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U.S. officials refuse to sign new U.N. telecom treaty

December 14, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow American officials announced on Thursday they won’t be signing an international telecommunications treaty because of concerns it condones government control of the Internet. A team of about 100 U.S. negotiators have spent the past two weeks at a meeting of the United Nations International Telecommunications Union in Dubai. Officials had...

FCC gives DISH permission for cellular network

December 12, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Federal Communications Commission announced late on Tuesday that it had approved DISH Network's plan to use satellite spectrum for a new cellular network. The order, which was approved unanimously, doesn't give DISH everything it wants. The FCC voted to require DISH to restrict the use of some of its...

Verizon: Free speech at heart of net-neutrality case

November 29, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Verizon’s court challenge to the Federal Communications Commission’s network-neutrality rules has sparked a battle between two views of the First Amendment. As part of its lawsuit over the rules, which govern how Internet companies can restrict or block content on their networks, Verizon says that the regulations infringe on its...

Software execs plugging into Congress, agencies during annual strategy summit

November 28, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Executives from more than a dozen major software companies will meet with lawmakers and administration officials this week to push for greater intellectual-property protections, open international markets, and truly global cloud computing. “The immediate priority in Washington is steering away from the fiscal cliff,” said Robert Holleyman, president of BSA-The...

Patent and Trademark Office director to depart

November 27, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, David Kappos, will be stepping down at the end of January, an agency spokesperson confirmed on Monday. Kappos, who has led the PTO since August 2009, did not say what his plans are and the agency did not release an official...

FCC circulates proposals to repurpose, auction spectrum

November 21, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski announced several proposals on Tuesday evening aimed at making more spectrum available for mobile wireless networks. The most-watched proposals circulating at the agency involve a swath of spectrum that Dish Network wants to use to build a network. That bandwidth is currently restricted to...

Finding unified voice proves elusive for tech-industry groups

November 21, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Efforts to consolidate tech advocacy groups and provide a unified voice for industry lobbying in Washington are in doubt after the Information Technology Industry Council decided to suspend its discussions over a merger with TechNet. Both groups publicly pledged to continue to work with each other, but sources close to...

McConnell open to revisiting cybersecurity bill

November 15, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has pronounced cybersecurity legislation "dead for this Congress," but his Republican counterpart said on Thursday that he's open to revisiting the issue before the end of the year. On Wednesday night, the White House-backed Cybersecurity Act of 2012 failed once again in the Senate after...

Cybersecurity bill falls short in Senate, again

November 15, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Once again the Senate failed to advance sweeping cybersecurity legislation on Wednesday, setting the stage for a White House executive order aimed at protecting American computer networks from attack. The Senate failed to invoke cloture on the Cybersecurity Act of 2012 with a vote of 51-47, short of the 60...

Cybersecurity bill’s outlook still bleak

November 14, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow When sweeping cybersecurity legislation failed to advance in the Senate in August, it went down with a barrage of finger-pointing and posturing. And aides from both parties say that nothing really has changed since it was filibustered. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., is looking to revive the Cybersecurity Act...

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