By Sara Jerome - 01/11/11 10:42 PM EST
Lawmakers consider new curbs on incendiary speech
The Hill's Russell Berman reports: "Shocked and saddened lawmakers grappled on Monday with the weekend shooting of one of their own, with some suggesting that new laws and regulations are needed to curb incendiary speech."
"Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.) suggested the Federal Communications Commission was 'not working anymore,' adding she would look at ways to better police language on the airwaves. A brick was thrown through a window of Slaughter’s district office last year.
"Slaughter cited Palin’s use of gun sights to target Democrats in last year’s election and the assertion by Nevada Senate candidate Sharron Angle (R) that 'Second Amendment remedies' might be needed to stop the Democratic agenda." More: http://bit.ly/f1DwRj.
Report shows proliferation of rogue websites
Online piracy and counterfeiting sites have proliferated rapidly and are generating more than 50 billion online visits per year, according to a new report from MarkMonitor.
Using 22 brands as criteria, MarkMonitor searched the Web for sites offering pirated or counterfeit goods and turned up 48 sites selling counterfeit physical goods generating 87 million visits per year. The firm also found 43 sites with pirated digital content and 26 selling counterfeit prescription drugs. More in The Hill: http://bit.ly/fbnX8P.
BROOKINGS SUMMIT TO FEATURE INDUSTRY, WHITE HOUSE OFFICIALS: Brookings on Wednesday hosts a day-long policy summit with some tech, telecom, and political heavyweights. Top panels:
• FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski will sit down with AT&T chief Randall Stephenson and Time Warner chief Jeffrey Bewkes at 9 a.m. to discuss the shift to the information economy.
• Former Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.) and Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell will discuss government efficiency at 12:30 p.m.
• White House Council of Economic Advisors Chairman Austan Goolsbee discusses manufacturing and imports at 2 p.m., join by industry representatives.
• Valerie Jarrett, a senior advisor to President Obama, discusses the policy road ahead at 2:50 p.m.
WEDNESDAY SKED: C-SPAN will provide a live stream on Wednesday's House session on the shootings in Tucson, Ariz., starting at 10 a.m. The House will consider at a resolution on the shootings. Watch here: http://www.facebook.com/CSPAN.
NPR accuses GOP lawmaker of trying to control public radio stations
NPR pushed back on Tuesday against a Republican lawmaker who wants to cut off federal funding for public broadcasting, accusing him of trying to interfere with how the nation's local public radio stations report the news.
Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.) re-introduced two bills last week that would cut off federal funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Lamborn, who introduced the same bills in the last Congress, called NPR's programming "a luxury we cannot afford to subsidize." Read more in The Hill: http://bit.ly/ffXyiq
Verizon to sell iPhone, ending AT&T exclusivity
Verizon will begin selling Apple's iPhone to subscribers in early February, the nation's largest wireless firm announced Tuesday in New York.
Until the end of last year, AT&T had an exclusive agreement to sell the iPhone to its customers. Tuesday's announcement means Verizon's 93 million customers will have access to the phone, which might adversely affect AT&T's subscriber base.
• The Rural Cellular Association (RCA) sent out a reminder about its position against exclusive contracts between handset developers and wireless providers. “I am pleased to see that Verizon has broken the exclusive arrangement between AT&T and Apple, and I am delighted that other carriers will have access to the CDMA iPhone, and it will not be an exclusive Verizon offer,” said RCA chief Steven Berry.
• Bloomberg focuses on how Verizon's deal with Apple could hurt Google's efforts to spread its Android operating system: http://bit.ly/fYJlAG.
• The New York Times looks at how the nation's two largest wireless carriers have taken the gloves off now that they both carry the iPhone: http://nyti.ms/eZcNe2.
• GigaOm acknowledged that it will need to remove the Verizon iPhone from its roundup of "geek dreams that might never come true:" http://bit.ly/eQTeGS
• Engadget offers a helpful chart on differences between the AT&T iPhone and the Verizon one: http://engt.co/gqk4Pt.
• Fortune is not so impressed, and declares the Verizon version "not the dream phone after all." http://bit.ly/g2UdV1.