Testimony On Future Of Video At Senate Hearing

Senate Commerce subcommittee chairman Mark Pryor opened his hearing on the Future of Video Tuesday saying Congress wants to update laws so that people can get the content they want and that it’s affordable.  The conversation quickly turned to a la carte channel pricing and sports team broadcasting and the frustration of fans and satellite and cable…

Online Privacy, Security Action This Week

For those who don’t keep as close an eye on privacy, the past week has seen a flurry of activity on a number of privacy related fronts from the US Congress. Topics have included cybersecurity, government surveillance, and the Do Not Track process. Most of these conversation are obviously still ongoing, but a summary after…

FTC Testifies On Privacy, Competition At Senate Commerce Hearing

Privacy as a competition issue was a focus at the Senate Commerce Committee’s hearing on online privacy Thursday. Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jon Leibowitz said having privacy rules could help provide a level playing field between companies that have privacy policies and those who don’t. Commissioner Maureen Ohlhausen said, however, said something to be cautious of is enacting…

Tech Policy Preview for 2011

Senator McConnell announced last Thursday that he’s resolved to stop any and all legislative initiatives supported by the White House and/or the Democratic Majority in the Senate. Current House Minority Leader John Boehner, however, has expressed an interest in working with the President and across the aisle in Congress on the chief priority identified by…

CCIA Petitions FCC To Amend Definition Of Universal Service

Universal Service should be redefined to ensure low-income consumers have access broadband service, according to a petition the Computer & Communications Industry Association filed with the Federal Communications Commission Tuesday. Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, has noted that broadband communication is becoming the “great economic engine of our time” while others like Commissioner…