Stories by Grant Gross

US lawmakers push for auctions of gov't spectrum

A group of U.S. lawmakers has reintroduced legislation aimed at encouraging government agencies to give up their spectrum by allowing the agencies to share in the profits when the spectrum is auctioned to commercial mobile carriers.

By Grant Gross | 27 March, 2015 04:16

Tags: telecommunication, Brett Guthrie, Anna Eshoo, U.S. Congress, mobile, legislation, government, Doris Matsui, Ed Markey, Greg Walden, 4g, Deb Fischer, ctia, U.S. Federal Communications Commission

China discloses cyberwarfare unit, no one surprised

It came as a shock to just about no one in the cybersecurity industry that China has a cyberware unit, which was acknowledged by the government there this week.

By Grant Gross | 21 March, 2015 07:30

Tags: Government use of IT, Tripwire, Rich Barger, Chinese People's Liberation Army, Brett Fernicola, Vasco Data Security, ThreatConnect, Exploits / vulnerabilities, privacy, Ken Westin, intrusion, Google, security, government, John Gunn, U.S. Department of Justice, Stealthbits Technologies

Net neutrality: Is it really regulation of the Internet?

One of the most contentious disagreements in the net neutrality debate in the U.S. over the past year has been over whether the new rules adopted by the Federal Communications Commission amount to regulation of the Internet.

By Grant Gross | 21 March, 2015 04:18

Tags: Michael O'Rielly, telecommunication, Daniel Henninger, regulation, Tom Wheeler, U.S. Federal Communications Commission, government, internet, Internet service providers, broadband

Net neutrality rules: Separating fact from hype

The net neutrality debate in the U.S. over the past year has been filled with hyperbole, speculation and questionable claims, coming from both sides of the debate.

By Grant Gross | 21 March, 2015 04:18

Tags: telecommunication, regulation, verizon, Anna Eshoo, U.S. Federal Communication Commission, government, internet, Internet service providers, American Commitment, broadband, at&t, Tom Wheeler

Net neutrality rules let FCC police future ISP conduct

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission's new net neutrality rules allow the agency to police future network management practices and business models rolled out by broadband providers, raising concerns among critics that an activist commission will inject itself into ISP board rooms.

By Grant Gross | 20 March, 2015 04:17

Tags: U.S. Senate, free press, telecommunication, regulation, mobile, internet, Matt Wood, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Internet service providers, broadband, Tom Wheeler, Deb Fischer, U.S. Federal Communications Commission, government, Ajit Pai

Republican senators rip FCC's net neutrality decision

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission's new net neutrality rules could open the door to rate regulation and could drive some small broadband providers out of business, some Senate Republicans said Wednesday.

By Grant Gross | 19 March, 2015 09:35

Tags: U.S. Senate, Ted Cruz, Tom Wheeler, John Thune, U.S. Federal Communications Commission, government, Mignon Clyburn, Ajit Pai, Ed Markey

Proposed US data breach notification bill criticized as too weak

Proposed legislation that would require U.S. businesses to notify affected customers after data breaches is too weak because it would preempt stronger breach notification laws in several states and it wouldn't cover several classes of data, including geolocation and health information, critics told lawmakers.

By Grant Gross | 19 March, 2015 05:30

Tags: Laura Moy, New America Foundation, Jon Leibowitz, National Retail Federation, Sara Cable, Peter Welch, Yael Weinman, legislation, Barack Obama, privacy, 21st Century Privacy Coalition, U.S. House of Representatives, security, data breach, U.S. Federal Communications Commission, government, Information Technology Industry Council, U.S. Federal Trade Commission

Lawmakers grill FCC's Wheeler about Obama influence on net neutrality

Republican lawmakers repeatedly accused the U.S. Federal Communications Commission of being improperly influenced by President Barack Obama during the agency's recent net neutrality proceeding, but lawmakers failed to produce solid evidence during a hearing Tuesday.

