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Jun 26, 2014

China cyber crime cooperation stalls after U.S. hacking charges

WASHINGTON, June 26 (Reuters) – Fledging cooperation between
the United States and China on fighting cyber crime has ground
to a halt since the recent U.S. indictment of Chinese military
officials on hacking charges, a senior U.S. security official
said on Thursday.

At the same time, there has been no decline in Chinese
hackers’ efforts to break into U.S. networks, the official said.

Jun 25, 2014

AT&T tells lawmakers DirecTV deal won’t guarantee lower prices

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. lawmakers grilled AT&T Inc and DirecTV on Tuesday over a proposed merger that some Democrats and public interest groups fear will result in higher costs and less competition.

The chief executives of the No. 2 wireless carrier and the largest U.S. satellite TV service provider testified about their proposed $48.5 billion deal at hearings in the House of Representatives and the Senate, and said the scale the merger would allow them to save on the high costs of negotiating rights to video content.

Jun 24, 2014

AT&T tells US lawmakers DirecTV deal is not Comcast/Time Warner

WASHINGTON, June 24 (Reuters) – AT&T Inc’s proposed
merger with DirecTV does not compare with other mergers
shaking up the telecommunications industry because the companies
largely provide different services, AT&T’s chief executive told
lawmakers on Tuesday.

“This is not Comcast/Time Warner, this is not two cable
companies getting together, this is not Sprint and T-Mobile,”
CEO Randall Stephenson said at a hearing on the proposed $48.5
billion merger before a House Judiciary Committee panel.

Jun 24, 2014

DirecTV to U.S. lawmakers on AT&T deal: broadband ‘changing everything’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – DirecTV’s chief executive officer told lawmakers on Tuesday that the largest U.S. satellite television provider needs to merge with AT&T Inc so that it can offer Internet service to consumers that is critical to remaining competitive.

“We’ve competed aggressively by delivering more high-definition channels, a clearer picture … than cable,” CEO Michael White said at a hearing on the proposed $48.5 billion merger before the House Judiciary Committee.

Jun 20, 2014

U.S. FCC to vote in July on Internet subsidy changes for schools

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Federal Communications Commission will vote on July 11 on proposed changes to a subsidy program aimed at improving wireless Internet in schools and libraries nationwide without spending more, the agency said on Friday.

The five-member FCC will vote on Chairman Tom Wheeler’s proposal to begin transitioning the largest U.S. education technology program, E-Rate, to focus entirely on high-speed Internet services and to better use its current funding on new technology.

Jun 18, 2014

U.S. says cable, fiber Internet speeds mostly as hyped; DSL lags

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. cable and fiber Internet providers generally deliver the download speeds they advertise, though not consistently, while DSL connections increasingly fail to meet promised speeds, the Federal Communications Commission said on Wednesday.

The agency has been testing download and upload speeds of top Internet service providers (ISPs) yearly since 2011, but this year for the first time also assessed how likely consumers were to get speeds as advertised.

Jun 18, 2014

U.S. bill on email privacy gathers majority support in the House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A bill to force government agencies to get warrants before they access the email of people under investigation advanced in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday after a majority of lawmakers signed on as co-sponsors.

Advocates of the reform, which have included large tech companies such as Google, welcomed the news of 218 lawmakers signing on to the bill in the Republican-controlled House. The White House has also endorsed efforts to rewrite the old law.

Jun 15, 2014

Mobile ‘net neutrality’ faces new day of reckoning at U.S. FCC

WASHINGTON, June 15 (Reuters) – A surge in mobile Internet
usage has U.S. regulators considering whether to apply the same
rules to fixed and wireless Internet traffic, and large
technology firms are siding with consumer advocates to call for
such a change.

The Federal Communications Commission is now rewriting the
so-called “net neutrality” rules, aimed at ensuring that
Internet providers do not unfairly block or slow down users’
access to content on the web, after their 2010 version was
rejected in January by an appeals court.

Jun 13, 2014

FCC looking into slow Internet download speeds

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. regulators will review agreements between Netflix, Verizon, Comcast and other content and Internet providers to figure out whether they are causing slow web download speeds for some consumers, especially for streaming video content.

Consumers have complained to the Federal Communications Commission about the ongoing spat between Netflix and Internet service providers (ISPs). Both sides accuse each other of causing a slowdown in Internet speeds by the way they route traffic.

Jun 13, 2014

U.S. regulator begins review of web traffic exchange agreements

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Federal Communications Commission is studying details of Internet traffic exchange agreements between Netflix, Verizon, Comcast and others to begin to review such arrangements, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said on Friday.

The U.S. regulator has collected terms of so-called “peering agreements” between Netflix Inc and the two large Internet service providers, but is asking other broadband providers and content companies to share theirs as well.

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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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