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Mar 27, 2012

U.S. willing to share airwaves with commercial users

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The government is willing to share some of its airwaves with wireless service providers to help them meet increasing demand for services such as mobile Web surfing.

The proposal made on Tuesday, would give wireless companies access to another 95 megahertz of spectrum – almost 20 percent of the target set by the Obama administration for freeing up airwaves for broadband use.

Mar 26, 2012

U.S. Regulators push for online “do not track” system

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. regulators are pressuring Internet companies to put in place by the end of the year a “Do Not Track” system that would give consumers more control over their personal data online, in a report released on Monday that privacy advocates dismissed as too soft.

The Federal Trade Commission’s long-awaited 57-page final report on privacy recommendations relies heavily on industry voluntarily adopting best practices.

Mar 22, 2012

Government sues AT&T over fees from misuse of deaf service

By Jasmin Melvin

(Reuters) – The government charged AT&T Inc (T.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) with cheating it out of millions of dollars by knowingly failing to prevent swindlers from using a subsidized telephone service meant for deaf people.

The Justice Department said on Thursday it accused AT&T of billing for reimbursement of calls placed by ineligible international callers who used the service for purposes such as buying goods from merchants using stolen credit cards.

Mar 22, 2012

US sues AT&T over fees from misuse of deaf service

March 22 (Reuters) – The U.S. government charged AT&T Inc
with cheating it out of millions of dollars by knowingly
failing to prevent swindlers from using a subsidized telephone
service meant for deaf people.

The Justice Department said on Thursday it accused AT&T of
billing for reimbursement of calls placed by ineligible
international callers who used the service for purposes such as
buying goods from merchants using stolen credit cards.

Mar 21, 2012

FCC proposal could help Dish wireless plan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. communications regulators proposed on Wednesday a more flexible use of satellite airwaves that could help Dish Network Corp (DISH.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) launch a wireless cellular network.

The Federal Communications Commission said it would develop rules to make a block of mobile satellite spectrum available for mobile broadband use.

Mar 16, 2012

LightSquared loses network partner Sprint

WASHINGTON, March 16 (Reuters) – Hedge fund manager
Philip Falcone’s LightSquared lost its main business
partner Sprint Nextel Corp, which returned $65 million in
payments to the telecommunications startup.

Sprint said on Friday it will exercise its right to scuttle
the $9 billion agreement that would have allowed LightSquared to
use a network Sprint is building to sell its own
high-speed wireless service.

Mar 13, 2012

U.S. trade regulator casts doubts on ‘Do Not Track’ on Web

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Consumers hoping for a one-click option to bar advertisers from tracking them across the Web will have to wait a bit longer, according to a Federal Trade Commission official.

“I don’t see any of the ‘do not track’ solutions as ready for prime time,” FTC Commissioner Thomas Rosch said in an interview with Reuters.

Mar 10, 2012

Web giants’ consumer privacy strategy faces hard sell

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Emboldened by their victory in quashing online piracy legislation, U.S. Internet companies are gearing up for a battle over whether consumers should be able to restrict efforts to gather personal data.

Google Inc, Facebook, Apple Inc and other tech companies have lobbied against congressional and federal agency proposals that would let Internet users press “do not track” buttons on their browsers to block targeted advertising. Consumers could also edit personal information that has been stored about them.

Mar 8, 2012

U.S. seeks more on Verizon, cable marketing deals

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Communications regulators requested on Thursday more information about the marketing agreements proposed in multibillion dollar airwaves deals between Verizon Wireless and several cable operators.

The Federal Communications Commission decision to seek the information follows calls from competitors and public interest groups for a thorough review of any anticompetitive effects.

Mar 3, 2012

US says ties with Egypt still strong after NGO row

WASHINGTON, March 3 (Reuters) – The United States on
Saturday reaffirmed its backing for Egypt’s efforts to get a
$3.2 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund, despite
the recent diplomatic standoff between Washington and Cairo over
American pro-democracy activists.

Egypt, coming off the uprising that overthrew Hosni Mubarak
who had ruled for 30 years, is in talks with the IMF for a loan
to help it stave off a financial crisis.

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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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