WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. government is open to some changes to how it conducts its phone and Internet surveillance programs as long as they do not undermine the programs’ effectiveness, U.S. officials told a privacy oversight board on Monday.
How exactly the U.S. phone and online data-gathering programs could strike such a balance – helping thwart terrorist plots while also protecting Americans’ privacy – is under review by the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board.
WASHINGTON, Nov 1 (Reuters) – The Federal Communications
Commission is considering whether to eliminate a decades-old
rule that prohibited broadcasting of some professional sporting
events, often NFL football games, in their home markets.
The FCC said on Friday its members are reviewing a proposal
to eliminate the nearly 40-year-old rule that was originally
meant to ensure broadcasts of sports games did not hurt local
WASHINGTON, Oct 29 (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate on Tuesday
approved Tom Wheeler to be the new chairman of the Federal
Communications Commission, enabling the agency to start
operating under a permanent leader after a holding period of
Republican Senator Ted Cruz said earlier on Tuesday he had
lifted his block on the nomination after meeting with Wheeler
and receiving affirmation that the FCC would not pursue new
disclosure rules for sponsors of political ads.
WASHINGTON, Oct 29 (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate is expected
to take on the nomination of Tom Wheeler to be the new chairman
of the Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday after
Republican Senator Ted Cruz lifted his hold on the vote.
Cruz said on Tuesday he lifted his block on the nomination
after meeting with Wheeler and receiving affirmation that the
FCC would not pursue new disclosure rules for sponsors of
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. telecommunications regulators on Monday formally adopted an agreement by AT&T Inc, Dish Network Corp and other wireless companies to give smaller operators access to devices now made only for AT&T’s airwaves.
The Federal Communications Commission’s order, approved without a public vote, makes official and elaborates upon a multi-pronged deal brokered by agency staff and wireless companies last month.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican Senator Ted Cruz, who has blocked President Barack Obama’s nominee for chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, said on Thursday he hoped to meet with the nominee “soon” to discourage him from using FCC power to force sponsors of political ads to disclose their financial donors.
During the debt and budget debates that dominated Congress last week, Cruz used his prerogative as a senator to block the chamber from voting on the nomination of Tom Wheeler to lead the FCC, which oversees communications industries in the United States. The FCC has five seats, two of which are vacant.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. bureau on Tuesday unveiled a draft of voluntary standards that companies can adopt to boost cybersecurity – part of an attempt to protect critical industries without setting restrictive and costly regulations.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), a nonregulatory agency that is part of the Department of Commerce, issued the so-called framework following input from some 3,000 industry and academic experts.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican Senator Ted Cruz, a conservative whose defiant stand against Obamacare helped prompt the U.S. government shutdown, has blocked the Senate from voting on the nomination of Tom Wheeler to be Federal Communications Commission chairman.
The Senate was scheduled to vote on Wheeler, a Democrat and telecom industry veteran, late on Wednesday. Cruz held up the vote over questions about the FCC’s power to enforce disclosures of who sponsors political television advertising.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. government shutdown has divided hundreds of thousands of workers into “essential” and “non-essential,” bruising egos and leaving many grappling with the financial toll of unpaid leave.
“I’m heading in to be non-essential,” said one jeans-clad Environmental Protection Agency worker as she joined many others headed to work on Monday to cancel upcoming meetings, lock up files and put out-of-office messages on email and voicemail.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – At least a dozen U.S. National Security Agency employees have been caught using secret government surveillance tools to spy on the emails or phone calls of their current or former spouses and lovers in the past decade, according to the intelligence agency’s internal watchdog.
The practice is known in intelligence world shorthand as “LOVEINT” and was disclosed by the NSA Office of the Inspector General in response to a request by the Senate Judiciary Committee’s top Republican Charles Grassley for a report on abuses of the NSA’s surveillance authority.