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US to vote on sharp increase in broadband subsidies

By Grant Gross | 23 April, 2014 13:55

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission will vote Wednesday on a proposal to pump US$1.8 billion into a fund that subsidizes broadband deployments in rural communities.

Aereo argues that ruling against it could hurt cloud storage business

By Grant Gross | 23 April, 2014 04:14

If the U.S. Supreme Court rules that streaming video provider Aereo violates the copyrights of TV networks, it may also put cloud storage services at risk, the company's lawyer argued Monday.

AT&T's expanded 1 Gbps fiber rollout could go head to head with Google

By Grant Gross | 22 April, 2014 06:41

U.S. broadband giant AT&T could roll out 1Gbps fiber-optic service to up to 21 new metropolitan areas, including Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Jose, California, the company said Monday.

Aereo court case: Consumer control over TV vs. broadcaster copyrights

By Grant Gross | 22 April, 2014 02:46

The ability of television viewers to control and watch programs may be at stake when the U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments Tuesday in a copyright infringement case brought by TV networks against Aereo, a service that streams over-the-air television online.

FCC vote on incentive auction plan could further open broadband competition

By Grant Gross | 19 April, 2014 05:27

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission will reserve a significant amount of spectrum in its upcoming auctions of the television band for unlicensed uses such as Wi-Fi, agency officials said Friday.

Music labels sue Pandora over pre-1972 recordings

By Grant Gross | 18 April, 2014 07:53

Five music labels have filed a lawsuit against streaming music service Pandora Music, saying the company is violating state law by refusing to pay labels and artists for its use of recordings made before 1972.

Some customers aren't sold on US transition to IP networks

By Grant Gross | 17 April, 2014 04:23

Many U.S. residents who have written the FCC to voice concerns about the move from copper-based telephone networks to Internet Protocol are concerned about the potential effects on health from mobile-headset radiation and what happens when the electricity goes out.

Net neutrality ruling complicates US transition to IP networks

By Grant Gross | 17 April, 2014 04:18

The transition from copper-based telephone systems to IP networks in the U.S. could become swept up in political fallout as the FCC figures out how to regulate such networks in ways that will appease the courts.

Apple antitrust compliance efforts slow, but picking up, monitor says

By Grant Gross | 16 April, 2014 01:00

After dragging its feet for months, Apple is finally making good progress on a court-ordered antitrust compliance program related to the U.S. Department of Justice's e-book price-fixing case against the company, an external monitor said.

Data breaches nail more US Internet users, regulation support rises

By Grant Gross | 15 April, 2014 04:54

More U.S. Internet users report they have been victims of data breach, while 80 percent want additional restrictions against sharing of online data, according to two surveys released Monday.

NSA denies knowing about Heartbleed flaw for years

By Grant Gross | 12 April, 2014 07:20

The U.S. National Security Agency, which has a cybersecurity mission in addition to surveillance, has disputed a report that it knew about the Heartbleed security vulnerability for at least two years before other researchers disclosed the flaw this month.

US charges nine with distributing Zeus malware

By Grant Gross | 12 April, 2014 01:09

The U.S. Department of Justice has brought charges against nine alleged members of a criminal organization that distributed the Zeus Trojan used to steal millions of dollars from bank accounts nationwide.

US agencies: Sharing cyberthreat info isn't an antitrust violation

By Grant Gross | 11 April, 2014 05:36

U.S. businesses can share most cyberthreat information with competitors without facing antitrust enforcement action, two U.S. enforcement agencies said Thursday.

US NTIA's plan to end ICANN contract puts Internet freedom at risk, critics say

By Grant Gross | 11 April, 2014 04:56

The freedom and openness of the Internet are at stake after the U.S. government announced plans to end its contractual oversight of ICANN, some critics said Thursday.

Senators: Comcast deal could mean higher broadband prices

By Grant Gross | 10 April, 2014 04:32

The proposed US$45.2 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable by Comcast would give the company huge market power to determine broadband prices and Internet content, a group of U.S. senators said Wednesday.

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