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  • The Net Neutrality Drama Train Heads To Congress

    The Net Neutrality Drama Train Heads To Congress

    Let’s presume for the moment that you did not awake early this morning, straining to tune into C-SPAN, excited to watch a nearly three-hour congressional hearing in the House concerning a recent vote held by the FCC on how to best undergird new regulations of Internet service providers, along with certain questions relating to procedure, and edge provider interconnection. Read More

  • The Net Neutrality Drinking Game

    The Net Neutrality Drinking Game

    The FCC is about to be taken out back by Congress for a quick word. The independent federal agency’s recent vote to pass new net neutrality regulations has stirred some discontent among the congressional majority in both houses, resulting in a full dance card for FCC Chairman Thomas Wheeler, who will take part in five subsequent hearings over the next several weeks. The first is… Read More

  • Senator Rand Paul Courts Tech’s Support For His Likely 2016 Run At SXSW

    Senator Rand Paul Courts Tech’s Support For His Likely 2016 Run At SXSW

    Trying to make the case that he is the tech community’s candidate in 2016, Senator Rand Paul took the stage at SXSW this weekend to discuss privacy and youth political engagement. Drawing applause from the room, the Republican from Kentucky said that he is the only candidate for 2016 who wants to bring an end to the National Security Agency (NSA) programs collecting bulk telephone… Read More

  • Net Neutrality Rules Offer Few Surprises But Garner Plenty Of Reactions

    Net Neutrality Rules Offer Few Surprises But Garner Plenty Of Reactions

    From Capitol Hill to boardrooms, interested and affected third parties are predictably pouring in on the FCC net neutrality rules that were released this morning. The rules show how the FCC intends to enforce the open Internet policy it passed two weeks ago. Chairman Tom Wheeler has said he expects legal challenges to this order, and today’s release brings us closer to seeing the gloves… Read More

  • Congress Presses Uber And Lyft On Driver Background Checks

    Congress Presses Uber And Lyft On Driver Background Checks

    Ride-sharing companies are not strangers to Congressional inquiries. This week a group of Congressional Democrats hit the CEOs of Uber, Sidecar and Lyft with another letter, this time demanding the companies conduct more comprehensive background checks on their drivers to better protect customers from sexual assaults. Read More

  • Netflix Gaffe Subtweet By AT&T Angered This #Brand

    Netflix Gaffe Subtweet By AT&T Angered This #Brand

    Here’s how bad our nation’s net neutrality discussion has become: The #brands are now taking part. This is not a positive development. To rewind: Netflix CFO David Wells said something that, as reported, incensed nearly everyone alive, regardless of their take on net neutrality regulations: “Were we pleased it pushed to Title II? Probably not. […] We were hoping… Read More

  • Zombie Ridesharing Bill Comes Back To Life In California

    Zombie Ridesharing Bill Comes Back To Life In California

    A bill designed to regulate ridesharing companies is back. California Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian has submitted a bill aimed at placing new rules on companies like Uber and Lyft. Assembly Bill 24, however, is incredibly similar to Assembly Bill 612, which failed in committee in 2014. Nazarian notes in a release on the bill that 24 is “similar” to 612, which is understatement. Read More

  • SpaceTech Is Venture Capital’s Final Frontier

    SpaceTech Is Venture Capital’s Final Frontier

    Today, our new frontiers lie in space, which humanity must eventually colonize for minerals, energy and new homelands. As Carl Sagan observed, “All civilizations become either space-faring, or extinct.” The commercialization of space began in 1965 with the deployment of the first private communications satellite IntelSat1, only 4 years after US FCC Commissioner Craven saw… Read More

  • White House Drops ‘Consumer Privacy Bill Of Rights Act’ Draft

    White House Drops ‘Consumer Privacy Bill Of Rights Act’ Draft

    In a late-Friday release, the White House published a draft of its proposed Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights. You can read the full text here. The bill sets out to, in its own words, “establish baseline protections for individual privacy in the commercial arena and to foster timely, flexible implementations of these protections through enforceable codes of conduct developed by diverse… Read More

  • NSA Bulk Telephony Metadata Program Reupped Until Parts Of The Patriot Act Potentially Sunset

    NSA Bulk Telephony Metadata Program Reupped Until Parts Of The Patriot Act Potentially Sunset

    In a post on its official Tumblr, the United States’ Office of the Director of National Intelligence noted that it sought and received a reauthorization of its telephony metadata program, authorized under Section 215 of the Patriot Act. The reauthorization lasts until June 1, 2015. Read More

  • Come And Get Your Net Neutrality Hot Takes

    Come And Get Your Net Neutrality Hot Takes

    It is hot take season today on the net neutrality front, and TechCrunch would be remiss if we didn’t bring you the best, worst, banal, and asinine of the virulent anger and relieved happiness that is currently bouncing around the nation. What we’ve done is put our ears to several groaning inboxes, and have selected a number of letters, responses, quotes, and oral comments from the… Read More

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