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Mar 12, 2014

Corrected – Comcast lobbyist Cohen meets his match in FCC’s Wheeler

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Comcast Corp’s (CMCSA.O: Quote, Profile, Research) top lobbyist David Cohen is known to be a savvy political operator, having pushed through the No. 1 U.S. cable operator’s landmark acquisition of media giant NBC Universal in 2011.

But when it comes to getting approval for Comcast to buy its biggest rival, Time Warner Cable Inc (TWC.N: Quote, Profile, Research), Cohen must win over someone just as well versed in the ways of lobbyists and the cable industry: Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler.

Mar 12, 2014

Comcast lobbyist Cohen meets his match in FCC’s Wheeler

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Comcast Corp’s top lobbyist David Cohen is known to be a savvy political operator, having pushed through the No. 1 U.S. cable operator’s landmark acquisition of media giant NBC Universal in 2011.

But when it comes to getting approval for Comcast to buy its biggest rival, Time Warner Cable Inc, Cohen must win over someone just as well versed in the ways of lobbyists and the cable industry: Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler.

Mar 11, 2014

SoftBank CEO says Sprint could shake up U.S. ‘oligopoly’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The chief executive of Japan’s SoftBank Corp on Tuesday called the U.S. wireless market an oligopoly plagued by slow speeds and high prices and said his company’s Sprint Corp could shake up the competition, but it would require a scale that Sprint cannot reach alone.

Masayoshi Son, the billionaire chief of SoftBank, in his first public speech to a U.S. audience since his company gained control of Sprint last year, lambasted the U.S. wireless market as offering “pseudo-competition.”

Mar 4, 2014

Comcast expands low-income Internet service as merger review nears

March 4 (Reuters) – Comcast Corp on Tuesday said
its discounted Internet service for low-income families will be
available indefinitely, a move that should please U.S.
regulators as the company seeks approval for its $45.2 billion
takeover of Time Warner Cable.

Internet Essentials is Comcast’s broadband Internet program
for some low-income families with children. It costs $9.95 a
month and offers a discount with other perks.

Feb 20, 2014

Comcast filings with regulators expected at end of March

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Comcast Corp said it plans to submit documents on its proposed $45 billion takeover of Time Warner Cable Inc to U.S. federal regulators by the end of March, when antitrust and public interest reviews will be launched.

The merger between the two U.S. biggest cable operators is expected to draw intense regulatory scrutiny from the Federal Communications Commission, which reviews whether deals are in the public interest, and either the Department of Justice or the Federal Trade Commission, which share antitrust oversight.

Feb 19, 2014

U.S. telecom regulator will write new ‘Open Internet’ rules

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Federal regulators will once again seek to set rules that make sure U.S. broadband providers do not block or slow down access to any lawful content on the Internet.

The Federal Communications Commission said on Wednesday it will not appeal a U.S. court decision that last month rejected a previous version of these so-called net neutrality rules largely because of the way the FCC had classified broadband providers.

Feb 12, 2014

U.S. to offer companies broad standards to improve cybersecurity

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. government is expected on Wednesday to release the final version of voluntary standards meant to help U.S. companies in nationally critical industries better protect themselves against cyber attacks.

Criticized in earlier drafts for being too vague and toothless, the so-called cybersecurity framework attempts to turn a vast amount of industry input into guidelines designed for 16 different sectors whose disruption could be devastating to the country.

Feb 11, 2014

New hopes for U.S. data breach law collide with old reality

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Data thefts at U.S. retailers have rekindled enthusiasm in Congress for a single federal law on how customers should be notified about such breaches, but those efforts face the same roadblock as in the past: dozens of overlapping state laws already in place.

Congressional hearings and calls for new powers by consumer protection agencies followed quickly after breaches at retailers Target Corp, Neiman Marcus and Michaels Companies were revealed.

Feb 9, 2014

U.S. lawmakers see serious threat of attacks in Russia during Olympics

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Top lawmakers from the U.S. House of Representatives’ intelligence and homeland security panels on Sunday warned of a serious threat of attacks in Russia during the Winter Olympics, though U.S. officials say the Olympic grounds are secure.

The Olympics formally opened on Friday in Sochi. Islamist militant groups based in the nearby north Caucasus region have threatened attacks during the February 7-23 Games.

Feb 5, 2014

U.S. firms lax with data security, Illinois official tells Congress

WASHINGTON, Feb 5 (Reuters) – U.S. companies that have
fallen prey to hackers, exposing the private information of
millions of customers, have often failed to take basic security
precautions to protect client data, Illinois Attorney General
Lisa Madigan told a House of Representatives committee hearing
on Wednesday.

Madigan said previous investigations, conducted before the
recent spate of high-profile breaches, had turned up repeated
instances where companies allowed their systems to retain
unencrypted data, failed to install software patches for known
vulnerabilities and kept information longer than necessary.

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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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