By Brendan Sasso - 05/14/13 10:39 PM EDT
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House set to back Internet governance bill: The House is set to approve Rep. Greg Walden's (R-Ore.) bill supporting the multistakeholder model of Internet governance on Tuesday evening.
Due to Democrats' complaints, Republicans agreed to strike the phrase requiring that the U.S. "promote a global Internet free from government control." Democrats worried the language could undermine the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) net-neutrality rules, among other Internet policies.
"Let me be clear, I oppose the FCC’s rules regulating the Internet," Walden said on the House floor. "This legislation, however, does not require the FCC to reverse those regulations. While statements of policy can help delineate the contours of statutory authority, they do not create statutorily mandated responsibilities. Nonetheless, in the interest of reaching bipartisan consensus and moving this important legislation forward, I agreed to drop the 'government control' language."
Rockefeller questions broadcaster coordination: Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) asked the Government Accountability Office (GAO) on Tuesday to investigate joint service and shared service agreements between broadcasters.
The deals allow broadcasters to share content and expenses, but Rockefeller expressed concern that they are intended to skirt media ownership rules and drive up prices for consumers. He asked the GAO to study the impact of the agreements and whether the government should limit their use or require more transparency.
DOJ files docs against Apple: The Justice Department filed a series of documents on Tuesday for its upcoming antitrust trial against Apple.
The Senate Commerce Committee will examine advanced vehicle technology at a hearing on Wednesday.
David Strickland, the administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, will testify, followed by Mitch Bainwol of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, Dr. Peter Sweatman of the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, John D. Lee of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Jeffrey J. Owens of Delphi Automotive.
Senators are expected to discuss the policy implications of Google's self-driving cars.
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Senators clash over tech visas: Senate Judiciary Committee members on Tuesday clashed over provisions in the Gang of Eight's immigration bill that would require companies to follow additional requirements when hiring foreign high-skilled workers.
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), a member of the Gang of Eight and longtime H-1B critic, warned he "may not be able to support" a set of amendments offered by Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) that aim to address the tech industry's concerns with new rules and requirements included in the section of the bill dealing with H-1B visas.
Holder recused himself from decision to seize AP records: Attorney General Eric Holder recused himself from the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) decision to secretly seize two months of phone records of Associated Press journalists.
Holder said he recused himself early on in the DOJ's investigation of what he described as serious leaks from government officials that jeopardized national security. Deputy Attorney General James Cole signed off on the subpoena authorizing the seizure of the AP's phone records last year
McCain: Consumers shouldn't pay for TV they don't watch: Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) urged a Senate panel on Tuesday to back his legislation that would pressure cable and satellite TV providers to allow their customers to pick and choose the individual channels they pay for.
"Basically, I support a la carte — and, I believe, most Americans do — for the basic reason that consumers should not have to pay for television channels they do not watch and have no interest in watching," McCain said in testimony before the Senate Commerce Committee's subcommittee on Technology and the Internet.
Warner fires warning shot at broadcasters: Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) said on Tuesday that he is concerned about threats from TV broadcasters to take their programming off the air as part of their battle with online video start-up Aereo.
Speaking at a Senate hearing, Warner suggested that the government should pull the broadcast licenses of TV stations that move their programming to cable channels.
"Threatening to withdraw content because of these other challenges, that really raises for me the question of whether you ought to be able to keep that spectrum for free, which is a public good and maybe could be utilized for better public purposes," Warner said to Gordon Smith, the head of the National Association of Broadcasters, during a hearing of the Senate Commerce Committee's subcommittee on Technology and the Internet.
McDowell to join Hudson Institute: Robert McDowell, a Republican Commissioner on the Federal Communications Commission, announced on Tuesday that he will join the Hudson Institute, a conservative think tank, as a visiting fellow.
He will step down from his FCC post on Friday and join the think tank's Center for Economics of the Internet.
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