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Sen. Breaux Introduces Broadband Regulatory Parity Act
4/30. Sen. John Breaux (D-LA) and others introduced the Broadband Regulatory Parity Act of 2002, a bill that would require the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to pass regulations subjecting all providers of broadband services, and broadband access services, to the same regulatory requirements.
Moreover, the bill would require that the FCC do so without increasing the regulatory requirements of any service provider. The immediate effect of the bill would be to remove regulatory requirements that are imposed upon the incumbent local exchange carriers (ILECs) in the provision of DSL service, but that are not imposed upon cable companies in the provision of cable modem service. Like HR 1542, the Tauzin Dingell bill, this bill is supported by ILECs.
FCC Promulgation of Regulatory Parity Regulations. The bill would add a new Section 262 to Title 47. It would require that the FCC, within 120 after passage, "prescribe regulations to ensure that (1) all broadband services, and all broadband access services, are subject to the same regulatory requirements, or no regulatory requirements; (2) all providers of broadband services, and all providers of broadband access services, are subject to the same regulatory requirements, or no regulatory requirements, with respect to the provision of such services and the facilities and equipment used to provide such services in the provision of such services; and (3) paragraphs (1) and (2) are implemented without increasing the regulatory requirements applicable to any provider of broadband services, or broadband access services, on any such service or on any facilities or equipment used to provide any such service in the provision of such service."
No State Jurisidiction Over Broadband. Furthermore, the bill provides that "broadband services and broadband access services, and the facilities and equipment used to provide such services in the provision of such services, shall not be subject to the jurisdiction of any State."
Obligations of ILECS to ISPs. The bill also provides that "each incumbent local exchange carrier has the duty to provide all Internet service providers with the telecommunications necessary for such provider to provide broadband access service to its subscribers. Such telecommunications shall be offered on rates, terms, and conditions that are just and reasonable."
The bill also states that "Nothing in this section affects the requirements of section 271", "Nothing in this section affects the obligations of incumbent local exchange carriers under section 251(c) to provide requesting telecommunications carriers with services and access to facilities and equipment necessary for the provision of switched band voice telecommunications service" and "Nothing in this section affects section 251(f)."
256 kpbs. The bill defines broadband as "256 kilobits per second in at least one direction".
The bill's original cosponsors are Sen. Don Nickles (R-OK), Sen. Max Cleland (D-GA), Sen. Sam Brownback (R-KS), Sen. Zell Miller (D-GA), and Sen. Kay Hutchison (R-TX).
Sen. Breaux stated in a release that "To ensure and encourage the widespread deployment of broadband networks in this country, Congress must level the regulatory playing field in the broadband market ... Unfortunately, different rules for competing high speed Internet companies are stifling competition. This bill aims to make regulations more simple and more fair, insisting that all broadband service providers play by the same rules."
Walter McCormick, P/CEO of the U.S. Telecom Association (USTA), a group that represents ILECs, stated in a release that "We commend Senators Breaux and Nickles for their introduction of this important legislation that will spur the deployment of broadband infrastructure, unleash vigorous head to head competition for broadband service providers, increase consumer choice, and stimulate the nation's economy."
BellSouth's Herschel Abbott stated that "this is a reasonable approach that deserves wide and immediate support in Congress. Passage will encourage broadband providers to compete for consumers who will be offered improved service, better access and more choices in internet service providers."
SBC issued a release in which it stated that "While the Breaux Nickles bill takes a different approach than that of the House passed Internet Freedom and Broadband Deployment Act (H.R. 1542), both recognize the fundamental need for all providers of broadband services to compete under the same rules and regulations."
In contrast, Russell Frisby, President of CompTel, a group that represents competitive local exchange carriers, stated in a release that "Members of the Senate should not be fooled; Breaux's bill is the Tauzin Dingell bill. It was a bad bill in the House and will continue to be a bad bill in the Senate."
Powell Addresses U.S. Chamber on Broadband Policy
4/30. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Michael Powell gave a speech on broadband policy to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington DC.
He stated that four principles will guide the FCC's actions in the broadband space. "First, we will promote the ubiquitous availability of broadband capable infrastructure to al Americans."
