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Apr 12, 2013

Spectrum auction should promote wireless competition -U.S. Justice Dept

WASHINGTON, April 12 (Reuters) – Smaller wireless carriers
should be able to get a fair share of spectrum in the
forthcoming U.S. auction to ensure the market is competitive,
the Justice Department told the Federal Communications
Commission in a filing made public on Friday.

The filing underlines the high value placed on low-frequency
spectrum that will be auctioned off, and delivers a blow to the
two largest U.S. providers, Verizon Communications Inc
and AT&T Inc, in acquiring those airwaves.

Apr 10, 2013

FCC chief bids broadcasters farewell amid auction concerns

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – The top telecommunications regulator made a fresh plea to broadcasters on Wednesday to play ball with the Federal Communications Commission and the wireless industry in his final visit to their trade show before leaving the agency.

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, who plans to step down within weeks, spoke at the National Association of Broadcasters’ annual trade show in Las Vegas and tried one last time to smooth 0the FCC’s bumpy relationship with the industry.

Mar 27, 2013

U.S. law to restrict government purchases of Chinese IT equipment

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Congress quietly tucked in a new cyber-espionage review process for U.S. government technology purchases into the funding law signed this week by President Barack Obama, reflecting growing U.S. concern over Chinese cyber attacks.

The law prevents NASA, and the Justice and Commerce Departments from buying information technology systems unless federal law enforcement officials give their OK.

Mar 27, 2013

US Senate Democrats say Jessica Rosenworcel should be FCC chair

WASHINGTON, March 27 (Reuters) – U.S. Senate Democrats are
pressing President Barack Obama to elevate Federal
Communications Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel to become the
agency’s first female chair, according to a letter obtained by
Reuters.

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski will leave the commission in
coming weeks and the letter to Obama, signed by 37 senators,
calls Rosenworcel “a superb candidate” who is “equally
respected” by the telecommunications industry, public safety
community and public interest groups.

Mar 26, 2013

US court questions public interest scope in Apple secrecy hearing

WASHINGTON, March 26 (Reuters) – A federal appeals court
aggressively questioned the scope of the public interest and
trade secrets at a hearing on Tuesday over document secrecy in
Apple Inc’s patent litigation against Samsung
Electronics Co Ltd.

A coalition of media advocacy groups and news organizations
is asking the Federal U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to uphold a
lower court ruling that ordered the companies to unseal many
financial documents filed in the high-stakes patent case.

Mar 22, 2013

U.S. FCC chief Genachowski to step down, touts expanded broadband

WASHINGTON, March 22 (Reuters) – Julius Genachowski said on
Friday he will step down as chairman of the U.S. Federal
Communications Commission in the coming weeks after four years
on the job, and touted his record of working to expand broadband
Internet service to Americans.

Genachowski, whose term was due to end in June, told FCC
staffers he would be leaving his post “in the coming weeks” but
did not give a date. He told Reuters after his announcement that
he has no career plans lined up for after his FCC tenure ends.

Mar 22, 2013

FCC Chairman Genachowski to step down in the coming weeks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Julius Genachowski said on Friday he will step down as chairman of the Federal Communications Commission in the coming weeks, ending a four-year tenure at the agency that focused on expanding broadband Internet service to Americans.

In remarks to FCC staffers, Genachowski did not give a date for his widely expected exit or specify his plans after he leaves the agency. His term at FCC, which oversees telecommunications and broadcast companies, was due to end in June.

Mar 20, 2013

FCC commissioner Robert McDowell to step down

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Federal Communications Commissioner Robert McDowell, the senior member of the agency’s Republican minority, said on Wednesday he will leave in coming weeks after a seven-year tenure that promoted deregulation of the Internet and the telecom market.

His exit leaves the five-member panel with three Democrats and one Republican. It may pave the way for Democratic Chairman Julius Genachowski – widely expected to leave in coming months as well – to announce his own exit, in part because a Senate confirmation of two new commissioners from both political parties can be smoother to accomplish.

Mar 19, 2013

Government access to private email reviewed in Congress

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A law regulating authorities’ access to email drew a good deal of attention in Congress on Tuesday as a House panel quizzed Department of Justice and Google experts About it, and the Senate began taking on a bill to update the rules.

The Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), passed in pre-Web 1986, does not require government investigators to have a search warrant when requesting access to old emails and messages stored online, providing less protection for them than, say, letters stored in a desk drawer or even messages saved on a computer’s hard drive.

Mar 19, 2013

U.S. government access to private email reviewed in Congress

WASHINGTON, March 19 (Reuters) – A law regulating U.S.
authorities’ access to email drew a good deal of attention in
Congress on Tuesday as a House panel quizzed Department of
Justice and Google experts About it, and the Senate began taking
on a bill to update the rules.

The Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), passed in
pre-Web 1986, does not require government investigators to have
a search warrant when requesting access to old emails and
messages stored online, providing less protection for them than,
say, letters stored in a desk drawer or even messages saved on a
computer’s hard drive.

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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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