Congress

  • Don’t Turn Internet Independence Into Government Dependence

    Don’t Turn Internet Independence Into Government Dependence

    April marks the 20th anniversary of the commercialization of the Internet, ironically, the very same month that the Federal Communications Commission’s new Open Internet regulations were officially published, tossing the Internet into a public utility model characterized by stagnation and ambiguity. The rules kill the “permissionless innovation” they purport to protect by… Read More

  • Surveillance Reform Movement Rallies Ahead Of June 1 Deadline

    Surveillance Reform Movement Rallies Ahead Of June 1 Deadline

    After two years of roadblocks in reforming the National Security Agency programs revealed by Edward Snowden, it seems the viral John Oliver segment and impending program deadline are breathing new life into a reform movement that has seemed stagnant since late last year. Privacy advocates experienced a major setback in November when a surveillance reform bill, the FREEDOM Act, died in a… Read More

  • Russians Implicated In Hack On White House After Obama Makes Cybersecurity Push

    Russians Implicated In Hack On White House After Obama Makes Cybersecurity Push

    The same Russian hackers who breached the State Department system for months also gained access to an unclassifed White House computer system, according to a report from CNN. Although the system did not contain classified information, the Russians reportedly had access to the president’s private schedule. The connected cyberattack on the State Department in recent months has been… Read More

  • Chairman Wheeler Predicts FCC Will Beat Legal Challenge To Net Neutrality

    Chairman Wheeler Predicts FCC Will Beat Legal Challenge To Net Neutrality

    Now that the FCC is the subject of several lawsuits, and its leader, Chairman Tom Wheeler, was dragged in front of Congress repeatedly to answer the same battery of inanity, it’s worth checking in to see how the agency is feeling. Is it confident that its recent vote to reclassify broadband under Title II of the Telecommunications Act will hold? Yes, unsurprisingly. Recently, Wheeler gave… Read More

  • Here’s The GOP’s Net Neutrality Bill

    Here’s The GOP’s Net Neutrality Bill

    The text of the proposed GOP net neutrality bill is out. The larger technology community is still digesting its various proposals. Here’s what I got from a first read. Read More

  • After Losing In The Supreme Court, Aereo Turns Its Sights To Congress

    After Losing In The Supreme Court, Aereo Turns Its Sights To Congress

    When the Supreme Court ruled Aereo was illegal last week, many thought it was the final nail in the coffin for the nascent cloud-based antenna service. But it seems even though CEO Chet Kenojia said he didn’t have a Plan B, he came up with one. On Tuesday he sent a letter to subscribers, calling them to demand action from their representatives in Congress. Read More

  • Rep. Matsui Calls For Congressional Oversight Of AT&T And Comcast Deals

    Rep. Matsui Calls For Congressional Oversight Of AT&T And Comcast Deals

    Earlier today Rep. Doris Matsui called for a Congressional hearing on the proposed deals between Comcast and Time Warner Cable, and AT&T and DirecTV. The massive deals would further consolidate the pay-TV and broadband industries. The proposed transactions are quite controversial. The arguments are the usual fare: Allowing the firms to combine will allow for efficiencies to be exploited… Read More

  • Google, AT&T, Verizon And Comcast Each Spent More Than $3M In Q1 Lobbying Congress

    Google, AT&T, Verizon And Comcast Each Spent More Than $3M In Q1 Lobbying Congress

    The dollars flowing into the Capitol from tech companies are showing little signs of abatement: Google spent $3.8 million on lobbying in the first quarter, AT&T $3.7 million, Verizon $3.5 million, Comcast $3.1 million, Facebook $2.8 million, Microsoft $2.1 million, Time Warner Cable $1.9 million, Oracle $1.5 million, Apple $1.1 million, and Amazon $830,000. Read More

  • Mr. Bitcoin Goes To Washington

    Mr. Bitcoin Goes To Washington

    Congressman Jared Polis is scheduled to deliver remarks at an event for bitcoin ATM company Robocoin at the United States Capitol where they will demonstrate their hardware. While companies visiting with congress is nothing new, the wild, wooly world of bitcoin makes this definitely an interesting development. Read More