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Several new tech leaders likely in House

November 7, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow It appears that tech issues on Capitol Hill will have some new key players next year as a result of Tuesday’s congressional elections. An apparent loss by Rep. Mary Bono Mack, R-Calif., means the gavel will change hands on the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade,...

Commerce, Justice reviewing .com contract

October 31, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Commerce and Justice departments are scrutinizing Verisign's bid for a six-year renewal of its contract to continue running the .com registry, the Internet's most popular generic top-level domain name. Verisign said late last week in releasing its latest earnings results that the department may not finish its evaluation before...

NGA says it opposes draft Internet gambling bill

October 26, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Even though prospects for the legislation have faded this year, the nation's governors on Thursday told Senate and House leaders that they oppose draft legislation that would tighten restrictions on Internet gambling while allowing for the legalization of online poker. In a letter to House and Senate leaders on Thursday,...

Coalition launched to lobby support for Internet radio bill

October 25, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Internet radio firms joined by broadcasters and some tech groups are launching a new coalition Thursday to help rally support for legislation that would lower the royalties paid by Internet radio providers. The Internet Radio Fairness Coalition will push lawmakers to pass legislation introduced last month in the House by...

Stop robocalls and earn $50,000

October 22, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jon Leibowitz is not a fan of Rachel from Card Services. "Rachel, you are now Public Enemy No. 1," Leibowitz joked on Thursday at the start of an FTC summit focused on ways to crack down on the not-so-humorous subject of illegal robocalls, which are automated...

FCC official downplays spectrum estimates from auctions

October 19, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A key Federal Communications Commission official in charge of helping to implement incentive auction legislation on Thursday downplayed initial estimates about how much spectrum could come out of the process. During a speech at the Media Institute, Gary Epstein, a senior adviser and co-leader of the FCC's incentive auction task...

Outdated regs hinder investment in new tech, FCC commissioner says

October 17, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal Communications Commissioner Ajit Pai on Tuesday called on the commission to set up a task force that would help accelerate the transformation of the nation's communications infrastructure from old-copper based telephone networks to ones based on Internet technology. "This task force would study how to hasten the Internet transformation,"...

Do-not-track proposal headed off the tracks

October 10, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A growing rift between privacy advocates and advertising industry officials is dimming hopes for a proposal aimed at giving consumers an option of whether they want to be tracked as they surf the Internet. The issue revolves around efforts to give consumers more control over their personal information by providing...

Experts: Mobile phones are vulnerable to cyber attacks

October 9, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A big majority of information technology experts say mobile phones are vulnerable to cyber attacks and half said the wireless industry is not doing enough to address the problem, according to a survey released on Tuesday by the wireless industry group CTIA. In a survey of 500 officials who handle...

U.S. seizes hundreds of websites accused of selling fake drugs

October 5, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As part of an ongoing effort to combat online counterfeiting and piracy, federal authorities on Thursday announced a major crackdown on websites allegedly engaged in selling counterfeit drugs. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, working with other federal agencies and Interpol, seized 686 websites this week for allegedly selling counterfeit...

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