Grant GrossReporter, IDG News Service

Grant Gross covers technology and telecom policy in the U.S. government for The IDG News Service.

Lawmakers release draft alternative to Stop Online Piracy Act

Two U.S. lawmakers have released an alternative proposal to two controversial bills intended to crack down on online copyright infringement.

DOJ investigating ebook pricing, official says

According to the head of the Justice Department's antitrust division, the federal agency is investigating anticompetitive behavior in the pricing of e-books, joining the European Union.

Justice Department questions if AT&T/T-Mobile deal is still active

AT&T's decision to withdraw its application to obtain T-Mobile USA's mobile spectrum license at the Federal Communications Commission raises a question about whether the company's proposed acquisition is still active, the U.S. Department of Justice has said.

AT&T fires back at FCC staff report on T-Mobile deal

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has invited questions about its impartiality with a staff report laying out concerns about AT&T's proposed merger with T-Mobile.

FCC riles AT&T by releasing report on T-Mobile merger

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has allowed AT&T to withdraw its application to buy the mobile licenses owned by T-Mobile USA, as AT&T had requested, but the agency has also released a staff report that disputes many of the benefits the two mobile carriers claimed the merger would produce.

Privacy groups generally cheer FTC's Facebook settlement

Privacy and technology groups generally applauded a wide-ranging settlement between Facebook and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission over the social-networking site's privacy practices.

Facebook settles FTC privacy complaints

Facebook has agreed to settle U.S. Federal Trade Commission charges that it deceived consumers "on numerous occasions" by telling them they could keep their personal information private, then repeatedly sharing that information.

AT&T/T-Mobile merger: What happens next

Now that the FCC has said AT&T's proposed purchase of T-Mobile isn't in the public interest, here's what happens next in the regulatory review process.

FCC finds AT&T's purchase of T-Mobile not in the public interest

In a draft order released Tuesday, the Federal Communications Commission's staff has found AT&T's proposed $39 billion acquisition of rival T-Mobile USA to be contrary to the public interest.

Senate votes against measure to kill net neutrality rules

The U.S. Senate has voted against a Republican measure that would have overturned net neutrality rules passed by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission last year.

Critics of AT&T/T-Mobile merger question job gain estimates

AT&T's says its planned acquisition of T-Mobile USA will create up to 96,000 new U.S. jobs. But a UC Irvine economist called those claims "completely unfounded" during a press conference featuring opponents of the wireless telecom companies' merger.

HP will keep its PC division

Hewlett-Packard has decided to keep its PC division after the company talked in recent weeks about spinning it off.

AT&T revenue down slightly, but net income up

AT&T's revenue was down slightly in the third quarter of 2011, compared to a year earlier, but net income rose by about $400 million.

Lawmakers push to limit government mobile tracking

A pair of legislators want Congress to pass legislation that would require law enforcement agencies to get permission from a judge before tracking suspects through their mobile phones instead of the now-common practice of tracking a mobile subscriber's location after a prosecutor-issued subpoena.

US mobile carriers to offer free usage alerts

Major U.S. mobile carriers will begin offering free usage alerts to customers in an effort to help them avoid surprise charges on their bills, according to the Federal Communications Commission.