized beyond repair. That hostility was on full display Thursday as...

It’s Official—FCC Enacts Expansive Net-Neutrality Rules

February 26, 2015 A bitterly divided Federal Communications Commission approved sweeping net-neutrality regulations Thursday that will fundamentally transform the U.S. government's power over Internet access. The new regulations deliver a thrilling victory to Internet activists and tech start-ups, who waged a fierce yearlong campaign to ensure that all Internet traffic is treated equally....

This Is the Republicans’ New Plan for Net Neutrality

February 24, 2015 Commerce Committee Chairman John Thune has a strategy for stopping federal regulators from seizing broad powers over the Internet: Give them what they want. Thune is working on legislation that would direct the Federal Communications Commission to protect net neutrality—the principle that all Internet traffic should be treated equally. But...

House Investigates Obama's Role in FCC's Net Neutrality Decision

February 9, 2015 The House Oversight Committee has opened an investigation into whether the White House improperly influenced the Federal Communications Commission's consideration of net neutrality regulations. In a letter to FCC Tom Wheeler on Friday, House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz, a Utah Republican, demanded that the agency turn over all communications between...

Senators Demand Federal Investigation of Verizon's 'Supercookies'

February 6, 2015 Key Democratic senators are urging federal regulators to launch an investigation into Verizon for tracking smartphone and tablet users against their wishes. The top Democrat on the Senate Commerce Committee, Bill Nelson, along with Edward Markey and Richard Blumenthal sent letters to the Federal Trade Commission and the Federal Communications...