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FCC chairman says the feds need more wiretapping powers after Paris attacks

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FCC chairman says the feds need more wiretapping powers after Paris attacks

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler told Congress yesterday that, following the attacks on Paris, wiretapping laws should be expanded, The Washington Post reports. Wheeler's comments focused specifically on the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act, known as CALEA, a 1994 act that forced telephone companies to make their phones easier to wiretap and that has been controversially extended to other communications. Wheeler, in his comments, suggested further broadening the scope of "lawful intercept," which provides for law enforcement wiretaps under CALEA. Read More: The Verge

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FCC Mysteriously Lost Hundreds of Thousands Net Neutrality Comments

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FCC Mysteriously Lost Hundreds of Thousands Net Neutrality Comments

As the Sony hack makes internet regulation a top priority, startling new revelations about how the FCC handled public comments on net neutrality just came in. New analysis of the data the FCC recently released about the process shows that the agency lost and/or ignored a whole bunch public comments. How many is a whole bunch? Oh, about 340,000. Fight for the Future, a pro-net neutrality group, just announced a pretty major discrepancy in the number of comments it helped submit. In total, the organization helped drive 777,364 commenters to post on the FCC's antiquated comment site. Fight for the...

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Politicians Who Regulate Big Cable Invest in Big Cable, Conflict?

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Politicians Who Regulate Big Cable Invest in Big Cable, Conflict?

Ever wonder why big cable companies can do whatever they want? It's partly because the FCC keeps its revolving door spinning. But it's also worth knowing that the politicians in charge of regulating the telecom industry not only receive campaign funds from them; some of them directly invest in companies like AT&T and Comcast. Put more bluntly: Some members of Congress profit from the same companies they're supposed to police. Four members of the House Energy Subcommittee on Communications and Technology—that's the committee that's specifically in charge of regulating the telecom industry, including the internet—hold investments in AT&T, Comcast, and...

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Did the FCC Just Signal the Death Of Cable?

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Did the FCC Just Signal the Death Of Cable?

For years the Federal Communications Commission has operated as if it was owned by the cable television industry. Now FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, who was once a cable lobbyist, has asked the commission to consider a proposal that would disrupt the current cable model enjoyed by Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cablevision, and others. Wheeler last week issued a formal proposal asking the rest of the commission to consider new "technology-neutral" rules which would update the FCC's definition of what counts as a pay TV service or a "multichannel video programming distributor." The rules would give digital services the same access...

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Waxman Proposes A Third Approach To Net Neutrality

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Waxman Proposes A Third Approach To Net Neutrality

Out Friday was a letter from Rep. Henry Waxman detailing an approach that would lean on both proposed sources of governmental authority to enforce an open Internet. Rep. Waxman wants to use both Title II, and Section 706. At issue is the fact that there exists tension between advocates of net neutrality in terms how to achieve their goals. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, when proposing his net neutrality notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM), leaned on Section 706 authority. Most net neutrality diehards in the public sector favor use of Title II. ISPs are vividly opposed to reclassification under Title II....

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