Grant GrossReporter, IDG News Service

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

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U.S. senators introduce bill to expand Wi-Fi spectrum for cars

The legislation directs the FCC to study whether to open up spectrum now designed for intelligent car communications.

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Republicans call on FCC to leave net neutrality to antitrust agencies

Republican lawmakers promote antitrust as an alternative as a way to derail the FCC's efforts

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House approves effort to limit NSA searches of U.S. data

The amendment to a defense spending bill would end a 'backdoor loophole' allowing warrantless searches

Supreme Court ruling throws roadblock in the way of software patents

The court's ruling could make it more difficult to patent some types of software in the future

Internet traffic congestion real, but sporadic, study says

In some cases, congestion has lasted for months at a time or for most of a day, the study says.

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House committee approves permanent Internet tax moratorium

The legislation would make permanent a temporary tax ban that's been in place since 1998.

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U.S. lawmakers introduce bill banning paid Internet 'fast lane'

The bill from a group of Democratic lawmakers would prohibit preferential traffic management in the last mile. But can it pass?

Hackers use YouTube to sell stolen credit card numbers, group says

An Internet safety group calls on YouTube to more proactively police uploaded videos.

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Level 3 to acquire TW Telecom to add scale to business-focused networks

The $5.7 billion deal is expected to close in four to six months, company officials said

FCC looking into complaints that broadband ISPs are dragging their heels

The agency is asking for information about complaints that large broadband providers are deliberately not upgrading peering arrangement to favor their own video services versus streams from, say, Netflix.

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FCC will push network providers on cybersecurity, Wheeler says

If private companies don't improve their security efforts, the agency will step in with regulations, the FCC's chairman said.

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EFF asks Supreme Court to rule on secret surveillance memo

The digital rights group wants to see a DOJ memo that allows the FBI to collect phone records.

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Cisco: Broadband providers should not treat all bits the same

The FCC's net neutrality rules need to make room for some traffic management, the company says. But critics say Cisco just simply wants some extra cash.

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Chatbot passes Turing Test? Some aren't so sure

Critics are raising questions about news that a conversation bot passed an AI test.

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Snowden leaks after one year: Wrangling over the meaning of 'bulk'

The Snowden revelations about NSA surveillance have ignited a debate, but little action in Washington.