"Second, the Commission will conceptualize broadband broadly to include any platform that is capable of fusing communications power with computing power to provide high bandwidth intensive content to meet the broad needs and demands of consumers. That is, we recognize that broadband is not merely cable modem service or DSL."
"Third, at this stage in the development, any broadband regulatory environment must serve to promote investment and innovation." And "Fourth, sound regulatory policy should, where appropriate, harmonize regulatory rights and obligations that are attached to the provision of similarly situated services across different technological platform."
Powell was the keynote luncheon speaker at a Chamber event titled Beyond Broadband: Policy and Business Strategies for Next Generation Applications and Services.
CTIA Files Petition with FCC to Eliminate Rules
4/30. The Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association (CTIA) filed a Petition for Rulemaking [Part 1 and Part 2 in PDF] with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) asking that it eliminate unnecessary regulations pertaining to Customer Proprietary Network Information (CPNI), E-911, local number portability, tower citing, and other topics.
The CTIA's petition relies on the February 19, 2002, opinion in U.S. Court of Appeals (DCCir) in Fox v. FCC, 280 F.3d 1027, which applies a plain meaning construction to Section 202(h) of the Telecom Act of 1996. This section requires that the FCC "shall review its rules adopted pursuant to this section and all of its ownership rules biennially as part of its regulatory reform review under section 11 of the Communications Act of 1934 and shall determine whether any of such rules are necessary in the public interest as the result of competition. The Commission shall repeal or modify any regulation it determines to be no longer in the public interest."
Tom Wheeler, P/CEO of CTIA, stated in a release that "The Fox decision gave clear direction to the FCC: prove a regulation is vital and indispensable or get rid of it ... We want to help the Commission meet this standard by jump starting the 2002 Biennial Review Process."
On April 19 the FCC filed a Petition for Rehearing En Banc [40 pages in PDF] in the Fox case with the Court of Appeals. The FCC argues for less literal construction of Section 202(h). It wants "A less stringent interpretation of the term ``necessary´´ ". It argues that the Court should construe this word in its "statutory context" rather than "in its most literal sense".
CPNI. The CTIA stated in its release that "The FCC should eliminate its CPNI rules that were recently vacated by the 10th Circuit Court and adopt modified rules based on the Federal Trade Commission's Fair Information Practices."
47 U.S.C. § 222 provides, in part: "Except as required by law or with the approval of the customer, a telecommunications carrier that receives or obtains customer proprietary network information by virtue of its provision of a telecommunications service shall only use, disclose, or permit access to individually identifiable customer proprietary network information in its provision of (A) the telecommunication service from which such information is derived, or (B) services necessary to, or used in, the provision of such telecommunications service, including the publishing of directories."
The FCC adopted rules pursuant to § 222 in its CPNI Order on February 26, 1998. US West and other telecommunications carriers challenged the constitutionality of the order on First Amendment free speech grounds. The 10th Circuit agreed, and vacated that part of the order pertaining to opt in requirements. See, opinion of the U.S. Court of Appeals (10thCir) in U S WEST v. FCC, 182 F.3d 1224 (10th Cir. 1999), cert. denied, 120 S. Ct. 2215 (Jun. 5, 2000).
On September 7, the FCC released a document [32 pages in PDF] titled "Clarification Order and Second Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking."
The CTIA wrote in its petition that "While the Commission takes the position that the Tenth Circuit's vacatur applied only to a single provision of the CPNI rules, 47 C.F.R. 64.2007(c), the court vacated the entire Section 64.2007 rulemaking as constitutionally inadequate. ... the Commission must eliminate all of its rules on the use of CPNI that were vacated by the Tenth Circuit. Furthermore, in light of the Tenth Circuit.s vacatur Order, the Commission should abandon its prior approach to CPNI rules, and adopt modified rules based on the Federal Trade Commission's Fair Information Practices." (Footnotes omitted.)
USTR Releases Annual Special 301 Report
4/30. The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) released its annual "Special 301" report identifying foreign countries that fail to protect intellectual property rights.
The Trade Act of 1974 requires the USTR to identify annually foreign countries that deny adequate and effective protection of intellectual property rights or fair and equitable market access for U.S. persons that rely on intellectual property protection.
The sole priority foreign country is the Ukraine. The report states that it retains this categorization "due to its persistent failure to take effective action against significant levels of optical media piracy and to implement intellectual property laws that provide adequate and effective protection."
