• State Lawmakers Bash FCC Plan To End Muni-Broadband Restrictions
    An organization representing state lawmakers is protesting Federal Communication Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler's plan to nix laws that restrict municipal broadband. "As you consider your course of action on this matter, we encourage you to heed the principles of federalism and caution you of the numerous decisions by the United States Supreme Court with regard to the relationship between the state and its political subdivisions," the National Conference of State Legislatures says in a letter sent to Wheeler this week.
  • Aereo Asks 10th Circuit To Lift Injunction, Says DVR Service Legal
    Aereo might have been shot down by the Supreme Court, but the startup isn't yet ready to close up shop. Not only is Aereo trying to convince regulators and the courts that it's now a "cable system" -- and therefore entitled to a compulsory license -- but the company is also is arguing that it should be allowed to continue offering its DVR service.
  • Google Can't Shake App Privacy Suit
    Back in March of 2012, Google made international headlines with its controversial decision to revise its privacy policy in a way that allowed it to consolidate information about users. Ever since, a group of consumers have been trying to sue the company for allegedly violating users' privacy. This week, a federal judge ruled that the consumers could proceed with a lawsuit -- but not based on their original claims. Instead, U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul Grewal in San Jose, Calif. said that users could continue with allegations that Google wrongly transfers users' names and contact information to app developers.
  • EFF Says Its Anti-Tracking Tool Blocks New Form Of Digital Fingerprinting
    The digital rights organization Electronic Frontier Foundation today unveiled a beta version of Privacy Badger -- a tool aimed at helping people avoid online data collection and behaviorally targeted ads.
  • Microsoft: FCC's Fast-Lane Proposal Could Lead To Billion-Dollar Losses For Business
    Weighing in against the Federal Communications Commission's proposed broadband regulations, Microsoft is warning that the agency's proposal for fast lanes could have a devastating impact on companies that rely on broadband to reach consumers. "Preferential transmission arrangements are incompatible with the fundamental principles of an open Internet," the company says in comments filed today with the FCC.
  • FTC Urged To Protect Consumers From Secret Psych Experiments
    Facebook's recent psychological experiment on 700,000 unwitting users should spur the Federal Trade Commission to examine the ethical issues raised by online research, two professors say in a letter to the agency.
  • FTC Makes It Easier To Comply With Children's Privacy Regs
    The Federal Trade Commission today published new guidance that could make it easier for developers to create apps aimed at children. Specifically, the FTC is making it easier for app developers to obtain parental approval for data collection.
  • FCC Extends Neutrality Comment Deadline After Site Crashes
    Commenters deluged the Federal Communications Commission with written opinions about broadband regulations, crashing the agency's Web site and forcing it to extend the comment deadline until Friday. Around 700,000 people and organizations submitted comments before the FCC's system went down.
  • Facebook, Google, Other Web Companies Urge FCC To Reject Online Fast Lanes
    The largest Web companies officially came out against a proposal to allow broadband providers to create online "fast lanes" for companies willing to pay extra. "Charging for enhanced or prioritized access -- essentially, charging to discriminate against or degrade competing content -- undermines the Internet's level playing field," the trade group Internet Association said on Monday in comments filed with the Federal Communications Commission. "It shifts the balance from the consumers' freedom of choice to the broadband Internet access providers' gatekeeping decisions."
  • Franken Warns Regulators That AT&T/DirecTV Merger Could Affect Neutrality, Broadband Access
    Regulators who are evaluating AT&T's bid to take over DirecTV should consider the telecom's recent history of "skirting the spirit" of neutrality principles, Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) says. "AT&T allegedly had blocked applications that compete with its own voice and messaging services, including Skype, Google Voice and Apple's FaceTime," Franken writes in a letter to the Department of Justice and Federal Communications Commission.
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