Grant GrossReporter, IDG News Service

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

PCWorld News

US plan to end ICANN oversight could lead to 'Net censorship, lawmakers say

Ending the NTIA's formal oversight of ICANN could open the door for other countries, critics say

FCC clears the way for gigabit Wi-Fi

Could gigabit Wi-Fi be around the corner? The FCC opens up more spectrum available for Wi-Fi use.

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Skeptical Supreme Court justices question some software patents

Some justices express skepticism about patents involving a trading platform tied to a computer. At stake: possibly the future of software patents.

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Petitions call on U.S. government to leave Snowden alone

Advocates plan to present two petitions to the DOJ and the State Department.

FCC's chairman moves to allow wireless spectrum sharing

FCC chairman Wheeler will soon float a proposal to experiment with sharing spectrum in the 3.5GHz band to alleviate the mobile bandwidth crunch.

PCWorld News

LabMD challenges FTC data security action in new lawsuit

The medical lab files a new lawsuit seeking to rein in the FTC's authority to bring data breach complaints

PCWorld News

Tech firms oppose fast-tracking of Trans-Pacific Partnership

The group of tech companies raises concerns about copyright enforcement provisions in the trade pact

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What's the problem with DMCA takedown notices?

Participants in a US government discussion on the notice-and-takedown process disagree on a direction.

US officials: NSA overseas surveillance is targeted, not bulk collection

Critics question the officials' description of the NSA's overseas surveillance programs. Are they wide nets or targeted strikes?

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Group files complaint against Verizon on 'forced' VOIP conversions

Verizon is converting some traditional telephone customers to VoIP without their permission, advocacy group says.

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USPTO to examine DMCA take-down process

The agency will host a meeting Thurday to look into ways to improve the process.

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U.S. government pulls out of ICANN

The NTIA plans to let its domain-name contract with ICANN expire in late 2015, its administrator says. ICANN will then develop its own Internet governance model.

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FCC approves AT&T's purchase of Leap Wireless

The $1.2 billion deal includes conditions that AT&T expand its LTE service.

Copyright owners call for overhaul of DMCA takedown notices

Infringers shouldn't be able to repost files again and again to the same website, musicians tell lawmakers.

Lawmakers fail to ask NSA chief about agency's malware plans

Instead, a House subcommittee deferred questions about 'damage' of leaks to a classified briefing.