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October 30, 2014

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October 28, 2014

FTC Sues AT&T Over Disclosure of ‘Throttling’ on Unlimited Data Plans

The Federal Trade Commission is suing AT&T Mobility, alleging that the company engaged in deceptive acts by inadequately disclosing that it “throttled” speeds of customers of data plans the company represented as unlimited after customers used a certain amount of data in a given billing cycle.

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October 27, 2014

The Week Ahead: Yelp’s CEO, Cybersecurity & Identity Theft

Events on cybersecurity and identity theft are on tap this week and Yelp’s Jeremy Stoppelman stops by 1776.

Monday

The State Educational Technology Directors Association and the National Association of State Boards of Education host a day-long education technology event.

Tuesday

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce holds a day-long cybersecurity forum.

The Progressive Policy Institute hosts an event on wireless policy.

Wednesday

The Identity Theft Resource Center hosts an event related to a survey they’re releasing on the impacts of identity theft on victims.

Thursday

Georgetown Law’s Center on Privacy & Technology hosts a day-long event on the Privacy Act and the 1974 amendments to the Freedom of Information Act.

1776 hosts a discussion with Jeremy Stoppelman, co-founder and chief executive officer of Yelp.

October 24, 2014

Weekly Wrapup: Spectrum Incentive Auction, ECPA & Online Sales Tax Bill

Among some of the news in tech policy this week: the Federal Communications Commission announced a delay of the spectrum incentive auction as well as a pause on its 180-day review of the proposed Comcast-Time Warner Cable and AT&T-DirecTV transactions. In case you missed it, Technocrat had posts on Sen. Orrin G. Hatch‘s call for enactment of legislation targeting abusive patent litigation and changes to electronic privacy law next Congress as well as the state of play on the online sales tax bill.

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October 20, 2014

Do We Want to Risk Over-Enforcement or Under-Enforcement?

The question of over-enforcement versus under-enforcement in telecommunications came up in a panel talk on Friday that was part of a Duke University School of Law’s Center for Innovation Policy event on Internet regulation in 2020.

Howard Shelanski, who was speaking only for himself, and said he wasn’t there in his official capacity, laid out how he saw the European versus United States approach in his talk.

Shelanski heads the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs at the Office of Management and Budget and is a former chief economist at the Federal Communications Commission and former director of the Bureau of Economics at the Federal Trade Commission.

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By Anne L. Kim Posted at 12:31 p.m.
Telecom

The Week Ahead: ‘Right to Be Forgotten,’ Net Neutrality and Cybersecurity

Events on the “right to be forgotten,” net neutrality are cybersecurity are on tap for this week.

Monday

Georgetown University holds a panel event on the “right to be forgotten.”

Tuesday

FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai holds a net neutrality forum at Texas A&M University.

Wednesday

The Atlantic Council hosts an event on the current landscape of cyber threats.

Microsoft hosts a panel discussion on cybersecurity and state and local governments.

The Brookings Institution holds a panel discussion on the 1934 Communications Act.

Thursday

The George Washington University Law School holds an event on net neutrality and global Internet freedom.

October 16, 2014

Internet Use Via Phones Depends on Education, Income Level, NTIA Report Shows

Among the findings of a report released Thursday by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration: whether you go online and check your email using your phone depends on your education and income level, and whether you live in a rural or urban area.

The report on Internet usage is based on a 2012 Census Bureau survey of more than 53,000 households.

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October 14, 2014

The Week Ahead: FCC Meeting and the Future of Internet Regulation Event

The Federal Communications Commission holds an open meeting, the American Red Cross holds an event on video games and the laws of war and Tim Berners-Lee, Vinton G. Cerf and others are scheduled to participate at a Duke event on the future of Internet regulation.

Tuesday

The Society of Professional Journalists and the Medill School of Journalism hold a panel discussion on net neutrality and media.

The American Red Cross hosts an event on video games and the laws of war.

Wednesday

The Penn Wharton Public Policy Initiative hosts a panel discussion on net neutrality rules and wireless Internet.

The Heritage Foundation hosts an event on regulation of the video marketplace.

Thursday

The Advisory Committee to the Congressional Internet Caucus hosts a panel discussion on whether an update of the Communications Act needs to include the Internet.

The United States Institute of Peace hosts an event on the impact of technology on Afghanistan’s democratic process.

Friday

The Federal Communications Commission holds an open meeting.

Duke Law Center for Innovation Policy hosts an event titled “Internet Regulation in 2020.”

October 10, 2014

Weekly Recap: Net Neutrality, Mobile ‘Cramming’ and a Spacewalk

Among the highlights in happenings from the past few days: President Barack Obama talked net neutrality, AT&T Mobility agreed to a $105 million settlement over mobile “cramming” allegations, and an astronaut popular on Twitter took his first spacewalk outside the International Space Station. That and more news highlights as well as some Technocrat posts are below. For happenings from earlier this week, check out the Mid-Week Catchup.

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October 8, 2014

AT&T to Pay $105 Million Settlement Over Mobile ‘Cramming’ Allegations

AT&T Mobility has agreed to pay a total of $105 million to federal and state governments in a settlement over mobile “cramming” allegations.

The settlement includes $80 million to the Federal Trade Commission for customer refunds and $20 million to state governments.

The company was accused of billing customers for unauthorized third-party charges and the settlement involved the FTC, the FCC and 51 attorneys general.

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Mid-Week Catchup: Twitter’s Lawsuit, Student Data Privacy & AT&T’s Data Breach

Need to catch up on what’s happened in tech policy news over the past day or so? A few highlights include Twitter’s lawsuit against the federal government, student data privacy and an AT&T data breach.

  • The Software & Information Industry Association and the Future of Privacy Forum released an education privacy pledge on student data, with Microsoft and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt among the companies that signed on.  A few stories point out that some big name companies did not sign on, like Apple, Google and Pearson.

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