OVERNIGHT TECH: Rockefeller, King promote communications network for post-bin Laden world

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ROCKEFELLER/KING WEIGH IN — BIN LADEN DEATH REVIVES D-BLOCK DEBATE: A communications network for first responders is critical in a post-bin Laden world, Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) and House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Pete King (R-N.Y.) said on Monday. Several House Energy and Commerce Republicans would prefer to build the network more cheaply than Rockefeller and King have proposed. Analysts see an open door, in the outpouring over bin Laden's death, to revitalize the debate over the D Block of spectrum, which public safety agencies say they need for a communications network. Read lawmaker reactions, along with calls from public safety groups to reallocate the D Block to public safety: http://bit.ly/laAPgD.

FACEBOOK TO ENTER COICA DEBATE?: Markham Erickson, who represents the NetCoalition (which includes Google, Yahoo!, eBay, Amazon, IAC and others), says he sees an open door for the social networking behemoth to get involved in the debate over online counterfeiting, which has recently centered on Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy's (D-Vt.) pending bill. "I think Facebook will eventually be active in these issues," he told The Hill in an interview on Monday. The company "could definitely have an interest." More on COICA this week.

SONY DUCKS HOUSE SCRUTINY: After suffering a network breach that compromised personal information for millions of PlayStation users, Sony is ducking House scrutiny. The company has declined a request to testify at a Wednesday hearing of the House Energy and Commerce Manufacturing subcommittee, slated to probe data protection issues in light of the history-making breach, sources said. The company has not responded to a request for comment. More here: http://bit.ly/m9O4Fb.

SONY SHUTS DOWN SECOND GAMING NETWORK: The Wall Street Journal reports, "Sony Corp. has shut down a second online videogame network amid an expanding investigation of a computer attack that may have compromised the personal information of millions of users … Sony said the shutdown of Sony Online Entertainment, which hosts the popular 'EverQuest' role-playing game, was prompted by an expansion of the initial investigation, not a separate attack." More: http://on.wsj.com/lPh1Lr.

MEANWHILE, THE COMPANY ATTEMPTS DAMAGE CONTROL, via Gautham: Sony continued its efforts at damage control on Monday following the attack on the PlayStation Network earlier this month that compromised the personal data of up to 77 million consumers worldwide, affecting up to 10 million credit card accounts. http://bit.ly/iojOFS

FCC HEADS TO CAPITOL HILL FOR NET-NEUTRALITY HEARING: Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Julius Genachowski and Commissioner Robert McDowell return to Capitol Hill on Thursday for another hearing on net neutrality. The Competition subcommittee is exploring whether there might be an antitrust solution to net-neutrality concerns after House Republicans overwhelmingly rejected rules cemented by Genachowski to address the issue. Subcommittee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) has previously introduced legislation that would allow antitrust authorities to prevent phone and cable companies from interfering with Web traffic.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS — SPECTRUM AT BROOKINGS THURSDAY: Looking ahead a few days, the debate over the airwaves heads to the Brookings Institution on Thursday for a conversation featuring an NAB official and Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) aide Matthew Hussey.