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House to Consider Numerous Telecom and Internet Bills

11/9. The House Majority Leader's schedule for the week of November 12, 2007, includes consideration of numerous technology related bills. Some of these bills were not introduced until November 8 or 9, 2007. Some have not been reported by any committee. See, Rep. Hoyers' weekly schedule.

The House is scheduled to consider the following bills:

  • HR 3403 [LOC | WW], the "911 Modernization and Safety Act of 2007".
  • HR 3919 [LOC | WW], the "Broadband Census of America Act of 2007".
  • HR 3461 [LOC | WW], the "Safeguarding America's Families by Enhancing and Reorganizing New and Efficient Technologies Act of 2007" (SAFER NET Act).
  • HR 3845 [LOC | WW], the "Providing Resources, Officers, and Technology to Eradicate Cyber Threats to Our Children Act of 2007" (PROTECT Our Children Act).
  • HR 719 [LOC | WW], the "Keeping the Internet Devoid of Sexual Predators Act of 2007" (KIDS Act).
  • HR 4120 [LOC | WW], the "Effective Child Pornography Prosecution Act of 2007".
  • HR 4134 [LOC | WW], a bill regarding internet safety education grants.
  • HR 4136 [LOC | WW], the "Enhancing the Effective Prosecution of Child Pornography Act of 2007".

HR 3403 - 911 Modernization and Safety Act of 2007. Rep. Bart Gordon (D-TN) introduced this bill on August 3, 2007. However, he has endeavored to enact a 911 bill in both the present and 109th Congress.

This bill requires interconnected VOIP service providers to provide 911 and E911 services. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) already mandated this by rulemaking in 2005. This bill affirms, revises, and further defines the legal framework.

On September 19, 2007, the HCC's Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet (STI) held a hearing. See, prepared testimony [PDF] of Jason Barbour (National Emergency Number Association), prepared testimony [PDF] of Catherine Avgiris (Comcast), prepared testimony [PDF] of Robert Mayer (USTelecom), prepared testimony [PDF] of Christopher Putala (Earthlink and VON Coalition), and letter [PDF] of Craig Donaldson (Intrado).

On October 10, 2007, the HCC/STI approved by voice vote an amendment in the nature of a substitute [13 pages in PDF] offered by Rep. Gordon. The Subcommittee then approved by voice vote the bill as amended.

The full committee marked up the bill on October 30, 2007. It approved a manager's amendment [3 pages in PDF] offered by Rep. Gordon by voice vote. It then approved the bill as amended by voice vote.

For a summary of the bill, see story titled "House Commerce Committee Approves 911 VOIP Bill" in TLJ Daily E-Mail Alert No. 1,667, November 1, 2007.

HR 3919 - Broadband Census of America Act of 2007. This is the House broadband mapping and related grants bill. Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA), the Chairman of the HCC/STI, and others introduced this bill on October 22, 2007.

However, prior to this, on May 17, 2007, the HCC/STI held a hearing on broadband mapping generally. See, prepared testimony [PDF] of Larry Cohen (Communications Workers of America), prepared testimony [PDF] of Ben Scott (Free Press), prepared testimony [PDF] of Kyle McSlarrow (National Cable and Telecommunications Association), prepared testimony [PDF] of Brian Mefford (Connect Kentucky), prepared testimony [PDF] of Steve Largent (CTIA -- Wireless Association), prepared testimony [PDF] of Walter McCormick (US Telecom), and prepared testimony [PDF] of George Ford (Phoenix Center for Advanced Legal and Economic Public Policy Studies).

On October 10, 2007, the HCC/STI approved, without amendment, by voice vote, a committee print [19 pages in PDF] of this legislation.

On October 30, 2007, full committee approved an amendment in the nature of a substitute [22 pages in PDF] offered by Rep. Markey. See also, story titled "House Commerce Committee Approves Broadband Mapping Bill" in TLJ Daily E-Mail Alert No. 1,666, October 31, 2007.

