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September 21, 2014

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July 31, 2014

Fight Over Set-Top Box ‘Integration Ban’ Continues

Lawmakers may be getting ready to leave Washington until September, but that doesn’t mean the lobbying and the fight between TiVo and the cable industry over the so-called integration ban on cable set-top boxes has died down.

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July 21, 2014

Satellite Television, Internet Governance and Open Data This Week

The House will take up a satellite television bill this week and a subcommittee holds a hearing on three tech bills. Elsewhere in Washington, events on Internet governance, open data and broadband regulation are coming up.

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July 16, 2014

The Infamous Comcast Cancellation Call

“Painful to listen to.”

“The telecommunications version of the clingy ex-boyfriend.”

“Beyond all humanity.”

Those are a few of the ways articles have described Ryan Block’s recording of a call with a Comcast representative in an effort to cancel his service, which has gotten a lot of attention and resulted in the company issuing a statement.

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By Anne L. Kim Posted at 9:12 a.m.
Telecom, Television

July 14, 2014

Botnets, the Video Marketplace and Permanent Internet Tax Ban Bill This Week

This week, activity on the Hill includes hearings on botnets and the future of the video marketplace as well as  House consideration of a permanent ban on taxing Internet access. Elsewhere in Washington, events on the IP transition, data analytics and Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference are on tap.

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July 11, 2014

Hill Keeps Busy on Satellite TV, ‘Troll’ Letters, Cellphone Unlocking

Thursday saw lots of action on tech-related legislation, with three committees advancing bills on separate topics. Here’s a rundown:

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July 10, 2014

Aereo Decision Is Narrow Enough for Some, Still Raises Questions From Others

Before the Supreme Court issued its decision last month on the Aereo case, there had been concerns from some  groups about potential impacts on “cloud” computing. And during oral arguments, justices also expressed concerns that a ruling against the company could hinder the development of new technology.

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June 26, 2014

What Does the Aereo Case Mean for Other Tech Cases?

When the Supreme Court ruled that streaming-TV company Aereo violated the copyrights of major broadcasters, were the justices right in how they handled what this means for “other technological innovators”? Among the flurry of reactions and writings about the decision, at least a couple of them touch upon the question.

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June 23, 2014

DirecTV Delves into Problems With ‘Synthetic Bundles’

Among the arguments expected to be made on the Hill tomorrow about why the proposed AT&T and DirecTV merger would either harm or help consumers, the head of the satellite television company will lay out why he thinks DirecTV’s current arrangements with companies such as AT&T, Verizon and CenturyLink have been “largely unsuccessful in creating a competitively attractive video and broadband bundle.”

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The LCD Effect: More Electronics in Homes but Less Power Consumed, Report Says

While the number of consumer electronics that people use in homes rose from 2.9 billion in 2010 to 3.8 billion in 2013,  electricity consumption by such electronics in homes decreased by 12 percent compared to 2010, says a report commissioned by the industry’s trade group.

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By Anne L. Kim Posted at 3:52 p.m.
Hardware, Television

June 16, 2014

Cybersecurity, Mobile-Device Theft, Digital Readiness in the Week Ahead

Lawmakers are expected to take up at least a couple science and tech-related bills and hold a hearing on net neutrality. Off the Hill, events on mobile-device theft prevention, cybersecurity and digital readiness are on tap.

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