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Abraham Defeated. Sen. Spencer Abraham, one of the most pro
tech members of the Senate, lost his bid for re-election from the
state of Michigan. Other Senators involved in technology issues who
also lost include Sen. John Ashcroft (R-MO), and Sen. William Roth
(R-DE). Meanwhile, votes are still being counted in Sen. Slade
Gorton's (R-WA) race.
Key Senate Race Results. Other Senators who have been active
on tech related issues won re-election to the Senate, including:
Senators Hatch, Burns, Kohl, DeWine, Kyl, Snowe, Feinstein, and
and Bilbray Defeated in House Races. Rep. James Rogan and
Rep. Brian Bilbray were both defeated in close elections. Both have
seats on the House Commerce Committee. Both had solid pro tech
voting records. In addition, Rep. Rogan sat on the Courts and
Intellectual Property Subcommittee, where he was a leading advocate
of protecting copyrights and trademarks in cyberspace.
Members Who Won In Close Races. Several House members who
have been active on technology issues were returned to the House in
close elections. Rep. Jay Inslee (D-WA), Rep. Bob Barr (R-GA), Rep.
Heather Wilson (R-NM), Rep. Steve Horn (R-CA), and Rep. Tom Tancredo
(R-CO) all faced serious opposition, and won with 55% or less of the
House Elections Results. Most members of the House who have
been active on technology related issues who sought re-election won
their races easily.
from the House. Several members of the House who have been
active on technology related issues chose not to run for
re-election. Several ran for other offices. Among these were
Representatives Tom Bliley (R-VA), Tom Campbell (R-CA), Charles
Canady (R-FL), Ted Pease (R-IN), and Bob Franks (R-NJ).
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"We are going to do a lot of heavy analytical thinking."
Dorothy Attwood, Bureau Chief of the Common Carrier Bureau,
on the FCC's proceeding on cable access.
11/7. U.S. District Court Judge Janet Hall (DConn)
ordered Microsoft to pay
$3.7 Million in attorneys fees to Bristol.
Bristol filed its 14 count Complaint
against Microsoft on Aug. 18, 1998. 12 of the 14 counts alleged
violations of federal or state antitrust law. The jury ruled for
Microsoft on all of these counts. A very small part of the case was
a claim that Microsoft violated the Connecticut Unfair Trade
Practices Act (CUTPA). Last July, the jury found that Microsoft had
violated CUTPA, but awarded Bristol only $1 in compensatory damages.
On Aug. 31 Judge Hall issued a 103 page opinion and order in which
she awarded Bristol $1 Million in punitive damages, based on this $1
in compensatory damages. On Nov. 7, she awarded Bristol $ 3.7
Million in attorneys fees. See also, TLJ
Summary of Bristol v. Microsoft.
11/7. Dorothy Attwood, Bureau Chief of the FCC's Common Carrier Bureau, and the
top staff of the Bureau, spoke and answered questions at a luncheon
meeting in Washington DC with telecommunications lawyers. She was
asked if the CCB or the Office of Engineering and Technology (OET)
are thinking about IP telephony. "Yeah, of course, we
are looking at that," said Attwood. "OET is working with
us on that." However, most of the luncheon was devoted to other
issues. She stated that she sees "continually vexing
problems" in local telephone competition. Section
271 proceedings, long distance competition, and the FCC audit
process were also discussed in detail.
11/7. The Global Internet Project
(GIP) asked the Council of Europe
to extend its December 2000 deadline for completion of its
Convention on cyber crime. See, Draft
No. 22 of Convention on Cyber-crime, and GIP
11/7. SEC Chairman Arthur
Levitt named Estee Levine Director of the Office of
Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs. She was previously
Counsel to Chairman Levitt. She replaces Tracey Aronson, who was
recently named Chief of Staff to the Chairman. See, release.
11/7. The BSA gave its often awarded
Cyber Champion Award to four world leaders: King Abdullah II of
Jordan, Prime Minister Bertie Ahern of Ireland; Julio Semeghini,
Representative, Brazilian Chamber of Deputies, and Dato' Pahamin
Rajab, Secretary General, Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer
Affairs of Malaysia. See, release.
11/7. The TIA published a
Systems Bulletin (TSB) regarding Internet protocol
telephony. It is numbered TSB 122, and titled
"Telecommunications - IP Telephony Equipment - Voice
Router/Gateway Loss and Level Plan Guidelines." See, 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
|The FCC will hold a
Commission meeting on Thursday, Nov. 9. The agenda [PDF
includes two items pertaining to secondary markets for
wireless spectrum. The FCC will consider a Notice Proposed
Rule Making (NPRM) concerning the promotion of secondary
market mechanisms to facilitate efficient use of wireless
spectrum, and a Policy Statement setting forth guiding
principles for the promotion of secondary market mechanisms to
facilitate efficient use of wireless spectrum.
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