House members may now Skype freely: Debbie Siegelbaum reports the House has finally resolved security concerns regarding
the adoption of Internet phone and video teleconferencing services,
to use both on its networks. Security concerns delayed the House’s adoption of the services, but the House has negotiated modified
license agreements with Skype and ooVoo to maintain the necessary level
information technology security within the network. Detailed requirements on how to comply with these agreements
have been posted to intranet site HouseNet.
FCC sets August target for removing outdated regulations: The FCC has set a target of August for
eliminating the Fairness Doctrine and other outdated regulations from
the rulebooks, according to Republicans on the House Energy and
Commerce Committee. The lawmakers wrote
to Genachowski last month asking him to remove the
Fairness Doctrine, which hasn't been enforced since 1987, from thec ommission's rulebooks.
Genachowski agreed to comply with that request in the near future. The chairman also agreed to conduct an agency-wide review of other regulations that are outdated or could place a burden on industry. The commission has removed 49 outdated regulations and targeted another 25 sets of unnecessary data collections for elimination.
Sprint CEO Dan Hesse is meeting with state regulators trying to block the AT&T/T-Mobile deal.
Twitter co-founders Evan Williams and Biz Stone are leaving to work on several projects under the umbrella Obvious.
The House might have moved forward, but Skype use is still restricted in the Senate.
Google rolled out a new way of sharing content with other users, dubbed Google+.