Grant GrossSenior Editor, IDG News Service

Grant Gross edits and assigns stories and writes about technology and telecom policy in the U.S. government for the IDG News Service. He is based outside of Washington, D.C.

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US FCC ends price caps on many business data lines

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has voted to deregulate the providers of the business data lines connecting broadband service to many small businesses, schools, hospitals, and ATM machines.

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Russian Android users get more app choices in Google settlement

Google will pay 438 million rubles (US$7.8 million) and will stop requiring its apps be preloaded on Android smartphones in Russia in an antitrust settlement with the country's Federal Antimonopoly Service.

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FCC's deregulation of business data lines could mean a price hike

If you operate a small or medium-sized U.S. business, you can expect to pay more for broadband services in the near future because the U.S. Federal Communications Commission plans to deregulate providers of business data lines, critics of the proposal say.

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Giant FCC spectrum auction raises $19.8 billion, sets up 5G services

A U.S. Federal Communications auction of repurposed television spectrum has raised US$19.8 billion and will pave the way for mobile carriers to offer faster and more reliable service across the country.

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An agile Air Force slashes time to roll out new IT capabilities

Can an organization really cut development time by more than 70 percent by embracing the agile philosophy and open architectures? The intelligence-gathering arm of the U.S. Air Force says it's done just that.

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US FCC kills plan to allow mobile phone conversations on flights

On Monday, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission killed a plan to allow mobile phone calls during commercial airline flights.

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Spain arrests accused Russian spammer at US request

The arrest of Piotr Levashov at the Barcelona airport on Friday was not tied to Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election, one source close to the investigation said.

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US lawmakers demand to know how many residents are under surveillance

Two powerful U.S. lawmakers are pushing President Donald Trump administration's to tell them how many of the country's residents are under surveillance by the National Security Agency.

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US trade lobbying group attacked by suspected Chinese hackers

A group of what appears to be Chinese hackers infiltrated a U.S. trade-focused lobbying group as the two countries wrestle with how they treat imports of each other's goods and services.

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Politicians' web browsing history targeted after privacy vote

Two GoFundMe campaigns have raised more than US$290,000 in an effort to buy the web browsing histories of U.S. politicians after Congress voted to allow broadband providers to sell customers' personal information without their permission.

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Senator: Russia used 'thousands' of internet trolls during US election

The Russian government used "thousands" of internet trolls and bots to spread fake news, in addition to hacking into political campaigns leading up to the 2016 U.S. election, one senator said.

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China Oceanwide completes its purchase of IDG

The sale of tech publishing pioneer International Data Group to China Oceanwide Holdings Group and China-based IDG Capital has closed, the companies said Wednesday.

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Privacy advocates plan to fight Congress' repeal of Internet privacy rules

Privacy advocates haven't given up the fight after the U.S. Congress has voted to allow ISPs to sell customers' browsing histories and other personal information without their permission.

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Senate votes to kill FCC's broadband privacy rules

The U.S. Senate has voted to kill broadband provider privacy regulations prohibiting them from selling customers' web-browsing histories and other data without permission.

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US lawmakers question police use of facial recognition tech

U.S. lawmakers plan to introduce legislation to limit the FBI's and other law enforcement use of facial recognition technology after concerns about the mass collection of photographs in police databases.