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Reid vows to revive cybersecurity bill when Congress returns

October 15, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., says he will revive a stalled cybersecurity bill after the election. "I will bring cybersecurity legislation back to the Senate floor when Congress returns in November," he said in a statement over the weekend. "My colleagues who profess to understand the urgency of the...

GAO blasts location-tracking privacy policies

October 12, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Vague privacy policies are making it hard for consumers to protect their location and other information collected by mobile devices, according to a Government Accountability Office report released Thursday. "Companies GAO examined disclosed in their privacy policies that the companies were collecting consumers' location data, but did not clearly state...

Federal investments caused 'real harm' to emerging tech, former official says

October 11, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow While there is broad support for government research funding, the Obama administration's willingness to step in as a commercial partner with certain businesses has caused "real harm" to emerging technology programs, according to a former administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration. "The problem is when government views itself...

GOP lawmakers knock FCC broadband testing

October 10, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow House Energy and Commerce Committee Republicans are complaining that federal officials spent about $1 million to pay a British company to test American broadband speeds. SamKnows, a company based in the United Kingdom that the Federal Communications Commission tapped to help measure broadband speeds, was the recipient of that $1...

Chinese telecom giant blasts House report

October 9, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei lashed out on Monday over a congressional report that accused Chinese companies of undermining American cybersecurity. Huawei executive William Plummer called the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation a “political distraction” and the subsequent report a “tired rehash of innuendo” that “willfully ignored” technical and commercial realities....

House Panel: Chinese telecom firms pose cyber threat

October 9, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A House of Representatives panel plans to raise warnings this week about the risks of doing business with Chinese telecommunications firms, saying in a report that the companies could pose a cybersecurity threat to American telecommunications networks. A draft of the report, obtained by National Journal, said that a nearly...

White House confirms cyberattack but no information lost

October 1, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The White House is confirming a cyberattack on an unclassified computer network, but officials deny that any information was lost. Speaking on background a White House official told media outlets that the attack was aimed an an unclassified network and that there is no "indication whatsoever" that any information was...

FCC vote launches spectrum auction process

October 1, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Federal Communications Commission voted on Friday to begin a process of reallocating spectrum from broadcasters to wireless broadband. As authorized by Congress, the FCC plans to engineer a “reverse auction,” in which broadcasters sell their spectrum licenses back. The FCC will “repack” the spectrum into usable units, and then...

LightSquared proposes vacating disputed spectrum

October 1, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Beleaguered and bankrupt, LightSquared on Friday proposed giving up its plan to use spectrum next to that used by global positioning systems if federal regulators will let it develop the rest of its planned nationwide broadband network. The Federal Communications Commission blocked LightSquared from building its network earlier this year...

Utilities open to cybersecurity dialogue

September 28, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A group of electric companies says it is not opposed to working with the federal government to secure power-grid computer networks, as long as regulators don’t proscribe new burdensome and inflexible rules. Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., helped sponsor legislation that would have created more government oversight of...

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