HR 3461 - SAFER NET Act. Rep. Melissa Bean (D-IL) and others introduced this bill on August 4, 2007. Although, she has been working to enact similar legislation since the 109th Congress.

This bill would task the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) with promoting safe online activity, including matters related to e-commerce, protecting financial information and privacy, cybercrime, and threats to juveniles presented by inappropriate online content and predators.

The bill, as amended, would also create at the Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) an Online Safety and Technology working group comprised of representatives of relevant sectors of the business community, public interest groups, and other appropriate groups and federal agencies.

On October 23, 2007, the HCC's Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection held a hearing. It then amended and approved the bill. On October 30, 2007, the full committee further amended and approved the bill.

HR 3845 - PROTECT Our Children Act of 2007. Rep. Debbie Schultz (D-FL) introduced this bill back on October 16, 2007. The House Democratic leadership is sending this bill to the floor without waiting for the House Judiciary Committee (HJC) to first approve it.

This is primarily a bill to authorize the appropriation of about a billion dollars over eight years to support state and federal government efforts to protect children online. See, story in this issue titled "Rep. Schultz Introduces Bill to Fund Programs Related to Internet Crimes Against Children".

HR 719 - Keeping the Internet Devoid of Sexual Predators Act of 2007. Rep. Earl Pomeroy (D-ND) and others introduced this bill on January 30, 2007.

It would amend the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act to provide that sex offenders must also register "Any electronic mail address, instant message address, or other similar Internet identifier the sex offender used or will use to communicate over the Internet", and criminalize the failure to do so.

It then requires the Department of Justice  to "maintain a system allowing a commercial social networking website to compare the database of registered users of that commercial social networking website to the list of electronic mail addresses, instant message addresses, and other similar Internet identifiers of persons in the National Sex Offender Registry".

And, "the commercial social networking website may screen new users or compare its database of registered users to the list".

This bill would also create a new crime of online age misrepresentation. It would provide that "Any person 18 years or older who knowingly misrepresents their age with the intent to use the Internet to engage in criminal sexual conduct involving a minor, or to facilitate or attempt such conduct" shall be punished.

HR 4120 - Effective Child Pornography Prosecution Act of 2007. Rep. Nancy Boyda (D-KS) and Rep. Judy Biggert (R-IL) introduced this bill on November 8, 2007. It was referred to the HJC, which has not approved it.

It would amend 18 U.S.C. 2252 and 18 U.S.C. 2252A, the provisions of the criminal code pertaining to child pornography (CP) and sexual exploitation of minors.

It would remove from the criminal prohibition of sending or receiving CP the requirement that the CP be sent or received interstate. It would also remove from the criminal prohibition of possession of CP the requirement that the CP was sent or received interstate.

HR 4134 - a bill regarding internet safety education grants. Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-CA) introduced this bill on November 9, 2007. It was referred to the HJC, which has not approved it.

HR 4136 - Enhancing the Effective Prosecution of Child Pornography Act of 2007. Rep. Christopher Carney (D-PA) introduced this bill on November 9, 2007. It was referred to the HJC, which has not approved it.

Items Not on the List. While the House Democratic leadership is sending to the floor several bills pertaining to protecting children on the internet, none of these bills would impose new mandates on internet service providers or social networking web sites.

Also, while the list includes several bills approved by the House Commerce Committee on October 30, 2007, it omits some of the bills that were approved at that markup. The list does not include HR 3526 [LOC | WW], a bill to include all banking agencies within the existing regulatory authority under the Federal Trade Commission Act (FTCA) with respect to depository institutions.

Nor does its include HR 2601 [LOC | WW], the "Do-Not-Call Registry Fee Extension Act of 2007". This bill extends the authority of the FTC to collect Do-Not-Call Registry fees to fiscal years after fiscal year 2007. See, story titled "House Commerce Committee Approves Do Not Call Registry Fee Extension Bill" in TLJ Daily E-Mail Alert No. 1,666, October 31, 2007.

Nor does the list include HR 3451 [LOC | WW], the "Do-Not-Call Improvement Act of 2007", See story titled "House Commerce Committee Approves Bill to Preclude Expiration of Do Not Call Registrations" in TLJ Daily E-Mail Alert No. 1,666, October 31, 2007.

