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Congress Pursues Deal on Phone Data Collection in Rare Talks During Recess

Location:
US Capitol, East Capitol Street, NE and 1st Street, NE, DC, 20515, United States
Recommendation:
2

Senior lawmakers are scrambling in rare recess negotiations to agree on a face-saving change to legislation that would rein in the National Security Agency’s dragnet of phone records, with time running out on some of the government’s domestic surveillance authority.

An ex-NSA chief and ACLU adviser can agree on surveillance reform. Why can't Congress?

Location:
IronNet Cybersecurity , 801 17th Street NW, Washington, DC, 20006, United States
Recommendation:
2

The current debate over surveillance has been divisive and polarizing. But if a constitutional law professor and an American Civil Liberties Union advisory board member can find common ground with a former director of the National Security Agency and Army general, then Congress should be able to arrive at a compromise on surveillance reform as well.

End the NSA’s collection of phone data

Location:
Washington Post, 1150 15th St NW, Washington, DC, 20071, United States
Recommendation:
2

Once in a great while, House Republicans get it right. So let me praise them for leading a bipartisan effort to curtail the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of data on the phone calls of innocent Americans.

Charter Deal for Time Warner Cable Signals Shift in TV Industry

Location:
Charter Communications, 12405 Powerscourt Dr, St. Louis, MO, 63131, United States
Recommendation:
2

Trying to succeed where Comcast failed, Charter Communications has struck a deal to buy Time Warner Cable, an acquisition that would create a powerhouse in the consolidating American cable and broadband industry.

Charter Deal With TWC More Likely to Get Approval Than Comcast

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
2

A Charter Communications merger with Time Warner Cable stands a better shot at regulatory approval than Comcast’s ill-fated attempt to purchase the cable giant, according to cable-industry analysts and executives.

As Facebook Sweeps Across Europe, Regulators Gird for Battle

Location:
Europe
Recommendation:
2

One arm of the European Union is looking into whether Facebook and other tech companies unfairly favor their own services over those of rivals.

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Benton Foundation provides free, daily summaries of articles concerning the quickly-changing telecommunications policy landscape.

Congress Pursues Deal on Phone Data Collection in Rare Talks During Recess

Location:
US Capitol, East Capitol Street, NE and 1st Street, NE, DC, 20515, United States
Recommendation:
2

Senior lawmakers are scrambling in rare recess negotiations to agree on a face-saving change to legislation that would rein in the National Security Agency’s dragnet of phone records, with time running out on some of the government’s domestic surveillance authority.

An ex-NSA chief and ACLU adviser can agree on surveillance reform. Why can't Congress?

Location:
IronNet Cybersecurity , 801 17th Street NW, Washington, DC, 20006, United States
Recommendation:
2

The current debate over surveillance has been divisive and polarizing. But if a constitutional law professor and an American Civil Liberties Union advisory board member can find common ground with a former director of the National Security Agency and Army general, then Congress should be able to arrive at a compromise on surveillance reform as well.

End the NSA’s collection of phone data

Location:
Washington Post, 1150 15th St NW, Washington, DC, 20071, United States
Recommendation:
2

Once in a great while, House Republicans get it right. So let me praise them for leading a bipartisan effort to curtail the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of data on the phone calls of innocent Americans.

Charter Deal for Time Warner Cable Signals Shift in TV Industry

Location:
Charter Communications, 12405 Powerscourt Dr, St. Louis, MO, 63131, United States
Recommendation:
2

Trying to succeed where Comcast failed, Charter Communications has struck a deal to buy Time Warner Cable, an acquisition that would create a powerhouse in the consolidating American cable and broadband industry.

Charter Deal With TWC More Likely to Get Approval Than Comcast

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
2

A Charter Communications merger with Time Warner Cable stands a better shot at regulatory approval than Comcast’s ill-fated attempt to purchase the cable giant, according to cable-industry analysts and executives.

As Facebook Sweeps Across Europe, Regulators Gird for Battle

Location:
Europe
Recommendation:
2

One arm of the European Union is looking into whether Facebook and other tech companies unfairly favor their own services over those of rivals.

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