Reps. Markey, Boucher Trading Gavels

Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass., and Rep. Rick Boucher, D-Va., have announced they are switching gavels on the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Rep. Markey will leave as chairman of the Telecommunications and the Internet subcommittee to head the Energy and Environment Subcommittee with its former chair, Boucher, taking over the telecommunications subcommittee. The following statement…

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…

No Blanket Immunity For Illegal Surveillance, CCIA’s Black Tells Senate Panel

“Proposed reforms to the federal government’s wiretapping powers must protect the Constitution while providing industry with clear rules regarding under what circumstances it must aid government surveillance efforts”, CCIA President & CEO Ed Black told a Senate panel this morning. Black also testified against retroactive immunity for telecommunications companies who allegedly illegally spied on Americans…

No Blanket Immunity For Illegal Surveillance, CCIA's Black Tells Senate Panel

“Proposed reforms to the federal government’s wiretapping powers must protect the Constitution while providing industry with clear rules regarding under what circumstances it must aid government surveillance efforts”, CCIA President & CEO Ed Black told a Senate panel this morning. Black also testified against retroactive immunity for telecommunications companies who allegedly illegally spied on Americans…