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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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The Legal War Over Net Neutrality Has Begun

April 15, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Federal Communications Commission will have to fend off a flurry of lawsuits—and some top legal firepower—to save its net-neutrality rules. AT&T and three groups representing cable companies and cellular carriers sued to repeal the rules on Tuesday. The U.S. Telecom Association filed its suit on Monday. And the groups ...

Republicans Push Fast-Track Bill to Kill Net Neutrality

April 14, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A group of House Republicans introduced a resolution Monday to block the Federal Communications Commission's net-neutrality regulations. The measure, authored by Rep. Doug Collins, a Georgia Republican, would take advantage of a procedural fast-track under the Congressional Review Act, allowing it to bypass Democratic opposition in the Senate. It would ...

The First Net Neutrality Complaints Are Coming

April 10, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Federal Communications Commission may have to soon consider the first disputes under its new net neutrality regulations, starting with a fight over Internet congestion and online video. Cogent Communications, which controls parts of the Internet backbone, is preparing to file complaints to the FCC, charging Internet service providers Comcast, ...

AT&T to Pay $25 Million for Failing to Stop Theft of Personal Information

April 9, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow AT&T agreed to pay a $25 million fine on Wednesday to settle federal charges that it failed to protect its customers' sensitive personal information, including Social Security numbers. Thieves were able to steal information on nearly 280,000 U.S. customers, the Federal Communications Commission said. The penalty is the largest the ...

Feds Urged to Investigate YouTube App for Kids

April 7, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Earlier this year, Google unveiled a mobile app that it said would make YouTube safe for kids. But a coalition of consumer groups says the app is actually taking advantage of children with an onslaught of advertising for junk food and toys, and they want the federal government to investigate. ...

Senate to Investigate White House Role in Google's Antitrust Victory

March 30, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A Senate panel plans to investigate whether the White House inappropriately derailed a federal investigation into accusations that Google was stifling online competition. Sen. Mike Lee, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary's Antitrust Subcommittee, plans to contact the Federal Trade Commission, Google, and other online companies to discuss the issue, ...

'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 ...