Good Morning Tech: FCC chairman says net neutrality rules still on the way

Report: Traffic to Senate, Pentagon websites hijacked by China. Traffic to several U.S. government websites was hijacked and rerouted by a state-owned Chinese telecom firm in April, according to a new report from the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission. The incident lasted for 18 minutes on April 8 and rerouted traffic destined for the websites of the U.S. Senate, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, NASA and the Commerce Department among others. http://bit.ly/b426Ww

Shimkus reaffirms pursuit of E&C gavel. Hoping to clarify mistaken press reports, Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill.) reaffirmed on Wednesday that he is actively pursuing the Energy and Commerce gavel. He also reiterated that he is not his first choice for the job. Shimkus has thrown his support behind Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas) to lead the committee in the next Congress. But if term limits prevent Barton from serving, Shimkus has raised his hand for the post. http://bit.ly/97U4pC

FCC's Baker says agency should pick its battles. FCC Commissioner Meredith Baker reiterated her opposition Wednesday to a controversial Federal Communications Commission proposal to increase the agency's power, suggesting the FCC needs to be more "judicious" in picking its battles. http://bit.ly/9pFk6O

Rep. Smith will introduce Internet Freedom bill.
"Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J. said Wednesday that he will reintroduce in the next Congress the Internet freedom legislation he has pushed for several years. Smith said Internet censorship is growing around the world. 'We're regressing.'" Tech Daily Dose reports: http://bit.ly/9X2PeV

Industry notes

Parents group says Hulu hurting kids. Online video services such as Hulu don't protect kids from explicit content, according to the watchdog Parents Television Council. The PTC gave Hulu a grade of "D" on protecting children from harmful content, the highest grade out of four services evaluated. Hulu features television shows and content from NBC Universal, Fox and Disney. The other services evaluated by the PTC were Comcast's Fancast, AOL's Slashcontrol and AT&T. http://bit.ly/aiZeHo


Verizon Considers Charging for Wireless Data Based on Speed. "Top executives at Verizon Communications Inc. are exploring ways to charge consumers based on the speed of their wireless data connection in addition to the amount of data they use. CEO Ivan Seidenberg said in an interview that such a pricing change would be made possible by the carrier's migration to a fourth-generation, or 4G, network. The network, which promises higher top speeds, will be available in 38 cities by year end." http://on.wsj.com/cbGgub

China Unicom to Sell Its Own Smartphone by Year-End. Bloomberg reports China Unicom, the nation’s only mobile operator now offering Apple Inc.’s iPhone, said it will sell a self-developed smartphone called the “UPhone” by the end of this year. http://bit.ly/c6rvM7

Number Punch: 8.The number of official White House Twitter accounts, most of which belong to press shop personnel like Press Secretary Robert Gibbs and New Media Director Macon Phillips. Here are all eight White House-sponsored Twitter feeds (h/t InformationWeek): @whitehouse, @lacasablanca, @PressSec, @billburton44, @petesouza, @macon44, @whitehouseostp, @OpenGov.