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  • Boston Globe: Kerry establishes LGBT envoy to advocate for rights overseas

    WASHINGTON —The Department of State will announce the appointment later this month of a special envoy to advocate for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people overseas, a State Department official told the Globe on Thursday. The move would preempt a bill sponsored by Massachusetts Senator Edward J. Markey, which called for the […] More »

  • Beta Boston: Markey says FCC is ‘finally getting it right’

    More than a decade after Senator Ed Markey first championed rules for the Internet, he may finally get his way. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler on Wednesday released a plan that would expand its authority over broadband providers by treating the Internet as a public utility. The move, if approved later this month, would […] More »

  • WBUR: Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey on Net Neutrality

    We look at the push for net neutrality, the idea that internet providers should treat all traffic equally. Thursday, supporters of that principal, which includes a lot tech companies here in Massachusetts, are cheering a decision by the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Tom Wheeler, who released a plan to regulate the Internet like […] More »

  • WCVB: Markey: Put brakes on hackers driving your car

    BOSTON —Sen. Ed Markey called Monday for new standards after a report exposed how vulnerable the vehicle you drive every day may be to a hacker. Markey questioned 16 automobile manufacturers last year about vehicle technologies such as Bluetooth and wireless internet access. The responses show they have not addressed the real possibilities of hacker […] More »

  • Boston Herald: Ed Markey hails leases of waters off Mass. for wind energy

    U.S. Sen. Edward J. Markey hailed yesterday’s lease sale of more than 354,000 acres of federal waters off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket to two companies for potential wind energy development, saying it could provide enough electricity to power more than 700,000 homes. “These same harsh winds that we’ve endured for centuries can […] More »

  • MassLive: Ed Markey, Elizabeth Warren oppose plan that would allow exemptions for businesses to reach consumers’ cell phones

    U.S. Sens. Edward Markey and Elizabeth Warren are pushing federal regulators to reject proposals that could provide exemptions for businesses to use auto-dialers and reach consumers’ mobile devices. In a letter Wednesday addressed to the chair of the Federal Elections Commission, Tom Wheeler, the Massachusetts Democrats said the proposals could “undermine” the Telephone Consumer Protection […] More »

  • Boston Globe Editorial: Congress should let cities provide their own Internet

    PRESIDENT OBAMA made it a point to highlight the importance of providing high-speed Internet access to all Americans in his State of the Union address last week. No one disagrees with the sentiment. The method he proposed, however — removing legislative barriers that prevent some cities and towns from creating their own Internet networks — […] More »

  • Huffington Post: Not So Fast, Net Neutrality…

    Over the last few months, things have been looking good for keeping the Internet open to everyone. A little too good, as far as Congress is concerned, which is why members and the corporate lobbyists who write them hefty checks have launched a last-ditch legislative effort to scuttle net neutrality. Both President Obama and Federal […] More »

  • The Hill: Markey, McCaskill join Booker’s municipal Internet bill

    Sen. Cory Booker’s (D-N.J.) bill meant to push back on state laws that restrict cities from building their own public Internet networks gained two Democratic co-sponsors. Booker on Thursday formally introduced the Community Broadband Act, which forbids states or local governments from creating a “statute, regulation, or other legal requirement” the bars communities from creating […] More »

  • The Hill: Senate Dems balk at draft Internet legislation

    Senate Democrats are balking at a new GOP proposal governing net neutrality. Four Democrats said they “stand willing” to work with Republicans on legislation and acknowledged the party’s pivot on the issue. More »