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Verizon prepares fees for mobile users who download too much information

Verizon Wireless on Tuesday became the latest U.S. mobile data carrier to announce that it would implement usage-based pricing for Internet access, claiming the new fees would mean light users no longer “subsidize” those who rely on the company’s current unlimited data plans. Though the company currently offers a $30-per-month…

FCC complaint accuses Verizon of violating law by blocking tethering software

Verizon Wireless has come under heavy criticism in recent weeks for an apparent agreement with Google to block its customers from downloading Internet tethering software that lets users share their phone’s data connection with other devices. Reacting to reports of the restricted service, media reform group Free Press — one…

Verizon to put data collection warning stickers on new phones

Verizon Wireless announced it will begin putting stickers on its products to warn customers that the phone tracks its owner’s geographical location. “This device is capable of determining its (and your) physical, geographical location and can associate this location data with other customer information. To limit access to location information…

House GOP votes to overturn net neutrality

By Kevin Drawbaugh WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The House of Representatives voted on Friday to reject Internet “neutrality” rules that were adopted last year to keep big Internet service providers from blocking certain traffic House Republicans, in a 240-179 vote, pushed through a measure disapproving the Federal Communications Commission’s rules. Tech…

Sprint wants AT&T, T-Mobile deal blocked

WASHINGTON – Sprint Nextel, the third-largest US wireless provider, urged US regulators on Monday to block AT&T’s $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile USA, saying it would harm competition. “Sprint urges the United States government to block this anti-competitive acquisition,” Sprint senior vice president for government affairs Vonya McCann said in…

Verizon challenges Obama administration’s ‘net neutrality’ rules

See also: Why is Verizon suing over net neutrality rules it once supported? NEW YORK — Verizon Communications is going to court to challenge the top U.S. telecommunications regulator, saying the FCC overstepped its authority with the recent adoption of open Internet rules. The telecommunications company said on Thursday it…

Franken tells FCC: Without ‘Net Neutrality’, a ‘handful’ of corporations will control the Web

Since his election in the nail-bitingly close campaign against former Republican Senator Norm Coleman, former Saturday Night Live comedian Al Franken has emerged as one of the strongest voices in favor of so-called “Net Neutrality” policies being considered by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Franken has called “Net Neutrality” the…

Four Democrats slam Google and Verizon over net neutrality

Four members of Congress bashed a “net neutrality” proposal made by Google and Verizon, calling on US regulators to find their own way to insure all data is treated equally online. “Rather than expansion upon a proposal by two large communications companies with a vested financial interest in the outcome,…

Google, Verizon say no ‘net neutrality’ for wireless

Google and US telecom titan Verizon proposed a legal framework to safeguard “net neutrality” but said the rules should not apply to wireless broadband Internet connections. “We both recognize that wireless broadband is different from the traditional wireline world, in part because the mobile marketplace is more competitive and changing…

AT&T, Verizon considered dropping employee health insurance as a result of healthcare overhaul

Democrats canceled hearings after learning companies’ plans would make health insurance bill look bad House Democrats abruptly canceled hearings into major US companies’ responses to their massive health care overhaul after receiving documents revealing that companies were considering dropping all of their employees’ health benefits in response to the healthcare…

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