House Bill Includes One Year Extension of R&D Tax Credit

11/9. The House passed HR 3996 [LOC | WW], the "Temporary Tax Relief Act of 2007", by a vote of 216-193. See, Roll Call No. 1,081. This bill would adjust the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT), raise other taxes, and provide short extensions for some technology related and other deductions.

This bill would extend the research and development (R&D) tax credit, which expires on December 31, 2007, for one year, to December 31, 2008. This deduction is codified at 26 U.S.C. 41(h)(1).

This bill would also extend the enhanced deduction for qualified computer contributions, which expires on December 31, 2007, for one year, to December 31, 2008. This deduction is codified at 26 U.S.C. 170(e)(6).

The Senate has not approved this bill.

Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD) stated that "the AMT is outdated and unfair. When it was enacted, it was intended to ensure that wealthy taxpayers paid their fair share. But because it was never indexed for inflation, it threatens today to force millions of middle-income American families to pay more than they otherwise would under the standard income tax system."

Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI) stated that "this bill permanently raises taxes to the tune of $70 billion, all to collect taxes the Federal Government was never intended to get." He added that "This bill will not pass the Senate and the President will not sign it." See, Congressional Record, November 9, 2007, at Page H13449.

Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) stated in the House that "The permanent tax increases in this bill include job-killing tax hikes on entrepreneurs and risk-takers who invest and create jobs for working families. While these tax increases were written in a way to seemingly affect only wealthy hedge fund executives, much like the ill-conceived AMT, these tax increases would reach much further. The taxes would affect real estate, venture capital, private equity, and retail." See, Congressional Record, November 9, 2007, at Page H13459.

Rep. Phil English (R-PA) complained that extenders, including the one year extension of the R&D tax credit, are being "tied to this dead-on-arrival bill". See, Congressional Record, November 9, 2007, at Page H13449.

The vote broke down along party lines. Democrats voted 216-8 for the bill. Republicans voted 0-185.

Marie Lee, of the AeA, stated in a release that "we are disappointed the extension is only for one year. The lack of a consistent U.S. R&D tax credit makes foreign incentives for R&D much more attractive to companies, and Congress must extend the R&D tax credit for more than one year to add some predictability to the system to help the United States maintain its lead in innovation."

House to Consider Attorney Client Privilege Protection Act

11/12. The House is scheduled to consider sometime during the week of November 12, 2007, HR 3013 [LOC | WW], the "Attorney-Client Privilege Protection Act of 2007".

Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA), Rep. Randy Forbes (R-VA), and others introduced this bill on July 12, 2007. See, story titled "Rep. Scott and Rep. Forbes Introduce Bill to Protect Attorney Client Privilege" in TLJ Daily E-Mail Alert No. 1,609, July 16, 2007.

It was referred to the House Judiciary Committee (HJC). The HJC's Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security approved the bill on July 24, 2007. The full committee approved the bill on August 1, 2007.

The companion bill in the Senate is S 186 [LOC | WW], the "Attorney-Client Privilege Protection Act of 2007". Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA) introduced that bill on January 4, 2007.

These bills target the Department of Justice (DOJ) and other federal government agencies that abuse their power to compel disclosure of communications protected by the attorney client privilege and attorney work product, including compelled disclosures by companies and persons who are not the targets of government prosecutions and enforcement efforts.

This bill recites in its findings that "the Department of Justice and other agencies have increasingly employed tactics that undermine the adversarial system of justice, such as encouraging organizations to waive attorney-client privilege and work product protections to avoid indictment or other sanctions."

It adds that "An indictment can have devastating consequences on an organization, potentially eliminating the ability of the organization to survive post-indictment", and that "Waiver demands and other tactics of Government agencies are encroaching on the constitutional rights and other legal protections of employees".

This bill would prohibit certain government tactics. For example, it would provide that "In any Federal investigation or criminal or civil enforcement matter, an agent or attorney of the United States shall not ... demand, request, or condition treatment on the disclosure by an organization, or person affiliated with that organization, of any communication protected by the attorney-client privilege or any attorney work product".