The report states that "In this year's review, USTR devoted special attention to the growing issue of Internet piracy, as well as the ongoing campaign to reduce production of unauthorized copies of ``optical media´´ products such as CDs, VCDs, DVDs, and CD-ROMs. Optical disk piracy is an increasing problem in many countries, in particular, Ukraine, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Russia, Thailand and Taiwan. In addition, USTR continued to focus on other critically important issues including proper implementation of the TRIPS Agreement by developing country WTO Members and full implementation of TRIPS standards by new WTO Members at the time of their accession. USTR also continued to encourage countries to ensure that government ministries use only authorized software."
"Strong IPR protection should also be a priority for other countries because it will help them attract investment and technology," said USTR Robert Zoellick in a release. "This report reflects the Administration's continued commitment to ensure effective intellectual property protection around the world. We will continue to work with Congress to identify our priorities in this area."
Robert Holleyman, President of the Business Software Alliance (BSA), stated in a release that "Piracy is the largest trade barrier for the software industry. While we have made great progress in our efforts to get foreign governments to establish effective legal protections for intellectual property, piracy costs the software industry more than $11 billion a year. To combat this growing trend, it is important that we have the government's help in identifying countries and regions that continue to allow software piracy and theft in violation of their international treaty obligations".
International Intellectual Property Alliance (IIPA) President Eric Smith stated in a release that "The U.S. copyright industries are one of the most productive and fastest growing sectors of the U.S. economy, accounting for over 5% of the U.S. GDP and creating new U.S. jobs at over three times the rate of the remainder of the economy.  Reducing copyright piracy in overseas markets is vital to this sector’s continued health and growth.  IIPA and its members are particularly gratified with the U.S. government’s attention on the ever growing scourge of optical media piracy and its new initiatives against Internet piracy."
Hillary Rosen of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) stated that "Today's announcement by Ambassador Zoellick reflects the importance that he and this Administration place in ensuring that our trading partners live up to their international obligations in the protection of these critical US assets. On behalf of the creators of today and tomorrow, I thank Ambassador Zoellick and his dedicated team for their essential support."
Hollings to Hold Hearing On Muris James Merger Review Deal
4/30. The Senate Commerce Committee will hold a hearing on the Memorandum of Agreement between the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Department of Justice's (DOJ) Antitrust Division regarding division of responsibility for merger reviews. The hearing is set for Tuesday, May 7 at 9:30 AM. The witness list has not yet been set.
Sen. Hollings is the Chairman of the Committee, and an opponent of the deal, which was negotiated by FTC Chairman Timothy Muris and Assistant Attorney General Charles James.
This agreement defines, by market, which transactions will be reviewed by which agency. For example, the FTC will have responsibility for transactions involving companies that provide computer hardware, professional services, and satellite manufacturing and launch, and launch vehicles. The DOJ will have responsibility for transactions involving media and entertainment, telecommunications services and equipment, and financial services.
Back on January 22, the Consumers Union and the Consumer Federation of America wrote a letter to Sen. Hollings, regarding "the Bush administration's plans to transfer the oversight of media industry mergers" from the FTC to the DOJ. They wrote that "this jurisdictional gerrymandering seems to have been motivated more by politics and ideology than a desire to better serve the public. Such a move would be extremely detrimental to the public interest and to media consumers. We urge you to continue to do your utmost to persuade the administration to abandon its plans."
FRB Governor Addresses Impact of Technology on the Financial Services Industry
4/30. Federal Reserve Board Governor Mark Olson gave a speech titled "Risk Management in a Changing Economic Environment" to the Bank Administration Institute, in Phoenix, Arizona.
He said that there are four "environmental factors that have changed in the financial services industry ... industry consolidation, increased competition, technological changes, and management focus on shareholder value." He then elaborated on technological changes.
"First, technological advances from the past decade have allowed real time access to credit information and public records. This ability to mine data allows providers of financial products to identify target markets with minimal geographic restraint. It has fostered development of monoline credit card and mortgage lenders that have become major market participants in a very short time. Second, technology has allowed organizations to separate the various business functions, such as product marketing, credit review and administration, and asset funding, and to locate each of these functions based on separate criteria, such as the availability of labor or the tax environment. Third, technology has helped institutions monitor and manage risk by hedging exposure to credit risk and interest rate risk or by selling certain assets in secondary markets."
