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OVERNIGHT TECH: Cybersecurity debate shifts to the House

{mosads}D Block: The Hill’s Sara Jerome reports that the House Energy and
Commerce Communications subcommittee will hold a
hearing to receive input from those who say public-safety groups need to
be given the valuable chunk of spectrum known as the D Block. The
committee’s Republicans are at odds with the Senate on how to proceed.
Witnesses include representatives of the Western Fire Chiefs
Association, the American Radio Relay League, Harris RF Communications
Division
and Telephone and Data Systems.

Sens. Klobuchar and Kohl grill AT&T on phantom phone bill charges: Democratic Sens. Amy Klobuchar (Minn.) and Herb Kohl (Wis.) wrote to
AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson on Tuesday to ask about allegations the firm is charging customers for data usage even when they are not
accessing those services. AT&T is facing a class-action lawsuit from customers
over the issue; the
letter comes two days before a House Judiciary hearing where Stephenson
will head to the Hill to defend his company’s proposed merger with
T-Mobile. 

“S&M” performance on Billboard awards draws ire of TV watchdog: The Parents Television Council is sounding the alarm over a racy performance during Sunday night’s Billboard Music Awards that featured singers Rihanna and Britney Spears in bondage-themed costumes dancing around stripper poles. President Tim Winter issued a statement describing the primetime broadcast as almost suitable for the adult entertainment industry.

ICYMI:

The parent company of small wireless firm Cricket Communications is opposing the AT&T/T-Mobile merger.

Sara Jerome has a great piece on the National Association of Broadcasters and how the industry is handling the rise of the Web.

Former Rep. Rick Boucher (D-Va.) will become the honorary
co-chairman of the Internet Innovation Alliance, an AT&T-backed advocacy group. 

A Boston attorney with no connection to Obama administration adviser Elizabeth Warren has registered ElizabethWarrenforSenate.com.

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