Grant GrossWashington Correspondent, IDG News Service

Grant Gross covers technology and telecom policy in the U.S. government for the IDG News Service, and is based in Washington, D.C.

FCC redefines advanced broadband as 25 Mbps; Republicans blow a gasket

The agency's higher speed definition allows it to take new actions to encouarge deployment. But Republicans on the commission went a little nuts.

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Cyberthreat sharing must include strong privacy protections, advocates say

Lawmakers will push for information-sharing legislation, but some groups want them to address past privacy concerns

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Canadian agency reported to be monitoring millions of downloads

The Communications Security Establishment tracks activity at more than 100 file-sharing sites, according to news reports

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Old arguments may bog down US data breach notification legislation

Questions about preemption of state laws and when companies should report breaches come up again during a hearing

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FTC calls on IoT vendors to protect privacy

The agency recommends a set of best practices, but critics fear the FTC will enforce them as regulations

States threaten lawsuit against Obama's municipal broadband plan

The FCC doesn't have the authority to preempt state laws limiting municipal broadband projects, state groups say.

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AT&T to acquire Nextel Mexico assets for $1.9 billion

The U.S. company expects to win a larger piece of the Mexican mobile market

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Republicans call on FCC to release net neutrality proposal before voting

Three top Republican lawmakers say they want the FCC process to be more transparent

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Report: Apple agrees to Chinese security audits of its products

The purpose is to counter Chinese concerns about outside government surveillance.

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USPTO leader New Year's resolution: improve patent quality

Issuing patents that are undeserving or too broad puts a big burden on businesses

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Republican net neutrality proposal falls short, critics say

A draft bill from Republicans would limit the FCC's ability to act on future net neutrality violations, witnesses tell lawmakers

Obama promises to promote net neutrality, broadband

Obama also called for a new package of cybersecurity legislation in his State of the Union speech.

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Survey: Cybersecurity pros endorse data breach notification rules

Three quarters of ISACA members say they support Obama's proposal

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Republican net neutrality bill allows 'reasonable' network management

The draft legislation would prohibit the FCC from reclassifying broadband and take away the agency's rulemaking authority.

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Sprint now says it's OK with broadband reclassification

The company will continue to invest in its network if the FCC passes Title II net neutrality regulations