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Posted at 12:11 PM ET, 07/03/2012

Net-neutrality suit dropped #thecircuit

Groups drop net neutrality suit: Free Press dropped its lawsuit over the Federal Communications Commission’s net neutrality rules Monday, the Hill reported, saying that it has decided that there are better ways to use its resources.

The group had previously complained that the agency’s rules did not go far enough to enforce an open Internet because it did not provide the same protections to wireless Internet access as it did to wired Internet access.

The agency also faces complaints from Internet service providers that the rules go too far. On Monday, Verizon Communications filed a brief asking the U.S. District Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia to overturn the rules, the Hill reported.

Google antitrust: Google sought to defuse a wide-ranging antitrust investigation in Europe on Monday with a proposal addressing claims that the company was using its power over the Internet search market to squeeze competitors in other industries. As The Washington Post reported, Google put forward the proposal in response to the European Commission’s findings that Google’s search practices may have included “abuses of dominance.”

Google said in a statement that it has made a proposal to address the commission’s concerns, but did not elaborate on what, exactly, the proposal entails.

911 problems persist: Fairfax County’s 911 emergency center was running at half capacity Monday after a storm blew through the Washington area. The center, which relies on Verizon’s service, was knocked out in the storm after the carrier’s primary and backup systems both failed.

Verizon is restoring service, but state and local lawmakers have raised concerns that the center’s primary and redundant systems could have been knocked out.

House subpanel ponders cloud hearing: In the aftermath of the storm that swept through the region Friday and knocked out Amazon servers that power cloud services such as Netflix, Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-Calif.) told The Washington Post that she hopes to schedule a hearing to take a close look at the government’s plans to move to the cloud.

“Last week’s powerful thunderstorms, along with the massive disruptions they caused, exposed some of the vulnerabilities of cloud computing,”Bono Mack said in a statement. “But I also believe the problems extend way beyond consumer convenience and customer service. There are some serious privacy issues which we need to look at as well.”

Twitter releases government request data: Twitter released a report detailing requests its had from the U.S. and other governments, revealing that it had complied with 75 percent of the 679 requests for information it received from the U.S. government. The United States requested the most data from the company, leading the list by a wide margin. Japan was second with 98 requests, followed by the British and Canadian governments, which both filed 11 requests. All other countries on the list asked for information 10 or fewer times since January 1.

The list came shortly after reports that a New York judge ordered the company to release three months of tweets from an Occupy Wall Street protester.

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