Anne L. Kim

What Remains on Congress’ To-Do List This September

The House is out this week and the Senate is in for just three days. But there are several deadlines looming over Congress for the rest of September. Here’s a list of to-dos for the chambers by the end of the month....
Senate Democrats Want Amendments on Refugee Bill

During opening remarks on the Senate floor Wednesday, Minority Leader Harry Reid said Democrats are willing to move forward on the refugee bill, but that they seek four amendments on the legislation.

“I think that we have the makings of an agreement here, at least the way I understood the republican leader. We agreed that refugees should go through a robust screening process,” Reid said. “We want four amendments to change the underlying bill. We're not going to b...
House Rejects TAA, Will Vote Again Next Week
Trade Adjustment Assistance vote fails 126-302.

What's a Data Breach? It Depends on the State

Forty-seven states and the District of Columbia have laws dealing with data breach notification, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Identity Theft: Is a Federal Standard Really the Answer?

Lawmakers are restarting a long-running effort to enact a single federal law specifying when consumers should be notified when their credit cards, Social Security numbers or other personal information has been hacked or compromised.

How the FCC Open Internet Rules Are Evolving

The following is a timeline of the Federal Communications Commission’s Open Internet Rules, and how they affect mobile broadband.

Mobile Web Use Causes Challenges for Net Neutrality

The Federal Communications Commission’s 2010 Open Internet Rules, intended to prevent Internet service providers such as cable and phone companies from blocking or discriminating against content, didn’t cover wireless Internet services, or mobile broadband, to the same extent as fixed broadband.

Parties Spar Over Municipal Broadband Issues

On the issue of municipal broadband, the opposing sides are focused on the Federal Communications Commission and not Congress, but it’s still a topic that’s come up on the Hill, including during hearings, in letters to the FCC and on the House floor.

Cities Ask FCC to Fight Restrictive Broadband Laws

Chattanooga, Tenn., and Wilson, N.C., are among a number of cities and towns that provide their own municipal broadband networks. About 20 states, depending on whom you ask, have laws that restrict them in some fashion.

Q&A With George Washington Law Professor John Banzhaf

George Washington University law professor John Banzhaf says he filed a petition with the Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday opposing renewal of the license of radio station WWXX owned by Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder. Technocrat talked with Banzhaf, who laid out why he filed the petition with the FCC and possible next steps.

The petition states that Banzhaf and others have been harmed by actions of the station, “especially its practice of repeatedly and unnecessarily using on the air an offensive derogatory racial slur referring to American Indians,” and that these actions aren’t consistent with the “station’s obligations under federal broadcast law to operate in the public interest, that it is akin to broadcasting obscenity, that it also amounts to profanity, and that such words amount to hate speech.” .

Leahy to Introduce Bill Scaling Back Government Surveillance

Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick J. Leahy on Tuesday introduced a new surveillance overhaul bill that has the backing of civil liberties groups, but leaves an open question about what a House and Senate compromise on intelligence might look like.

E-Rate Brought Classroom Internet Up by 80 Percent

The Federal Communications Commission’s E-Rate program is formally known as the Universal Service Program for Schools and Libraries . It was created under the 1996 Telecommunications Act and is administered through the Universal Service Administrative Company, an independent, not-for-profit corporation.

Funding Shake-Up May Change Subsidies for Internet Access in Schools, Libraries

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler’s plan to shake up the E-Rate program of federal subsidies for Internet service in public schools and libraries has only partly been successful — his FCC colleagues have agreed to make more money available for Wi-Fi, as Wheeler proposed in June, but only if the money isn’t needed for basic Internet connections.

House Passes Social Media Homeland Security Bill

The House passed a bill on Tuesday to establish a social media working group within the Homeland Security Department to provide guidance and recommendations for first responders when terrorist attacks and other emergencies occur.

After Aereo, the Cloud Comes Under Scrutiny

Discussions of the Aereo case on broadcast copyrights often include references to the Cablevision court case in 2008 and its importance to “cloud” computing.

Court's Aereo Decision Narrow Enough for Some, Continues to Raise Questions for Others

When the Supreme Court ruled last month that the television streaming service Aereo had violated the copyrights of major broadcasters, the justices also cautioned that their ruling was limited in nature.

Email Search Warrant Provision Added to Spending Bill

Among the 12 annual spending bills that fund the federal government, the Financial Services and General Government appropriations bill is generally one of the more contentious. But during a markup of the House’s fiscal 2015 version, there wasn’t any fight when it came to an amendment targeting a law that allows federal agencies to obtain emails older than 180 days without a search warrant.

Status of Legislative Moves to Hinder NTIA Switch

Here’s the status of various legislative moves in Congress, including those that would slow down the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s move to step out of Internet domain functions:

Lawmakers Voice Concerns as NTIA Looks to Relinquish Internet Domain Administration

Could authoritarian governments gain power over the Web if the U.S. steps out of its role in the Internet domain name system?

George Takei Talks Snowden, Japanese Internment and YouTube

Actor George Takei is in town, in part, to promote the AARP YouTube show he hosts, and he chatted with your HOH Technocrat correspondent about his personal history, political activism and his thoughts on the National Security Agency surveillance program.  

At a "Selfies with George" AARP event promoting its Takei's Take channel, which starts its second season next month, the original Mr. Sulu stated a simple demographic fact that was nevertheless startling: “My Star Trek fans are now of AARP membership generation."