FCC's Tom Wheeler Hitting the Road

U.S. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler has announced that he will leave the agency he helmed for the past three years on Jan. 20, the day President-elect Donald Trump will be sworn in. “Serving as FCC chairman during this period of historic technological change has been the greatest honor of my professional life,” Wheeler said. “It has been a privilege to work with my fellow commissioners to help protect consumers, strengthen public safety and cybersecurity, and ensure fast, fair and open networks for all Americans.”

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Tech Industry Lambasts New FCC Privacy Rules

The United States Federal Communications Commission last week adopted privacy rules for both wired and wireless broadband ISPs aimed at giving consumers greater control over their data, more privacy, and stronger security safeguards for that data. The rules implement Section 222 of the Communications Act. They establish a framework of customer consent required for ISPs to use and share their customers’ personal information, calibrated to the sensitivity of the information.

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FCC Approves Broadband Privacy Rules to Protect Consumers. Here's What Comes Next.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has voted to approve new broadband privacy rules that will give consumers greater control over how their personal information is collected and shared b…

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Regulators Step Up Efforts to Keep Cars Safe From Hacking

Federal regulators issued the first-ever guidelines to protect cars from hacking, reinforcing their view that cybersecurity is an important part of auto safety.

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T-Mobile Fined $48M for Pulling Wool Over Customers' Eyes

The United States Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday announced that T-Mobile has agreed to a penalty of $48 million for misleading customers about restrictions on its so-called unlimited data plans. The company failed to inform subscribers to unlimited plans on its wireless networks and those of MetroPCS, which it owns, that their data bandwidth would be throttled when they hit a preset ceiling. Through its advertising and statements, T-Mobile may have led customers to expect better and faster service than their unlimited plans actually provided, according to the FCC.

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Samsung Bows Under Note7 Fallout

Three owners of Galaxy Note7 smartphones this week filed a complaint in a federal court in New Jersey that could become a class action lawsuit against Samsung. “Plaintiffs and the Class have suffered injury in fact, incurred millions of dollars in fees, and have otherwise been harmed by Samsung’s conduct,” the complaint states. Samsung recalled the phones and stopped producing them after faulty batteries caused a number of the original products and their replacements to smoke and ignite.

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Year-End Deals on Track for Federal IT Providers

Just when most of the country is on vacation — including the U.S. Congress — federal government agencies become active in awarding contracts. The federal fiscal year ends on Sept. 30, and many agencies wait until the last quarter of the year to make acquisitions. The last few months have brought billions of dollars in federal contracts for information technology providers. Based on trends for the prior two years, fiscal 2016 fourth-quarter spending is likely to represent between 37 percent and 40 percent of IT contracting for the year.

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FCC commissioner wants an investigation into Wi-Fi at presidential debate

A commissioner from the Federal Communications Commission has asked the agency to investigate the banning of journalists’ Wi-Fi hotspots at Monday’s presidential debate at Hofstra University. Press were required to pay $200 for Wi-Fi access.

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Legislators, Consumer Groups Urge the FCC to Approve New Cable-Box Rules

Just two days before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) votes on new rules that would shake up the cable-box rental business, a group of legislators, consumer advocates and others urged …

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Judge dismisses suit claiming Twitter liable for killing of Americans by ISIS

A federal judge in San Francisco has dismissed a lawsuit accusing Twitter of supporting the Islamic State (ISIS) group.

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Congressional Committee Report Finds Something Rotten at FDIC

Officials at the United States Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, which insures deposits in U.S. banks, made false statements to Congress and failed to make timely notification of serious cybersecurity breaches, according to a U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space and Technology’s interim staff report. FDIC CIO Lawrence Gross has created a toxic work environment, misled Congress, and retaliated against whistle-blowers, the report claims. The FDIC deliberately evaded congressional oversight, it also says.

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Changes in Federal IT Spending Require Nimble Contracting

Federal agencies will continue to spend heavily on IT over the next five years, but the pace and direction of spending will be complicated by shifting priorities, congressional constraints and a presidential election. The bottom line is that the overall rate of IT spending will be above $98 billion each year for next six federal fiscal years, according to a forecast Deltek released last month during the company’s Federal MarketView Forecast conference. The funding level applies to what Deltek calls the “addressable” IT contract market.

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Report: China hacked FDIC, U.S. officials covered it up

China’s spies hacked into computers at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation from 2010 until 2013 — and American government officials tried to cover it up, according to a Congressional report.

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Feds Probe Philanderers' Site Ashley Madison: Report

The United States Federal Trade Commission reportedly has launched an investigation into philanderers’ dating site Ashley Madison. The company, which suffered a massive data breach last year that resulted in extortion attempts and ruined lives, as well as class-action lawsuits, earlier this week announced that it hired a new CEO and a new president in April.
CEO Rob Segal and President James Millership also revealed that Ashley Madison had been using fembots to conduct conversations with some of its paying male customers worldwide.

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FAA looks to boost commercial drone use with new regulations

The Federal Aviation Administration has published its regulations for small drones, a key move toward integrating commercial use of the technology into America’s airspace.

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FCC Wins Huge Net Neutrality Victory Over Big Telecom

An appellate court on Tuesday handed a major victory to the Federal Communications Commission by upholding the agency’s watershed Open Internet Order, which ensures equal access to the Internet. By a 2-1 vote, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld the FCC’s right to impose Net neutrality rules that essentially prevent big telecom and broadband companies from slowing down, speeding up, or blocking service based on content providers’ market power or willingness to pay.

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Federal IT Living in the Floppy Age, Reports GAO

Antiquated IT systems are soaking up federal technology dollars and creating risks for both bureaucrats and citizens, the GAO reported last week. More than 75 percent of the federal IT budget in 2015 went toward the operation and maintenance of nearly obsolete legacy systems that use outdated software languages and unsupported hardware parts. “Such spending has increased over the past seven fiscal years, which has resulted in a $7.3 billion decline from fiscal years 2010 to 2017 in development, modernization, and enhancement activities.”

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Supreme Court Grants Federal Agents Broader Surveillance Authority

The U.S. Supreme Court last week approved a series of amendments to the federal rules of criminal procedure that would let judges issue search warrants for computers located outside their jurisdiction. Chief Justice John Roberts announced the changes in the Court’s interpretation of the rules. They would allow a judge to issue warrants to search remote sites where the exact location of a suspect was not known, but where the suspect might be hiding evidence electronically, for example.

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