However, he added that use of new technologies "also has potential negatives ... Sophisticated technology can at times be its own risk as a system failure or software error can have extremely negative consequences."
GAO Reports on Desktop Outsourcing by Federal Agencies
4/29. The General Accounting Office (GAO) released a report [PDF] titled "Desktop Outsourcing: Positive Results Reported, but Analyses Could Be Strengthened".
The report addresses six "federal agencies' efforts to engage in an information technology (IT) outsourcing alternative for acquiring distributed computing services (typically those pertaining to desktop management) known as ``seat management.´´" With seat management, the contractor owns the desktop, and other computing hardware, software and services are bundled and provided on a per seat basis.
The report found that "No single overarching reason emerged regarding why agencies decided to adopt seat management to address their distributed computing needs."
The report also found that "we could not determine whether any of the agencies were achieving expected costs and benefits because they did not (1) perform sufficient up-front analyses of their baseline and projected costs and benefits and (2) routinely monitor all actual seat management costs and benefits." Hence, it recommended that the six agencies "monitor all actual seat management costs and benefits."
The report was prepared for Rep. Tom Davis (R-VA), the Chairman of the House Government Reform Committee's Subcommittee on Technology and and Procurement Policy. The GAO is an arm of the Congress.
People and Appointments
4/30. WorldCom announced that Bernie Ebbers resigned his position as P/CEO/Director of WorldCom. John Sidgmore, who was previously Vice Chairman, is now the P/CEO. Bert Roberts remains as Chairman of the Board. See, WC release.
4/30. Louis Reigel was named deputy chief financial officer for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). See, FBI release.
4/29. Sen. John Warner (R-VA) spoke in the Senate about Henry Hudson, President Bush's nominee for a seat on the U.S. District Court (EDVa). Sen. Warner praised him as "highly qualified for this judgeship". See, Cong. Rec., April 29, 2002, at S3499.
More News
4/30. Delaware Chancery Court dismissed the lawsuit of Walter Hewlett seeking to block the merger of HP and Compaq.
4/30. The Copyright Office (CO) published a notice in the Federal Register that it is waiving its regulation regarding mail delivery. It stated that "Due to the continued disruption in the delivery of mail, the Copyright Office of the Library of Congress is announcing alternative methods for the filing of claims to the cable and satellite royalty funds for the year 2001. In order to ensure that their claims are timely received, claimants are encouraged to file their cable and satellite claims electronically, utilizing the special procedures described in this document." See, Federal Register, April 30, 2002, Vol. 67, No. 83, at Page 21176 - 21178.
4/26. The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York charged Richard Eitelberg by complaint with the unauthorized intrusion of the computer network. He is accused of remotely accessing the computers of his former employer and deleting records. See, CCIPS release.
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Wednesday, May 1
The House will meet at 10:00 AM for legislative business.
The Supreme Court is on recess until May 13.
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM. The Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the FTC will hold another in their series of hearings on antitrust and intellectual property. This event is titled "The Strategic Use of Licensing: Is There Cause for Concern about Unilateral Refusals to Deal?" The speakers will be Ashish Arora (Carnegie Mellon University), Jonathan Gleklen (Arnold & Porter), Paul Kirsch (Townsend Townsend & Crew), Benjamin Klein (UCLA), Jeff Mason (University of Michigan), Douglas Melamed (Wilmer Cutler & Pickering), Carl Shapiro (UC Berkeley), Christopher Sprigman (King & Spalding), Mark Whitener (General Electric), and John Wiley (UCLA). The DOJ requires that attendees provide their name and date of birth 24 hours in advance to Kathleen Leicht at kathleen.leicht or 514-7018. For more information, contact Gina Talamona in the Office of Public Affairs at 514-2007, or Frances Marshall in the Antitrust Division at 202 305-2520. Location: Great Hall, DOJ, Main Building, 950 Pennsylvania Ave., NW.
10:00 AM. The House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law will hold a hearing on HR 4561, the Federal Agency Protection of Privacy Act. This bill would require federal agencies to include a privacy impact analysis with proposed regulations that are circulated for public notice and comment. Webcast. Location: Room 2141, Rayburn Building.
