House Commerce Committee to focus on spectrum, privacy and cybersecurity

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The Telecom subpanel will also push for the creation of a nationwide, interoperable public safety communications network, one of the key recommendations of the 9/11 Commission. Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden (R-Ore.) has made process reform at the FCC a personal mission as well.

Finally, the subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations will make improving the nation's cybersecurity a top priority, particularly critical infrastructure including the electric grid and communications networks.

A string of high-profile cyber-attacks over the past year has helped build bipartisan momentum for comprehensive cybersecurity legislation, including an unprecedented legislative proposal from the White House.

Cybersecurity experts have warned for years that the threat has quickly outstripped the nation's ability to respond or protect its networks, and have argued that updates to the laws governing digital security are badly overdue.