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Brazil's global Internet conference includes call to end spying

Participants in a Brazil-hosted conference on Internet governance laid out an aggressive agenda, with some calling for a policy statement that would condemn Internet surveillance, support net neutrality regulations and create programs to close the digital divide.

By Grant Gross | 24 April, 2014 06:51

Tags: Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, Free Software and Open Source Foundation for Africa, U.S. National Security Agency, internet, government, Nnenna Nwakanma, World Wide Web Consortium, tim berners-lee, H.E. Dilma Rousseff

FCC adds $9 billion to broadband subsidy fund

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission voted Wednesday to shift US$9 billion over five years from traditional telephone subsidies to broadband subsidies, in an effort to bring high-speed Internet services to 5 million U.S. residents who don't have access.

By Grant Gross | 24 April, 2014 03:40

Tags: telecommunication, Jessica Rosenworcel, Tom Wheeler, U.S. Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai, government, broadband

US to vote on sharp increase in broadband subsidies

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission will vote Wednesday on a proposal to pump US$1.8 billion into a fund that subsidizes broadband deployments in rural communities.

By Grant Gross | 23 April, 2014 13:55

Tags: U.S. Federal Communications, telecommunication, regulation, at&t, CenturyLink, government, broadband, Verizon Communications

Aereo argues that ruling against it could hurt cloud storage business

If the U.S. Supreme Court rules that streaming video provider Aereo violates the copyrights of TV networks, it may also put cloud storage services at risk, the company's lawyer argued Monday.

By Grant Gross | 23 April, 2014 04:14

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, CBS, internet, abc, Aereo, consumer electronics, copyright, intellectual property, legal, smartphones, TVs, David Frederick, Paul Clement, John Roberts, U.S. Supreme Court, video

AT&T's expanded 1 Gbps fiber rollout could go head to head with Google

U.S. broadband giant AT&T could roll out 1Gbps fiber-optic service to up to 21 new metropolitan areas, including Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Jose, California, the company said Monday.

By Grant Gross | 22 April, 2014 06:41

Tags: Fiber to the Home Council Americas, Heather Burnett Gold, telecommunication, Lori Lee, at&t, North Carolina Next Generation Network, broadband

Aereo court case: Consumer control over TV vs. broadcaster copyrights

The ability of television viewers to control and watch programs may be at stake when the U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments Tuesday in a copyright infringement case brought by TV networks against Aereo, a service that streams over-the-air television online.

By Grant Gross | 22 April, 2014 02:46

Tags: Public Broadcasting Service, CBS, Christopher Droney, Mark Cooper, internet, abc, Aereo, consumer electronics, copyright, intellectual property, legal, TVs, Consumer Federation of America, U.S. Supreme Court, video, Disney Enterprises, Internet-based applications and services, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, NBC Studios

FCC vote on incentive auction plan could further open broadband competition

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission will reserve a significant amount of spectrum in its upcoming auctions of the television band for unlicensed uses such as Wi-Fi, agency officials said Friday.

By Grant Gross | 19 April, 2014 05:27

Tags: telecommunication, 4g, Tom Wheeler, regulation, at&t, U.S. Federal Communications Commission, government, mobile, Verizon Wireless

Music labels sue Pandora over pre-1972 recordings

Five music labels have filed a lawsuit against streaming music service Pandora Music, saying the company is violating state law by refusing to pay labels and artists for its use of recordings made before 1972.

By Grant Gross | 18 April, 2014 07:53

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, Capitol Records, Civil lawsuits, SiriusXM, Recording Industry Association of America, internet, ABKCO Music & Records, Warner Music Group, UMG Recordings, Pandora Music, Music and audio, legal, Sony Music Entertainment

Some customers aren't sold on US transition to IP networks

Many U.S. residents who have written the FCC to voice concerns about the move from copper-based telephone networks to Internet Protocol are concerned about the potential effects on health from mobile-headset radiation and what happens when the electricity goes out.

By Grant Gross | 17 April, 2014 04:23

Tags: telephony, AARP, telecommunication, regulation, at&t, voip, legal, U.S. Federal Communications Commission, government, broadband

Net neutrality ruling complicates US transition to IP networks

The transition from copper-based telephone systems to IP networks in the U.S. could become swept up in political fallout as the FCC figures out how to regulate such networks in ways that will appease the courts.

By Grant Gross | 17 April, 2014 04:18

Tags: telephony, telecommunication, Bob Quinn, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, Public Knowledge, Jonathan Banks, Larry Downes, 3g, 4g, Tom Wheeler, USTelecom, at&t, voip, Harold Feld, U.S. Federal Communications Commission, government, Matt Wood, broadband, free press, regulation, Jodie Griffin

Apple antitrust compliance efforts slow, but picking up, monitor says

After dragging its feet for months, Apple is finally making good progress on a court-ordered antitrust compliance program related to the U.S. Department of Justice's e-book price-fixing case against the company, an external monitor said.

By Grant Gross | 16 April, 2014 01:00

Tags: U.S. Department of Justice, antitrust, Internet-based applications and services, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, Michael Bromwich, legal, internet, government, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, Apple

Data breaches nail more US Internet users, regulation support rises

More U.S. Internet users report they have been victims of data breach, while 80 percent want additional restrictions against sharing of online data, according to two surveys released Monday.

By Grant Gross | 15 April, 2014 04:54

Tags: gfk, Mary Madden, security, internet, Identity fraud / theft, Pew Research Center's Internet and American Life Project, privacy

NSA denies knowing about Heartbleed flaw for years

The U.S. National Security Agency, which has a cybersecurity mission in addition to surveillance, has disputed a report that it knew about the Heartbleed security vulnerability for at least two years before other researchers disclosed the flaw this month.

By Grant Gross | 12 April, 2014 07:20

Tags: Alan Paller, SANS Institute, security, Larry Zelvin, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. National Security Agency, government

US charges nine with distributing Zeus malware

The U.S. Department of Justice has brought charges against nine alleged members of a criminal organization that distributed the Zeus Trojan used to steal millions of dollars from bank accounts nationwide.

By Grant Gross | 12 April, 2014 01:09

Tags: David O'Neil, Yuriy Konovalenko, Franciscan Sisters of Chicago, Identity fraud / theft, Alexey Dmitrievich Bron, malware, Alexey Tikonov, U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska, Vyacheslav Igorevich Penchukov, Bank of America, security, legal, Ivan Viktorvich Klepikov, Yevhen Kulibaba, Key Bank, spyware, cybercrime, First National Bank of Omaha, U.S. Department of Justice

US agencies: Sharing cyberthreat info isn't an antitrust violation

U.S. businesses can share most cyberthreat information with competitors without facing antitrust enforcement action, two U.S. enforcement agencies said Thursday.

By Grant Gross | 11 April, 2014 05:36

Tags: Information Technology Industry Council, U.S. Department of Justice, antitrust, U.S. Federal Trade Commission, U.S. White House, security, legal, Bill Baer, James Cole, government, Michael Daniel

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