OVERNIGHT TECH: Telecom firms tout benefits of plan to overhaul phone fund

"We urge you and the other Commissioners to look past rhetoric and to examine the data and the facts in the record and to adopt the universal service and intercarrier compensation reforms in the ABC Plan," the groups wrote.

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski outlined his plan to modernize the fund last week and said he would not "rubber stamp" the proposal of any group. The FCC is set to vote on modernizing the fund at its next meeting, on Oct. 27.

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Tech Boot Camp hits the Hill Wednesday: The Semiconductor Industry Association is celebrating its move from Silicon Valley to D.C. one year ago by holding a lunch briefing for lawmakers and their staff on Wednesday at Rayburn dubbed Tech Boot Camp. An engineer will explain to the policy crowd how everyday technology tools like smartphones and tablet computers work. Expect heavy emphasis on the role of the semiconductor, which is the U.S's top export.

Major BlackBerry outage hits Europe, Middle East and Africa: A major data outage cut off access to email, mobile Web browsing and instant messaging for millions of BlackBerry users across Europe, the Middle East and Africa on Monday. Wireless carriers in several countries blamed BlackBerry maker Research In Motion, with the Telegraph reporting the affected regions were all served by a RIM data center in Slough, England. RIM acknowledged the issue and apologized to customers for any inconvenience. RIM has seen a sharp drop in profits recently as rivals Apple and Android have gained ground in the smartphone market.


ON TAP TUESDAY:

Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jon Leibowitz will discuss the implications of tracking consumers online during a panel discussion with consumer and privacy groups at the National Press Club on Tuesday morning.


ICYMI:

Privacy groups are calling for an FTC probe to determine if new features unveiled by Facebook violate users' privacy.

A coalition of consumer groups and technology companies is urging members of the congressional supercommittee to preserve unlicensed television spectrum, otherwise known as "white spaces." 

The Federal Communications Commission will give companies two years to comply with new regulations to make advanced communications services accessible to people with disabilities.

Sprint and C Spire Wireless filed a joint motion in federal court to move forward with their lawsuits challenging the merger of rivals AT&T and T-Mobile.