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Brendan Sasso

National Journal Brendan Sasso is a technology correspondent for National Journal. He previously covered technology policy issues for The Hill and was a researcher and contributing writer for the 2012 edition of the Almanac of American Politics. He grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and graduated from Claremont McKenna College.
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'You're Playing God with the Internet!' Republican Shouts at FCC Chief

March 26, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Congressional Republicans are united in their anger over new net neutrality regulations—but no one could match the fury displayed by Rep. Louie Gohmert on Wednesday. "You're playing God with the Internet!" the Texas Republican shouted at Tom Wheeler, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, during a House Judiciary Committee ...

House Advances Bill to Combat Cybertheft

March 26, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A House subcommittee advanced legislation Wednesday aimed at preventing the kinds of massive hacks of personal information that have hit Target and Home Depot in recent years. Although Congress has tried—and failed—several times to pass data-breach legislation, the issue appears to have a new boost of momentum this year. Consumers ...

Internet Providers Sue to Kill Net Neutrality

March 24, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Telecom companies filed a pair of lawsuits Monday in an attempt to reverse the Federal Communications Commission's new net neutrality rules. The suits are expected to be the opening shots in a long legal war against the controversial regulations. USTelecom, which represents AT&T, Verizon, and other companies, filed its lawsuit ...

For First Time in 7 Years, FCC Fines TV Station for Nudity

March 24, 2015 For the first time during the Obama administration, the Federal Communications Commission on Monday said it plans to fine a television station for airing sexually explicit material. A Roanoke, Virginia, station accidentally aired a brief pornographic video clip during its evening newscast on July 12, 2012, in a segment on ...

In Wake of Net Neutrality, Republicans Take Aim at FCC’s Budget

March 20, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Less than a month after the Federal Communications Commission approved controversial net-neutrality regulations, congressional Republicans are looking to overhaul the agency's budget and procedures. GOP lawmakers don't say their planned legislation is revenge for the Internet regulations that they despise. But the FCC's questionable handling of net neutrality is a ...

Republican: Net Neutrality Will 'Jeopardize the Open Internet'

March 19, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Senate Republicans continued to lash out at the Federal Communications Commission's new net-neutrality regulations during an oversight hearing Wednesday. Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John Thune told the five FCC commissioners that their new rules "will only increase political, regulatory, and legal uncertainty, which will ultimately hurt average Internet users." Simply ...

FCC Chairman: 'No Secret Instructions' From Obama on Net Neutrality

March 17, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow "There were no secret instructions from the White House," FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler will insist at a House Oversight Committee hearing today on the White House's role in the agency's net-neutrality decision, according to his prepared statement. "I did not, as CEO of an independent agency, feel obligated to follow ...

FCC Finally Unveils Net-Neutrality Rules

March 12, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Two weeks after approving sweeping net-neutrality regulations, the Federal Communications Commission has finally made those rules public. The full document is 400 pages long, although that includes statements from the five commissioners, as well as legal and policy analysis by the FCC staff. The actual rules themselves take up only ...

Cable and Telecom Giants Take FCC to Court Over Net Neutrality Rules

March 6, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Federal Communications Commission delivered a thrilling victory to Internet activists last week by approving sweeping net neutrality regulations, but critics already are plotting how to kill the rules in court. Comcast has warned that "we all face inevitable litigation and years of regulatory uncertainty." AT&T has pointed to "the ...

Obama's 'Privacy Bill of Rights' Gets Bashed from All Sides

March 2, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The White House unveiled an ambitious legislative proposal Friday to restrict how companies, including Web giants like Facebook and Google, can handle private information. And it was promptly denounced by industry groups and privacy advocates alike. Tech companies warned that the so-called "Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights Act" would impose ...