"We believe this type of program is far too broad and is inconsistent with our Nation’s founding principles," they said in a joint statement. "We cannot defeat terrorism by compromising our commitment to our civil rights and liberties."
Leading cable company executives and policymakers will meet in Washington to discuss the latest developments in the industry at the National Cable and Telecommunications Association's annual conference.
Top Commerce and Judiciary Committee aides will speak at two panels on Monday. Acting Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairwoman Mignon Clyburn will give a speech on Tuesday morning, and the heads of the FCC's bureaus will speak at a panel on Tuesday afternoon.
Andy Ozment, White House senior director for cybersecurity, and Donna Dodson of the National Institute of Standards and Technology will discuss cybersecurity at a Tuesday afternoon panel.
FCC Commissioners Jessica Rosenworcel and Ajit Pai will speak at a lunch panel on Wednesday, along with Larry Strickling, head of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration.
In other technology happenings, the Congressional High Tech Caucus will host an event on Monday to push for high-skilled immigration legislation. Officials from Microsoft, Intel, Qualcomm and other companies and advocacy groups are scheduled to participate.
The Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee will hold a Tuesday morning hearing to examine ways to reduce duplication and improve federal information technology. Steven VanRoekel, the U.S. chief information officer, will testify, along with the top technology officials from other government agencies.
The House Energy and Commerce Committee's technology subcommittee will hold a Wednesday morning hearing to consider whether to reauthorize a satellite television law.