Senate Votes in Favor of DTV Delay
The Senate has officially approved a bill allowing for a four month delay of the planned transition to DTV signals. In a vote taken Monday, the Senate agreed that the delay should take place due to the lack of coupons for converter boxes, as well as allow government agencies more time to prepare for the switch. The government ran out of coupons in early January, and as many as 2.5 million Americans are on the a waiting list to receive them.
Republicans to Let NSA Keep Spying On Your Calls
Republicans recently introduced a bill in the Senate that will extend the NSA's ability to collect and store phone call data through December 2020. As it stands today, the law (part of the Patriot Act) is slated to expire June 1.
Patriot Act Expires, NSA Phone Data Collection Ends
The Patriot Act expired today and with it the NSA's authority to collect Americans' phone records in bulk. Members of the Senate deliberated over the Act furiously on Sunday as some wanted to extend its powers and others wanted to kill it altogether.
Senate Passes USA Freedom Act
The Senate today passed the USA Freedom Act, which moves to curtail how the NSA collects and stores American call records. The Patriot Act expired on Sunday and with it the NSA's authority to collect call records en masse.
Republicans Target Net Neutrality Rules with Budget Trickery
A new budget proposed by House Republicans would hobble the FCC's attempt to enact and enforce its proposed net neutrality rules. The Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill "prohibits the FCC from implementing net neutrality until certain court cases are resolved, requires newly proposed regulations to be made publicly available for 21 days before the Commission votes on them, and prohibits the FCC from regulating rates for either wireline or wireless Internet service." Republicans have used several different avenues through which to block the FCC's proposed rules.
I'M TOO LAZY!!
can we abandon the daylight saving time??
just to make sure i can get someone to come change my clock for me
this just sounds like another over budget government screw up!
This is so stupid...
Tell me that landfills are being affected by everyone buying new TVs and tossing their CRTs. DON'T tell me it's because of converter boxes. Absolute ...