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DC News: US Commerce Dept / NIST Host Workshop on Identity Ecosystem Governance Structure on 3-15-12

The U.S. Department of Commerce and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will host a workshop with thought leaders from government and industry to discuss aspects of the Identity Ecosystem governance structure called for in the NSTIC.

This workshop will review and take questions on NIST's February 2012 paper, Recommendations for Establishing an Identity Ecosystem Governance Structure, and on specific issues concerning the establishment of that governance structure.


The event will begin at 9:00 am EST and end at 4:00 pm EST on March 15, 2012.

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DC News: U.S. House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee Holds Cybersecurity Hearing on 3-7-12 Regarding Pivotal Role of Communications Networks

The U.S. House Energy and Commerce Communications and Technology subcommittee will conduct a hearing on “Cybersecurity: The Pivotal Role of Communications Networks.

March 7, 2012, @ 10:00 a.m.

2123 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, D.C.

In addition, Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) has appointed members of the subcommittee to serve on a bipartisan Communications and Technology Cybersecurity Working Group to examine the current landscape and lay the foundation for the subcommittee’s efforts to address cybersecurity.

DC News: U.S. House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee Hosts a Hearing on Assessing Smart Grid Security on 2-28-12 at 10:15 am

The U.S. House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations hosts a hearing on Tuesday, February 28, 2012, at 10:15 a.m. in room 2322 of the Rayburn House Office Building. The title of the hearing is “Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity: Assessments of Smart Grid Security.”


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DC News: FCC to Host Workshop at HQ on "Spectrum Efficiency and Receiver Peformance from 3/12 - 3/13/12

The FCC will host a workshop on spectrum efficiency and receivers from Monday, March 12, 2012, to Tuesday, March 13, 2012, in the Commission Meeting Room at FCC Headquarters in Washington, DC.

This two-day workshop will discuss the characteristics of receivers and how their performance can affect the efficient use of spectrum and opportunities for the creation of new services. Key topics will include current practices for receiver design, case studies involving interference due to receiver characteristics, and approaches for promoting interference avoidance and efficient use of spectrum, given the current receiver base and potential future deployments.

The workshop will include perspectives from licensees, equipment manufacturers, component providers, and other interested parties.


DC News: U.S. Dept. of Education Requests Information about Strategies to Increase Postsecondary Success

The U.S. Secretary of Education invites institutions of higher education, non-profit organizations, States, systems of higher education, adult education providers, researchers, and institutional faculty and staff, or consortia of such entities, to provide the U.S. Department of Education with information about promising and practical strategies, practices, programs, and activities that have improved rates of postsecondary success, transfer, and graduation.

All responses for the first round of reviews are due on or before April 30, 2012.


DC News: White House Council of Economic Advisers Touts Benefits of New Spectrum for Wireless Broadband

On February 21, 2012, the White House Council of Economic Advisers released the report, “The Economic Benefits of New Spectrum for Wireless Broadband,” that describes the substantial economic value of doubling the amount of spectrum available for wireless broadband over ten years and deploying a nationwide interoperable wireless network for public safety.


Federal Payroll Tax Legislation Chock Full of Spectrum Policy Goodies

On Feb. 17, 2012, Congress passed the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012, which fundamentally changes many aspects of national spectrum policy.  Members of Congress included the spectrum provisions in the legislation because they are expected to raise a net $15 billion for the Federal Treasury.

In the Conference Report that was sent to President Obama for his expected signature, Congress delegated the implementation of the new spectrum policy rules to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and we will monitor these processes for our members.

DC News: FCC Seeks Volunteers for Nationwide Broadband Speed Test

On February 17, 2012, the FCC announced the start of the 2012 Measuring Broadband America process, where it wants consumers across the country to volunteer as participants.  Detailed instructions on participation and a sign-up page are available at or at

FCC News Release:

FCC Public Notice:


DC News: FCC Requires Interconnected VoIP Service Providers to Report Outages for More Reliable 9-1-1 Systems

On February 15, 2012, the Federal Communications Commission took action to make the nation’s 9-1-1 systems more reliable and resilient by requiring interconnected Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service providers to report significant network outages that meet specific criteria and thresholds.

The new rules will help ensure that the country’s critical communications infrastructure remains available in times of crisis.

The FCC will use outage reports to track and analyze information on interconnected VoIP outages affecting 9-1-1 service and determine if action is needed to prevent future outages.

FCC News Release:

FCC Chairman & Commissioner Statements:

DC News: U.S. Homeland Security's Social Networking and Media Monitoring - Hearing on 2-16-12

U.S. House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence hearing on "Homeland Security Department Monitoring of Social Networking and Media: Enhancing Intelligence Gathering and Ensuring Privacy."

DATE / TIME: February 16, 2012 / 10:00 am

LOCATION: 311 Cannon House Office Building, Washington, DC


Mary Ellen Callahan, Chief Privacy Officer of the U.S. Homeland Security Department

Richard Chavez, Director of the U.S. Homeland Security Office of Operations Coordination and Planning



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