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Nov 24, 2010

FCC mulls web traffic rules for December meeting

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Telecommunications regulators postponed their December meeting, a move that could give them more time to consider whether they will take on controversial Web traffic rules.

The Federal Communications Commission was scheduled to meet December 15, but the agency on Tuesday said it would postpone the meeting to December 21. The delay gives the FCC an extra week to prepare its agenda, typically released three weeks prior to the meeting date.

Nov 23, 2010

Telecom regulators postpone December meeting

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Regulators have postponed their December meeting in a move some say gives the agency more time to consider whether they will take on web traffic rules.

The Federal Communications Commission was scheduled to meet December 15, but the agency announced on Tuesday the meeting would be pushed back to December 21.

Nov 23, 2010

U.S. telecom regulators postpone December meeting

WASHINGTON, Nov 23 (Reuters) – U.S. regulators have
postponed their December meeting in a move some say gives the
agency more time to consider whether they will take on web
traffic rules.

The Federal Communications Commission was scheduled to meet
Dec. 15, but the agency announced on Tuesday the meeting would
be pushed back to Dec. 21.

Nov 18, 2010

White House to push for tech policy action in 2011

WASHINGTON, Nov 18 (Reuters) – The Obama administration on
will push Congress next year to move ahead on critical
technology policies, the White House’s technology chief said on
Thursday.

The White House will work with Congress on bills dealing
with on patent reform, privacy and corporate taxation, said
Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra at a technology forum
hosted by the Politico news service.

Nov 16, 2010

Cable operators call for reform of TV industry

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Cable operators are asking U.S. lawmakers to consider reforms that would protect consumers from blackouts of their favorite television programs.

Cable providers, in testimony prepared for a Senate hearing on Wednesday, said the government should revamp outdated laws on retransmission consent — negotiations over the fees cable and satellite providers pay to carry broadcast content.

Nov 15, 2010

U.S. eyes gov’t spectrum for wireless devices

WASHINGTON, Nov 15 (Reuters) – The U.S. Commerce Department
recommended on Monday that some airwaves used by federal
agencies be freed up to address the burgeoning use of wireless
devices.

The Obama administration in June endorsed making 500
megahertz of spectrum available over the next 10 years to meet
the growing demand for wireless services on laptops and
smartphones such as Apple Inc’s (AAPL.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) iPhone.

Nov 10, 2010

FCC looks at Google’s Street View data grab

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Federal Communications Commission is looking into Google Inc’s “Street View” maps service, to see if the company’s collection of emails and other private information violated federal laws.

The FCC probe underscores the multiple investigations still faced by Google for data collected by its cars photographing streets around the world, despite a decision by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to drop its probe last month.

Nov 10, 2010

Internet firms must be accountable for data: execs

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Internet companies need to be more accountable for the mass of personal data collected from users to guard against cybercrime, industry executives said on Tuesday.

“Information is the currency of growth, but it’s also increasingly become the currency of crime,” Peter Cullen, chief privacy strategist for Microsoft Corp, said at the Family Online Safety Institute’s annual conference.

Nov 5, 2010

Analysis: Midterm election results to limit Internet regulation

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Republican takeover of the House of Representatives will mean fewer regulations for technology and telecommunications companies and a tough road ahead for the Federal Communications Commission.

Republicans are traditionally against onerous regulation of private industry, and many campaigned on promises to rein in government before the midterm elections, which saw the GOP pick up 60 House seats to secure the majority.

Oct 29, 2010

US FCC reviewing coveted broadband lines

WASHINGTON, Oct 29 (Reuters) – U.S. regulators are starting
a fresh review of high-capacity broadband lines, raising hopes
for companies that say Verizon (VZ.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and AT&T (T.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) have
overcharged them billions of dollars for access to the lines in
recent years.

Some rivals of Verizon and AT&T depend on their private,
“special access” lines capable of transferring lots of data to
connect to their networks across the country as well as to the
Internet, as do hospitals, government agencies and others.

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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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