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Grant Gross

IDG News Service

Grant Gross is a reporter for the IDG News Service.


Recent articles by Grant Gross

FCC adds $9 billion to broadband subsidy fund

April 23, 2014

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission voted Wednesday to shift US$9 billion over five years from traditional telephone subsidies to broadband subsidies, in an effort to bring high-speed Internet services to 5 million U.S. residents who don't have access.

Brazil's global Internet conference includes call to end spying

April 23, 2014

Participants in a Brazil-hosted conference on Internet governance laid out an aggressive agenda, with some calling for a policy statement that would condemn Internet surveillance, support net neutrality regulations and create programs to close the digital divide.

Report: US FCC to allow payments for speedier traffic

April 23, 2014

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission will propose new net neutrality rules Thursday that will allow broadband providers to charge companies like Netflix for preferential traffic management, according to a news report.

FCC will seek input on latest net neutrality proposal

April 23, 2014

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission will take public comments before moving forward with a new set of net neutrality rules that sparked controversy when they were leaked in a news report earlier Wednesday.

Aereo argues that ruling against it could hurt cloud storage business

April 22, 2014

If the U.S. Supreme Court rules that streaming video provider Aereo violates the copyrights of TV networks, it may also put cloud storage services at risk, the company's lawyer argued Monday.

US to vote on sharp increase in broadband subsidies

April 22, 2014

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission will vote Wednesday on a proposal to pump US$1.8 billion into a fund that subsidizes broadband deployments in rural communities.

Aereo court case: Consumer control over TV vs. broadcaster copyrights

April 21, 2014

The ability of television viewers to control and watch programs may be at stake when the U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments Tuesday in a copyright infringement case brought by TV networks against Aereo, a service that streams over-the-air television online.

AT&T's expanded 1 Gbps fiber rollout could go head to head with Google

April 21, 2014

U.S. broadband giant AT&T could roll out 1Gbps fiber-optic service to up to 21 new metropolitan areas, including Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Jose, California, the company said Monday.

FCC vote on incentive auction plan could further open broadband competition

April 18, 2014

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission will reserve a significant amount of spectrum in its upcoming auctions of the television band for unlicensed uses such as Wi-Fi, agency officials said Friday.

Music labels sue Pandora over pre-1972 recordings

April 17, 2014

Five music labels have filed a lawsuit against streaming music service Pandora Music, saying the company is violating state law by refusing to pay labels and artists for its use of recordings made before 1972.