By Grant Gross | 18 March, 2015 05:59

Tags: U.S. House of Representatives Oversight and Government Reform Committee, regulation, Tom Wheeler, John Mica, U.S. Federal Communications Commission, Jason Chaffetz, Barack Obama, government

US State Dept. to shut down email system to clean out malware

The U.S. Department of State will shut down its unclassified email system for a short time to clean up malware that may have resided there since late last year.

By Grant Gross | 14 March, 2015 08:30

Tags: Government use of IT, security, data breach, U.S. Department of State, government, Exploits / vulnerabilities, hillary clinton

Senate panel secretly approves cyberthreat sharing bill

A U.S. Senate committee has voted in secret to approve a controversial bill that seeks to encourage businesses to share information about cyberthreats with each other and with government agencies.

By Grant Gross | 13 March, 2015 13:28

Tags: New America Foundation, U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee, Dianne Feinstein, Robyn Greene, Richard Burr, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, legislation, Barack Obama, privacy, Electronic Frontier Foundation, American Civil Liberties Union, Ron Wyden, security, Tom Carper, Center for Democracy and Technology, government, data protection

Obama administration's encryption concerns meant to start a debate

U.S. President Barack Obama's administration still believes in the use of encryption to protect digital information, even after top officials have questioned how law enforcement agencies will get access to data on encrypted devices, a White House advisor said.

By Grant Gross | 13 March, 2015 06:58

Tags: Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, internet, Barack Obama, K&L Gates, privacy, Daniel Castro, Michael Rogers, Michael Daniel, U.S. FBI, Debevoise and Plimpton, security, Amie Stepanovich, Bruce Heiman, encryption, government, Access, U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. White House, regulation, U.S. National Security Agency, David O'Neil, James Comey

FCC releases 400-page net neutrality order

The 400-page net neutrality order released by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission includes a long legal defense of the commission's vote last month to reclassify broadband as a regulated telecommunications service.

By Grant Gross | 13 March, 2015 06:00

Tags: Fred Upton, telecommunication, National Cable and Telecommunications Association, regulation, John Thune, U.S. Federal Communications Commission, government, internet, Internet service providers, broadband, Greg Walden

Tech groups renew push for cloud, email privacy protections

This may finally be the year that the U.S. Congress gives email and other documents stored in the cloud for several months the same privacy protections from police searches as newer files or paper records stored in a file cabinet, say backers of electronic privacy reform.

By Grant Gross | 12 March, 2015 05:16

Tags: Digital Fourth, Americans for Tax Reform, Katie McAuliffe, U.S. Congress, legislation, cloud computing, internet, privacy, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, David Lieber, Google, security, Mail, Center for Democracy and Technology, government, Chris Calabrese, U.S. Department of Justice, Internet-based applications and services

US senators again push for online sales tax

A group of U.S. senators has revived an effort to require major online retailers to collect sales tax from shoppers.

By Grant Gross | 11 March, 2015 08:08

Tags: Roy Blunt, U.S. Senate, e-commerce, Angus King, Jack Reed, Sheldon Whitehouse, Retail Industry Leaders Association, legislation, Mike Enzi, internet, Lamar Alexander, Heidi Heitkamp, Bob Corker, Dick Durbin, government

Lawmakers look for online music licensing alternatives

Large music licensing services should have more freedom to negotiate rates paid by streaming music services, radio stations and commercial establishments where music is played, industry executives told U.S. lawmakers.

By Grant Gross | 11 March, 2015 06:26

Tags: Pandora Media, American Society of Composers, Taylor Swift, legislation, internet, SONGS Music Publishing, Public Knowledge, Broadcast Music Inc., Lee Thomas Miller, Mike Dowdle, onneville International, Tim McGraw, Music and audio, government, Authors and Publishers, Chris Harrison, U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Senate, Internet-based applications and services, regulation, Jodie Griffin, U.S. Copyright Royalty Board, Orrin Hatch

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