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States threaten lawsuit against Obama's municipal broadband plan

If the U.S. Federal Communications Commission moves to preempt state laws that limit municipal broadband projects, as President Barack Obama recently asked the agency to do, it will likely end up in court.

By Grant Gross | 27 January, 2015 08:28

Tags: Brad Ramsay, telecommunication, National Governors Association, regulation, Joe Atkins, Barack Obama, government, Cory Booker, National Conference of State Legislatures, broadband, National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, Thomas Alexander, Tom Wheeler, U.S. Federal Communications Commission

AT&T to acquire Nextel Mexico assets for $1.9 billion

AT&T has agreed to acquire mobile carrier Nextel Mexico for UDS$1.9 billion from parent company NII Holdings, in an effort by AT&T to win a larger slice of the Mexican mobile market, the company announced Monday.

By Grant Gross | 27 January, 2015 03:36

Tags: business issues, NII Holdings, telecommunication, Carriers, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York, at&t, Nextel Mexico, Mergers and acquisitions

Republicans call on FCC to release net neutrality proposal before voting

The chairman of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission should release his proposed net neutrality rules to the public before the commission votes in late February, three top Republican lawmakers said Friday.

By Grant Gross | 24 January, 2015 05:03

Tags: Fred Upton, telecommunication, regulation, John Thune, U.S. Congress, U.S. Federal Communications Commission, government, internet, Internet service providers, broadband, Greg Walden, Tom Wheeler

USPTO leader New Year's resolution: improve patent quality

Improving the quality of patents issued by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office will be a top priority there in 2015, the office's acting director said.

By Grant Gross | 23 January, 2015 07:08

Tags: intellectual property, Michelle Lee, patent, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, legal, Brookings Institut, government, Barack Obama

Report: Apple agrees to Chinese security audits of its products

Apple will allow China's State Internet Information Office to run security audits on products the company sells in China in an effort to counter concerns that other governments are using its devices for surveillance, according to news reports.

By Grant Gross | 23 January, 2015 05:36

Tags: tim cook, Apple, China's State Internet Information Office, security, hardware systems, government, Lu Wei

Republican net neutrality proposal falls short, critics say

A Republican net neutrality proposal in the U.S. Congress would not fully protect broadband customers because it would prohibit the Federal Communications Commission from enacting new rules against selectively blocking or throttling traffic, critics said Wednesday.

By Grant Gross | 22 January, 2015 06:42

Tags: telecommunication, National Cable and Telecommunications Association, Michael Powell, John Yarmuth, legislation, internet, Internet service providers, Greg Walden, Jessica Gonzalez, U.S. House of Representatives, National Hispanic Media Coalition, ctia, Chad Dickerson, U.S. Federal Communications Commission, Etsy, government, broadband

Obama promises to promote net neutrality, broadband

U.S. President Barack Obama promised to push for net neutrality rules and for more transparency in the government's surveillance programs during his State of the Union address late Tuesday.

By Grant Gross | 21 January, 2015 14:13

Tags: telecommunication, security, U.S. Congress, government, Barack Obama, Joni Ernst, broadband

Survey: Cybersecurity pros endorse data breach notification rules

U.S. President Barack Obama's call for a nationwide data breach notification law has won strong support from members of one cybersecurity-focused organization.

By Grant Gross | 21 January, 2015 06:50

Tags: CA Technologies, regulation, security, ISACA, data breach, legislation, government, Barack Obama, Robert Stroud

Republican net neutrality bill allows 'reasonable' network management

Draft net neutrality legislation released Friday by Republican leaders in the U.S. Congress would prohibit broadband providers from blocking or selectively slowing legal Web content, but it would allow them to engage in "reasonable" network management.

By Grant Gross | 17 January, 2015 08:17

Tags: Fred Upton, free press, telecommunication, regulation, John Thune, U.S. Congress, legislation, internet, Internet service providers, Public Knowledge, Tom Wheeler, U.S. Federal Communications Commission, John Bergmayer, government, Matt Wood, broadband

Sprint now says it's OK with broadband reclassification

Sprint wouldn't object to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission reclassifying broadband as a regulated public utility in order to pass strong net neutrality rules, as long as the agency applies those new regulations with a "light touch," the mobile carrier said.

By Grant Gross | 17 January, 2015 06:34

Tags: sprint, telecommunication, Stephen Bye, regulation, U.S. Federal Communications Commission, mobile, government, internet, Verizon Communications, Internet service providers, broadband, at&t, ctia

Marriott now says it won't block guests' Wi-Fi hotspots

Hotel operator Marriott International has backed off its request to block some outside Wi-Fi hotspots inside its facilities, saying the company has responded to customer feedback.

By Grant Gross | 16 January, 2015 06:21

Tags: Care2, regulation, Networking, wireless, Marriott International, U.S. Federal Communications Commission, government, WLANs / Wi-Fi

Republican bill: Net neutrality protections without reclassifying broadband

Top Republicans in Congress plan to introduce legislation that they say will ensure net neutrality protections for Internet users and will spur U.S. economic growth.

By Grant Gross | 15 January, 2015 05:25

Tags: Fred Upton, free press, telecommunication, John Thune, U.S. Congress, legislation, government, Barack Obama, internet, Internet service providers, Matt Wood, Bob Goodlatte, broadband, U.S. Federal Communications Commission

Obama opposes state limits on municipal broadband

U.S. President Barack Obama opposes measures in 19 states that limit cities from rolling out their own broadband networks, and he will urge the Federal Communications Commission to take action to allow municipal broadband projects, the White House said Tuesday.

By Grant Gross | 14 January, 2015 11:19

Tags: telecommunication, National Cable and Telecommunications Association, U.S. White House, Andy Berke, U.S. Federal Communications Commission, legislation, Barack Obama, government, Jeff Zients, broadband

Obama resurrects cyberthreat sharing proposal despite privacy concerns

The centerpiece of U.S. President Barack Obama's new cybersecurity proposal is a controversial plan that would allow companies to share more cyberthreat information with government agencies, something that worries some privacy advocates.

By Grant Gross | 14 January, 2015 08:47

Tags: U.S. White House, regulation, security, Scott Belcher, legislation, government, Barack Obama, Telecommunications Industry Association

Obama calls for US data breach notification law, privacy bill of rights

U.S. President Barack Obama will push Congress to pass a law requiring companies that are victims of data breaches to notify affected consumers within 30 days and a second law that gives consumers more control over their digital data, he said.

By Grant Gross | 13 January, 2015 06:08

Tags: Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, U.S. Federal Trade Commission, National Retail Federation, online safety, U.S. White House, regulation, U.S. Congress, government, Barack Obama, privacy, Daniel Castro, security

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