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ISPs Said to Be Losing on Key Privacy Provision, With Arbitration Clause Ban Possible

ISPs apparently failed in their attempts to get the FCC to drop web browsing and application-use history from the list of types of data to be treated as sensitive, requiring opt-in consent to use or share, as the ISP … Subscribe to Read >>

TW Earth Station Licenses Could Give FCC Further Entree to Review Its Takeover by AT&T

A big gray area in AT&T's proposed buy of Time Warner is whether the FCC will have a direct role in regulatory oversight of the $108.7 billion takeover (see 1610210043), but some observers said TW has commission … Subscribe to Read >>

Adelstein Says FCC May Issue NPRM on Small-Cell Siting

HOUSTON -- The FCC may soon launch a rulemaking on easing local barriers to small-cell deployments, said Wireless Infrastructure Association CEO Jonathan Adelstein in an interview at WIA's HetNet Expo. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said last month at … Subscribe to Read >>

Industry Work on Blocking Robocalls Still Far From Complete, Wheeler Says

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler expressed impatience with the industry-led Robocall Strike Force, which presented its initial report to the agency Wednesday. The release was a high-profile affair, with AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson, chairman of the strike force, and all … Subscribe to Read >>

Senate Ready to Bring in AT&T, Time Warner CEOs to Defend Deal

The Senate Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee is firming up the date and time of its planned oversight hearing on AT&T buying Time Warner, and AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson and Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes seem on deck to testify in … Subscribe to Read >>

Cities Could Look to Muni as Google Pauses Fiber

Google’s decision to scale back its fiber push shows why municipal broadband remains critical to spreading high-speed broadband, community broadband advocates told us Wednesday. Google Access CEO Craig Barratt said that Google Fiber will pause operations in exploratory cities … Subscribe to Read >>

Congress Likely to Explore IoT Cybersecurity Next Year, Lobbyists Say

The distributed denial of service attacks that DynDNS experienced last week have drawn congressional scrutiny in recent days, and Congress is likely to address the attacks as part of a large examination of the security of IoT-connected devices, said … Subscribe to Read >>

Companies Can Comply With Search Warrants Without Undermining Encryption, Says DOJ Official

Even with strong encryption, service providers like Apple and Google could have many ways to access their customers' devices or information and comply with a probable cause warrant, said David Bitkower, principal deputy assistant attorney general in DOJ's … Subscribe to Read >>

Pandora Expects 30 Percent Upsell Rate From Upcoming On-Demand Service

Pandora executives limited details of the company’s long-awaited $9.99-per-month Pandora Premium on-demand service on a combined earnings/analyst event webcast Tuesday, citing competitive reasons. It officially will launch Premium -- a competitor to on-demand services from Amazon, Apple and Spotify … Subscribe to Read >>

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Possible AT&T/Time Warner Seen Raising Multiple Regulatory Concerns

AT&T buying Time Warner likely would face regulatory concerns about programming and also could be a springboard for regulators to dive into other issues, like zero rating, industry lawyers and experts told us Friday. Given the increased regulatory attention paid to competitiveness and transaction issues in recent years, "I don't think they are necessarily going to have smooth sailing," said Public Knowledge attorney John Bergmayer. Some question whether the FCC would even have a role in overseeing the possible deal, but AT&T's last major acquisition was national satellite multichannel TV provider DirecTV. AT&T and TW didn't comment Friday. Several news reports Friday suggested a deal could be announced as early as the weekend. … Read More >>

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