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Sep 23, 2011

US ‘Net neutrality’ rules to take effect in Nov.

Sept 23 (Reuters) – Long-awaited U.S. rules addressing the
hot-button issue of balancing consumer and content providers’
interests against those of Internet service providers will take
effect on Nov. 20.

The regulations covering so-called Net neutrality,
published in the Federal Register on Friday, are sure to
trigger legal and congressional challenges. They were adopted
by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission late last year
after a lengthy debate.

Sep 22, 2011

Lawmakers tell FCC to protect GPS from Falcone

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Two Republican lawmakers urged the top U.S. communications regulator to resist political pressure for allowing broadband start-up LightSquared to deploy a network that could interfere with the global positioning system.

Representative Thomas Petri and Senator Charles Grassley sent a letter on Thursday to the Federal Communications Commission saying a single company should not be allowed to threaten such critical national infrastructure.

Sep 22, 2011

Text, video messaging eyed for emergency calls

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Communications regulators urged adoption of new technologies that would allow people needing emergency help to send text, photos and video messages to police and rescue dispatchers.

While sending multimedia messages over mobile devices is commonplace with the smartphone boom, the country’s 9-1-1 emergency system only supports voice calls.

Sep 22, 2011

US eyes text, video messaging for emergency calls

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. communications regulators urged adoption of new technologies that would allow people needing emergency help to send text, photos and video messages to police and rescue dispatchers.

While sending multimedia messages over mobile devices is commonplace with the smartphone boom, the country’s 9-1-1 emergency system only supports voice calls.

Sep 21, 2011

Judge sets February 13 date for AT&T antitrust trial

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. judge set a February 13 start for a trial over whether AT&T Inc can buy rival T-Mobile USA, a compromise between the companies’ desire for a quick resolution and the Justice Department’s request for more time to prepare its case.

U.S. District Judge Ellen Huvelle on Wednesday set aside up to six weeks for the trial in response to the Obama administration’s antitrust lawsuit against the deal. She will preside without a jury, as is typical for such cases.

Sep 21, 2011

U.S. judge sets February 13 for AT&T antitrust trial

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. judge set a February 13 start for a trial over whether AT&T Inc (T.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) can buy rival T-Mobile USA despite competitive concerns raised in a lawsuit by the Obama administration’s Justice Department.

U.S. District Judge Ellen Huvelle set aside 6 weeks for the non-jury trial. There was no discussion during the 80-minute scheduling hearing of any settlement of the case.

Sep 21, 2011

US judge sets Feb. 13 for AT&T antitrust trial

WASHINGTON, Sept 21 (Reuters) – A U.S. judge set a Feb. 13
start for a trial over whether AT&T Inc (T.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) can buy rival
T-Mobile USA despite competitive concerns raised in a lawsuit
by the Obama administration’s Justice Department.

U.S. District Judge Ellen Huvelle set aside 6 weeks for the
non-jury trial. There was no discussion during the 80-minute
scheduling hearing of any settlement of the case.

Sep 20, 2011

Justice won’t brief lawmakers on AT&T merger

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Justice Department will not hold a briefing for lawmakers to explain its decision to challenge AT&T Inc’s (T.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) purchase of Deutsche Telekom AG’s (DTEGn.DE: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) T-Mobile USA.

In a letter sent on Monday to House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton, the Justice Department said it could not disclose nonpublic information about a matter in active litigation.

Sep 15, 2011

U.S. proposes kids’ online privacy rule update

By Jasmin Melvin

(Reuters) – A proposed update of the U.S. online privacy rule for children would revise definitions of personal information and beef up parental consent mechanisms to reflect technological changes.

The Federal Trade Commission plan would modify its Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule that gives parents a say over what information websites and other online providers can collect about children under the age of 13.

Sep 15, 2011

US FTC seeks boost in online privacy for children

Sept 15 (Reuters) – The Federal Trade Commission is
proposing new safeguards to heighten protection of children’s
personal information online.

The proposal would change an existing rule that gives
parents a say over what information a website can collect about
their children. The amendments are aimed at keeping pace with
new technology and devices that give children Internet access.

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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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