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Report Says EU Still Far From Unified Telecom Market

A new survey released Tuesday found that European telecommunications markets have become more competitive but also said European Union regulators are still far from achieving their goal of a unified telecom market. The European Commission, the EU's regulatory arm, said its rules requiring EU member states to submit new telecom rules to the commission for review has led to less and more consistent regulation.

Posted: Tuesday, June 1, 2010 - 12:03pm

Can Sue Lowden Still Win?

A barrage of last-minute advertising in the race against Senate Maj. Leader Harry Reid has put the surprise front-runner on the defensive -- and it could prove, yet again, that campaigns matter more than national trends.

Thanks to support from key conservative and Tea Party groups, ex-Assemb. Sharron Angle (R) has surged in recent polls. Now, most political observers believe Angle is most likely to win the contested primary, whereas just a month ago she was little more than an after-thought.

Posted: Tuesday, June 1, 2010 - 11:44am

FCC Seeks Better Data On Broadband Speeds

A new FCC survey released Tuesday found that most broadband Internet subscribers in the United States do not know the speed of their connection. To help address the issue the FCC is seeking volunteers to participate in a study measuring home broadband speeds. In a second initiative, the FCC also is seeking public input on how to measure mobile broadband speeds and ways that speed information can be used to help improve service. On the first initiative, the FCC said it is seeking 10,000 volunteers to agree to have specialized hardware installed in their homes to measure the performance of

Posted: Tuesday, June 1, 2010 - 11:27am

Angle Allies Join To Outspend Lowden

Ex-NV GOP chair Sue Lowden (R) has the money, but ex-Assemb. Sharron Angle's (R) allies are helping the conservative front-runner out-spend her more moderate rival in the final 2 weeks of the race for the GOP nomination against Senate Maj. Leader Harry Reid.

Posted: Tuesday, June 1, 2010 - 9:29am

Defense Bill Includes Cybersecurity Legislation

An amendment to the Defense authorization bill, which the House passed Friday, would push through committee efforts to update information security requirements for agencies and establish a separate cybersecurity office in the White House, Nextgov.com reported. The fiscal 2011 National Defense Authorization Act includes an amendment that would speed passage of existing measures from the Oversight and Government Reform Committee to overhaul federal cybersecurity.

Posted: Tuesday, June 1, 2010 - 9:10am

Intel Developing New Supercomputer Chips

From this morning's Earlybird: • "Intel Corp. announced plans for a new class of chips aimed at the supercomputer market, while a big machine in China neared the top spot of the world's fastest systems," the Wall Street Journal reports.

Posted: Tuesday, June 1, 2010 - 8:40am

Tuesday's Starting Lineup

Good Tuesday morning. We're back, and we couldn't have picked a better day for it. After all, voters head to the polls in AL, MS and NM.

Here's today's Starting Lineup, previewing the people who will matter in politics right now:

REP. PARKER GRIFFITH: A little more than 5 months ago, Griffith announced he would leave the Dem Party that first elected him and caucus with -- and run for re-election as -- a GOPer. Today, we'll find out if that was a smart move, as Griffith favors GOP primary voters for the first time after a long career as a Dem.

Posted: Tuesday, June 1, 2010 - 7:13am

France's Religious Freedom Is Vibrant

ABOUT THE GUEST COLUMNIST Pierre Vimont is France’s ambassador to the United States. This guest column is in response to a May 20 column by Sen. Ben Cardin , D-Md.: " The Burqa Ban And The Erosion Of Human Rights ." Sen. Cardin portrays the debate over the full-face veil in France in w

Posted: Tuesday, June 1, 2010 - 12:00am

Another Year, More Secret Spending

Critics have found a lot to hate about the so-called Disclose Act, the new campaign finance bill that congressional Democrats are pushing to enact by July 4.Business leaders and conservative activists have launched a full-bore attack on the bill, which would impose new disclosure and disclaimer r

Posted: Tuesday, June 1, 2010 - 12:00am

How Late Should Rasmussen Go?

When it came to polling on "American Idol" last week, Rasmussen Reports was bold. Read more and comment on this column at Pollster.com . On Tuesday, it released a poll conducted over the previous weekend (Friday to Monday) in which adults who watch the televised talent show expressed a sligh

Posted: Tuesday, June 1, 2010 - 12:00am