"Let’s face it, airplane cabins are by nature noisy, crowded and confined,” a sponsor said.
Republicans and Democrats in the House announced a deal Monday on legislation to change certain Federal Communications Commission procedures.
Last Congress, the FCC Process Reform Act was a mostly partisan bill that Democrats worried would undermine the agency's ability to protect consumers. It passed the House but went nowhere in the Senate.
Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.), chairman of the Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Communications and Technology and the bill's author, agreed to drop the most controversial provisions, winning the support of Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.), the panel's top Democrat.
The full Energy and Commerce Committee is scheduled to vote on the legislation on Thursday.
Members are concerned after a little-noticed October hack revealed users’ names and passwords.
Five House lawmakers introduced legislation Monday that would encourage federal agencies to give up their spectrum rights for auction to the private sector.
The Federal Spectrum Incentive Act would give additional funds to agencies that agree to give up their spectrum or share a spectrum band with another agency.
Wireless carriers are hungry for more spectrum—the frequencies that carry all wireless signals—to meet their customers' skyrocketing demand for streaming video, downloading apps and browsing the Web on mobile devices.
More must be done to protect against frausters and 'hactivists,' industry officials warned.
The Federal Communications Commission is scheduled to vote on Thursday on a proposal to allow cellphone use on airplanes.
The agency has faced an onslaught of criticism from airline passengers who fear being stuck at 30,000 feet next to a loud phone conversation.
But the FCC has emphasized that its role is only to determine whether allowing in-flight phone use would interfere with networks on the ground. Whether or not to ban phone calls would be up to individual airlines.
The requests for data do not include National Security Agency surveillance.
U.S. and U.K. intelligence agencies have used online video games to track surveillance targets, according to a report from The Guardian.
The U.S. National Security Agency and the U.K.'s Government Communications Headquarters have gathered intelligence through the Xbox Live network, World of Warcraft and Second Life, The Guardian reports based on documents obtained by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.
The giants of the tech industry are uniting to wage a campaign for sweeping reforms.
The Supreme Court said Friday that it will consider a software patent infringement case.
The case, Alice v. CLS Bank, focuses on a software patent for verified financial exchanges.