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Jan 21, 2015

U.S. Republicans face uphill battle on net neutrality bill

WASHINGTON, Jan 21 (Reuters) – U.S. Democrats on the Senate
and House commerce committees on Wednesday signaled no interest
in rushing to adopt “net neutrality” legislation before the
Federal Communications Commission sets new Internet traffic
rules next month.

In back-to-back hearings, Republican lawmakers quizzed
representatives of the wireless and cable industries as well as
some Internet retailers about potential legislation that would
set rules for Web providers.

Jan 17, 2015

Republicans’ bill aims to head off Obama Internet plan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. congressional Republicans on Friday proposed legislation that would set “net neutrality” rules for broadband providers, aiming to head off tougher regulations backed by the Obama administration.

Lawmakers hope to counter the Federal Communications Commission’s vote on Feb. 26 for rules that are expected to follow the legal path endorsed by President Barack Obama, which Internet service providers (ISPs) and Republicans say would unnecessarily burden the industry with regulation.

Jan 16, 2015

Sprint says Obama net neutrality plan wouldn’t curb investments

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Sprint Corp will keep investing in its networks even if U.S. regulators adopt stricter “net neutrality” rules as long as they are applied with a “light touch,” the company said in a letter to the FCC released on Friday.

Sprint’s position appears in contrast with other cable and phone companies who have staunchly rejected the possibility that the FCC regulate Internet service providers (ISPs) more strictly under a section of communications law known as Title II, which would treat them more like public utilities.

Jan 15, 2015

Exclusive: White House says net neutrality legislation not needed

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House on Thursday said legislation was not necessary to settle so-called “net neutrality” rules because the Federal Communications Commission had the authority to write them.

Republicans in Congress are trying to drum up support for a bill that would counter the FCC’s upcoming new rules. The Obama administration’s comments, while not entirely rebuffing the legislative effort, could make some Democrats wary of joining it.

Jan 15, 2015

U.S. report finds no substitute to gathering bulk intel

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – No existing technology can fully replace collecting data in bulk to obtain electronic intelligence, but some methods could be developed to improve how information is gathered and used, the U.S. National Research Council said in a report on Thursday.

The report, sponsored by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, was in response to President Barack Obama’s call last year for a review of potential software-based alternatives to the controversial program.

Jan 14, 2015

U.S. lawmakers to begin net neutrality bill discussion this week

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. lawmakers plan to start drafting legislation this week aimed at keeping the Internet open without tighter “net neutrality” rules backed by the Obama administration, Republican leaders of the House and Senate Commerce committees said in an op-ed column on Reuters.com.

Senate Commerce Chairman John Thune and House Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton said they have come up with a working proposal and, working with lawmakers from both parties, planned to begin the process of publicly discussing and formally drafting legislation this week.

Jan 13, 2015

Obama seeks enhanced cybersecurity laws to fight hackers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Tuesday will announce a renewed push to beef up U.S. cybersecurity laws after recent headline-grabbing hacks against companies like Sony Pictures (6758.T: Quote, Profile, Research) and Home Depot (HD.N: Quote, Profile, Research).

Obama will throw his support behind efforts to give liability protection to companies that quickly share information about attacks, but will require strict protections for personal information, the White House said in a statement.

Jan 12, 2015

Obama proposes new data laws as U.S. Central Command hacked

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Monday said he wants to work with Congress on new laws that would do more to protect Americans’ privacy and the trail of data they leave on smart phones, computers and other devices.

Underscoring the threat posed by hackers, the Twitter feed of U.S. Central Command, which leads U.S. military action in the Middle East, was hacked by someone claiming to be associated with Islamic State militants, while Obama spoke.

Jan 8, 2015

FCC chief seen siding with Obama on net neutrality

WASHINGTON/LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – The top U.S. communications regulator on Wednesday endorsed the regulatory standard applied to telephone companies in remarks seen as the strongest indication yet that he planned to side with President Barack Obama on strict “net neutrality” rules.

Comments by Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas appeared to show he leaned toward regulating Internet service providers (ISPs) more strictly under Title II of the U.S. communications law, as Obama has suggested.

Jan 8, 2015

U.S. regulator wants faster speeds for Internet broadband

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The head of the U.S. FCC on Wednesday
proposed raising the definition of the high-speed Internet to
downloads at 25 megabits per second (Mbps), a more than a
six-fold increase from the current standard.

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler’s
proposal would also require a minimum 3 Mbps upload speed to
qualify as broadband, according to a fact sheet shared with
Reuters.

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      "Alina Selyukh is covering campaign finance this year. Starting as a journalist in her native town of Samara in Russia, she spent five years in Lincoln, Nebraska before moving to the East Coast to work for Reuters. A former intern and graduate trainee, Selyukh has covered energy, IPOs, healthcare policy and FDA."
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