Sen. Elizabeth Warren “loves” markets — just not ones without competition. Within the last month, the Massachusetts senator and Democratic presidential candidate has unveiled proposals to address the consolidation of power in the technology and agriculture sectors, which she says is hurting consumers and competitors. But are Big Tech and Big Ag the only industries Warren would like to break up? Maybe not. In a 2016 speech at the Open Markets Institute, an anti-monopoly think tank, Warren said that the concentration problem is “hiding in plain sight all across the American economy” and called on government to address it. She also mentioned several specific industries — in addition to tech and agriculture — that federal regulators should address. In another Open Markets speech in 2017, Warren called for “a new breed of antitrust enforcers,” who would more strictly enforce the existing monopoly rules and apply closer scrutiny to … [Read more...] about Elizabeth Warren wants to break up Big Tech and Big Ag. What industries could be next?
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Federal legislation proposed Thursday would give state prison officials the ability they have long sought to jam the signals of cellphones smuggled to inmates within their walls. U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas and U.S. Rep. David Kustoff of Tennessee introduced companion bills in both chambers, The Associated Press has learned. The legislation could help provide a solution to a problem prison officials have said represents the top security threat to their institutions. Corrections chiefs across the country have long argued for the ability to jam the signals, saying the phones - smuggled into their institutions by the thousands, by visitors, errant employees, and even delivered by drone — are dangerous because inmates use them to carry out crimes and plot violence both inside and outside prison. But the Federal Communications Commission, which regulates the nation’s airwaves, has said a decades-old prohibition on interrupting signals at … [Read more...] about Federal bills would let state prisons jam cellphone signals
Marrian Zhou, provided by 1:47 pm PDT, Wednesday, March 27, 2019 FTC cracks down on four operations that are responsible for billions of illegal robocalls. FTC cracks down on four operations that are responsible for billions of illegal robocalls. Photo: Getty Images Photo: Getty Images Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 FTC cracks down on four operations that are responsible for billions of illegal robocalls. FTC cracks down on four operations that are responsible for billions of illegal robocalls. Photo: Getty Images FTC shuts down four groups responsible for billions of illegal robocalls 1 / 1 Back to Gallery This article, FTC shuts down four groups responsible for … [Read more...] about FTC shuts down four groups responsible for billions of illegal robocalls
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Peter Bailey-Wells Globe Staff March 11, 2019 Watch: John Oliver addresses robocalls Warning: This video includes content some may find offensive Comedian John Oliver dedicated the main segment of his show “Last Week Tonight” to discussing the rise of robocalls and the problems they create for people.Oliver opened the segment by outlining the recent rise in automated phone messages, which are defined as any call that is either automatically dialed or that includes a voice that is robotic or pre-recorded. The show’s host remarked, with a smirk, that the practice is nearly universally disliked.“Everybody is annoyed by robocalls,” he said. “Hatred of them might be the only thing that everyone in America agrees on now.” Advertisement But a big problem, Oliver noted, is that robocalls are becoming far more common. If you … [Read more...] about John Oliver explains why you’ve been getting more robocalls lately
Marcy Gordon and Tali Arbel Associated Press Published 7:23 PM EST Feb 1, 2019 Washington – Tech companies and nearly two dozen U.S. states clashed with the government in federal court Friday over the repeal of net neutrality, a set of Obama-era rules aimed at preventing big internet providers from discriminating against certain technology and services. Judges challenged arguments made by both sides in the faceoff in an appeals court in Washington. Lawyers for the states and the companies tried to persuade the three-judge panel to restore the net neutrality regime, set in 2015 during the Obama administration and repealed in December 2017 at the direction of a regulator appointed by President Donald Trump. The companies challenging the FCC action include Mozilla, developer of the Firefox web browser, and Vimeo, a video-sharing site. The net neutrality rules had banned cable, wireless and other broadband providers from blocking or slowing down websites and apps of their … [Read more...] about Companies, states spar with feds over net neutrality