10:00 AM. The House Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations will hold a hearing on titled "Oversight and Management of the Government Purchase Card Program". Location: Room 2322, Rayburn Building.
10:00 AM. The House Financial Services Committee's Subcommittee on Capital Markets will hold a hearing titled "Corporate Accounting Practices: Is There a Credibility GAAP?" Location: Room 2128, Rayburn Building.
11:00 AM - 12:00 NOON. The USTrade Coalition will hold a press conference regarding trade promotion authority legislation. For more information, contact Kitty Brims at 637-3074 or ustrade Location: Room 215, Dirksen Building.
11:00 AM. The Cato Institute will host a panel discussion titled A Progress Report on the HDTV Transition. The scheduled speakers are Mark Cuban (HDNet), Thomas Hazlett (Manhattan Institute), Rick Chessen (FCC), David Donovan (Assoc. for Maximum Service Television), Michael Calabrese (New America Foundation), and Richard Wiley (Wiley Rein & Fielding). See, agenda and online registration page. Location: 1000 Massachusetts Ave., NW.
12:00 PM. The FCBA will host a luncheon. The speaker will be Charlie Ergen, Ch/CEO of Echostar. The price is $45 for FCBA members, $35 for government and student members, and $55 for non-members. There will be a reception at 12:00 NOON. The luncheon will begin at 12:30 PM. RSVP to Wendy Parish at wendy by Friday, April 26. Location: Capital Hilton, 16th & K Streets.
1:30 - 1:30 PM. The FCC's World Radiocommunication Conference 2003 (WRC-03) Advisory Committee, Informal Working Group 7 (Regulatory Issues and Future Agendas) will hold a meeting. Location: FCC, 445 12th Street, SW, Room 7-B516 (7th Floor South Conference Room).
2:00 PM. The House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security will hold a hearing on the April 16, 2002, Supreme Court opinion [PDF] in Ashcroft v. FSC, which held unconstitutional a prohibition on computer generated child pormography. The scheduled witnesses include A representative from the FBI, Ernie Allen (P/CEO of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children), and Lt. Bill Walsh (Dallas Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce). Press contact: Brad Bennett (Comm. Dir. for Rep. Smith) at 225-4236. Webcast. Location: Room 2141, Rayburn Building.
Deadline to submit comments to the USTR regarding U.S. negotiating objectives and the work program launched at the Fourth Ministerial Conference of the WTO in November at Doha. See, USTR release and notice in the Federal Register.
Extended deadline for submitting comments to the Treasury Department regarding its study of information sharing practices among financial institutions and their affiliates. See, notice in Federal Register.
Thursday, May 2
The House will meet at 10:00 AM for legislative business.
8:30 - 10:00 AM. The American Enterprise Institute (AEI) will host a press breakfast titled "Telecommunications and Media Issues" with former FCC Commissioner Harold Furchtgott- Roth and other AEI scholars. RSVP to Veronique Rodman at 862-4871 or vrodman Location: AEI, 1150 17th Street, NW, 11th Floor Conference Room.
9:00 AM - 12:00 NOON. The Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice and the FTC will hold another in their series of hearings on antitrust and intellectual property. This hearing is titled "Patent Settlements: Efficiencies and Competitive Concerns". The speakers will be George Cary (Cleary Gottlieb), Steven Stack (Dechert), Thomas Barnett (Covington & Burling), Joseph Brodley (Boston University School of Law), Robert Cook (Drinker Biddle & Reath), Richard Feinstein (Boies Schiller & Flexner), Phillip Proger (Jones Day), and Carl Shapiro (University of California at Berkeley). See, agenda. For more information, contact Derick Rill (FTC Office of Public Affairs) at 202 326-2472 or Susan DeSanti (FTC Policy Planning Division) at 202 326-2167. Location: Room 432, FTC, 600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW.
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM. The NIST will hold a proposers' conference for its Advanced Technology Program (ATP). See, notice in Federal Register. Location: Gaithersburg Hilton, 620 Perry Parkway, Gaithersburg, MD.
