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U.S. Senate rebukes Trump, reimposes sanctions on ZTE

ZTE’s woes continue as the U.S. Senate rolls out a new bill that prohibits the manufacturer from doing business with U.S. firms.

It’s a turbulent time for ZTE. The U.S. government issued a Denial Order against the company back in April, essentially prohibiting the Chinese manufacturer from buying hardware components from the likes of Qualcomm or Intel. The order effectively killed ZTE’s smartphone business as it prevented Google from certifying the manufacturer’s phones.

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California Senate passes a vote to bring net neutrality laws to the state

There’s even a rule that’s stricter than what the FCC previously had in place.

Although the FCC’s repeal of Net Neutrality is set to go into effect on June 11, that hasn’t stopped other government officials from doing what they can to ensure the internet remains free and open for everyone.

Photo by Credo Action.

Most recently, the California Senate passed a bill that would bring back Net Neutrality laws across the entire state. The bill  [Read More…]

The U.S. Senate voted 52-47 in favor of restoring Net Neutrality

Even if the vote passes the Senate, there’s still a long battle ahead.

Updated 5/16/18 — The Senate’s final vote is in, with the official number being 52 – 47 in favor of restoring Net Neutrality! While this is an exciting and unexpected development, the battle to completely reverse FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s actions is far from over. The CRA will now go to the House of Representatives where Republicans currently hold the majority at 236 to 193.  [Read More…]

U.S. Senate will vote on May 16 to possibly restore Net Neutrality

Even if the vote passes the Senate, there’s still a long battle ahead.

In mid-December last year, the FCC voted to repeal Net Neutrality. That repeal will officially go into action on June 11, but not before the U.S. Senate votes to hopefully restore it.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai

On May 14, Democratic Senator Ed Markey announced that he and other fellow Democrats have pushed the U.S. Senate to vote on whether or not the FCC’s  [Read More…]

U.S. Senate votes to strip away Americans’ online privacy

The resolution would also prevent the FCC from enacting similar consumer protections in the future.

Your service provider needs permission to sell your private information under current rules. But that might be changing if the House follows the Senate’s lead on S.J Res 34.

Senate Joint Resolution 34 is congressional disapproval of the Federal Communications Commission rules relating to “Protecting the Privacy of Customers of Broadband and Other Telecommunications Services”. The U.S. Senate voted 50 – 48  [Read More…]

NSA reform bill killed in U.S. Senate

A bill introduced by Senator Patrick Leahy and supported by a coalition of technology companies designed to curb NSA data collection had undergone a Senate vote and failed by two votes. The USA Freedom Act fell short of the 60 votes needed to pass, garnering 58 votes in favor and 42 against.

California Senate does about face; “Kill switch” bill approved

Evidence photos show property recovered by Port St. Lucie police

After revising the cell phone kill-switch bill that was rejected at the end of April, it appears that the California Senate has approved the controversial bill.

The key changes made were items like giving the carriers a six-month extension to the deadline for compliance and to clarify that tablets are not included in the rules. This  [Read More…]

Google faces Senate hearings that it stiffles Yelp! and other competitors. [Watch live on C-Span]

In the U.S. Senate hearings set to investigate claims that Google is anti-competitive, Yelp will accuse the search giant of stealing its content and punishing the review site for complaining about the practice.

CEO Jeremy Stoppelman has already released his prepared testimony that he will use to address Congress, as well as a collection of slides that show what he alleges is Google’s anti-competitive  [Read More…]