Kim Dixon

FTC says Internet firms near "last chance"

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"Don't make me count to four."

Consumer groups, phone companies spar over US broadband stimulus

Phone companies faced off against consumer groups on Monday, in a debate over how $7.2 billion in federal broadband spending should come with a mandate that Internet networks remain open to all traffic.

Software lobby seeks greater role in US Cybersecurity

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The Business Software Alliance told White House officials this week the government should share more threat and attack information with the industry. It submitted a set of recommendations to Melissa Hathaway, the acting senior director for cyber space at the White House, this week, the group said.

Companies want no set Internet speeds in stimulus

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Telecom companies vying for $7.2 billion in broadband funds included in the economic stimulus plan urged regulators not to mandate a super-fast Internet speed as a criterion for winning the money.

Phone firms seek low bar for broadband grants

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Telecommunications firms vying for $7.2 billion in funding for broadband expansion urged regulators to allow all companies that have current government licenses to be eligible to apply. Telecommunications and Internet officials, state regulators and consumer groups are lobbying to shape the still unwritten rules that will govern how regulators dole out the money.

US Internet firms defend tighter Web management

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US Internet service providers are making greater efforts to manage traffic on their networks as they seek ways to avoid congestion caused by bandwidth-hogging services like video. Network management of Internet traffic has become a flash point between companies and public interest groups which worry that companies will become the arbiter of what is important or discriminate against certain applications or content.

Senate backs ban on media 'Fairness Doctrine'

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The Senate passed an amendment on Thursday that would bar the Federal Communications Commission from requiring broadcasters to give equal time to all points of view, a ban strongly supported by some Republican lawmakers.

DTV coupon backlog seen gone within weeks

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The National Telecommunications Information Administration says consumers should be able to receive new coupons within weeks to help defray the cost of converter boxes for the nationwide switch to digital television signals.

Stimulus 1st step in Obama's broadband goals

The $7.2 billion in funding to promote high-speed Internet in the stimulus package is just the first step in the Obama administration's effort to fuel expansion of telecommunications services, says Blair Levin, an adviser to U.S.

Broadband tax credits dropped from stimulus bill

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Tax credits for high-speed Internet that could have benefited Verizon Communications Inc were cut from a compromise on the nearly $800 billion economic stimulus bill that lawmakers will vote on this week.Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John Rockefeller, a West Virginia Democrat and chairman of the Senate's commerce committee, supported the tax credits but was unable to get them into the final package, which still needs to be voted on by the House and Senate.

FCC Looking at TV Stations that Still Plan Feb 17 Switch to DTV

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The Federal Communications Commission is scrutinizing bids by hundreds of TV stations that want to broadcast in all digital next week, to prevent millions of households from losing television access.

FCC clears Time Warner Cable spinoff

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The Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday approved the spinoff by Time Warner of its cable unit Time Warner Cable with no major conditions, the last major hurdle to the deal.

Stupak wants satellite companies to carry local TV

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Rep Bart Stupak (D-MI) introduced a bill to require satellite television companies to carry local broadcasting in all markets, arguing that the companies ignore less populated regions. He said satellite TV companies target urban and suburban markets, to the detriment of rural areas.

Internet companies vying for stimulus

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Wireless and Internet service companies are looking to cash in as lawmakers hash out a $900 billion stimulus plan aimed at jump-starting the souring economy. Nearly $10 billion in federal grants and loans and $100 million in tax credits could be spent extending high-speed Internet access to rural areas and poor neighborhoods, a goal outlined by President Barack Obama during his campaign.

Broadband link to US jobs exaggerated

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Robert Crandall, a Brookings Institution economist, co-authored a widely-cited study that nearly 300,000 US jobs would be created for every percentage point rise in high-speed Internet use. The Brookings Institution study, published in July 2007, is not particularly relevant now because of differing employment and related migration trends at the time of the study, Crandall said.

Google lets users search for Internet blockers

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On Wednesday, Google unveiled a plan aimed at eventually letting computer users determine whether providers like Comcast Corp are inappropriately blocking or slowing their work online. The scheme is the latest bid in the debate over network neutrality, which pits content companies like Google against some Internet service providers.

Congress mulls Internet, wireless tax credits

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Sen John Rockefeller (D-WV), a senior Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee, and Sen Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) will offer the amendment to the $825 billion economic package Tuesday, offering a plan to give tax credits to Internet and wireless companies as part of a broad stimulus package to boost the ailing economy.

Michael Copps named acting FCC chairman

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President Barack Obama named Michael Copps the acting chairman of the Federal Communications Commission which regulates telephone, wireless, radio and television communications. Commissioner Copps, an opponent of big media consolidation and further deregulation of big telephone companies, has served as a commissioner on the five-member agency since 2001.

US wireless group opposes net openness in stimulus

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A group representing US wireless companies is seeking changes to $6 billion in grants aimed at promoting expanded Internet and wireless services as part of an economic stimulus bill proposed by Democrats.

Democrats seek billions for IT, Internet

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Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday proposed a combined $26 billion to promote high-speed Internet in underserved areas and for expansion of efforts to computerize health records.

Rockefeller proposes 3-month delay in digital TV

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Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) introduced legislation on Thursday to delay until June 12 the transition from analog to digital television, saying more time is needed to help consumers get ready.

High-speed Web can't rely on stimulus: Obama aide

Blair Levin, a top aide to President-elect Barack Obama, told the Congressional Internet Caucus that a broad US economic stimulus package cannot be the major vehicle for achieving the high-speed Internet goals of the incoming administration.

Obama's FCC choice faces long list of issues

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Julius Genachowski, President-elect Barack Obama's choice to lead the Federal Communications Commission, faces issues ranging from promoting wireless carrier competition to the problem-plagued shift to digital television. Many predict a smooth confirmation by the Senate; Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) called Genachowski's resume "brilliant." Among the FCC's responsibilities are the regulation of telephone and cable companies, overseeing the concentration of radio and television station ownership, and auctioning public airwaves.

Introducing Rick Boucher

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Rep Rick Boucher, a Democrat whose district includes rural mountainous areas of Virginia, said on Thursday he was set to become chairman of the Communications, Technology and the Internet Subcommittee.

Obama backs extending digital TV cutoff date

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President-elect Barack Obama backs a move to delay a mandatory switch to digital television signals on fears viewers are unprepared and as the government has run out of coupons to help pay for converter boxes.

Obama tech appointments seen coming soon

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President-elect Barack Obama is expected to announce key technology appointments as early as this week. Industry lobbyists, consumers groups and other advocates are waiting for Obama to pick someone to head the Federal Communications Commission and to fill a new job of chief technology officer for the federal government.

Obama announces 'chief performance officer'

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President-elect Barack Obama has picked Nancy Killefer, a director at McKinsey & Company and a former assistant Treasury secretary in the Clinton administration, to serve as the first US "chief performance officer" to oversee budget and spending reform.

Telecom lobbyists line up for piece of Obama stimulus

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President-elect Barack Obama's frequent use of the words "broadband" and "stimulus" in the same sentence has lobbyists lining up to get a piece of the expected largess in an economic stimulus plan.

Yahoo cuts data retention to three months

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Search engine Yahoo! Inc will cut to three months the time it stores personal data gathered from Web surfing, making its retention policy the shortest among peers, the company said on Wednesday.

Cellphone-only Households Keep Climbing

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 17.5 percent of households in the United States have no traditional telephone and rely on wireless services only, which is up from 13.6 percent a year earlier.