WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Corporate leaders from the defense, technology, energy and banking industries told President Barack Obama on Wednesday they agreed cyber attacks were a top security threat but that they were looking for a “light touch” from the government in response to the risk.
Obama and his top security advisers met with chief executives from 13 companies in the White House Situation Room to talk about how the government and private sector could improve cyber security, including the need for legislation.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Senate oversight hearing of the Federal Communications Commission took an unexpected turn on Tuesday toward a hot political topic that telecommunications regulators rarely address: donor disclosure in political advertising.
Fueled by new freedoms gained through a series of court decisions, political and issue advocacy groups spent heavily on the 2012 elections, both congressional and presidential, reaching a final price tag of $6 billion for political ads.
WASHINGTON, March 7 (Reuters) – As the White House and
congressional lawmakers resume talks on legislation to improve
U.S. defenses against cyber-attacks, Homeland Security Secretary
Janet Napolitano on Thursday signaled that disagreements remain
over a House cybersecurity bill, which she called insufficient.
In 2012, identical legislation died in the House of
Representatives after President Barack Obama threatened to veto
it, saying the bill did not have adequate safeguards for privacy
and confidentiality, among other things.
WASHINGTON, March 5 (Reuters) – Senator Charles Schumer, a
member of a bipartisan group crafting comprehensive U.S.
immigration reform, urged technology firms on Tuesday to stop
lobbying for a standalone bill on high-skilled immigrants,
saying such narrow legislation would not pass.
“You will not get a bill unless there’s a full immigration
bill,” the New York Democrat said at an event hosted by the
Internet Alliance lobby group. “The best thing you can do now is
not lobby on the high-skilled end.”
WASHINGTON, Feb 27 (Reuters) – U.S. regulators want states
to compete for federal incentives that would encourage the
adoption of a new generation of 911 response systems allowing
Americans to send text messages, photos and videos in emergency
The Federal Communications Commission released a report on
Wednesday on ways to improve the current 911 emergency systems
that largely rely on phone connections.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Court of Appeals judges on Monday hit hard against the Federal Communications Commission and Tennis Channel in a case alleging Comcast Corp discriminated against the sports network, even raising the possibility of rendering the entire case moot because it might have been filed too late.
A three-judge panel raised a number of technical concerns with the arguments of the regulator and the sports channel – including an underpinning one of timing – as it weighs whether Comcast can be required to distribute the network to as many subscribers as it does its own affiliated sports channels.
WASHINGTON, Feb 20 (Reuters) – U.S. regulators on Wednesday
proposed to free certain slices of airwaves in an ongoing effort
to tackle the shortage of available wireless spectrum, a move
that could ease Wi-Fi congestion in airports, stadiums and other
The Federal Communications Commission’s proposal would open
for public and private use some of the airwaves largely used by
government entities, including the Department of Defense and the
Federal Aviation Administration.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. regulators on Wednesday proposed to free up certain slices of airwaves in an ongoing effort to tackle the shortage of available wireless spectrum, a move that could ease wi-fi congestion in airports and other high-use hubs.
The Federal Communications Commission’s proposal would open up for public use some of the airwaves now largely used by government entities, including the Department of Defense and the Federal Aviation Administration, for navigation, surveillance and other activities.
WASHINGTON, Feb 13 (Reuters) – A day after U.S. President
Barack Obama signed an executive order on ways to better defend
against cyber attacks, administration officials told a packed
audience of industry insiders that no government agency can
tackle the threat alone.
The event on Wednesday at the U.S. Department of Commerce
kicked off what is likely to be a lengthy new effort to upgrade
U.S. defenses against cyber attacks. A previous effort stalled
in Congress last year.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday signed an executive order seeking better protection of the country’s critical infrastructure from cyber attacks that are a growing concern to the economy and national security.
The long-expected executive order, unveiled in the State of the Union speech, follows last year’s failed attempt by the U.S. Congress to pass a law to confront continuing electronic attacks on the networks of U.S. companies and government agencies.