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Rubio: US Should Give Airwaves to Cell Companies

March 10, 2014 3:37 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Sen. Marco Rubio says the government should give cellphone companies more airwaves and allow private companies to build a nationwide pipeline for oil and natural gas. The Florida Republican on Monday also told Google's Washington offices that nixing dozens of taxes

SXSW: Assange talks NSA, Hints at More Leaks

March 10, 2014 10:59 am | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Speaking over Skype from the Ecuadorian embassy in London, fugitive WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said his living situation is a bit like prison — with a more lenient visitor policy. He also hinted that new leaks are coming from WikiLeaks, though he gave no specifics on what these might be.

U.S. Sues Sprint over Company's Wiretap Expenses

March 4, 2014 9:31 am | by Paul Elias, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal officials filed a lawsuit Monday alleging that Sprint Communications Inc. overbilled government agencies $21 million for wiretap services. The lawsuit filed federal court in San Francisco alleges that that subsidiary of Sprint Corp. collected unallowable expenses from...

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AT&T, Sprint, Verizon Push Back on Proposed NSA Plan

March 4, 2014 9:09 am | by Marcy Gordon & Martha Mendoza, Associated Press | Articles | Comments

When Apple, Google, Microsoft and other tech giants united in outrage last summer over the National Security Agency's unfettered spying, telecommunications giants such as AT&T, Verizon and Sprint —whose customers are also the targets of secret government spying— remained noticeably mum.

Hasty ‘Kill Switch’ Legislation Has Flaws

March 3, 2014 3:57 pm | by Andrew Berg | Blogs | Comments

The "Smartphone Theft Deterrent Act", a bill that would require OEMs to build 'kill switch' technology into tablets and smartphones, seems like an over-reach to me. Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), a co-sponsor of the bill, said in a statement that the legislation would "help put consumers in control of their cell phone data" through a kill switch’...

Defense Department Outlines Spectrum Strategy

February 20, 2014 2:22 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The Department of Defense (DoD) Thursday unveiled a spectrum plan that it says will aim to seek a balance between the need for consumer spectrum and the need for spectrum upon which to run the military's various communications systems. 

Senators to Wheeler: Act Quickly on Net Neutrality Reform

February 12, 2014 9:58 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

A group of senators have sent a letter to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, urging him to act quickly to fix the upheaval caused when an appeals court last month struck down long-standing net neutrality rules, as they applied to Internet Service Providers (ISP). 

Technology Firms Urge Changes to US Spying

February 12, 2014 9:16 am | by Stephen Braun, Associated Press | News | Comments

A coalition of the nation's leading technology firms joined an international protest Tuesday against the U.S. government's spying programs, urging more limits on collections of Americans' electronic data and greater oversight and transparency about the secret operations.

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Carriers Join Obama in Effort to Get Kids Online

February 5, 2014 10:01 am | by Nedra Pickler, Associated Press | News | Comments

Claiming progress in his goal to put the world at the fingertips of every American student, President Barack Obama on Tuesday announced $750 million in commitments from U.S. companies to begin wiring more classrooms with high-speed Internet.

Feds to Decide on Car-to-Car Communications

February 3, 2014 10:09 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal officials are planning to announce whether automakers should be required to equip new cars and light trucks with technology that enables vehicles to communicate with each other to prevent collisions. Such vehicle-to-vehicle communication promises to transform traffic safety.

DOJ Signals More Reluctance to Bless Sprint, T-Mo Merger

January 31, 2014 10:42 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

In remarks made Thursday to the New York Bar Association, Assistant Attorney General of the Justice Department's Antitrust Division, Bill Baer, said that since the blocking of the proposed merger between AT&T and T-Mobile "competition in the wireless sector has flourished and consumers have benefitted."

Government Lobbies Court to Keep Apple Monitor in Place

January 27, 2014 9:41 am | by Larry Neumesiter, Associated Press | News | Comments

Government lawyers filed papers with the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan, saying Apple Inc.'s arguments are without merit as the company tries to stop the monitoring it complains is "a roving investigation." The monitor, Washington lawyer Michael Bromwich, was appointed for two years in October by a judge...