10:00 AM. The Senate Appropriations Committee will hold hearings on homeland security and the FY 2002 supplemental appropriations request. Attorney General John Ashcroft is scheduled to testify at 2:30 PM. Location: Room 192, Dirksen Building.
10:00 AM. The House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet and Internet and Intellectual Property will meet to mark up HR 4125, the Federal Courts Improvement Act of 2002. Section 104 of the bill would affect the timing of judges' reports regarding the expiration or wiretap orders, or denial of requests for wiretap orders. Webcast. Location: Room 2141, Rayburn Building.
POSTPONED TO MAY 9. 10:00 AM - 12:00 NOON. The House Science Committee's Subcommittee on Research will hold a hearing on HR ___, the National Science Foundation Reauthorization Act of 2002.
1:30 PM. The House Commerce Committee will meet to mark up HR 4560, the Auction Reform Act of 2002, a bill to eliminate the deadlines for spectrum auctions of spectrum in the 700 megahertz band previously allocated to television broadcasting. Press contact: Ken Johnson or Jon Tripp at 202 225-5735. Location: Room 2123, Rayburn Building.
Bush Administration officials will meet with EU representatives to discuss a wide range of issues, including trade and trade disputes, terrorism, law enforcement, non proliferation, Middle East, Balkans, Afghanistan, Russia, and other topics. The meetings will include President Bush, USTR Bob Zoellick, Secretary of the Treasury Paul O'Neill, Attorney General John Ashcroft, Secretary of Commerce Donald Evans, and others. The meetings will also include President of the European Commission Romano Prodi, EU Commissioner for External Relations Chris Patten, EU Commissioner for Trade Pascal Lamy, EU High Representative for CFSP Javier Solana, and others. At 1:20 Bush, Aznar, and Prodi will hold a press conference at the White House. At 2:15 Prodi and Aznar will a joint EU press briefing at the St. Regis Hotel. At 5:00 PM Lamy will brief the press at the European Commission's Washington Delegation, at 2300 M Street, NW. See, EU release.
Friday, May 3
The House will not be in session.
9:30 AM. The U.S. Court of Appeals (DCCir) will hear oral argument in Trans Union v. FTC, No. 01-5202. Judges Edwards, Henderson and Garland will preside. Location: 333 Constitution Ave. NW.
9:30 AM - 3:30 PM. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will host a public forum and technology expo on Telecommunications Relay Service. Location: FCC, 445 12th Street, SW, Room TW-C305 (Commission Meeting Room).
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM. The FCC's Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau (CGB) will host a public forum and technology expo on the Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS). Location: FCC, Commission Meeting Room, 445 12th St., SW.
Extended deadline to submit comments to the FCC in response to its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking titled "In the Matter of Appropriate Framework for Broadband Access to the Internet over Wireline Facilities". This is CC Docket No. 02-33. See, Order [PDF] extending deadline from April 15 to May 3. See also, original notice in Federal Register.
Monday, May 6
Deadline to submit requests to attend or participate in the Copyright Office's (CO) public roundtable discussion concerning "issues raised in the course of an ongoing rulemaking proceeding to adopt requirements for giving copyright owners reasonable notice of the use of their works for sound recordings under the section 114 and 112 statutory licenses and for how records of such use shall be kept and made available to copyright owners." See, notice in Federal Register.
Tuesday, May 7
9:30 AM. The Senate Commerce Committee will hold a hearing on the Memorandum of Agreement between the FTC and the Department of Justice's (DOJ) Antitrust Division regarding division of responsibility for merger reviews. Press contact: Andy Davis 224-6654. Location: Room 253, Russell Senate Office Building.
12:00 NOON. The Advisory Committee to the Congressional Internet Caucus will host a luncheon. The speaker will be Marty Cooper, inventor of the portable cellular telephone and CEO or ArrayComm. RSVP to rsvp or Danielle Wiblemo at 202 638-4370. Location: Reserve Officers Association.
1:30 to 3:30 PM. The State Department's International Telecommunication Advisory Committee, Radiocommunication Sector (ITAC-R) will hold a meeting. The ITAC advises the State Department on policy, technical and operational issues with respect to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). This meeting will address preparations for the ITU-R World Radiocommunication Conference 2003 (WRC-03). See, notice in Federal Register. Location: Department of State, Dean Acheson Auditorium.