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    Companies running Idaho's troubled broadband education network will be paid for work completed since last year, but lawmakers haven't decided how to handle funding for the coming year amid a contract dispute.

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    Idaho may be forced to repay $13.3 million to the federal government and might never recover another $14.5 million that Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter is now recommending the state inject into a $60 million education broadband project mired in a bitter lawsuit for nearly as long as it's existed.

  • **FILE** Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski (Associated Press)

    While advising the public on cybersecurity, FCC failed on its own defenses

    When the Federal Communication Commission's computer systems were breached in Sept. 2011, it decided to take action to improve cybersecurity.

  • Key senator opposes AT&T $39B purchase of T-Mobile

    A key member of the Senate Judiciary Committee is calling on federal regulators to block AT&T's proposed $39 billion purchase of T-Mobile USA.

  • FILE - In this file photo made March 12, 2010, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski is interviewed at his office in Washington. New rules aimed at prohibiting broadband providers from becoming gatekeepers of Internet traffic now have just enough votes to pass the Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, file)

    EDITORIAL: Obama to America: Get lost

    In the past decade, millions have come to depend on the seeming magic of the global positioning system (GPS) to guide them to their destination. The navigational gadgets in cars, cell phones and other hand-held devices can even be a lifesaver. Now the system may be undermined by a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) decision last month to allow a well-connected company to exploit a slice of the airwaves in a way that potentially blocks GPS signals.

  • FCC seeks to dismiss net neutrality challenges

    The Federal Communications Commission is asking a federal appeals court to dismiss two legal challenges to its new "network neutrality" regulations. Those rules, adopted by the agency last month, prohibit phone and cable companies from interfering with traffic on their broadband networks.

  • White House seeks spectrum for public safety

    The Obama administration is throwing its support behind a proposal to give a valuable chunk of radio waves to police officers, firefighters and emergency medical workers to build a nationwide wireless broadband network for public safety.

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  • Illustration: Comcast cop by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

    WALKER: FCC 'cop on the beat' more like a bully

    Julius Genachowski is the self-proclaimed "cop on the beat" at President Obama's Federal Communications Commission (FCC). That's great if the cop is as principled and honorable as Serpico. It's not so great if he's more like Mayberry's bossy, meddling, interfering Barney Fife.

  • The NBC logo glows in neon lights at its headquarters in New York. The Federal Communications Commission approved Comcast Corp.'s proposed purchase of NBC Universal on Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, file)

    Comcast gets nod to take over NBC Universal

    Government regulators on Tuesday gave Comcast Corp., the country's largest cable company, clearance to take over NBC Universal in a deal that is certain to transform the entertainment industry landscape.

  • Illustration: FCC broadband by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times.

    BLACKBURN: Learning to defend technological freedom

    Just before Christmas, after Congress had extended tax rates and the halls of the congressional office buildings had emptied, after Air Force One was wheels-up for Hawaii, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) did a remarkable thing. Four days before Christmas, it regulated the Internet.

  • FILE - In this file photo made March 12, 2010, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski is interviewed at his office in Washington. New rules aimed at prohibiting broadband providers from becoming gatekeepers of Internet traffic now have just enough votes to pass the Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, file)

    WALKER: FCC chairman in 'Breaking Bad'

    Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Julius Genachowski is guilty of so many bureaucratic misdeeds over the past year, it's hard to determine precisely when he had his "breaking bad" moment.

  • Court: TV can't be fined for 'NYPD Blue' nude shot

    The Federal Communications Commission cannot fine broadcasters for showing a woman's nude buttocks on a 2003 episode of "NYPD Blue," a federal court ruled Tuesday, citing its earlier decision to strike down FCC rules regarding fleeting expletives uttered on live broadcasts as unconstitutionally vague.

  • Court: TV can't be fined for 'NYPD Blue' nude shot

    The Federal Communications Commission cannot fine broadcasters for showing a woman's nude buttocks on a 2003 episode of "NYPD Blue," a federal court ruled Tuesday, citing its earlier decision to strike down FCC rules regarding fleeting expletives uttered on live broadcasts as unconstitutionally vague.

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