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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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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 ...

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

March 2, 2015 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 ...

Is FCC Becoming Too Politicized?

February 27, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Federal Communications Commission is no stranger to controversial issues—remember the ruckus over the Janet Jackson Super Bowl halftime show? But net neutrality has taken things to a new level, and that has people wondering if the agency is politicized beyond repair. That hostility was on full display Thursday as ...

It’s Official—FCC Enacts Expansive Net-Neutrality Rules

February 26, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A bitterly divided Federal Communications Commission approved sweeping net-neutrality regulations Thursday that will fundamentally transform the U.S. government's power over Internet access. The new regulations deliver a thrilling victory to Internet activists and tech start-ups, who waged a fierce yearlong campaign to ensure that all Internet traffic is treated equally. ...

This Is the Republicans’ New Plan for Net Neutrality

February 24, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Commerce Committee Chairman John Thune has a strategy for stopping federal regulators from seizing broad powers over the Internet: Give them what they want. Thune is working on legislation that would direct the Federal Communications Commission to protect net neutrality—the principle that all Internet traffic should be treated equally. But ...

House Investigates Obama's Role in FCC's Net Neutrality Decision

February 9, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The House Oversight Committee has opened an investigation into whether the White House improperly influenced the Federal Communications Commission's consideration of net neutrality regulations. In a letter to FCC Tom Wheeler on Friday, House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz, a Utah Republican, demanded that the agency turn over all communications between ...

Senators Demand Federal Investigation of Verizon's 'Supercookies'

February 6, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Key Democratic senators are urging federal regulators to launch an investigation into Verizon for tracking smartphone and tablet users against their wishes. The top Democrat on the Senate Commerce Committee, Bill Nelson, along with Edward Markey and Richard Blumenthal sent letters to the Federal Trade Commission and the Federal Communications ...

How a Ragtag Band of Activists Won the Battle for Net Neutrality

February 5, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow It was completely hopeless. That's what Marvin Ammori, a net-neutrality advocate and consultant for tech companies, told Ari Shahdadi, the general counsel of Tumblr, over burgers in New York City in January 2014. A federal court had just sided with Verizon and struck down the government's net-neutrality regulations, potentially giving ...

FCC Chief Unveils Sweeping Net Neutrality Rules

February 4, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Federal Communications Commission plans to enact President Obama's proposal for net neutrality regulations that would claim expansive new powers over Internet providers. In an op-ed in the technology magazine Wired Wednesday, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said his rules will assure "the rights of internet users to go where they ...

Obama's Favorite Internet Provider Hates His Net-Neutrality Plan

February 4, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A city-owned Internet provider touted by President Obama for its blazing-fast speeds is now lobbying against his plan for net-neutrality regulations. Last month, Obama traveled to Cedar Falls, Iowa, to promote the city's public utility, which delivers Internet speeds up to 100 times faster than the national average. "What you're ...