Nor could the government "condition a civil or criminal charging decision relating to a organization, or person affiliated with that organization, on, or use as a factor in determining whether an organization, or person affiliated with that organization, is cooperating with the Government ... any valid assertion of the attorney-client privilege or privilege for attorney work product".

The Senate Judiciary Committee (SJC) held a hearing on September 18, 2007, titled "Examining Approaches to Corporate Fraud Prosecutions and the Attorney-Client Privilege Under the McNulty Memorandum". See, memorandum [21 pages in PDF; 2 MB] of Paul McNulty.

Dick Thornburgh (Kirkpatrick & Lockhart, and former Attorney General) wrote in his prepared testimony that "the McNulty Memorandum is so inherently problematic that there is nothing to be gained by continuing to wait and see how it is implemented. To the contrary, Congress should enact legislation such as S. 186 promptly to restore the attorney-client privilege, the work product doctrine and the Constitutional rights of individuals to their proper places in our system of justice."

Karin Immergut (U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon) wrote in his prepared testimony that "The McNulty Memorandum strikes the proper balance between the protection of the attorney-client privilege and the legitimate need of law enforcement to prosecute corporate misconduct. It should be given time to work."

See also, prepared testimony of Daniel Richman (Columbia Law School), prepared testimony of Michael Seigel (University of Florida law school), and prepared testimony of Andrew Weissman (Jenner & Block).

Rep. Schultz Introduces Bill to Fund Programs Related to Internet Crimes Against Children

10/16. Rep. Debbie Schultz (D-FL) introduced HR 3845 [LOC | WW], the "Providing Resources, Officers, and Technology to Eradicate Cyber Threats to Our Children Act of 2007", or "PROTECT Our Children Act".

It was referred to the House Judiciary Committee (HJC). She is a member.

This bill would not amend the criminal code, or other substantive or procedural law. Rather, it would create programs, and authorize massive funding -- about a billion dollars over eight years.

It would create at the Department of Justice (DOJ) an Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force program. This would include both a national task force, and a task force for each of the states. It would also provide for federal grants to these state task forces. It would authorize the appropriation of $60 Million for Fiscal Year 2008. This annual authorization would grow to $100 Million by FY 2015.

The bill would also create a National Internet Crimes Against Children Data Network Center. It would also authorize the appropriation of $2 Million per year.

The bill would also authorize increased funding for the DOJ's Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI) computer forensics operations. The bill states that "The Attorney shall establish additional computer forensic capacity to address the current backlog for computer forensics, including for child exploitation investigations."

This language means that the increased computer forensics capabilities could also be used for activities other than child exploitation investigations. For example, it could also be used to support computer hacking and intellectual property investigations and prosecutions.

The bill would also authorize more funding for the FBI's existing Innocent Images program, in which FBI agents pose online as minors in order to catch adults who seek to exploit children. The bill would authorize the appropriation of $20 Million in FY 2008, growing to $25 Million in FY 2015. Use of this money would be restricted to the Innocent Images program.

The bill would also provide more customs agents for child exploitation related matters, and authorize the appropriation of $15 Million per year.

Washington Tech Calendar
New items are highlighted in red.
Monday, November 12

Veteran's Day observed.

The House will not meet. See, Rep. Hoyer's schedule for the week of November 12.

The Senate will not meet.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and other federal offices will be closed. See, Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) list of federal holidays and 5 U.S.C. 6103.

2:00 PM. Deadline to file amicus briefs on the merits in support of the petitioner Quanta Computer (or in support to neither party) with the Supreme Court of the US (SCUS) in Quanta Computer v. LG Electronics, a patent infringement case. See, story titled "Supreme Court Grants Certiorari in Patent Exhaustion Case" in TLJ Daily E-Mail Alert No. 1,647, September 27, 2007.

