The Federal Trade Commission may take another look at a 2009 order that restricts Sears' ability to engage in online data collection.
Comcast is asking the FCC to issue a "clear, affirmative ruling" that blocks states from regulating broadband.
"We are deeply concerned that allowing these firms to join forces -- without significant conditions that fully address all competitive concerns -- would intolerably limit consumers' control over what they watch and where they get their information," groups write.
Large Silicon Valley companies that run political ads could face a host of new regulations, if a bipartisan bill unveiled Thursday becomes law.
Advocates also argue that the FCC should be raising the bar for internet service, not merely holding steady at 25 Mbps. But broadband providers say there's no reason to increase the current benchmark.
Faced with pushback from advocacy groups and lawmakers, Mattel reportedly has decided against releasing Aristotle, a connected device for children.
The FCC now stands for "Forgetting Consumers and Competition," Senator Ed Markey said Thursday.
The FCC has failed to provide stakeholders with an opportunity to comment on the tens of thousands of filed complaints that directly shed light on proposed changes," Senate Democrats say in a letter to Chairman Ajit Pai.
"We need to shed light on this 'shadow' industry of surreptitious data collection that has amassed covert dossiers on hundreds of millions of Americans," Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) stated Thursday.
The Federal Trade Commission is stepping up its crackdown on social media influencers who fail to disclose that their Instagram posts are actually paid promotions.