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FTC calls on IoT vendors to protect privacy

The agency recommends a set of best practices, but critics fear the FTC will enforce them as regulations

Republicans call on FCC to release Net neutrality proposal before voting

Three top Republican lawmakers say they want the FCC process to be more transparent


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How has Time Warner failed users? Let us count the ways

On the heels of Net neutrality and municipal broadband, a new complaint against Time Warner could put the kibosh on its merger with Comcast

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Big visions for 5G before the FCC

Drones, robots, and satellites are all envisioned in high-frequency wireless spectrum, according to FCC filings from 55 companies, including Google, Samsung, Intel

Republican Net neutrality bill allows 'reasonable' network management

The draft legislation would prohibit the FCC from reclassifying broadband and take away the agency's rulemaking authority

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Think local: The struggle for municipal broadband

Who wants to legislate bans on municipal broadband? The big ISPs and the politicians they bankroll

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New H-1B bill will 'help destroy' U.S. tech workforce

Legislation that would hike the H-1B visa cap is drawing criticism and warnings that it will lead to an increase in offshoring of tech jobs

Intel, Google, Apple try again to settle employee antitrust lawsuit

A previous settlement for conspiring to prevent the poaching of workers was rejected by the court last year for being too low

Obama opposes state limits on municipal broadband

The president's new broadband proposal will encourage the FCC to move against limits on city-financed projects

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Obama proposes new 30-day data breach notification law

The president previewed a new data breach notification law today in a speech to the Federal Trade Commission

Obama revives call for immunity to companies sharing threat data

The president is expected to announce the liability protection and a measure to increase penalties for computer crimes on Tuesday

Obama aims to tighten laws on data hacking and student privacy

The moves come in the wake of the hacks of Sony Pictures and retailers like Target and Home Depot

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New year brings new hope for Net neutrality supporters

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler reverses course, makes a strong statement in support of Title II regulation and against fast lanes

Netflix: We're not using Internet fast lanes

Netflix's use of traffic connection deals simply allows the service to get beyond congestion, the company says

FCC to vote on Net neutrality rules in February

It's not clear yet what form the proposal from agency Chairman Tom Wheeler will take

China was brutal to US tech firms in 2014

Microsoft, Cisco, and Qualcomm all faced a tougher regulatory environment in China this year, and next year may be no better

Internet access tax moratorium extended in US gov't spending package

The moratorium will continue for another year, but the Senate's action leads to debate over Net neutrality taxes

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Could regulatory compliance be an IT competency?

Even if you feel that we have far too many regulations, there’s something to the idea that compliance should be done well

Breaking up Google is just one possible antritrust option, EU lawmakers say

A rotation mechanism showing commercial services from Google and its competitors is also an option

Net neutrality advocates: Hybrid approach won't work

A proposal to reclassify only part of broadband service as a regulated utility wouldn't protect consumers, groups say

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