GSMA: Hike in UK License Fees Could Slow 4G Deployments

January 23, 2014 1:28 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The United Kingdom's already stunted 4G deployments could be hindered by an increase license fees, according to a statement released Thursday by the GSM Association (GSMA). Tom Phillips, chief regulatory officer for the GSMA, said Ofcom’s proposal to more than quadruple annual licence fees for the 900MHz and 1800MHz spectrum...

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Government Panel Urges End to Phone Data Spying

January 23, 2014 9:21 am | by Stephen Braun, Associated Press | News | Comments

A sharply divided government task force that reviewed the National Security Agency's surveillance program for four months has urged President Barack Obama to shut down the agency's bulk collection of phone data and purge its massive inventory of millions of Americans' calling records, The Associated Press has learned.

Officials: Obama Likely to OK Phone Record Changes

January 15, 2014 9:05 am | by Julie Pace, Kimberly Dozier, Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama is expected to endorse changes to the way the government collects millions of Americans' phone records for possible future surveillance, but he'll leave many of the specific adjustments for Congress to sort out, according to three U.S. officials familiar with the White House intelligence review.

Wheeler, Pai Express Conflicting Opinions over Net Neutrality Decision

January 14, 2014 1:18 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

A rift appeared to emerge at the FCC Tuesday over a D.C. Appeals Court decision to strike down Net Neutrality rules. Chairman Wheeler and Commissioner Ajit Pai both released statements Tuesday that appeared at odds on how the Commission should respond to the ruling. 

Appeals Court Strikes Down Net Neutrality Rules

January 14, 2014 11:52 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

A D.C. Circuit Court of Aopeals today struck down the FCC's Open Internet rules. The rules were aimed at ensuring that large Internet Service Providers (ISPs) couldn't discriminate against the types of traffic carried over their networks. 

US Spy Court: NSA to Keep Collecting Phone Records

January 6, 2014 9:28 am | by Kimberly Dozier, Stephen Braun, Associated Press | News | Comments

A secretive U.S. spy court has ruled again that the National Security Agency can keep collecting every American's telephone records every day, in the midst of dueling decisions in two other federal courts about whether the surveillance program is constitutional.

Report: NSA Intercepting Hardware, Faking Base Station Signals

December 30, 2013 9:37 am | by Raphael Satter, Associated Press | News | Comments

A German magazine lifted the lid on the operations of the National Security Agency's hacking unit Sunday, reporting that American spies intercept computer deliveries, exploit hardware vulnerabilities, and even hijack Microsoft's internal reporting system to spy on their targets.

Verizon to Disclose Law Enforcement Requests for Customer Info in Report

December 19, 2013 4:22 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Verizon today announced its intent to early next year publish a transparency report detailing all the U.S. law enforcement requests for customer information the carrier received in 2013. The company plans to release the first report in early 2014 and then semi-annually after that.

Judge's Word on NSA Program Won't Be the Last

December 17, 2013 9:53 am | by Frederic J. Frommer, Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge made headlines Monday by declaring that the National Security Agency's bulk collection of millions of Americans' telephone records is likely unconstitutional. But even he realized his won't be the last word on the issue.

DOT Seeking Ban on In-Flight Cell Phone Use

December 13, 2013 2:53 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Transportation is weighing in on the possiblity that cell phones could be allowed on planes. In a statement, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx acknowledged the FCC's recent Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), which suggests the issue isn't a technological one. 

FCC Moves to Put Airlines in Pilot Seat on In-Flight Device Use

December 12, 2013 4:42 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

"Let me say up front that, I get it. I don’t want the person in the seat next to me yapping at 35,000 feet any more than anyone else," wrote FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler in a statement discussing today's Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) for new policies governing in-flight cell phone use. 

House Committee Passes Spectrum Incentive and FCC Reform Acts

December 11, 2013 4:52 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The House Energy & Commerce Committee today passed through H.R. 3674, the Federal Spectrum Incentive Act of 2013 and H.R. 3675, the Federal Communications Commission Process Reform Act. Both bills were introduced on Monday. Both bills now move onto the House for approval.

German Prosecutor: Still Weighing NSA Probe

December 11, 2013 9:37 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Germany's chief federal prosecutor says he hasn't decided whether to open an investigation into alleged surveillance by the U.S. National Security Agency but is suggesting that he's skeptical. Prosecutor Harald Range's office has been considering since June whether it has grounds to investigate reports of NSA surveillance in Germany, which later included allegations that Chancellor Angela Merkel's cellphone was monitored.

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