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Copyright Office Schedules Hearings on Proposed Anticircumvention Exemptions

3/15. The Copyright Office (CO) published a notice in the Federal Register that announces a series of hearings in Washington DC and Los Angeles regarding its triennial review of exemptions to the anticircumvention provisions 1201.

The opening hearing will be held at the CO in Washington DC on May 11, 2012. It will be limited to technology demonstrations. There will be two hearings at the UCLA law school in Los Angeles, California on May 17 and 18. There will be more hearings in Washington DC on May 31, June 1, and June 4-6.

The deadline to submit requests to testify is 5:00 PM EDT on April 2, 2012. See, Federal Register, Vol. 77, No. 51, Thursday, March 15, 2012, at Pages 15327-15329

On September 29, 2011, the Copyright Office published a Notice of Inquiry (NOI). See, notice in the Federal Register, Vol. 76, No. 189, Thursday, September 29, 2011, at Pages 60398-60405.

See also, story titled "Copyright Office Opens 5th Triennial Proceeding on DMCA Anti-Circumvention Exemptions" in TLJ Daily E-Mail Alert No. 2,306, September 29, 2012.

On December 20, 2011, the CO published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM). See, notice in the Federal Register, Vol. 76, No. 244, December 20, 2011, at Pages 78866-78868.

See also, stories titled "Copyright Office Seeks Comments on Proposed Anticircumvention Exemptions" and "Summary of Proposed Exemptions to Anticircumvention Provisions 1201" in TLJ Daily E-Mail Alert No. 2,329, January 16, 2012.

The anti-circumvention provisions of the DMCA are codified at 17 U.S.C. 1201, et seq. Subsection 1201(a)(1)(A) provides that "No person shall circumvent a technological measure that effectively controls access to a work protected under this title ...".

Then,  1201(a)(2)(A) provides that "No person shall manufacture, import, offer to the public, provide, or otherwise traffic in any technology, product, service, device, component, or part thereof, that --- (A) is primarily designed or produced for the purpose of circumventing a technological measure that effectively controls access to a work protected under this title;"

Furthermore,  1201(b)(1)(A) provides that "No person shall manufacture, import, offer to the public, provide, or otherwise traffic in any technology, product, service, device, component, or part thereof, that --- (A) is primarily designed or produced for the purpose of circumventing protection afforded by a technological measure that effectively protects a right of a copyright owner under this title in a work or a portion thereof; ..."

Then, Subsections 1201(a)(1)(B) through (E) provide for rulemaking proceedings conducted by the CO every three years to establish exemptions to the prohibition of (a)(1)(A) for certain non-infringing uses.

FCC Releases Agenda for March 21 Meeting

3/14. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released an agenda [4 pages in PDF] for its event on Wednesday, March 21, 2011, titled "open meeting".

The FCC is scheduled to adopt an NPRM regarding its program access rules, an NPRM regarding interference to lower 700 MHz B and C block operations if the lower 700 MHz band were interoperable, and an NPRM and NOI regarding the MSS service rules.

First, the agenda states that the FCC is scheduled to adopt a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) regarding whether "to retain, sunset, or relax the exclusive contract prohibition of the program access rules and whether to revise the program access rules to better address alleged violations". This is MB Docket No. 07-18 and MB Docket No. 05-192.

Second, the agenda states that the FCC is scheduled to adopt a 4th Report and Order (R&O) and 3rd Order on Reconsideration (OR) "to implement a market-specific FM translator processing scheme, adopt application caps to prevent trafficking, and modify policies to expand opportunities to rebroadcast AM stations on FM translators".

Third, the agenda states that the FCC is scheduled to adopt a 5th R&O, 4th Further NPRM, and 4th OR regarding implementation of the Local Community Radio Act of 2010 (LCRA), and the low power FM (LPFM) service.

On March 19 the FCC adopted and released the two items described by agenda items two and three. See, related story in this issue titled "FCC Releases Two Items Regarding Local Community Radio Act".

Fourth, the agenda states that the FCC is scheduled to adopt a NPRM regarding "the potential for harmful interference to Lower 700 MHz B and C Block operations if the Lower 700 MHz Band were interoperable and whether, if such interference exists, it can be reasonably mitigated". The FCC's agenda adds that this NPRM "also seeks comment on the best course of action should the Commission determine that interoperability would cause limited or no harmful interference to Lower 700 MHz B and C Block licensees, or that such interference can be reasonably mitigated." This is RM-11592.

