By Brendan Sasso - 02/27/12 11:36 PM EST
The legislation bars the FCC from excluding any one company from bidding in the auctions, but allows the agency to set conditions to promote a competitive marketplace. The language is a compromise between Republicans who wanted more stringent restrictions to prevent the FCC from picking winners and losers in the auctions and Democrats who wanted to preserve the FCC's authority to structure the auctions based on its public interest standard.
"Our job at the FCC is to implement the law, and we’ll do so faithfully and expeditiously," Genachowski said. "Our staff of course has already begun studying the new provisions, and you can expect to see the agency taking concrete steps toward implementation in the near future."
House to examine cybersecurity of electrical grid: A House panel on Tuesday will consider whether the nation's electrical grid is at risk from a cyber attack.
Two officials from the Government Accountability Office will testify, along with an energy policy specialist from the Congressional Research Service.
Gen. Keith Alexander, director of the National Security Agency, said earlier this month that hacker group Anonymous could have the capability to cause power outages through cyber attacks within a year or two.
The group denied that it has any intention of attacking the electrical grid.
"Why would Anons shut off a power grid? There are ppl on life support/ other vital services that rely on it. Try again NSA. #FearMongering," the group wrote on its Twitter feed, @YourAnonNews.
AT&T plans to offer a service to allow mobile application companies to pay for the data their customers use.
Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) said an FCC proposal to require television broadcasters to put their public files online would be "burdensome and unnecessary."
Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chairman Jon Leibowitz said Google is forcing consumers to make a "brutal choice" with its planned privacy changes on March 1.