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Nov 9, 2011

Cheaper broadband, PCs coming to low-income families

WASHINGTON, Nov 9 (Reuters) – Cable companies will offer
high-speed Internet service to low-income families at around a
fifth of the national average price, the top U.S.
communications regulator will announce on Wednesday.

Families who qualify for free school lunches will be able
to sign up for $9.95 a month high-speed Internet services from
top cable providers.

Nov 3, 2011

US FCC nominees may be caught in LightSquared fight

Nov 3 (Reuters) – U.S. Senator Charles Grassley is
threatening to block two nominees to the Federal Communications
Commission if the agency fails to produce documents he demanded
about broadband start-up LightSquared.

“I will object to proceeding to the nomination because the
FCC continues to stonewall a document request I submitted to
the FCC over six months ago,” the Republican senator from Iowa
said in a statement submitted to the Senate record.

Nov 2, 2011

Republicans seek limits on FCC merger reviews

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican lawmakers on Wednesday said they planned to introduce legislation narrowing U.S. communications regulators’ authority over mergers.

Republicans, who over the past year have criticized what they view as an overreach of power by the Federal Communications Commission, are pushing to standardize FCC practices and eliminate what they feel is poor decision-making that jeopardizes the public’s confidence in the agency.

Oct 27, 2011

U.S. FCC shifts subsidy fund to broadband

WASHINGTON, Oct 27 (Reuters) – U.S. regulators agreed on
Thursday to change an $8 billion national communications
subsidy program to put more emphasis on providing high-speed
Internet access to rural areas.

The Federal Communications Commission voted unanimously to
shift roughly $4.5 billion spent annually to subsidize rural
telephone service over to providing broadband in rural and
costly-to-serve areas.

Oct 27, 2011

Regulator overhauls fund to get broadband to all Americans

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – All Americans will have broadband access to Internet and telephone services by the end of the decade under new rules adopted by U.S. regulators.

The rules also reform a broken system of phone charges fraught with inefficiency and should result in $2.2 billion in savings passed down to consumers, the Federal Communications Commission estimates.

Oct 27, 2011

US overhauls fund to get broadband to all Americans

WASHINGTON, Oct 27 (Reuters) – All Americans will have
broadband access to Internet and telephone services by the end
of the decade under new rules adopted by U.S. regulators.

The rules also reform a broken system of phone charges
fraught with inefficiency and should result in $2.2 billion in
savings passed down to consumers, the Federal Communications
Commission estimates.

Oct 24, 2011

U.S. eyes stronger cyber defenses for small business

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. government is making it easier for small businesses to beef up defenses against cyber criminals through a free, online tool, the top U.S. communications regulator said on Monday.

The Small Biz Cyber Planner will allow business owners to create customized cybersecurity plans by answering basic questions about their company and its online presence.

Oct 18, 2011

Wireless initiative stalls new billing rules

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The wireless industry is rolling out more consumer-friendly billing practices, fending off a plan by communications regulators to impose new rules against unexpected charges.

Guidelines unveiled on Monday by the wireless trade association, CTIA, will see companies send alerts to customers when they near or reach monthly limits on voice, text and data services, and before they incur international roaming charges.

Oct 17, 2011

U.S. wireless initiative stalls new billing rules

WASHINGTON, Oct 17 (Reuters) – The U.S. wireless industry
is rolling out more consumer-friendly billing practices,
fending off a plan by communications regulators to impose new
rules against unexpected charges.

Guidelines to be unveiled on Monday by the wireless trade
association, CTIA, will see companies send alerts to customers
when they near and reach monthly limits on voice, text and data
services, and before they incur international roaming charges.

Oct 11, 2011

Websites leak more info than consumers are aware of

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Consumers are less anonymous than they think while surfing the Web, according to a study released on Tuesday that triggered new calls for “do not track” rules.

More than half of the 185 high-traffic websites looked at in the study shared a consumer’s username or user ID with another site, Stanford University’s Computer Security Laboratory found.

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      "After graduating from Howard University, Jasmin joined Reuters as an intern in the summer of 2008. She was hired after that summer as a news assistant in the Washington, DC bureau, covering energy, agriculture, commodities and economic indicators. She now reports on the FCC, telecom issues, the technology industry's influence in Washington and other policy stories. Follow her on Twitter @jasminmelvin"
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