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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 Demands Faster Broadband

January 29, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to increase how fast Internet service has to be to be considered "broadband." The move is only symbolic—it won't actually force Internet providers to offer faster speeds. But it's a clear shot at the major cable and telecom providers for failing to deliver sufficient ...

Cell Carriers Spend $45B in Auction of Wireless Frequencies

January 29, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Cellular carriers spent nearly $45 billion in an auction of wireless frequencies, blowing past even the highest estimates, the Federal Communications Commission announced Thursday. The astronomical figure shows just how desperate carriers such as AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile are for access to more airwaves to power their customers' devices. The ...

Your Appliances May Be Spying on You

January 27, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Connecting everyday products like refrigerators, baby monitors and watches to the Internet is giving companies and hackers unprecedented access to private information, the Federal Trade Commission warned in a report Tuesday. The "Internet of Things," the term for the growing universe of Internet-connected devices, can lead to significant improvements in ...

This Is What the Republican Plan for Net Neutrality Looks Like

January 22, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In a strange reversal of roles, Republican lawmakers on Wednesday called for net-neutrality legislation to restrict the ability of broadband providers to manipulate Internet traffic while Democrats showed little enthusiasm for the measure. Republicans have long considered net neutrality just another anti-business, big-government takeover by the Obama administration, while Democrats ...

This Phone Company is Switching Sides in the Net Neutrality Debate

January 20, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The major Internet providers have all been warning for months that if the government classifies them as public utilities, it will strangle their industry with onerous regulations and leave everyone with worse Internet service. On Friday, Sprint changed its mind. In a letter to the Federal Communications Commission, Stephen Bye, ...

Why Republicans Suddenly Love Net Neutrality

January 16, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow n the past month, Republicans have completely reversed themselves on net neutrality. For years, members of the party have decried net-neutrality regulation as a "government takeover of the Internet" that would "restrict our Internet freedom." But now, top GOP lawmakers are frantically working on net-neutrality legislation that's even stronger than ...

Obama Backs Government-Run Internet

January 14, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow President Obama will travel to Cedar Falls, Iowa, on Wednesday to tout the ability of local governments to provide high-speed Internet to their residents. And he will urge the Federal Communications Commission to strike down state laws around the country that restrict the ability of cities to build their own ...

President Backs Government-Run Internet Networks

January 14, 2015 President Obama will travel to Cedar Falls, Iowa, on Wednesday to tout the ability of local governments to provide high-speed Internet to their residents. And he will urge the Federal Communications Commission to strike down state laws around the country that restrict the ability of cities to build their own ...

Pentagon: Hackers Didn't Get Classified Information

January 13, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Monday's hack of Twitter and YouTube accounts belonging to U.S. Central Command was embarrassing, but it doesn't appear to have compromised any classified information. "CENTCOM's operational military networks were not compromised and there was no operational impact to U.S. Central Command," said Navy Commander Elissa Smith, a Pentagon spokeswoman. Smith ...

Why Businesses Love Obama's Push for Security Regulation

January 13, 2015 Business groups and Republicans are used to railing against President Obama's calls for stronger regulation, warning that government mandates will only stifle economic growth. But they're cheering a new data-security plan the president outlined Monday. The White House's proposal would require companies to notify their customers within 30 days if ...