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So Much for 'Senator Pai'

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai, who has long attracted rumors about a potential run for political office, shot down speculation that he would seek the seat in his home state of Kansas that Sen.

Don't Hold Your Breath on Privacy

Senate Commerce Committee leaders signaled they do not expect to unveil a draft privacy bill along with the committee’s hearing on Feb. 27. “There won’t be any unveiling,” said Committee Chairman Roger Wicker (R-MS).

Federal Trade Commission and Facebook are negotiating a record, multibillion-dollar fine for the company’s privacy lapses

Apparently, the Federal Trade Commission and Facebook are negotiating over a multi-billion dollar fine that would settle the agency’s investigation into the social media giant’s privacy practices. The fine would be the largest the agency has ever

San Jose launches new fund to bring internet to thousands of off-line homes

San Jose (CA) created the San Jose Digital Inclusion Fund — the largest of its kind in the country. The aim?

Facebook inadvertently pulls, reinstates Trump Organization ads labeled as political

Facebook removed more than 100 ads paid for and posted by The Trump Organization after Facebook mistakenly classified them as political in nature and requiring payment disclosures. Advertisements for the Trump International Hotel in Washington, DC

Is the FTC powerful enough to be an effective privacy cop? New report raises questions

The Federal Trade Commission is supposed to be the US government’s top Internet privacy cop.

‘These maps are bogus’: US lawmakers tear into telecom execs over spotty rural coverage

Members of Congress are fed up with the state of cellphone coverage in the United States and they weren’t afraid to lodge their complaints personally — with the leaders of some of the country’s biggest wireless networks. As Sprint and T-Mobile wen

House Communications Subcommittee Gets Wildy Divergent Views of T-Mobile-Sprint Impact

The major takeway from the House Communications Subcommittee hearing on the proposed T-Mobile-Sprint merger was that regulators are having to reconcile wildly divergent views of the impact of the deal.

Another Giant Telecom Merger Could Kill Jobs and Leave Low-Income Consumers in the Lurch. It’s Happened Before.

In Jan 2018, T-Mobile completed its acquisition of a small Midwestern telecommunications company, Iowa Wireless Services (iWireless). While the company only provided service to 75,000 customers, many of its users had no other options.

Gov Newsom (D-CA) proposes 'new data dividend' that could call on Facebook and Google to pay users

In his first state of the state address, Gov Gavin Newsom (D-CA) proposed "a new data dividend" that could allow residents to get paid for providing access to their data.