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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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FCC Hints at Expanding Net Neutrality Rules to Cell Phones

September 10, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Federal Communications Commission is eyeing an expansion of its net-neutrality rules to cover cell-phone service. In a speech Tuesday, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said that Internet access on smartphones is a "key component" of the investment and innovation that net-neutrality regulations are intended to protect. "Although the comment cycle ...

Nancy Pelosi Presses FCC to Ban Internet ‘Fast Lanes’

September 9, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi wants to give federal regulators sweeping new powers over Internet access. The move is necessary, she said Monday, to save net neutrality and protect Internet users. But Republicans and business groups warn that applying utility-style regulations to the Internet would strangle economic growth and ultimately ...

Senator Demands Answers About iCloud Security Measures

September 5, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A top Senate Democrat is demanding more information from Apple after hackers obtained nude photos of several celebrities. In a statement, Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller said he wants the company to brief his staff on the "security protocols in place for its cloud databases." "Apple is expected to ...

Feds Crack Down on Google Over Kids' App Spending

September 4, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Google is the latest company to face federal charges for failing to prevent children from racking up big bills for their parents. The company agreed Thursday to refund at least $19 million to consumers to settle a case with the Federal Trade Commission. According to the agency, Google unfairly billed ...

FCC Chief: Comcast Is Wrong About Internet Competition

September 4, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Most Americans lack any real choice in accessing high-speed Internet, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission said Thursday. Comcast and other cable giants have argued that the industry is already plenty competitive. Consumers in many areas can choose to access the Internet from a DSL provider or on their ...

How Republicans Flip-Flopped on Government-Run Internet

August 26, 2014 Government-run Internet service is an abomination, a waste of taxpayer funds, and an assault on private industry. And if states want to ban it, the federal government should get out of their way. That's what congressional Republicans are saying now, but just a few years ago, top GOP lawmakers were ...

The Battle Over Government-Run Internet Heats Up at FCC

August 21, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow If Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler wants to stop states from blocking city-run broadband, he'll likely have to override Republican opposition to do it. In a speech Wednesday, a top Republican FCC aide argued that the agency lacks the authority to overturn state laws on the issue. More than ...

The Battle Over Government-Run Internet Heats Up at FCC

August 20, 2014 If Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler wants to stop states from blocking city-run broadband, he'll likely have to override Republican opposition to do it. In a speech Wednesday, a top Republican FCC aide argued that the agency lacks the authority to overturn state laws on the issue. More than ...

TV Stations Sue FCC Over Plan to Auction Broadcast Licenses

August 19, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A lobbying group for TV stations sued the Federal Communications Commission Monday over the agency's plan to auction their broadcast licenses to cell-phone carriers. TV stations don't have to participate in the auction, and the airwaves will mean faster smartphone connections for millions of consumers. But the National Association of ...

FCC Chief 'Deeply Troubled' by Verizon Plan to Slow Traffic

July 31, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Verizon has found itself in hot water with federal regulators over its plan to slow traffic for certain customers. In a letter sent to Verizon CEO Dan Mead on Wednesday, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler said he is "deeply troubled" by the cell phone carrier's announcement. He demanded more ...