The Switchboard: Why TV broadcasters are suing the FCC

August 19

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Chinese hackers stole info on 4.5 million U.S. hospital patients. Re/code reports: "In a regulatory filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the hospital company [Community Health Systems] said it was attacked during April and June of this year by an “Advanced Persistent Threat” group believed to be operating out of China."

Uber back online in Berlin and Hamburg after court suspends earlier ban. "Four days after being banned in Berlin by local taxi regulators on safety grounds, Uber is back on track in both that city and Hamburg," reports Techcrunch. "Last Thursday Berlin officials said the U.S. company, which operates in over 150 cities around the world, was not doing enough to protect its passengers from unlicensed drivers and had also failed to provide adequate insurance for its drivers or their passengers in accidents."

The FCC is investigating whether businesses are being overcharged for voice and data. "Government bean counters have given the Federal Communications Commission the green light to find out whether big telecom companies are charging other businesses too much for connectivity," I report. "The FCC said Monday that the Office of Management and Budget has approved a long-awaited study of the issue, which concerns the dedicated voice and data connections that link together networks at banks, businesses, universities and even wireless carriers."

U.S. broadcasters challenge FCC over airwaves auction. "The National Association of Broadcasters filed a petition to review certain elements of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) planned airwaves auction next year, arguing that the sale would adversely impact TV stations," according to Reuters.

Sprint slashes shared data plan prices. Computerworld reports: "The Sprint Family Share Pack will cost $160 a month for four lines and 20GB of data, Sprint said. Verizon Wireless and AT&T both charge $160 for less than half as much data -- 10 GB. T-Mobile offers a family plan through September that costs $100 a month for four lines and 10 GB of data."

Brian Fung covers technology for The Washington Post.
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