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DC News: FCC Seeks Comments on Privacy and Security of Customer Data Stored on Mobile Devices

“In this Public Notice, the Wireline Competition Bureau, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, and Office of General Counsel jointly solicit comments regarding the privacy and datasecurity practices of mobile wireless service providers with respect to customer information stored on their users’ mobile communications devices, and the application of existing privacy and security requirements to that information.”

Comments are due 30 days after publication in the Federal Register and Reply Comments are due 45 days after such publication.


DC News: FCC Chairman Announces Members of its Open Internet Advisory Committee – Higher Ed Well Represented

On May 25, 2012, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski named the members of the Open Internet Advisory Committee (OIAC).  The OIAC’s members include representatives from community organizations, equipment manufacturers, content and application providers, venture capital firms, startups, Internet service providers, and Internet governance organizations, as well as professors in law, computer science, and economics.

Five of the members are from the Higher Education community:

Chair - Jonathan Zittrain, Professor of Law and Computer Science and Co-Founder of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Harvard University

Vice Chair - David Clark, Senior Research Scientist, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory

Shane Greenstein, Professor and Kellogg Chair of Information Technology, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University

DC News: FTC Holds Workshop on Mobile and Online Ad Disclosures (5-30-12)

The Federal Trade Commission will host a day-long public workshop to consider the need for new guidance for online advertisers about making disclosures required under FTC law.  The guidance will address technological advancements and marketing developments that have emerged since the FTC first issued its online advertising disclosure guidelines known as “Dot Com Disclosures” 12 years ago.

The workshop is free and open to the public. It will be held on Wednesday, May 30, 2012, at the FTC Conference Center at 601 New Jersey Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC.  Pre-registration is not required.  Members of the public and press who wish to participate but who cannot attend can view a live Webcast at


DC News: US House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Internet Regulation (5-31-12)

The U.S. House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology will hold a hearing on “International Proposals to Regulate the Internet.”

Thursday, May 31, 2012 @ 10:15 am
Rayburn House Office Building – Room 2322, Washington, DC

Witness List

The Honorable Robert McDowell, Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission

The Honorable David A. Gross, Former U.S. Coordinator, International Communications and Information Policy

Ms. Sally Shipman Wentworth, Senior Manager, Public Policy, Internet Society



DC News: US Senate Homeland Security Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Government IT Spending (5-24-12)

The U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Federal Financial Management, Government Information, Federal Services, and International Security will hold a hearing titled, “Innovating with Less: Examining Efforts to Reform Information Technology Spending.”

May 24, 2012 @ 10 am
Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room SD-342, Washington, DC


Panel I

Steven VanRoekel, Federal Chief Information Officer, Office of Management and Budget (OMB)

Mr. David Powner, Director of Information Technology Management Issues, Government Accountability Office

Panel II

George DelPrete, Chair, TechAmerica Chief Information Officer Survey Task Group

Molly O'Neill, Vice President, CGI

Nick Combs, Federal Chief Technology Officer, EMC Corporation

NTIA Officials Confirm Emphasis on Federal Agencies Sharing Spectrum

This week, officials from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) emphasized that Federal Agencies will need to share spectrum with commercial carriers in the future.

In 2010, NTIA pledged to collaborate with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to make 500 MHz of spectrum available by 2020 for mobile and fixed wireless broadband use.  Accordingly, NTIA is pushing forward on a new effort that relies on a combination of relocating federal users and sharing spectrum between federal agencies and commercial users.

Back in March, I wrote about a first step where NTIA concluded that 95 MHz of prime spectrum could be repurposed for wireless broadband.  See:

DC News: US House Judiciary Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Geolocational Privacy Bill (5-17-12)

The U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security will hold a hearing on H.R. 2168, the "Geolocational Privacy and Surveillance Act," focusing on the circumstances where acquiring geolocation information is permitted.

May 17, 2012 @ 10 am
Rayburn House Office Building – Room 2141, Washington, DC


DC News: US House Judiciary Committee Holds Hearing on Implementation of the Patent Reform Law – 5-16-12

Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) has announced that the Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing titled, “Implementation of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act.”

May 16, 2012 @ 10 am

Rayburn House Office Building – Room 2141, Washington, DC


DC News: US House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Broadband Loans and Grants – 5-16-12

The U.S. House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology will hold  a hearing titled, “Broadband Loans and Grants,” focusing on how taxpayer dollars are being spent on broadband loans and grants created by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and other subsidy programs.

May 16, 2012 @ 10 am
Rayburn House Office Building – Room 2123, Washington, DC

Witness List

The Honorable Larry Strickling, Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information & Administrator
National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA)
U.S. Department of Commerce

The Honorable Jonathan Adelstein, Administrator
Rural Utility Service (RUS)
U.S. Department of Agriculture

The Honorable Todd Zinser, Inspector General
U.S. Department of Commerce

DC News: US Senate Commerce Committee Holds FCC Oversight Hearing – 5-16-12

Sen. John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV has announced that the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee will hold a hearing on “Oversight of the Federal Communications Commission.”

May 16, 2012 @ 2:30 pm
Russell Senate Office Building – Room 253, Washington, DC