Finally, the agenda states that the FCC is scheduled to adopt a NPRM and Notiice of Inquiry (NOI) regarding "service, technical, assignment, and licensing rules for flexible terrestrial use of spectrum currently assigned to the Mobile Satellite Service (MSS) in the 2 GHz band" and "an alternative band plan involving additional spectrum at 1695-1710 MHz that the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has proposed to reallocate from Federal to commercial use".

This event is scheduled to begin at 10:30 AM at the FCC headquarters, Room TW-C305, 445 12th St., SW. The FCC will webcast this event.

FCC Releases Two Items Regarding Local Community Radio Act

3/19. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted and released two items that relate to the Local Community Radio Act (LCRA) and low power FM (LPFM) broadcast radio.

See, FCC 12-28 and FCC 12-29. The FCC also issued a release that describes these items. None of the Commissioners wrote statements.

Background on LCRA. LPFM broadcasting law and policy making has a long and tempestuous history. See, story titled "History of LPFM Law and Policy Making" in TLJ Daily E-Mail Alert No. 2,183, December 19, 2010.

The FCC, under the leadership of Democratic Chairman William Kennard, adopted rules in January of 2000 establishing a LPFM program in MM Docket No. 99-25, over the objection of many in the Congress.

The Republican Congress then promptly passed a bill later in 2000, as part of a larger appropriations bill, that instructed the FCC to limit its LPFM program. The FCC, under the leadership of Republican Chairman Michael Powell, then revised the rules. One effect was to keep LPFM out of the top 50 radio markets.

The LCRA was HR 6533 [LOC | WW] in the 111th Congress. The House and Senate passed it during the lame duck session at the end of 2010, without recorded votes. President Obama signed it into law on January 4, 2011.

The LCRA eliminated the third adjacent channel distant separation requirements for LPFM radio broadcasting, which had been required by the 2000 legislation, thereby enabling more LPFM broadcasting in large markets. The LCRA also required the FCC to revise its rules.

The LCRA provides that the FCC "shall modify the rules authorizing the operation of low-power FM radio stations, as proposed in MM Docket No. 99-25, to -- (1) prescribe protection for co-channels and first- and second-adjacent channels; and (2) prohibit any applicant from obtaining a low-power FM license if the applicant has engaged in any manner in the unlicensed operation of any station in violation of section 301 of the Communications Act". See, 47 U.S.C. 301.

It also requires that the FCC amend its rules to "eliminate third-adjacent minimum distance separation requirements between -- (1) low-power FM stations; and (2) full-service FM stations, FM translator stations, and FM booster stations".

But, the FCC "shall not amend its rules to reduce the minimum co-channel and first- and second-adjacent channel distance separation requirements in effect on the date of enactment of this Act between -- (A) low-power FM stations; and (B) full-service FM stations".

The FCC adopted and released its 3rd Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on July 12, 2011. See, story titled "FCC Adopts LPFM NPRM" in TLJ Daily E-Mail Alert No. 2,258, July 14, 2011.

See also, stories titled "Congress Passes Low Power FM Bill" and "Summary of HR 6533, the Community Radio Act of 2010" in TLJ Daily E-Mail Alert No. 2,183, December 19, 2010, and "Obama Signs Low Power FM Bill" in TLJ Daily E-Mail Alert No. 2,193, January 5, 2011.

FCC 12-28. The FCC adopted and released one item on March 19 titled "Fifth Report and Order, Fourth Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, and Fourth Order on Reconsideration". This 5th R&O, 4th FNPRM, and 4th OR [49 pages in PDF] is FCC 12-28 in MM Docket No. 99-25.

The R&O portion of this item eliminates the third adjacent channel spacing requirements applicable to LPFM stations, as mandated by the LCRA.

The FNPRM seeks comment on how to implement other provisions of the LCRA related to waivers of the second adjacent channel spacing requirements, third adjacent channel interference, and interference to the input signals for FM translators.

It also seeks comments "on proposals to reduce the potential for licensing abuses and other proposals to promote a vigorous community radio service".

It also seeks comment on elimination of the LP10 class of service and an increase of the maximum LPFM facilities in certain areas.

Initial comments will be due within 60 days of publication of a notice in the Federal Register (FR). Reply comments will be due within 90 days of such publication. As of the March 20 issue of the FR, such notice had not yet been published.

The OR denies in part, and defers in part, the petition for reconsideration filed by Ace Radio.

