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News Release
1/22/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Google led in lobbying spending by ten tech firms who pumped a combined $61.15 million into efforts to influence federal regulators and lawmakers in 2013, up 15.9 percent from a combined total of $52.78 million, according to records filed with the Clerk of the House this week. Consumer Watchdog, a nonpartisan nonprofit...
News Story
1/22/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Google’s spending on lobbying dropped in 2013, but it is still lavishing Washington with more money than any other tech company. The search giant spent $14.1 million to help influence lawmakers and regulators last year, according to data published on House.gov. That was down after its 2012 spending spiked to $16.5 million when the...
News Story
1/22/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Ten of the largest technology companies in the US spent more than $61 million lobbying Washington in 2013, according to an analysis of records filed by Consumer Watchdog earlier this week. The firms, including Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Facebook, used the money in attempts to guide the government's hand on issues such as privacy, data...
News Story
10/23/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Search giant spent $3.4 million on lobbying US legislators last quarter, according to latest disclosures Google still leads consumer technology companies when it comes to lobbying legislators on Capitol Hill, but Facebook, Apple, and others are increasing their efforts. The search giant spent $3.4 million on lobbying in the third fiscal quarter of...
News Release
10/22/2013
Posted by John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON, DC -- Google continued to lead tech firms in lobbying expenses during the third quarter, spending $3.4 million on its effort to buy influence with federal legislators and policymakers, according to disclosure forms just filed with the Clerk of the House of Representatives. Facebook’s spending soared 47 percent to $1.4 million...
Blog Post
1/18/2013
Posted by Judy Dugan
Comedy is funnier when it hits you in the gut. That's what made a famous skit by Lily Tomlin about the phone company's abuse of customers so memorable, one tag line being "We are omnipotent." AT&T is still at it. As columnist James Temple writes in the San Francisco Chronicle Friday: In August 2006, the California Public...
News Story
9/6/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will commence evaluation of the mobile broadband speed to help customers know if they are getting value for money. A public meeting will be held Sept.21 in Washington D.C. to seek participation by other parties including researchers, PC World reported. At the meeting, the FCC will hold discussion on...
News Story
9/6/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
  Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images Trying to stream this video on your mobile device and frustrated by the stalling and stuttering? The FCC may be coming to your emotional rescue.  The agency has launched “Measuring Mobile America,” which is designed to test mobile broadband speeds and hold wireless...
News Story
9/6/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) says it plans to start evaluating mobile broadband speeds in order to let customers know whether they're getting value for money. In a similar project to its broadband speed measurement program, it plans to work with wireless carriers to give consumers detailed information about their mobile...
News Release
9/5/2012
Posted by John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON, DC -– The Federal Communications Commission’s plan to launch a program to measure mobile broadband service performance in the United States falls short of providing adequate protection, Consumer Watchdog said today. Cell phone carriers must be required to disclose data speeds in their advertisements if consumers are to...