Posts Tagged ‘Sen. Al Franken’

Senate Upholds FCC Open Internet Rules

FCC, Net Neutrality, Senate November 11th, 2011

WASHINGTON Friday November 10, 2011. Thursday afternoon, the Senate voted 52 – 46 to defeat S.J Res 6 which would have overturned the Federal Communication Commissions Open Internet Rules. The rules are now set to go into effect on Nov 20, but they still face challenges in the courts from companies like Metro PCS, Verizon that […]

ValidSoft CEO Talks Privacy Technology

Cybersecurity, Europe, International, North America, Privacy August 3rd, 2011

WASHINGTON, August 3, 2011 – U.S. customers may soon begin seeing data security technology involving ATMs and cell phones that would work without tracking people thanks to the efforts of a European security software company.

Patrick Carroll, CEO of ValidSoft Limited, discussed the company’s real-time fraud detection software VALid-POS last week. The program is already in the works to be deployed through a deal with Visa Europe. Carroll believes his firm’s technology answers current privacy issues lawmakers and industry professionals have been trying to tackle for several years.

AT&T’s Newly Proposed Economic Model For Merger Riles Opposition

FCC, Media ownership, Mobile Broadband, Wireless July 28th, 2011

WASHINGTON, July 28, 2011 – Sen. Al Franken (D-MN.) sent a filing to the Federal Communications Commission and Department of Justice Tuesday requesting the denial of the merger between wireless carriers AT&T and T-Mobile.

Less than 24 hours after AT&T submitted its most recent economic model to the FCC and DOJ for the proposed merger with T-Mobile, the junior senator from Minnesota weighed in on the conflict, stating that the merger would drive up prices for consumers and likely cost thousands of jobs.

Franken Introduces Geolocation Privacy Bill

Congress, Privacy, Senate June 16th, 2011

WASHINGTON June 16, 2011- Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law, Sen. Al Franken (D-MN), along with Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), introduced a bill Wednesday that would make rules more stringent for collecting geolocation data on mobile device users.

The Location Privacy Protection Act of 2011 would require companies to obtain users’ expressed consent to collect location data and to notify users when they share location data with third parties.

Senators Grill Mobile CEOs on AT&T/T-Mobile Merger

Congress, Mobile Broadband, Senate, Spectrum, Wireless May 12th, 2011

WASHINGTON May 12, 2011- The Senate Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights assembled leading mobile CEOs Wednesday to explore the proposed merger between AT&T and T-Mobile.

“The proposed merger between AT&T and T-Mobile will bring together two of the four remaining national cell phone carriers to create the nation’s largest cell phone network, with an estimated 43 percent market share,” said Sen Herb Kohl (D-WI), Chairman of the Subcommittee, setting the tone for the hearing. “Should this deal be approved, AT&T and Verizon will control close to 80 percent of the national cell phone market.”

Senate Opens Debate on Patent Reform

Congress, Intellectual Property, Patents March 1st, 2011

WASHINGTON, March 1, 2011 – The Senate moved a step closer to the first major overhaul to the patent system in nearly 60 years when it introduced a bill to the floor on Monday.

Cantwell Introduces Pro-Net Neutrality Legislation

Congress, FCC, Net Neutrality January 25th, 2011

WASHINGTON, January 25, 2011 – Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) introduced legislation Tuesday to strengthen Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) net-neutrality rules. The Internet Freedom, Broadband Promotion, and Consumer Protection Act of 2011 is co-sponsored by Sen. Al Franken (D-MN), who, along with Cantwell, asserted that the Open Internet Order rules handed down by the agency last […]

Sen. Hutchison Seeks to Block Open Internet Regulation

FCC, Net Neutrality December 20th, 2010

WASHINGTON, December 20, 2010 -Texas Republican Kay Bailey Hutchison has introduced an amendment to block the Federal Communications Commission from implementing any open internet regulations. The amendment would be added to the appropriations bill (H.R. 3082), which provides funding for the departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs.

Copps Takes Broadcasting, Cable and More Out to the Woodshed

Broadband Updates, Broadband's Impact, FCC, Net Neutrality, States August 20th, 2010

WASHINGTON, August 20, 2010 – Michael Copps, a commissioner on the Federal Communications Commission, spoke in Minneapolis Thursday at a public hearing on the future of the internet, touting the important of broadband to the future of the United States and slamming the broadcasting and cable industries for bad behavior.

Sen. Franken Sees Net Neutrality an Important First Amendment Issue

Broadband's Impact, Media ownership, Net Neutrality July 29th, 2010

WASHINGTON, July 29, 2010 – Sen. Al Franken says that he believes “net neutrality is the First Amendment issue of our time, and the merger of Comcast and NBC is an enormous concern. ”If no one stops the Comcast and NBC merger, Franken asked: “How long do you think it will take before four or five mega corporations affectively control the flow of the information in America not only on television but online?”

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