FCC 12-29. The FCC also adopted and released a second item on March 19 titled "Fourth Report and Order and Third Order on Reconsideration". This 4th R&O and 3rd OR [40 pages in PDF] is FCC 12-29 in MM Docket No. 99-25, MB Docket No. 07-172, and RM-11338. See also, Appendix A and Appendix B.

The R&O portion of this item addresses the approximately 6,500 applications that remain pending from the 2003 FM translator window. Translators are used to cover geographic areas not adequately covered by an over the air broadcaster's main signal. A translator receives a signal on one frequency and rebroadcasts it on another. Licensing translators would reduce the licenses available for LPFM.

FM broadcasters submitted filings to the FCC arguing that FCC should first act on these translator applications. See, for example, February 27 letter of National Public Radio (NPR).

See also, the National Association of Broadcasters, (NAB) intial comment and reply comment.

LPFM proponents submitted filings to the FCC arguing that the FCC should open the LPFM application window first.

The R&O states the FCC's "extensive spectrum availability studies set forth in Appendices A and B" establish that "limited LPFM licensing opportunities remain in many markets".

The R&O states that "the next LPFM window presents a critical, and indeed possibly a last, opportunity to nurture and promote a community radio service that can respond to unmet listener needs and underserved communities in many urban areas."

It finds that "it is necessary to dismiss significant numbers of translator applications in spectrum limited markets to fulfill that opportunity." It also states that "With regard to the 6,500 applications that remain pending from the 2003 FM translator window, we also adopt a national cap of 50 applications and a market-based cap of one application per applicant per market for the 156 markets identified in Appendix A to minimize the potential for speculative licensing conduct."

The OR dismisses petitions for reconsideration of the Third Report and Order as they relate to the now abandoned ten application cap processing policy.

Proponents of LPFM expressed satisfaction. The Prometheus Radio Project (PRP) stated in a release that these two FCC items are a "victory for communities nationwide".

The PRP added that "To make room for a new wave of local stations, the FCC will clear a backlog of over six thousand pending applications for FM translators, which are repeater stations that rebroadcast distant radio stations. The decision will allow for the first new urban community radio stations in decades."

Matt Wood of the Free Press stated in a release that "Real people deserve space on the public airwaves that are often dominated by corporate media. Free Press is thrilled that the FCC has taken this next step toward making community radio a reality across the nation -- in small towns and in big cities, too -- including densely populated urban areas where community voices have been kept off the dial for too long. These noncommercial stations will help to diversify the airwaves, support local music and culture, and assist communities during emergencies."

Wood added that "it appears the FCC used the time since the law's passage to craft careful and diligent solutions for the implementation challenges the Commission faced."

More Communications News

3/19. The House Appropriations Committee's (HAC) Financial Services and General Government held a hearing on the FY 2012 budget for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). See, prepared testimony of FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski . The FCC requests a FY 2013 budget of $346,782,000, up 2 percent from its FY 2012 budget of $339,844,000. See also, prepared testimony of FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell.

3/16. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) published a notice in the Federal Register (FR) that sets comment deadlines for its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) [85 pages in PDF] regarding the 800 MHz cellular service. The FCC proposes, among other things, to issue geographic area overlay licenses through competitive bidding in two stages. The FCC adopted and released this NPRM on February 15, 2012. It is FCC 12-20 in WT Docket No. 12-40. The deadline to submit initial comments is May 15, 2012. The deadline to submit reply comments is June 14, 2012. See, FR, Vol. 77, No. 52, Friday, March 16, 2012, at Pages 15665-15681.

3/16. The Rural Utilities Service (RUS) published a notice in the Federal Register (FR) that announces that the RUS has adopted as final its interim rules regarding loans to expand or improve 911 access and integrated emergency communications systems in rural areas. See, FR, Vol. 77, No. 52, Friday, March 16, 2012, at Pages 15564-15565.

More News

3/19. The Department of Commerce (DOC) published a notice in the Federal Register (FR) announcing that it renewed the charter of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation Nomination Evaluation Committee on March 1, 2012. See, FR, Vol. 77, No. 53, Monday, March 19, 2012, at Page 15997.

