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Mar 18, 2013

U.S. broadcasters group adds fuel to spectrum auction debate

WASHINGTON, March 18 (Reuters) – The planned incentive
auction of wireless spectrum will fail if U.S. regulators race
to hold it by a 2014 deadline, a broadcasters’ trade group
executive said on Monday, addressing one of the hottest topics
in the telecom industry.

Congress has authorized the Federal Communications
Commission to take back some television airwaves and auction
them off to spectrum-hungry wireless providers, paying
broadcasters a portion of the proceeds. The rest would pay for a
public safety program and pad federal coffers.

Mar 13, 2013

As cyber threats build against U.S., CEOs ask for ‘light touch’

WASHINGTON, March 13 (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 U.S. cyber security, including the need for legislation.

Mar 13, 2013

Cyber threats against U.S. “ramping up:” Obama

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.

Mar 12, 2013

Senator urges FCC to pursue donor disclosure in political ads

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.

Mar 8, 2013

US Senate hearing spotlights ongoing discord over cybersecurity bill

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.

Mar 5, 2013

Senator Schumer says no dice for high-skilled immigration bill

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.”

Feb 27, 2013

US FCC wants incentives for states to adopt Next Generation 911

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
situations.

The Federal Communications Commission released a report on
Wednesday on ways to improve the current 911 emergency systems
that largely rely on phone connections.

Feb 25, 2013

Court grills FCC, Tennis Channel in Comcast discrimination suit

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.

Feb 20, 2013

U.S. FCC’s spectrum proposal seeks to ease Wi-Fi congestion

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
high-use hubs.

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.

Feb 20, 2013

FCC’s spectrum proposal seeks to ease wi-fi congestion

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.

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      "Alina Selyukh is covering campaign finance this year. Starting as a journalist in her native town of Samara in Russia, she spent five years in Lincoln, Nebraska before moving to the East Coast to work for Reuters. A former intern and graduate trainee, Selyukh has covered energy, IPOs, healthcare policy and FDA."
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