Grant GrossReporter, IDG News Service

Grant Gross covers technology and telecom policy in the U.S. government for The IDG News Service.

FCC's Wheeler: Agency still has regulatory role

The agency will focus on telecom competition and on Internet access and interconnection, Wheeler says

HealthCare.gov deploys new queuing feature on busy Monday

The website launches a new user queue after performance lags with about 35,000 users

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US HHS says it has reached HealthCare.gov deadline

HealthCare.gov, the troubled insurance-shopping website launched in October by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is now working well for most users, officials said Sunday.

Press freedom advocates: US right not to prosecute Assange

The WikiLeaks founder will apparently not face charges for publishing material from a former US Army intelligence analyst.

EFF: FBI should release surveillance justification document

The digital rights group asks an appeals court to force the release of a surveillance legal opinion.

HealthCare.gov experiences another outage

The Monday crash comes days before a government deadline to have the site largely fixed.

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HealthCare.gov to double capacity by end of month

HealthCare.gov, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' troubled insurance-shopping website, will double its user capacity by the end of the month in an effort to eliminate sluggish response times when thousands of people are on the site at the same time, officials said.

Company settles charges of billing mobile users for unwanted services

The case is part of the FTC’s efforts to apply consumer protections to developing mobile technologies, the agency said.

House panel approves bill targeting patent trolls

The bill would tighten up the process by requiring plaintiffs in patent infringement lawsuits to identify the patents and claims infringed in initial court filings.

ICANN leaders push for broad-based Internet governance

ICANN this week announced a new panel that will address concerns about Internet governance.

Court shuts down online business-listing operation

The operation sold unwanted business listings, calling them yellow page listings, to U.S. businesses and organizations, the FTC said.

US HHS: Many people will shop for insurance outside HealthCare.gov

The federal government has trained more than 10,000 call-center workers to help people shop for insurance, a spokeswoman said.

Consultant: HealthCare.gov error rates going down

The website's tech team has fixed more than 200 bugs in the past month, officials say.

Judge dismisses Authors Guild case against Google Books

U.S. District Judge Denny Chin said in his ruling that Google Books provides a new and efficient way for readers and researchers to find books.

HealthCare.gov enrolls just 27,000 in first month

The number of enrollees so far represents a small fraction of those eligible for health insurance under the so-called Obamacare law passed in 2010.