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DC News: NetCaucus Advisory Committee Panel Discussion on 3-23-12 - Mobile Phone Wallets: Transition to Smartphone Consumer Payments

The Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee hosts a panel discussion on Mobile Phone "Wallets": A Congressional Update On Policies and Practices Needed to Assure a Smooth and Fair Transition to Smartphone Consumer Payments

Friday, March 23, 2012
Noon - 1:30 pm
Rayburn House Office Building - Room 2226, Washington, DC

In many countries, payments via smartphone swipes have begun to replace the wallet as the predominant means by which consumers make point-of-sale and other purchases.  This could happen very soon in the United States as Google, Intuit, PayPal, Square, Apple and wireless carriers are poised to enter the market for mobile payments.  The implications are enormous for innovation, efficiency, consumer benefits and U.S. technology leadership.

DC News: Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee Hosts State of the Net West Series -- First Stop is at Santa Clara University Law School on 4-3-12

The Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee announced a slate of Silicon Valley technology town hall meetings featuring Congressional and Washington policymakers as part of its 2012 State of the Net West series.

The series starts on April 3, 2012, with U.S. Congressman Mike Honda at Santa Clara University. The series continues throughout 2012 with respective town hall meetings featuring U.S. Representatives Bob Goodlatte, Anna G. Eshoo, Zoe Lofgren, and Jason Chaffetz -- all members of the bipartisan Congressional Internet Caucus.  Also, Federal Trade Commissioner Julie Brill will participate in a Silicon Valley town hall.

DC News: NIST Establishing Steering Group to Support Trusted Identities in Cyberspace

On March 9, 2012, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced that it is soliciting proposals to establish a steering group in support of the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) and to provide the group with ongoing secretarial, administrative and logistical support.  NIST anticipates supporting one proposal with approximately $2 million in funding for up to two years.


DC News: U.S. Homeland Security Department Secretary Appoints Members to Academic Advisory Council - First Meeting on 3-20-12

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has formed the Homeland Security Academic Advisory Council, which is consists of university presidents and academic leaders who are responsible for advising the Secretary and senior Department leadership on key issues, such as student and recent graduate recruitment; international students; academic research; campus and community resiliency, security and preparedness; and faculty exchanges. 

The group’s inaugural meeting will take place on March 20, 2012, in Washington, D.C., which is open to the public.


DC News: NTIA Cancels IANA Functions RFP - Extends ICANN's Authority Until 9-30-12

On March 10, 2012, the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) canceled the Request for Proposal (RFP) for a new Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) functions contract because it “received no proposals that met the requirements requested by the global community.”  The NTIA also announced that it intends to reissue the RFP at a later date.

However, the NTIA also announced that it extended ICANN’s authority to handle the IANA functions until September 30, 2012.  The contract was set to expire on March 31, 2012.

DC News: FCC Establishes Public-Private Initiative for Broadband

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski has established the Public-Private Initiative in order to promote the Commission’s key broadband goals, including those promoted in the National Broadband Plan.

Chairman Genachowski appointed his Senior Counselor, Josh Gottheimer, as Director and FCC attorney Jordan Usdan as Deputy Director.



DC News: White House Appoints Park as CTO

Today, the White House appointed Todd Park as U.S. Chief Technology Officer in order to replace Aneesh Chopra, who left the Obama Administration in February.

Previously, Park served as CTO of the U.S. Health and Human Services Department.


SHLB Coalition to Host Major Broadband Solutions Conference - May 23-24, 2012

Creating Sustainable Broadband Solutions for Communities and Anchor Institutions
May 23-24, 2012

Sheraton National Hotel
Arlington, Virginia

This national conference will explore sustainability strategies for next-generation broadband networks, public computer centers and broadband adoption programs. The conference will examine how community anchor institutions are benefiting from and leveraging broadband investments to serve their communities while also sharing how broadband access is changing lives. The conference will kick off with an opening reception on May 22 (pending sponsor); early deadline for registration is April 30.


DC News: SHLB Coalition Hosts Broadband Solutions Conference - May 23-24, 2012

The SHLB Coalition, in conjunction with U.S. UCAN, hosts a major broadband conference entitled, "Creating Sustainable Broadband Solutions for Communities and Anchor Institutions."

May 23-24, 2012

Sheraton National Hotel
Arlington, Virginia

(Opening reception 6 p.m. on May 22)


Larry Strickling, Administrator, NTIA (confirmed)

Susan Hildreth, Director, IMLS (confirmed)

Karen Cator, Director of Educational Technology, US Dept. of Education (confirmed)

Additional speakers from the FCC, RUS, and Capitol Hill (invited)


DC News: U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee Marks Up FCC Reform Bills on 3-5 and 3-6-12

The U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee has scheduled a markup beginning on Monday, March 5, 2012 for the following bills:

H.R. 3309, the “Federal Communications Commission Process Reform Act”
H.R. 3310, the “Federal Communications Commission Consolidated Reporting Act”

On Monday, March 5, the Committee will convene at 4:00 p.m. in room 2123 of the Rayburn House Office Building for opening statements only.

It will reconvene on Tuesday, March 6, at 10:00 a.m. in room 2123 of the Rayburn House Office Building.