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Anne L. Kim is a legislative action reporter for CQ Roll Call. She covers committee markups and House and Senate floor action on science, technology and transportation legislation.
Anne started at CQ as an editorial assistant. Her past reporting experiences include internships at The Associated Press in Seattle, The Seattle Times and the Richmond Times-Dispatch. She has also has written stories for the International Examiner newspaper in Seattle. Anne graduated from University of Washington, where she majored in International Studies and English. She lives in DC's Cleveland Park neighborhood.
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.
Forty-seven states and the District of Columbia have laws dealing with data breach notification, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
The following is a timeline of the Federal Communications Commission’s Open Internet Rules, and how they affect mobile broadband.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Leahy’s bill would ban bulk government collection and storage of telephone metadata under Section 215 of the law known as the Patriot Act. If passed, the Vermont Democrat said the bill “would represent the most significant reform of government surveillance authorities since Congress passed the USA Patriot Act 13 years ago.”
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.
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.
Discussions of the Aereo case on broadcast copyrights often include references to the Cablevision court case in 2008 and its importance to “cloud” computing.
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.
Chairwoman of a House Homeland Security subcommittee Susan W. Brooks, R-Ind., and ranking member Rep. Donald M. Payne, Jr., led debate on the bill called the “Social Media Working Group Act.”
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.
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.
The amendment, offered by Kansas Republican Kevin Yoder would bar money in the bill (which applies only to fiscal 2015 and covers certain agencies including the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Internal Revenue Service) from being used to require email service providers to disclose contents of customer emails without a warrant. The panel adopted it by voice vote during Wednesday’s markup.
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:
Could authoritarian governments gain power over the Web if the U.S. steps out of its role in the Internet domain name system?
Hannah Hess at Roll Call’s Hill Blotter blog highlights Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., and Sen. Mark S. Kirk, R-Ill., as some of the individual members who received Gold Mouse Awards for the 113th Congress from the Congressional Management Foundation for exemplary websites or social media activity.
Appropriations season is getting into full swing on the Hill, and Senate appropriators have heard from top administration science officials about federal research funding and innovation. A slew of outside groups have also submitted written testimony. At least a couple are echoing the 2005 report “Rising Above the Gathering Storm” from the National Academies.
The Supreme Court has ruled in two cases dealing with courts’ awarding of attorneys fees to prevailing parties in patent lawsuits, known as fee-shifting. It’s possible the rulings could stifle some legal activity by patent trolls. So, should Congress — which has been looking at this issue in patent troll legislation — still act on the matter? It depends on who you ask.
NASA wants to go to Mars in the 2030s, but there are some technical challenges it’ll have to address. Such as landing.
Sometime in the next decade, NASA envisions being able to send a spacecraft to snag a small asteroid passing nearby and guide it into orbit around the moon, where astronauts could fly up to study it and return samples to Earth. Agency officials say it’s a way to gain experience and develop some of the technologies it would need to send humans to Mars in the 2030s.
Aug. 5, 2005 — The Federal Communications Commission adopts a policy statement that consumers are entitled to: access their choice of legal Internet content, use services and run applications of their choosing, and have competition among network, application, service and content providers.
As the Federal Communications Commission begins an effort to rewrite its net neutrality rules, some public interest groups want the agency to take a greater step to reclassify the way it regulates broadband services.
The House on Wednesday passed legislation that would require President Barack Obama to either propose a budget that balances within 10 years or identify when that would happen, amid sharp criticism from Democrats that the measure was merely political messaging.
Senate Democratic leaders are warning their GOP colleagues that Republican opposition to a Superstorm Sandy aid package could “boomerang” on them if disasters strike their home regions.