Day one of a five day closed meeting of the National Institute of Standards and Technology's (NIST) Judges Panel of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. See, notice in the Federal Register, October 23, 2007, Vol. 72, No. 204, at Page 60004. Location: NIST, Administration Building, Lecture Room E, Gaithersburg, MD.

Tuesday, November 13

The House will meet at 10:30 AM for morning hour, and at 12:00 PM for legislative business. Votes will be postponed until at least 6:30 PM. The agenda for the week includes consideration of numerous technology related bills under suspension of the rules. See, Rep. Hoyer's schedule for the week of November 12.

The Senate will meet at 10:00 AM. It will consider the nomination of Robert Dow to be a Judge of the U.S. District Court.

9:15 AM - 1:15 PM. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce will host an event titled "Breaking the Barriers: The BIG Business of Nanotechnology". The speakers will include Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), Co-Chair of the Senate Nanotechnology Caucus, and John Marburger, Director of the President's Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). See, notice. Prices vary. For more information, contact Drew Preston at 202-463-5500. Location: Chamber, 1615 H St., NW.

9:30 AM. The Senate Judiciary Committee (SJC) will hold a hearing titled "Exploring the Scope of Public Performance Rights". See, notice. Location: Room 226, Dirksen Building.

12:00 NOON - 1:30 PM. The Federal Communications Bar Association's (FCBA) Mass Media Practice Committee will host a brown bag lunch titled "Digital Radio". The speakers will be Albert Shuldiner (iBiquity), David Layer (National Association of Broadcasters), and Caryn Mathes (WAMU(FM)). Location: NAB, 1771 N St., NW.

12:00 NOON - 6:00 PM. Day one of a four day meeting of the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board's (ATBCB) Telecommunications and Electronic and Information Technology Advisory Committee. Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, provides at 29 U.S.C. 794d that each federal agency "developing, procuring, maintaining, or using electronic and information technology" must provide comparable access to disabled federal employees, and to disabled members of the public who have access to and use of information and data of that agency; it further provides that each agency must comply with disability access regulations written by the ATBCB. For more information, contact Timothy Creagan at 202-272-0016 or creagan at access dash board dot gov. See, notice in the Federal Register, November 1, 2007, Vol. 72, No. 211, at Pages 61827-61828. The ATBCB states that attendees must go to the National Science Foundation (NSF), 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA, to pick up security passes. Location: NSF, 4121 Wilson Boulevard, Stafford Place II, Room 555, Arlington, VA.

5:15 PM. Deadline to submit post hearing briefs to the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC), following its October 30, 2007, public hearing to assist the USITC in preparing a report for the House Ways and Means Committee regarding government policies affecting trade with the People's Republic of China (PRC). See, notice in the Federal Register: July 31, 2007, Vol. 72, No. 146, at Pages 41773-41774.

Day two of a five day closed meeting of the National Institute of Standards and Technology's (NIST) Judges Panel of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. See, notice in the Federal Register, October 23, 2007, Vol. 72, No. 204, at Page 60004. Location: NIST, Administration Building, Lecture Room E, Gaithersburg, MD.

Deadline to submit written comments to the Department of Justice's (DOJ) Antitrust Division regarding its symposium titled "Voice, Video and Broadband: The Changing Competitive Landscape and Its Impact on Consumers" on November 29, 2007. See, DOJ notice and notice in the Federal Register, October 17, 2007, Vol. 72, No. 200, at Pages 58885-58887. For more information, contact Ashley Becker at 202-514-5835 or Carl Willner at 202-514-5813.

Deadline to submit reply comments to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in response to its Second Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (2ndFNPRM) regarding ensuring that the amount of subscription based radio services is limited as radio stations convert to digital broadcasting. This item is FCC 07-33 in MM Docket No. 99-325. See, notice in the Federal Register, August 15, 2007, Vol. 72, No. 157, at Pages 45712-45716.

Wednesday, November 14

The House will meet at 10:00 AM for legislative business. See, Rep. Hoyer's schedule for the week of November 12.

