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Will Net Neutrality be FCC’s Early Christmas Present?

The Federal Communications Commission will likely take up the hot-button issue of net neutrality at its December meeting. Politico reports the meeting, scheduled for Dec. 15, has been pushed back a week to possibly provide more time to consider the agency’s next move on the issue, which would set regulations …

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Cyber Expert Hathaway Presses for Public-Private Partnerships

Former White House cyber guru Melissa Hathaway, who most recently called on Congress to take action on key cybersecurity initiatives, spoke before the American National Standards Institute about continuing cyber developments. Hathaway, who is the president of Hathaway Global Strategies and is also a senior adviser at Harvard Kennedy School’s …

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Key Staff Changes at FCC

The game of musical chairs at the Federal Communications Commission continued this week as FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski announced key staff changes. First up, Genachowski named Sarah Whitesell to the media bureau as deputy chief. In Whitesell’s new role, she will take the lead in helping to create the bureau’s …

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FTC Appoints New Top Tech Post Leader

The Federal Trade Commission announced Nov. 4 it would appoint its first chief technologist to a one-year post. Ed Felten, computer science and public policy professor at Princeton University, will take the helm of the FTC’s top tech position. Felten, who will take over in his new role in January, …

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Post-election Prospects for Net Neutrality Remain Uncertain

As expected, an uncertain road lies ahead for net neutrality following the congressional midterm elections, which saw Republicans regain the majority in the House of Representatives. The Hill reports Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski, a supporter of net neutrality, still has the option of taking the unilateral move of …

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Proposed Chinese Telecom Deal Raises Specter of Spying

A proposed deal between Sprint Nextel, Cricket and two Chinese telecom companies has raised a few eyebrows, with some U.S. senators concerned about security. The Hill reports a bipartisan group of legislators wrote a letter seeking reassurance about the deal from Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski. The letter, signed …

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Can You Hear Me Now? FCC Debuts New Phone Bill Proposals

The Federal Communications Commission’s newest initiative doesn’t involve making phone calls clearer; it’s about making phone bills themselves easier to understand. FCC voted Thursday to move forward on its proposal to limit “bill shock,” a term for surprising, often hidden, or unknown charges customers discover on their monthly phone bills, …

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Broadband Crisis? GAO Doubtful

While Obama administration officials have painted a picture of crisis in implementing broadband technology, according to a new Government Accountability Office report, the United States is on track with other developed nations. And the biggest stumbling block to wider deployment, The Hill reports, is cost, not availability of access. According …

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House Net Neutrality Bill a No-Go

Chairman of the House Commerce Committee Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) announced Wednesday he will not push a net neutrality bill, which had leaked earlier this week, because it failed to garner enough Republican support. “This legislative initiative was predicated on going forward only if we had full bipartisan support in our …

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