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.

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Senate delays vote on NSA phone records dragnet

Section 215 of the Patriot Act expires without a final Senate vote, although lawmakers may act this week

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New NSA phone dragnet proposals blasted as flawed

Proposals to renew portions of the Patriot Act wouldn't end bulk phone records collection, critics say.

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FCC proposal would extend Lifeline voice subsidy to broadband

The so-called Obamaphone program would give poor people more options under a new proposal

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New FCC rules would crack down on spam texts and unwanted calls

The FCC hopes to close loopholes in the 1991 telemarketing law with the proposed rules.

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Senate to return early to debate Patriot Act phone dragnet

Senators will return to Washington Sunday, just hours before a portion of the Patriot Act expires

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US Senate leader pushes to extend NSA phone dragnet

The Senate may work into the weekend to find a deal on extending portions of the Patriot Act

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US Senate leader to push for vote to renew NSA phone dragnet

Senators could vote on a Patriot Act extension bill as soon as Friday

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Senators stall vote to extend NSA phone records dragnet

Senator Rand Paul filibusters efforts to pass a bill to renew parts of the Patriot Act past June 1

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Six China residents charged with stealing US mobile phone technology

The defendants allegedly funneled radio frequency filter technology from two U.S. companies to a Chinese university

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Surprise! Survey finds most U.S. residents want changes to Patriot Act surveillance

An ACLU study concluded there's broad concern about government surveillance among U.S. residents.

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Senate takes step toward Trans-Pacific Partnership approval

A vote this week clears the way for the Senate to approve fast-track trade authority

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Critics blast NSA phone records bill as 'fake reform'

Even some supporters say the USA Freedom Act should be only one step toward surveillance reform

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U.S. House of Representatives votes to rein in NSA's bulk phone records collection

The USA Freedom Act still allows the agency to collect records in a more targeted manner

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Law firm challenges net neutrality rules, saying they're too weak

The FCC failed to enforce several telecom regulations, including last-mile network sharing, the petition says.

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Verizon and Sprint to pay a total of $158M for unauthorized text billing

The carriers agreed to settlements after federal complaints that they allowed charges to be crammed onto customer bills