Patton Boggs' TechComm Industry Update - May 9, 2012


In This Issue:

Senate Vote on FCC Commissioners; FCC Approves TV Channel Sharing as a Precursor to Incentive Auctions; FCC to Hold Channel Sharing Workshop; Walden and Eshoo Announce Creation of Bipartisan Federal Spectrum Working Group; Bloomberg v. Comcast: FCC Sides with Bloomberg; ICANN gTLD Registry Problems - Update; Enhanced Online Disclosure Requirements for TV Broadcasters; FCC Adopts New Cramming Rules and Seeks Further Comments; FCC Seeks Comment on The USF Contribution System; FCC Implements Phase I of the Broadband Connect America Fund (CAF); No Relief From USF Burden on Long Distance Carriers Expected This Year; FCC Announces Mobility Fund Phase I Reverse Auction Procedures; FCC Seeks Comment on Noncommercial Educational Station Fundraising; Comments Sought on VPAAC Second Report; FCC PLMRS Narrowbanding Rule Waiver; Verizon’s Proposed Sale of Its 700 MHz A and B Spectrum Licenses; FCC Extends the 180-Day Clock for Verizon Wireless/Cable Transaction; Senate Farm Bill & Broadband Funding; House Passes Cybersecurity Legislation; FCC Appeals “Janet Jackson” Case to the Supreme Court; NHTSA Extends Distracted Driving Guideline Comment Period; FCC Launches New Bill Shock Website; and, The Community Connect Grant Program FY2012 Application Window is Open.

Excerpt from House Passes Cybersecurity Legislation:

The House recently passed four cybersecurity bills:

• The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Actt (H.R. 3523), known as “CISPA,” introduced by Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-MI), would require the sharing of cyber threat information between the intelligence community and cybersecurity entities in order to protect critical infrastructure -- this bill has been criticized by privacy advocates and the Administration has issued a threat of a veto of the bill.

• The Federal Information Security Amendments (H.R. 4257), introduced by Oversight & Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) -- would reform the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA)...

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