The Switchboard: Obama to propose ending NSA bulk data collection


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Published every weekday, the Switchboard highlights five tech policy stories you need to read.

Obama to call for end to NSA's bulk data collection. "The Obama administration is preparing to unveil a legislative proposal," according to the New York Times, "for a far-reaching overhaul of the National Security Agency’s once-secret bulk phone records program in a way that — if approved by Congress — would end the aspect that has most alarmed privacy advocates since its existence was leaked last year, according to senior administration officials."

Tech giants make play for ally. "Silicon Valley is putting its lobbying weight behind Rep. Anna Eshoo’s bid to become the top Democrat on a powerful committee," the Hill reports.

FCC's chairman moves to allow spectrum sharing. "The U.S. Federal Communications will soon move forward on a 2-year-old proposal to experiment with spectrum sharing," Computerworld reports, "in an effort to deal with a skyrocketing demand for mobile data bandwidth and increasingly crowded mobile services, the agency's chairman said Monday."

AT&T promises to lower your Internet bill if FCC kills net neutrality.
"Are you an AT&T home Internet customer?" writes Ars Technica. "If so, AT&T has just made a promise you'll want to take note of."

Sen. Schumer more or less admits his 'media shield' law won't protect actual journalists. "When the government gets to define who is and who is not a 'journalist,' you're raising serious First Amendment questions about how Congress can make no law interfering with a free press," writes Techdirt.

Brian Fung covers technology for The Washington Post.
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