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  • Data breach notification bill could weaken consumer protections

    Legislation that would require businesses across the U.S. to notify affected customers after a data breach is headed toward a vote on the floor of the House of Representatives even though some digital rights groups say the bill will actually weaken protections for consumers.

    Written by Grant Gross17 April 15 02:01
  • Senators: Comcast deal could mean higher broadband prices

    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.

    Written by Grant Gross10 April 14 04:32
  • US House passes bill allowing mobile phone unlocking

    The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill that would allow mobile phone users to unlock their devices and switch carriers, overriding a 2013 decision by the Library of Congress to make the practice illegal.

    Written by Grant Gross26 Feb. 14 14:49
  • Some privacy advocates question mobile apps agreement

    A proposed code of conduct for mobile app developers intended to make them explain how user data is collected and used does not have a clear enforcement mechanism, one privacy advocate said.

    Written by Grant Gross26 July 13 16:15
  • US mobile carriers to offer free usage alerts

    Major U.S. mobile carriers will begin offering free usage alerts to customers in an effort to help them avoid surprise charges on their bills, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission and a mobile trade group announced Monday.

    Written by Grant Gross18 Oct. 11 02:10
  • Consumer groups cheer DOJ's move to block AT&T acquisition

    Several consumer and digital rights groups applauded the U.S. Department of Justice's opposition to AT&T's proposed acquisition of rival mobile carrier T-Mobile USA, with critics of the deal saying it would have hurt consumers.

    Written by Grant Gross01 Sept. 11 06:48
  • FCC: Broadband delivers close to advertised speeds

    Wired broadband providers in the U.S. deliver speeds that are close to, and sometimes exceed, the service they promise customers, according to a report released Tuesday by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission.

    Written by Grant Gross03 Aug. 11 03:49
  • Expert: Gov't should approve T-Mobile sale with conditions

    Instead of rejecting AT&T's proposed acquisition of T-Mobile USA, U.S. regulators should approve the deal with conditions that require AT&T to build out its mobile broadband network to more rural areas, said one telecom consultant and liberal activist.

    Written by Grant Gross29 June 11 04:29
  • New bill would require mobile carriers to detail 4G speeds

    New legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives would require mobile carriers to detail their "guaranteed minimum" data speeds and their network reliability statistics to potential customers.

    Written by Grant Gross23 June 11 01:39
  • Groups: FCC should deny AT&T spectrum purchase

    The U.S. Federal Communications Commission should deny AT&T's plan to buy US$1.9 billion worth of wireless spectrum from Qualcomm because of the telecom carrier's proposed acquisition of T-Mobile USA, several consumer groups said Wednesday.

    Written by Grant Gross28 April 11 02:20