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FCC chairman grills Verizon over data throttling

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has sharply questioned Verizon Wireless over its plan announced last week to throttle mobile data speeds for customers with unlimited plans.
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Senate committee finds widespread mobile phone cramming

Mobile carriers have pulled in hundreds of millions in profits through third-party charges tacked onto customers' bills without their consent, according to a report from a U.S. Senate committee.

Senator pushes new version of bill to limit NSA phone records collection

U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy has introduced a new version of a bill to rein in the National Security Agency's bulk collection of U.S. phone records in an effort to strengthen legislation that passed the House of Representatives this year.

Majority of large ISPs now using monthly data caps, GAO says

U.S. broadband providers appear to be embracing monthly data caps, but customers are confused about the amount of data they use and broadband plan options, according to preliminary findings by the U.S. Government Accountability Office.

Solar power war between U.S. and Asia escalates

New tariffs imposed by the U.S. on Chinese imports of solar cells and (for the first time) Taiwan has infuriated some in the solar power industry who believe the steep taxes will adversely affect businesses and consumers.

House passes phone-unlocking bill; it now goes to the president's desk

A bill that allows consumers to unlock their cellphones for use on other carriers passed its last hurdle in Congress on Friday, opening the way for it to become law once it is signed by President Barack Obama.

U.S. Senator blasts Microsoft's H-1B push as it lays off 18,000 workers

U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions delivered a scathing attack on the use of highly skilled foreign workers by U.S. corporations that was heavily aimed at Microsoft.

Net neutrality becomes a key battleground in encryption fight

Plans to favor some Internet packets over others threaten consumers' hard-won right to use encryption, a digital privacy advocate says.

New York's proposed Bitcoin rules include consumer protections

Companies trading in Bitcoin and other virtual currencies would be required to hold enough of the currencies to cover their debts to customers and would have to verify the identities of account holders as a protection against money laundering, under new regulations proposed by the New York State Department of Financial Services [DFS].

EU privacy watchdogs to quiz Google, Microsoft on 'right to be forgotten'

European privacy authorities have invited Google, Microsoft and Yahoo to discuss the implementation of a landmark ruling by Europe's top court that gives people the right to have personal information excluded from search results.

Gov't Legislation/Regulation In Depth

US lawmakers introduce bill banning paid prioritization online

A group of U.S. lawmakers have introduced legislation that would prohibit broadband providers from charging Web content generators for priority traffic management.

Thornton May: The time is now for information governance. But do you even know what it is?

Information governance covers the entire spectrum of information management, but most people have a fuzzy notion of what it is. This must change, because the real value of information can't be fully realized unless it is properly governed.

How Tom Wheeler's FCC plan will wreck your Internet

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler's proposal is brilliant because it takes the U.S. as far away from net neutrality as possible by presenting the killing of net neutrality and making it sound like the opposite.

Ron Miller: Will the FCC stick us in the slow lane?

The Internet community has arisen with one voice to lambaste the FCC chairman's proposal to make the Internet less neutral for some.

Evan Schuman: One law to rule all data breaches -- but let's make it a real law

The White House's big report on big-data privacy has several shortcomings.

The Grill: Rep. William Keating wants cross-sector data sharing

Rep. William Keating (D-Mass.), who sits on the House Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection and Security Technologies Subcommittee, is calling on the Department of Homeland Security to be more involved in tackling the cybersecurity problem. Insider (registration required)

Bart Perkins: Pester no more: How to handle the FCC's new rules on robocalls

Businesses must make sure their processes and IT systems adhere to the new regulations.

Gigabit Internet Service Providers Challenge Traditional ISPs

Companies such as Comcast and Time Warner don't think the United States is ready for -- or even needs -- gigabit Internet, but Google Fiber and a host of independent initiatives suggest that they are faster and cheaper.

Jay Cline: U.S. takes the gold in doling out privacy fines

EU privacy regulators say U.S. privacy laws are too weak to protect EU personal data. But a new analysis of 358 privacy-enforcement actions paints the opposite picture.

Ron Miller: Restricting the Internet is a business killer

Turkey might be about to learn how attempts to control the population by limiting the Internet can backfire.