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Issa: High taxes, government rules are sending U.S. tech jobs overseas

April 19, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow High taxes, harsh regulations, and a broken immigration system are pushing American jobs overseas, Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., said at a hearing in his home state on Monday. Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, held a hearing in San Jose that featured testimony from Google and ...

Microsoft, Google trade barbs over government e-mail contract

April 12, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Microsoft took another swipe at Google on Monday, accusing the Internet giant of lying about its e-mail suite. In a blog post, Microsoft Vice President David Howard says Justice Department documents unsealed last week indicate that Google Apps for Government don't meet federal security standards. Howard disputed Google's claims that ...

FCC commissioner doubts AT&T merger with T-Mobile will benefit the public

April 11, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow True to his reputation as the Federal Communications Commission's lone gadfly, Commissioner Michael Copps says that AT&T will be hard-pressed to prove that its proposed merger with T-Mobile will benefit the public. Speaking to a receptive crowd at the National Conference for Media Reform in Boston over the weekend, Copps ...

Obama to veto House efforts to scuttle Internet fairness rules

April 4, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The White House threatened on Monday to veto any bill from Congress that would scuttle new rules aimed at keeping Internet access free and open. "If the president is presented with a resolution of disapproval that would not safeguard the free and open Internet, his senior advisers would recommend that ...

Court throws out Verizon's net neutrality challenge on technicality

April 4, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A D.C. court of appeals has thrown out Verizon's challenge to recent net neutrality rules Monday. In its ruling the court determined that the company filed the lawsuit prematurely. Verizon launched the legal challenge before the rules, which were enacted in December, were filed in the Federal Registry. "We are ...

Cyber attackers have the edge, experts admit

April 1, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Top American cybersecurity officials said on Thursday they need to work closer with private industry and other governments to fight the changing threat from ever-craftier cyber attackers, who have a new array of targets from power grids to bank accounts made vulnerable by the Internet. Such cyber attackers have an ...

House patent legislation may renew debate

March 25, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Provisions included in some working copies of the House's version of patent-reform legislation suggest the issue may face another fight, according to several draft copies of the bill obtained by National Journal. The draft includes major changes incorporated in the Senate patent-reform bill that passed earlier this month, including first-to-file ...

Blocking social websites at work is a losing battle, tech consultant says

March 24, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Rather than blocking access to social media websites, organizations from businesses to federal agencies need to tap the value of social media, technology consultant Jesse Wilkins said Wednesday. Speaking to a crowd at the info360 information management conference in Washington, D.C., Wilkins said too many organizations are ignoring social media ...

Lawmaker introduces new cybersecurity bill

March 17, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Rep. Jim Langevin, D-R.I., unveiled a comprehensive cybersecurity bill Wednesday that would establish a national office to coordinate responses to Internet attacks and give the Department of Homeland Security the authority to decide which private networks can be regulated as "critical infrastructure." The Executive Cyberspace Coordination Act would create a ...

National broadband plan accomplishing most of its goals, FCC says

March 17, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow One year after the Federal Communications Commission released its National Broadband Plan, federal officials tout the past year's accomplishments while critics say the agency is moving too slowly and becoming distracted by the net neutrality debate. The truth is, both sides are right to a degree. Of the plan's 200-plus ...