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Day one of a four day meeting of the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board's (ATBCB) Telecommunications and Electronic and Information Technology Advisory Committee. See, notice in the Federal Register, November 1, 2007, Vol. 72, No. 211, at Pages 61827-61828. Location: National Science Foundation (NSF), 4121 Wilson Boulevard, Stafford Place II, Room 555, Arlington, VA.

10:00 AM. The House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing titled "Hearing on Establishing Consistent Enforcement Policies in the Context of Online Wagers". The witnesses will include Valerie Abend (Department of the Treasury's Deputy Assistant Secretary for Critical Infrastructure Protection & Compliance Policy). See, notice. Location? (The HJC has noticed this hearing for both Room 2141 and Room 2175, Rayburn Building.)

10:00 AM. The Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee (SHSGAC) will hold a business meeting. The agenda [PDF] includes consideration of S 1000 [LOC | WW], the "Telework Enhancement Act of 2007", and S 2321 [LOC | WW], the "E-Government Reauthorization Act of 2007". Location: Room 342, Dirksen Building.

TIME? The House Small Business Committee will hold a hearing on the costs of complying with Section 404(b) of the Sarbanes Oxley Act for small businesses. See, HSBC release.

Day three of a five day closed meeting of the National Institute of Standards and Technology's (NIST) Judges Panel of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. See, notice in the Federal Register, October 23, 2007, Vol. 72, No. 204, at Page 60004. Location: NIST, Administration Building, Lecture Room E, Gaithersburg, MD.

Deadline to submit reply comments to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in response to its Further Notice of Proposed Rule Making (FNPRM) regarding spectrum etiquette for unlicensed transmitters that operate in the 915 MHz band. This item is FCC 07-117 in ET Docket No. 03-201. See, notice in the Federal Register, August 1, 2007, Vol. 72, No. 147, Pages 42011-42015.

Thursday, November 15

The House will meet at 10:00 AM for legislative business. See, Rep. Hoyer's schedule for the week of November 12.

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Day one of a four day meeting of the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board's (ATBCB) Telecommunications and Electronic and Information Technology Advisory Committee. See, notice in the Federal Register, November 1, 2007, Vol. 72, No. 211, at Pages 61827-61828. Location: National Science Foundation (NSF), 4121 Wilson Boulevard, Stafford Place II, Room 555, Arlington, VA.

9:00 AM. The Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) Electronic Tax Administration Advisory Committee (ETAAC) will meet. The meeting is open to the public, but pre-registration is required. See, notice in the Federal Register, October 22, 2007, Vol. 72, No. 203, at Pages 59595-59596. Location: Hotel Washington, Capital Room, 515 15th St., NW.

10:00 AM. The Senate Judiciary Committee (SJC) may hold an executive business meeting. The agenda includes consideration of S 2248 [LOC | WW], the "Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 Amendments Act of 2007", S 352 [LOC | WW], the "Sunshine in the Courtroom Act of 2007", S 344 [LOC | WW], a bill to require the Supreme Court to permit television coverage of all open events, except in cases where it would violated the due process rights of a party, and S 1638 [LOC | WW], the "Federal Judicial Salary Restoration Act of 2007". The agenda also includes consideration of four judicial nominees: Joseph Laplante (to be a Judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire), Reed O'Connor (U.S.D.C., Northern District of Texas, Dallas Division), Thomas Schroeder (U.S.D.C., Middle District of North Carolina), and Amul Thapar (U.S.D.C., Eastern District of Kentucky). See, agenda. The SJC rarely follows its published agenda. Location: Room 226, Dirksen Building.

12:00 NOON. The Federal Bar Association's (FBA) Capitol Hill Chapter will host a lunch. The speaker will be Thomas Griffith, Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals (DCCir). The price to attend ranges from $15 to $20. See, notice [MS Word]. Location: Library of Congress, Montpelier Dining Room, 6th Floor, Madison Building, 1st and Independence Ave., SE.

7:00 - 9:30 PM. The Federal Communications Bar Association (FCBA) will host its annual FCBA Charity Auction. Location: Marriot at Metro Center, 775 12th St., NW.

