OVERNIGHT TECH: FCC to vote on overhauling Universal Service Fund

Genachowski has said his plan "will not rubber stamp or adopt wholesale the proposals of any stakeholders." 

The FCC will also consider a notice of proposed rulemaking on Thursday that would put some broadcaster public files online.   

Online piracy bill introduced in House: Members of the House Judiciary Committee unveiled a bipartisan bill on Wednesday that would significantly expand the federal government's authority to go after websites that provide access to pirated or counterfeit content.

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The Stop Online Piracy Act would empower the Justice Department to seek injunctions against foreign websites that traffic in pirated goods or content. But a controversial provision would also allow the government and rights holders to demand that third parties, such as payment processors and online ad networks, cut ties with sites deemed rogue. The measure is the companion bill to the Senate's Protect IP Act, which passed the Senate Judiciary Committee earlier this year.


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CTIA-the Wireless Association filed a motion in federal court on Wednesday to intervene on behalf of the Federal Communications Commission in a lawsuit over net-neutrality regulations.

John Walsh, host of the television program "America’s Most Wanted," spoke on Capitol Hill on Wednesday to urge Congress to allocate the D Block of spectrum to public-safety agencies. Dick Mirgon, a spokesman for the Public Safety Alliance, said he believes there is enough Republican support on both the Technology and Communications subcommittee and the full Energy and Commerce Committee to pass a D Block amendment.

The issue of unlicensed spectrum is proving to be an important sticking point in negotiations over the House version of spectrum reform legislation.

Streaming video content now takes up the majority of online bandwidth, with Netflix accounting for almost one-third of peak downstream traffic, according to the latest study from the traffic management firm Sandvine.

Demand for wireless networks is growing rapidly and will soon outstrip capacity, according to a report from the Global Information Industry Center at the University of California, San Diego.