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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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States Would Sue to Kill City Internet Service

July 23, 2014 A group representing state legislatures is threatening to sue to protect restrictions on city-run Internet networks, claiming the projects often waste taxpayer money. The National Conference of State Legislatures sent a letter Tuesday to the Federal Communications Commission, saying it would file a constitutional challenge against any federal action to ...

Did the White House Website Violate Its Own Privacy Rules?

July 22, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The White House may have misled people who visited its website about how it tracked their online behavior. In a forthcoming paper, a group of researchers write that thousands of top websites, including WhiteHouse.gov,have been using a new, persistent type of online tracking. Justin Brookman, the director of consumer privacy ...

House Votes to Save Bans on City Internet Service

July 17, 2014 House Republicans passed legislation Wednesday to keep the Obama administration from overturning state bans on city-owned Internet providers. The vote is a warning shot at the Federal Communications Commission, which has been mulling taking action against states that restrict municipal broadband service. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, a Tennessee Republican, spearheaded the ...

FCC Blames Net-Neutrality Glitch on Budget Woes

July 16, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Federal Communications Commission is blaming a lack of funding from Congress after its website crashed on Tuesday due to an onslaught of outraged comments on net neutrality. An agency spokesman said Congress has failed to give the agency enough money to upgrade its information-technology systems. The official said additional ...

In Net-Neutrality Push, Democrats Aim to Make the Internet a Utility

July 14, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Several liberal lawmakers want to apply utility-style regulations to Internet service providers. Sen. Edward Markey, a Massachusetts Democrat, collected signatures for a letter urging the Federal Communications Commission to regulate the Internet like the telephone system. Democratic Sens. Chuck Schumer of New York and Al Franken of Minnesota, as well ...

Google, Facebook, Netflix Make Their Official Case for Net Neutrality

July 14, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow he lobbying group for the world's largest Internet companies made its official case for broad net neutrality regulations in a filing Monday. Broadband access providers have the technical ability and the financial incentive to clog Internet traffic and extort tolls from Web companies, the Internet Association wrote in a comment ...

Feds Sue Amazon Over Kids' Spending

July 10, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Amazon should have done more to prevent kids from racking up huge bills on mobile apps, according to a federal lawsuit filed Thursday. The Federal Trade Commission is seeking millions of dollars in refunds for parents whose children made unauthorized purchases for in-app items in Amazon's store. For example, the ...

Bill to Legalize Cell-Phone Unlocking Advances in the Senate

July 10, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Senate Judiciary Committee voted unanimously Thursday to advance legislation that would legalize cell-phone unlocking, which would make it easier for consumers to switch providers without buying a new phone. The House passed similar legislation earlier this year. "Consumers should be able to use their existing cell phones when they ...

Government Privacy Board Endorses NSA's Internet Spying

July 2, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The National Security Agency's Internet surveillance programs are legal and effective, according to the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, an independent watchdog agency. In a draft report, the panel expresses concern with certain elements of the NSA's massive collection of Internet data within the United States, and outlines several ...

What to Expect in This Government Report on Government Spying

July 1, 2014 Privacy advocates are hoping to get a boost Wednesday when a government panel is slated to release a report on one of the most controversial federal spying powers. The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, an independent watchdog, is set to unveil its long-awaited report on spying programs under Section ...