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  • U.S. Consumers Have Limited Options For High-Speed Web, Commerce Dept. Says in Daily Online Examiner on 12/18/2014

    Lest there was any doubt, competition among broadband providers remains lacking -- at least at speeds of more than 10 Mbps. That's according to the Commerce Department, which this week released a new report regarding the state of broadband availability. Researchers found that people who want service of at least 10 Mbps -- which Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler says should be the new definition of broadband -- typically have a choice of just two wireline providers.

  • Watchdogs Want Stiffer Penalties For TRUSTe in Online Media Daily on 12/18/2014

    Compliance organization TRUSTe should be required to pay more than $200,000 for allegedly misrepresenting its practices, a coalition of advocacy organizations argues in comments filed on Wednesday with the Federal Trade Commission.

  • Many FCC Commenters Oppose Net Neutrality, Sunlight Foundation Says in Daily Online Examiner on 12/17/2014

    The Federal Communications Commission said in October that its proposed net neutrality regulations drew a record-breaking 3.9 million comments. Many people seemed to assume that a good portion of those comments, if not most of them, came from net neutrality supporters. But a large number of commenters actually opposed new restrictions on broadband providers, the nonprofit Sunlight Foundation says in a new report.

  • Google Asks Appeals Court To Lift 'Innocence Of Muslims' Ban in Daily Online Examiner on 12/16/2014

    Attorneys for Google and actress Cindy Lee Garcia faced off this week at the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, where they argued about whether Garcia is entitled to an injunction forcing Google to remove the clip "Innocence of Muslims" from YouTube. The hearing marked the latest twist in a legal dispute dating to late 2012, when Garcia sued Google for copyright infringement.

  • Uber Faces Criticism For Failing To Clarify Privacy Policies in Online Media Daily on 12/16/2014

    Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) is criticizing the car service company Uber for failing to fully answer questions regarding its privacy policies. Franken seems especially troubled by Uber's failure to clarify some of the vague language in its privacy policy, which says that companies can only access riders' data for "a limited set of legitimate business purposes."

  • FCC Chair Tells Congress Net Neutrality Regs 'Essential' in Online Media Daily on 12/17/2014

    New Net neutrality rules are "essential" to protect openness on the Web, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler said in a new letter to Congress. Wheeler responded last week that Net neutrality rules "can work in tandem with antitrust law" to promote open Internet principles.

  • Leahy Pushes ISPs To Swear Off Fast Lanes in Daily Online Examiner on 12/15/2014

    Broadband providers have "disappointed" Sen. Patrick Leahy by refusing to promise to avoid creating paid online fast lanes. "An Internet that is split into the 'haves' and 'have-nots' is unacceptable," Leahy said in a statement issued late last week. "That is why the FCC should enact clear and enforceable rules to prevent 'paid prioritization' agreements that would allow some content providers to out-bid smaller competitors to gain fast-lane service to customers online." The statement marks a continuation of Leahy's efforts to extract no-fast-lane promises from Internet service providers.

  • Dutch Officials Demand Google Revise Privacy Policy in Online Media Daily on 12/15/2014

    Officials in the Netherlands have told Google to revise its privacy policy by February, or face fines of as much as $18 million. The move marks European authorities' most recent protest to Google's 2012 changes to its privacy policy. Since March of that year, Google has combined information about signed-in users across a variety of products and services, including Gmail, Android, and YouTube.

  • Verizon Exec Says Net Neutrality Regs Won't Stop 'Short-Term' Investment In Network  in Daily Online Examiner on 12/12/2014

    Earlier this week, Panasonic, Ericsson, Sandvine and other tech companies warned that a move to classify broadband service as a utility could harm themselves as well as the overall economy. The companies argued that reclassifying broadband service would curb network investment by Internet service providers. That slowdown in spending would "flow downstream," eventually affecting the entire U.S. economy, the tech companies said in a letter to lawmakers and the Federal Communications Commission.

  • Judge Refuses To Dismiss Text-Spam Lawsuit Against Yahoo in Online Media Daily on 12/12/2014

    A federal judge has rejected Yahoo's argument that it's entitled to prevail before trial in a potential class-action lawsuit alleging that it sent consumers unsolicited SMS messages. The lawsuit - one of a few SMS-related cases against Yahoo - centers on a Yahoo Messenger feature that converts instant messages into text messages.

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