Day four of a five day closed meeting of the National Institute of Standards and Technology's (NIST) Judges Panel of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. See, notice in the Federal Register, October 23, 2007, Vol. 72, No. 204, at Page 60004. Location: NIST, Administration Building, Lecture Room E, Gaithersburg, MD.

The U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission may release its 2007 report to the Congress.

Friday, November 16

The House will meet at 9:00 AM for legislative business. See, Rep. Hoyer's schedule for the week of November 12.

9:00 AM - 2:00 PM. Day one of a four day meeting of the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board's (ATBCB) Telecommunications and Electronic and Information Technology Advisory Committee. See, notice in the Federal Register, November 1, 2007, Vol. 72, No. 211, at Pages 61827-61828. Location: National Science Foundation (NSF), 4121 Wilson Boulevard, Stafford Place II, Room 555, Arlington, VA.

10:30 AM. Ambassador Richard Russell, head of the U.S. Delegation to the World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC), will hold a news conference by teleconference. The dial in number is 1-800-857-4133; the pass code is 14808; Anne Jillson is the Department of State's call leader.

1:00 - 2:00 PM. The Federal Communications Bar Association's (FCBA) Engineering and Technical Practice Committee will host an event titled "Tour of XM Satellite Radio". See, registration form [PDF]. Location: XM Programming Center and Corporate Headquarters, 1500 Eckington Place, NE.

5:00 PM. Deadline to submit to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (OUSTR) petitions to modify the list of products that are eligible for duty free treatment under the GSP program, for petitions that request competitive need limitation (CNL) waivers. See, notice in the Federal Register, May 21, 2007, Vol. 72, No. 97, at Pages 28527-28528.

Day five of a five day closed meeting of the National Institute of Standards and Technology's (NIST) Judges Panel of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. See, notice in the Federal Register, October 23, 2007, Vol. 72, No. 204, at Page 60004. Location: NIST, Administration Building, Lecture Room E, Gaithersburg, MD.

Deadline to pre-register to attend the Department of Justice's (DOJ) Antitrust Division's symposium titled "Voice, Video and Broadband: The Changing Competitive Landscape and Its Impact on Consumers" on November 29, 2007. See, DOJ notice and notice in the Federal Register, October 17, 2007, Vol. 72, No. 200, at Pages 58885-58887. For more information, contact Ashley Becker at 202-514-5835 or Carl Willner at 202-514-5813.

Deadline to submit reply comments to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in response to its Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) regarding transmitters operating on an unlicensed basis in the 57-64 GHz frequency range. The FCC adopted this item on May 25, 2007, and released the text on June 1, 2007. This item is FCC 07-104 in ET Docket No. 07-113. See, notice in the Federal Register, July 19, 2007, Vol. 72, No. 138, at Pages 39588-39593.

Deadline to submit to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (OUSTR) petitions for competitive need limitation (CNL) waivers in connection with the 2007 Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) Annual Review. See, notice in the Federal Register, September 6, 2007, Vol. 72, No. 172, at Pages 51264-51266.

Deadline to submit comments to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (OUSTR) the U.S. complaint to the World Trade Organization (WTO) regarding the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights in the People's Republic of China. See, notice in the Federal Register, October 10, 2007, Vol. 72, No. 195, at Pages 57608-57609.

Deadline to submit comments to the National Institute of Standards and Technology's (NIST) Computer Security Division (CSD) regarding its SP 800-55 Revision 1 [84 pages in PDF] titled "Draft Performance Measurement Guide for Information Security".

Monday, November 19

12:15 - 1:30 PM. The Federal Communications Bar Association's (FCBA) Intellectual Property Practice Committee will host a brown bag lunch titled "Copyright Issues at the FCC and the FTC". See, registration form [PDF]. The speakers will be Matt Schruers (CCIA), Michael Petricone (CEA), Seth Greenstein (Constantine Cannon), Bruce Byrd (AT&T), Gigi Sohn (Public Knowledge), Fritz Attaway (MPAA), and Steve Marks (RIAA). Location: Dow Lohnes, 1200 New Hampshire Ave., NW.

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