The Lede: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Tuesday said the upper chamber will vote on the Cybersecurity Act of 2012 after it wraps up work on Sen. Jon Tester's (D-Mont.) sportsmen's bill. He added that Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), one of the lead co-sponsors of the bill, will speak about the importance of the legislation on Wednesday.
Reid said the president spoke to him earlier in the day about the critical need for cybersecurity legislation. Reid signaled that he wants to move to the cyber bill before the Senate breaks for the Thanksgiving holiday. Read more over at The Hill's Floor Action blog.
"Obviously the Senate is faced with an enormous calendar, and my sense is that it will be hard to get a hearing between now and the end of the year," Wyden, the lead Senate co-sponsor of the bill, told reporters. "We're going to watch closely what's going to happen in the House."
The House Judiciary Committee, on the other hand, is expected to hold a hearing on music licensing and the IRFA at the end of the month, with Nov. 28 being floated as a possible date.
Wyden was one of five Democrats that voted against the Cybersecurity Act of 2012. He had expressed concern that it could infringe on Americans' privacy rights.
The Oregon senator said he would likely vote against the bill a second time if it didn't include any changes from August.
"I want to have a chance to see it but obviously if it's like it was before — I haven't seen it — I assume I'd vote against it," Wyden said.
FCC signs agreement with Mexico to fight cellphone theft: Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski signed an agreement on Tuesday with Mexican Communications Under-Secretary Hector Olavarria Tapia to combat the trafficking of stolen cellphones across the border.
The agencies agreed to share databases of stolen phones to prevent them from being taken in one country and activated in the other. The countries also agreed to promote best practices, such as using passwords.
"Today’s announcement cracks down on the growing trend of stolen mobile devices. U.S. and Mexican collaboration to block reactivation of stolen mobile devices in both countries sends a clear message to thieves and criminal gangs: this is a crime that does not pay," Genachowski said in a statement.
Tech heavy hitters headline Washington Ideas Forum: Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Julius Genachowski, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates and David Drummond, chief legal officer at Google, will be among the tech heavy hitters speaking at the Washington Ideas Forum hosted by The Atlantic, the Aspen Institute and the Newseum on Wednesday afternoon. Also speaking will be Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and AOL co-founder Steve Case.
U.S. ambassador to give AEI keynote before Dubai telecom treaty negotiations: U.S. Ambassador Terry Kramer will keynote an event at the American Enterprise Institute on Wednesday morning that focuses on the upcoming international telecom treaty negotiations in Dubai, which begin Dec. 3. Kramer, the head of the U.S. delegation, will discuss what provisions the U.S. will be pushing for in the treaty. Following Kramer's keynote, AT&T's Leonard Cali, Google's Ross LaJeunesse and FCC commissioner Robert McDowell will participate on a panel examining the issues at stake during the upcoming treaty talks.
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