Brian Fung

Washington, D.C.

Reporter focusing on telecommunications, media, and competition

Education: London School of Economics, MSc. in International Relations; Middlebury College, BA in Political Science

Brian Fung covered business and technology for The Washington Post. He left The Post in 2019.
Latest from Brian Fung

Huawei reportedly gets the green light to participate in Britain’s 5G rollout, a would-be setback for the U.S.

Top British officials have decided to let the Chinese technology giant Huawei help develop an ultra-fast 5G wireless network in the United Kingdom, according to reports, in spite of pressure by U.S. officials to freeze out the company on security grounds.

April 25, 2019

AT&T’s streaming service, DirecTV Now, has lost nearly 20 percent of its subscribers in the last 6 months

Price hikes are driving customers toward the exits, but AT&T is determined to increase profits.

April 24, 2019

What this week’s Apple-Qualcomm-Intel dance means for the future of 5G

Qualcomm is now alone at the top of the 5G chip market.

April 18, 2019

The FCC says it plans to block China Mobile in the U.S. in another swipe at Chinese telecom firms

The announcement could end the state-owned carrier's 8-year effort to gain access to U.S. customers.

April 17, 2019

5G is about to get a big boost from Trump and the FCC

The Trump administration and government regulators are expected to unveil a major push Friday afternoon at the White House to accelerate the rollout of the high-speed, next-generation mobile data technology known as 5G.

April 12, 2019

What law is Julian Assange accused of breaking?

The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act has a long and controversial history.

April 12, 2019

How China’s Huawei took the lead over U.S. companies in 5G technology

U.S. officials have pressured allies not to use networking gear from Chinese technology giant Huawei, and President Trump has urged American companies to “step up” and compete to provide the next generation of high-speed, low-lag wireless service known as 5G. There’s just one problem: No U.S. companies manufacture the technology’s most critical components.

April 10, 2019

Net neutrality bill sails through the House but faces an uncertain political future

House lawmakers on Wednesday approved a Democrat-backed bill that would restore rules requiring AT&T, Verizon and other Internet providers to treat all Web traffic equally, marking an early step toward reversing one of the most significant deregulatory moves of the Trump era.

April 10, 2019

Lawmakers want to ban ‘dark patterns,’ the Web designs tech companies use to manipulate you

New legislation would make it harder for tech companies to nudge Internet users to give up their data.

April 9, 2019

Google’s new Stadia service will let you play video games without downloading them

The platform, which runs on Chrome and Google data centers, envisions a new way to play video games.

March 19, 2019