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Sept. 8, 2000
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9/7. The FCC released an agenda for its Sept. 14 open meeting.
9/7. The House Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Telecommunications held a hearing titled "Foreign Government Ownership of American Telecommunications Companies." See, prepared statements of Rep. Tom Bliley (R-VA), Sen. Ernest Hollings (D-SC), Rep. Jennifer Dunn (R-WA), Kevin DiGregory (DOJ), Larry Parkinson (FBI), William Kennard (FCC), Richard Fisher (USTR), John Stanton (VoiceStream), Morton Bahr (CWA), Gregory Sidak (AEI), and Andrew Lipman (Swidler Berlin).
9/7. The House Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Health and Environment  held a hearing titled "Telehealth: A Cutting Edge Medical Tool for the 21st Century."
9/7. Glenn Reynolds was appointed Associate Bureau Chief of the FCC's Common Carrier Bureau (CCB). He will have primary responsibility for the oversight and coordination of issues handled by the Bureau's Policy and Program Planning Division, including 271 applications, merger reviews, and local competition rules. Jeffrey Dygert was named an Asst. Bureau Chief of the CCB. See, FCC release [MS Word]. Katherine Schroder was appointed Chief of the CCB's Accounting Policy Division. Mark Seifert was appointed Deputy Division Chief. See, FCC release [MS Word].
9/7. The FEC issued a draft advisory opinion which pertains to the use of electronic signatures. Several incorporated trade associations requested an opinion regarding whether electronic signatures may be used by a corporate representative to authorize solicitations by a trade association for contributions to its separate segregated fund. The draft opinion states that they may, provided that there are "adequate security measures", including that they have the "ability to verify that the electronically signed authorization came from the particular representative", and that the record is stored and retrievable. The FEC welcomes comments on the draft opinion until 12:00 noon on Sept. 13. [Draft AO 2000-22.]
9/7. The SIIA sent a letter to Members of the House, and a similar letter to Senators, urging passage of H1B bills HR 3983 and S 2045. See, SIIA release.
9/6. The FCC's Wireless Telecommunications Bureau rescheduled the next auction (No. 35) of C and F block broadband Personal Communications Service (“PCS”) licenses from Nov. 29 to Dec. 12. See, FCC release [MS Word].
9/6. The FCC named Linda Paris acting Director of the Office of Media Relations (OMR), and Jay Heimbach as acting Director of the Office of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs (OLIA). They replace Joy Howell and Sheryl Wilkerson, who had been criticized by Members of Congress for violating a statutory ban on lobbying the Congress. Both Howell and Wilkerson went to work for the Gore campaign. See, FCC release [MS Word].
9/6. The Senate continued its debate on HR 4444, a bill to extend PNTR status to China. Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) stated: "During the Senate debate this month, we will hear a lot about other issues, with Senators offering a plethora of amendments. The list will probably include human rights, worker rights, religious freedom, prison labor, Taiwan security, arms proliferation, and export of American jobs, among others. ... I urge all my colleagues to support this PNTR legislation without amendments." Sen. Paul Wellstone (D-MN) stated that "it is commonly assumed the Senate is going to pass PNTR."
9/5. The Senate began debate on HR 4444, a bill to extend Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) status to China. The House has passed the bill, and Bill Clinton supports it.
8/31. FTC Commissioner Orson Swindle gave a speech to a Federal Society chapter in North Carolina on antitrust enforcement and high tech companies, titled "Government and the Tech World: Friends or Foes?"
8/30. U.S District Judge Audrey Collins entered a Final Judgment and Order [1.9 MB PDF file] in FTC v. JK Publications et al., U.S.D.C., C.D.Cal., Case No. 99-0044. The FTC obtained a $37.5 Million verdict against several defendants who ran a web porn operation with an illegal credit card billing scam. Defendants licensed access to databases of a California bank which included over 3.6 Million valid credit card numbers without chargebacks or credits issued. The bank licensed the data for fraud scrub purposes. The porn operation used it to fraudulently bill card holders, many of whom did not even own computers. See, FTC release.
Editor's Note: This column includes all News Briefs added to Tech Law Journal since the last Daily E-Mail Alert. The dates indicate when the event occurred, not the date of posting to Tech Law Journal.
New Documents

FCC: Agenda for Sept. 14 Open Meeting, 9/7 (MS Word, FCC).
SIIA: Letter to House Members re H1B visas, 9/7 (HTML, SIIA).
SIIA: Letter to Senators re H1B visas, 9/7 (HTML, SIIA).
Orson Swindle: Government and the Tech World: Friends or Foes?, a speech on antitrust law enforcement, 8/31 (HTML, FTC).
U.S. District Judge Collins: Final Judgment and Order, FTC v. JK Publications, including verdict on damages against credit card billing scam of porn site operation, 8/31 (1.9 MB PDF, FTC).
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Quote of the Day

"many high-tech markets are characterized by decreasing prices, increasing output, and robust innovation -- certainly characteristics that yield tremendous benefits to consumers. Even if an antitrust violation is established, remedies in the high-tech field should be very carefully calibrated to address consumer harm and to prevent violations that are the same as (or similar to) the violations that caused that harm. We do not want to kill the goose that is laying the golden eggs." FTC Commissioner Orson Swindle. (Source.)

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