The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) isn't bowing to public pressure to abandon its plan to allow cellphone use on planes.
Former Rep. George Nethercutt (R-Wa.) will open the Washington office for Lee & Hayes, a law firm specializing in intellectual property issues.
“The primary objective of our new office is to promote our clients’ intellectual property interests in the political, legislative and regulatory processes in Washington, D.C.,” said Lewis Lee, Lee & Hayes co-founder and partner, in a statement.
The Federal Communications Commission is trying to bring $44 million in fines against three companies that appear to have abused the agency’s Lifeline program.
The FCC’s Lifeline program is a subsidy program that provides phone service to the poor. Under FCC rules, the program can provide only one phone per househould.
Even if Congress passes the USA Freedom Act, the National Security Agency might continue to collect records on virtually all U.S. phone calls, according to a top Justice Department official.
"If the USA Freedom Act becomes law, it's going to depend on how the court interprets any number of the provisions that are in it," Deputy Attorney General James Cole said Wednesday during a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) has introduced the USA Freedom Act with the stated purpose of ending the NSA's bulk phone record collection program.
Fifty-nine percent of registered voters think calls should not be allowed.
The groups are petitioning in response to reports that AT&T sold subscriber records.
Former Gen. Wesley Clark was speaking before the committee about the federal Renewable Fuel Standard, but Vitter instead decided to press him on work he's done to promote the subsidized phone program.
"We are not going to attack panelists on other issues. Period, end of quote,” Sen. Barbara Boxer said. “If you want to do it, have a press conference.”
The FCC revoked the doctrine in 1987, but House GOP members say it's exploring new rules.
The Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT), a privacy and free speech advocacy group, has named Nuala O'Connor as its new president and CEO.
O'Connor, currently Amazon's vice president of compliance and consumer trust, will join the organization on Jan. 21. She will succeed Leslie Harris, who is stepping down after nine years leading the group.
O'Connor served as the first chief privacy officer at the Department of Homeland Security from 2003 to 2005. She has also worked at the Commerce Department, DoubleClick, General Electric and the law firm Sidley Austin.
That National Security Agency uses online advertising tools to identify people online, according to a report from The Washington Post.
The agency "piggybacks" off of "cookies" — the small pieces of computer code that track consumers online to show them advertisements based on the websites they visit — the Post reports based on documents from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.