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Apr 2, 2014

ICANN chief: Russia, China will not hijack Internet oversight

WASHINGTON, April 2 (Reuters) – The head of a nonprofit that
manages the infrastructure of the Internet defended on Wednesday
the U.S. government’s move to cede oversight of the body, and
downplayed concerns that Russia, China or other countries could
exert control and restrict the web’s openness.

The Obama administration last month said it would relinquish
oversight of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and
Numbers, or ICANN, which controls the “address book” of the
Internet, the master database of top-level domain names such as
.com and .net.

Apr 2, 2014

U.S., ICANN see no rush to transfer oversight of Internet addresses

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Officials from the U.S. government and the private non-profit group that manages the Internet’s “address book” promised on Wednesday to not rush a Commerce Department plan to relinquish oversight over Internet infrastructure management.

The United States said in March it would give up a direct oversight role, which it says has long been symbolic, over the work of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN.

Mar 31, 2014

U.S. regulators restrict TV stations’ joint ad sales

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. communications regulators voted along party lines on Monday to prohibit broadcast companies from controlling two or more TV stations in a market by sharing advertising sales staff as the agency began its new review of media ownership rules.

Two Democratic members of the Federal Communications Commission sided with Chairman Tom Wheeler on new rules that would count a broadcaster as having an ownership interest in any station where that owner sells 15 percent or more of weekly advertising time.

Mar 27, 2014

Comcast’s Cohen to testify on Time Warner Cable merger

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Comcast Corp’s Executive Vice President David Cohen will testify at a hearing in the U.S. Senate on April 9 about his company’s plans to buy Time Warner Cable Inc, a Comcast spokeswoman said on Thursday.

The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold the first congressional hearing on the proposed $45.2 billion merger between Comcast, the No. 1 U.S. cable operator, and its biggest rival, No. 2 cable services provider Time Warner Cable.

Mar 26, 2014

Photo app maker Snapchat not ready for its U.S. Senate close-up

WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Snapchat is known for an app that enables users to send photo messages that can vanish within seconds of being viewed. On Wednesday, company officials didn’t even appear at a Capitol Hill hearing on data security they’d been invited to – and a top senator wasn’t happy.

Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller said Snapchat had declined his invitation to testify and insinuated that the Los Angeles-based company, which has disclosed massive data breaches within the past year, was concealing something.

Mar 21, 2014

Obama to meet with U.S. tech executives on privacy, surveillance

WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Executives of several large U.S. Internet companies, including Google Inc and Facebook Inc, were to meet with President Barack Obama on Friday to discuss changes to government surveillance programs.

White House spokesman Jay Carney said Obama will meet with six tech executives to “continue his dialogue with them on the issues of privacy, technology and intelligence following his January 17 speech.” The meeting is scheduled to start in the Oval Office at 4:05 p.m. EDT (2005 GMT).

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.

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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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