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Jan 16, 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 14, 2015

Obama seeks enhanced cybersecurity laws to fight hackers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama sent a bill to Congress on Tuesday to strengthen U.S. cybersecurity laws to protect government, businesses and consumers while protecting privacy, after recent hacking attacks against Sony Pictures (6758.T: Quote, Profile, Research), Home Depot Inc (HD.N: Quote, Profile, Research) and Target Corp (TGT.N: Quote, Profile, Research), and on Monday the federal government itself.

“We’ve got to stay ahead of those who would do us harm. The problem is that government and the private sector are still not always working as closely together as we should,” Obama said.

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.

Jan 7, 2015

U.S. FCC chief’s speech seen supporting Obama on net neutrality

LAS VEGAS/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The top U.S. communications regulator on Wednesday touted a “just and reasonable” standard for policing Internet traffic in remarks seen as the strongest indication yet that he plans to follow President Barack Obama’s lead on “net neutrality.”

The remarks by Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler at a trade show in Las Vegas appeared to show he was leaning toward regulating Internet service providers more strictly under Title II of the U.S. communications law, as Obama has suggested.

Dec 22, 2014

U.S. FCC pauses Comcast-Time Warner merger review until Jan. 12

WASHINGTON, Dec 22 (Reuters) – U.S. Federal Communications
Commission on Monday once again paused its review of the
proposed $45 billion merger of Comcast Corp and Time
Warner Cable Inc, citing delays in getting documents
from Time Warner Cable.

The FCC is studying whether the merger, which would combine
the two biggest U.S. cable companies, is in the public interest.
It had self-imposed an informal 180-day countdown for the
review, which will now be paused at day 104 until January 12.

Dec 19, 2014

Top four U.S. wireless carriers increase control of market, review finds

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The top four U.S. mobile carriers
expanded their control of the U.S. wireless market last year, a
federal government report said on Thursday, once again finding
the industry is highly concentrated as a result of continuing
consolidation.

The Federal Communications Commission’s annual review of
mobile industry competition found the two largest carriers,
Verizon Communications Inc and AT&T Inc, together
controlled around 70 percent of both the nationwide market share
based on service revenues and the most-prized type of radio
airwaves.

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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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