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Marketplace Tech for Monday, November 18, 2013
Nov 18, 2013

Marketplace Tech for Monday, November 18, 2013

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The Federal Communications Commission was started in 1934, long before the internet. But more and more, it's a government organization that is expected to play referee in the online world -- and there's a new referee. Tom Wheeler used to lobby for broadcasters and telecom companies. Now he's the new chairman of the FCC. One big challenge he's facing is net neutrality -- whether internet service providers can restrict or degrade access to online services from competitors. One of the immediate things on his list, though, is the country's shrinking spectrum for our multiplying mobile devices.

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What the heck is Bitcoin? Congress wants to know, too

Nov 18, 2013
A virtual currency like Bitcoin has benefits to its users, including secrecy. Congress wants to understand its advantages and its security concerns.

Tom Wheeler, the FCC's new boss, on consumer rights and net neutrality

Nov 18, 2013
Tom Wheeler was a powerful lobbyist for the telecom industry. Now he's running the organization that regulates it.

Google and Microsoft will crack down on child porn searches

Nov 18, 2013
Google and Microsoft will ban 100,000 words in an effort to stop child pornography.

The Federal Communications Commission was started in 1934, long before the internet. But more and more, it’s a government organization that is expected to play referee in the online world — and there’s a new referee. Tom Wheeler used to lobby for broadcasters and telecom companies. Now he’s the new chairman of the FCC. One big challenge he’s facing is net neutrality — whether internet service providers can restrict or degrade access to online services from competitors. One of the immediate things on his list, though, is the country’s shrinking spectrum for our multiplying mobile devices.

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