Katy Bachman


9 Times Media Changed the Outcome of a Presidential Election

Presidential candidates ignore technology at their peril. With each election, advances in media, analytics and targeting have given tech-savvy candidates a distinct advantage in the political marketplace. From Eisenhower’s TV […]

FTC Chair Edith Ramirez Fights for Data Security and Privacy Rights

One year into her tenure as chairwoman of the Federal Trade Commission, Edith Ramirez is putting the agency front and center as the nation’s leading enforcer on privacy and data security.

Patent Troll Bill Officially Stalled in Senate

High hopes for a new law aimed at curbing patent troll abuses were all but dashed today when Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), chairman of the judiciary committee, said he was taking a patent reform bill off the agenda.

FCC’s Wheeler Takes Another Stab at Explaining His Net Neutrality Position

What started out as a rocky hearing for Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler turned into an opportunity for him to explain at length to lawmakers about the agency’s new rulemaking on net neutrality, opened less than a week ago.

Sprint to Pay $7.5 Million for Violating FCC’s Do Not Call Rules

Sprint agreed to pay a record $7.5 million for violating the Federal Communications Commission's Do Not Call rules, the largest such settlement ever reached by the agency. An FCC investigation launched in 2012 found that Sprint failed to honor consumer requests to opt out of marketing messages delivered via phone and text messages.

NFL Sunday Ticket Is Linchpin of AT&T, DirecTV Deal

DirecTV's rights to NFL Sunday Ticket—a football package that gives subscribers access to every NFL game that plays on Sunday—is so important that it is a key clause in the deal with AT&T.

AT&T Deal to Buy DirecTV Rocks Telecom, Media Universe

The AT&T deal to buy DirecTV is officially only a couple hours old, but it's already shaking up the telecom and media industry and causing consumer groups to fret.

New Net Neutrality Rules Are Coming

Interrupted only twice by protestors before a packed room and several overflow rooms, the Federal Communications Commission voted along party lines to proceed with establishing new net neutrality rules.

The Hidden Hazards of Online Ads

Google, Facebook, Twitter and other Internet ad companies no doubt saw Congress coming when they reinvigorated industry efforts to combat malvertising and protect consumers. 

Big Broadband: Regulating Internet Like a Utility Would Stifle the Internet

The Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler is getting it from all sides on his net neutrality proposal—caught between consumer groups, big Internet companies, and now big broadband providers, all of whom are decidedly unhappy.