David Lazarus

Congress wants to hear from everyone but consumers in a hearing on consumer privacy

The Senate Commerce Committee will hold a hearing on Sept 26 on “Examining Safeguards for Consumer Data Privacy,” intended as an opportunity for lawmakers to learn about “possible approaches to safeguarding privacy more effectively.” That’s great

When companies say a merger will result in lower prices, try laughing in their face

The next time a big company, and especially a telecom company, tells lawmakers and regulators that a multibillion-dollar merger will result in lower prices for consumers, I hope everyone in the room breaks out in laughter.

Get set: Your internet bill is about to soar, thanks to Trump's FCC

[Commentary] Dec 14's the day that the Trump administration will overturn former President Obama’s rules protecting consumers from greedy telecom companies manipulating internet access and pricing. I got a preview of what’s to come over the weeken

If your phone line gets hacked, guess who your service provider thinks should pay the bill

Arlene Howard’s phone bill said she made a bunch of calls to Cuba, which she didn’t. Her service provider, Charter Communications, acknowledged that her office line must have been hacked.

New FCC boss seen as friend to business, not so much to consumers

[Commentary] President Donald Trump named Ajit Pai to take over as chairman of the Federal Communications Commission.

AT&T-Time Warner merger could be blessing in disguise for consumers

[Commentary] If federal authorities play this correctly, the AT&T-Time Warner merger actually could be beneficial for consumers.

What they should do is press the case for skinny bundles and a la carte channels.

TWC's Dodgers channel dispute a case for a la carte pricing

[Commentary] Time Warner Cable was patting itself on the back after saying it was willing to have a federal arbitrator step in to resolve its long-running dispute with other pay-TV companies over the cost of the new Dodgers channel.

Should consumers trust data brokers to protect their information?

[Commentary] Federal regulators say companies that buy and sell consumer data operate largely in the shadows and should be reined in with new privacy laws.

Ownership of personal data still appears up for grabs

[Commentary] Your personal information is yours. Yet that simple idea, which should serve as the basis of all privacy-related laws and regulations in the United States, seems to have eluded those who profess to be the guardians of consumer data.