Following the release of the executive order, House Intelligence Committee leaders will introduce the first cybersecurity bill of the year. Reps. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) and Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.) will re-introduce the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act on Wednesday, which is aimed at improving information sharing about cyberthreats between government and industry.
FCC says Lifeline on track: The Federal Communications Commission said on Tuesday that reforms to its Lifeline program are on track to save $400 million in 2013, in addition to the $214 million saved in 2012.
The FCC announced the expected savings after The Wall Street Journal reported that the program is still providing phones to millions of people who shouldn't be receiving them.
Public Knowledge wants answer on unlocking phones: Consumer advocacy group Public Knowledge wants President Obama to respond to criticism of the U.S. Copyright Office for ruling that consumers do not have a right to unlock their cellphones.
The group submitted a question for the president's Google Plus Hangout on the issue and urged supporters to sign a petition on the White House website, which now has nearly 67,000 signatures.
CISPA introduction: Reps. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) and Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.) will give a joint speech on the re-introduction of the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act at 1:30 p.m. at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
Satellite TV hearing: The House Energy and Commerce Committees’ Communications and Technology subcommittee will hold a hearing on Wednesday morning to examine satellite television regulation. The law granting satellite providers the right to retransmit broadcast TV signals is scheduled to expire in December 2014.
Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.), the panel's ranking member, will say she favors clean re-authorization of the law, but that she wants the committee to look at retransmission disputes that result in blackouts for viewers, according to a copy of her remarks.
Panel on Google antitrust: An American Bar Association panel will discuss the Federal Trade Commission's investigation of Google on Wednesday afternoon.
Panelists include the lead FTC attorney on the case and representives from Google and its competitors. The FTC cleared Google of antitrust charges related to its search engine last month.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
Comcast buys rest of NBCUniversal: Comcast announced on Tuesday that it has agreed to buy General Electric's remaining 49 percent stake in NBCUniversal for $16.7 billion.
The company will also pay $1.4 billion to gain control of the iconic NBC headquarters at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City, as well as CNBC's headquarters in Englewood Cliffs, N.J.
Comcast acquired control of NBCUniversal in 2011 when it bought a 51 percent stake from GE for $13.8 billion.
Report praises US Internet service, rebuts criticism: The United States has made "rapid progress" in expanding access and reducing costs for broadband Internet service, according to a report released on Tuesday by the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation.
The study rebuts the findings of the Federal Communications Commission and academics such as Susan Crawford, who argue that the U.S. lags behind other countries in providing cheap, high-speed Internet service.
Al Jazeera hires lobby firm: Al Jazeera America is assembling a K Street team to advocate for its cable news channel, The Hill has confirmed.
The network, whose parent company recently purchased Al Gore’s Current TV, hired DLA Piper last month, according to registration paperwork filed on Tuesday.
New GPS lobbying group moves on from LightSquared battle: A coalition of GPS companies will launch a new lobbying organization — the GPS Innovation Alliance — on Wednesday. The founding members will be Deere, Garmin and Trimble.
The group grew out of the Coalition to Save Our GPS, an organization devoted to defeating wireless network start-up LightSquared. The new group will lobby on a broader array of issues that affect the GPS industry.
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