By Sara Jerome - 03/28/11 10:00 AM EDT
CHAIRMAN TO TESTIFY: Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Julius Genachowski is testifying Wednesday before a House Appropriations subpanel. His decision to pass net-neutrality rules has been a sore point for Republicans, who also question whether the government should use taxpayer money to implement them.
BROOKINGS EVENT FEATURING CICCONI, LEVIN: AT&T's top policy executive Jim Cicconi may field merger-related questions at a Brookings Institution panel Wednesday on wireless spectrum. Former FCC official Blair Levin joins him on the panel.
PATENT REFORM: House Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) hopes to garner support for his patent reform bill after initially circulating a draft last week. The Intellectual Property subcommittee has a hearing on Wednesday. The Senate already passed bipartisan patent reform legislation, highlighting it as an innovation and competitiveness bill.
PATRIOT ACT: Hearing Wednesday before House Judiciary Crime subcommittee.
HIGH-TECH VISAS: Hearing Thursday before House Judiciary Immigration subcommittee.
CYBERSECURITY: The Senate Commerce Committee tackles cybersecurity Tuesday with a hearing featuring experts from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, IBM and Verizon. Senate Commerce Chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) introduced a comprehensive cybersecurity bill last year with Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) that would have put the Commerce Department's National Institute for Standards and Technology in charge of creating federal cybersecurity standards for private-sector firms deemed crucial to the nation's physical and economic security. That bill ran into opposition from the Senate Homeland Security Committee, which views the Department of Homeland Security as the best agency to lead on civilian cybersecurity. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has been unable to end the standoff.
- Gautham Nagesh contributed to this report.