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May 14, 2014

Security chief sees U.S. cyber legislation this summer

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Congress is likely to agree on cybersecurity legislation this summer, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said on Tuesday, citing growing consensus among lawmakers on the need to help industry share data with government about attacks on computer networks.

Lawmakers have been considering legislation to clarify how private companies should be required to disclose security breaches and cyber threats, but spats over liability and privacy protections have repeatedly thwarted comprehensive cybersecurity bills.

May 13, 2014

DHS chief says confident U.S. cyber legislation will pass

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Congress is likely to agree on cybersecurity legislation this summer, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said on Tuesday, citing growing consensus among lawmakers on the need to help industry share data with government about attacks on computer networks.

Johnson told the Reuters Cybersecurity Summit he sees a real bipartisan desire to pass a bill after years of unsuccessful attempts.

May 13, 2014

FCC vote on ‘net neutrality’ will kick off long battle

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. efforts to set new Internet traffic rules face a lengthy tug of war between big broadband providers and Republicans on one side and some tech companies and consumer advocates on the other as regulators prepare to propose the rules formally on Thursday.

U.S. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler has expanded the issues and questions raised in his “open Internet” proposal to sway his two Democratic colleagues on the five-member panel, though some consumer advocates remain unhappy.

May 8, 2014

U.S. ‘net neutrality’ plan faces heat from venture capitalists

WASHINGTON, May 8 (Reuters) – Pressure built on the U.S.
Federal Communications Commission chairman on Thursday to delay
or abandon a plan to relax Internet traffic rules, with more
than 50 high-profile venture capitalists and another FCC member
the latest to pile on.

Prominent investors including Ron Conway of SV Angel, Chris
Dixon of Andreessen Horowitz, John Lilly of Greylock Partners,
Jason Mendelson of Foundry Group, and dozens of other VCs wrote
a joint letter to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, himself a former
private equity investor, sharing their concerns about the
proposed new “open Internet” rules.

May 8, 2014

House panel votes to delay U.S. ceding oversight of Internet addresses

WASHINGTON, May 8 (Reuters) – A U.S. Congressional panel on
Thursday advanced a bill opposed by the Obama administration
that would delay a plan to cede U.S. oversight of the nonprofit
group that manages the Internet’s infrastructure.

The United States in March said it planned to relinquish
oversight of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and
Numbers (ICANN), which controls the “address book” of the
Internet, the master database of top-level domain names such as
.com and .net.

May 8, 2014

Tech companies urge U.S. FCC to scrap ‘net neutrality’ plan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – More than 100 technology companies, including Google Inc, Facebook Inc, Twitter Inc and Amazon.com Inc, have written to U.S. telecom regulators to oppose a new “net neutrality” plan that would regulate how Internet providers manage Web traffic.

The letter to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler and the agency’s four commissioners, warning of a “grave threat to the Internet,” came as one FCC commissioner called for a delay of a vote on the plan scheduled for May 15.

May 7, 2014

Tech firms write to U.S. FCC to oppose ‘net neutrality’ plan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Over 100 leading technology companies, including Google Inc, Facebook Inc, Twitter Inc and Amazon.com Inc, have written to U.S. telecom regulators to oppose a new “net neutrality” plan that would regulate how Internet providers manage web traffic.

The letter to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler and the agency’s four commissioners, warning of a “grave threat to the Internet,” came amid calls for a delay in a vote on the plan scheduled for May 15.

May 7, 2014

Technology firms write to U.S. FCC to oppose ‘net neutrality’ plan

WASHINGTON, May 7 (Reuters) – Over 100 leading technology
companies including Google Inc, Facebook Inc,
Twitter Inc and Amazon.com Inc have written to
U.S. telecom regulators to oppose a new “net neutrality” plan
that would regulate how Internet providers manage web traffic.

The letter to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom
Wheeler and the agency’s four commissioners, warning of a “grave
threat to the Internet,” came amid calls for a delay in a vote
on the plan scheduled for May 15.

Apr 24, 2014

FCC pushes back against criticism over Internet traffic plan

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The U.S. communications regulator on Thursday sought to tame an outcry over its plan to allow “fast lanes” for some content on the Internet, insisting that the agency will monitor and punish broadband providers that treat Web traffic “unreasonably.”

The Federal Communications Commission is weighing rules that would ban Internet providers from blocking access to websites or applications, but would allow content companies to pay for faster Internet speeds delivering their traffic as long as such deals are deemed “commercially reasonable.”

Apr 24, 2014

U.S. regulators to propose new net neutrality rules in May

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. regulators are expected to vote on May 15 on a new set of so-called “net neutrality” rules aimed at making certain that broadband providers do not slow down or block consumers’ access to legal Internet content.

The rules from the Federal Communications Commission, which released its framework in February, are expected to ensure network operators disclose how they manage Internet traffic and do not block any content on the Web.

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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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