3/16. Tony West, the acting Associate Attorney General, gave a speech in Washington DC in which he recounted the Department of Justice's (DOJ) prosecution of Willoughby Farr for phone bill cramming. West stated that most consumers do not review their phone bills. He continued that "Willoughby Farr knew that. And that knowledge made him rich. He figured out a way to place small charges -- a few cents here, a dollar there -- on people's phone bills. Usually on the last page. And unsuspecting customers would pay it. It was a classic telephone cramming scheme. What's remarkable is that he made over $30 million doing that. Even more remarkable: Willoughby Farr did all this from a jail cell. You see, he was serving a sentence for another crime -- and he had free time and computer access." See also stories titled "Senate Commerce Committee Releases Report on Unauthorized Charges on Phone Bills", "Senate Commerce Committee Holds Hearing on Phone Bill Cramming", and "FCC Adopts Cramming NPRM" in TLJ Daily E-Mail Alert No. 2,258, July 14, 2012.

3/7. The Department of Health and Human Services' (DHHS) Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (NCOHIT) published a notice in the Federal Register (FR) that announces, describes, recites, and sets the comment deadline for, its proposed health information technology rules. The deadline to submit comments is 5:00 PM on May 7, 2012. See, FR, Vol. 77, No. 45, Wednesday, March 7, 2012, at Pages 13832-13885.

2/28. The National Institute of Standards and Technology's (NIST) Computer Security Division (CSD) released its draft SP 800-53 Rev. 4 [375 pages in PDF], titled "Security and Privacy Controls for Federal Information Systems and Organizations". The deadline to submit comments is April 6, 2012. This will be the only comment period. The NIST/CSD states that "Publication of the final document is anticipated in July 2012".

In This Issue
This issue contains the following items:
  Copyright Office Schedules Hearings on Proposed Anticircumvention Exemptions
  FCC Releases Agenda for March 21 Meeting
  FCC Releases Two Items Regarding Local Community Radio Act
  More Communications News
  More News
Washington Tech Calendar
New items are highlighted in red.
Tuesday, March 20

The House will meet at 10:00 AM for morning hour, and at 12:00 NOON for legislative business. See, Rep. Cantor's schedule for the week.

The Senate will meet at 10:00 AM. It will resume consideration of HR 3606 [LOC | WW], the "Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act" or "JOBS Act", a bill to reduce regulatory barriers to capital formation by small and start up companies. See, story titled "Summary of HR 3606" and related stories in TLJ Daily E-Mail No. 2,351, March 19, 2012.

8:00 -10:00 AM. Broadband Census News LLC will host a panel discussion titled "Maximizing US Health IT and Broadband Investments". The speakers will be Sharon Gillett (Chief of the FCC's Wireline Competition Bureau), Eric Brown (P/CEO of the California Tele-Health Network), Farzad Mostashari (Department of Health and Human Services), Michael Sims (Delaware Health Information Network), Jessica Zufolo (Deputy Administrator of the Rural Utilities Service), and Craig Settles (moderator). Breakfast will be served. This is open to the public. The price to attend is $47.12. See, notice and registration page. This event is also sponsored Comcast, Google, ICF, National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA), and Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA). Location: Clyde's of Gallery Place, 707 7th St., NW.

8:45 AM - 2:00 PM. The Free State Foundation (FSF) will host an event titled "Fourth Annual Telecom Policy Conference: The Internet World: Will It Remain Free From Public Utility Regulation?" The speakers will include Jeffrey Campbell (Cisco), Jim Cicconi (AT&T), Michelle Connolly (Duke University), Steve Largent (CTIA), Kyle McSlarrow (Comcast/NBC Universal), Marius Schwartz (FCC), Howard Shelanski (Georgetown University Law School), Deborah Tate (FSF), Tom Tauke (Verizon), Steven Teplitz (Time Warner Cable), Rick Whitt (Google), Christopher Yoo (University of Pennsylvania Law School). Free. Open to the public. Lunch will be served. Register to attend by contacting Kathee Baker at kbaker at freestatefoundation dot org. Location: National Press Club, 13th Floor, 529 14th St., NW.

10:00 AM. The Senate Finance Committee's (SFC) Subcommittee on Fiscal Responsibility & Economic Growth  will hold a hearing titled "Tax Fraud by Identity Theft, Part 2: Status, Progress, and Potential Solutions". See, notice. Location: Room 215, Dirksen Building.

10:00 AM - 12:00 NOON. The Senate Banking Committee (SBC) will hold a hearing on numerous nominations, including Jerome Powell and Jeremy Stein to be members of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. See, notice. Location: Room 538, Dirksen Building.

2:30 PM. The Senate Intelligence Committee (SIC) will hold a closed hearing. See, notice. Location: Room 219, Hart Building.

3:00 PM. The Senate Armed Services Committee's (SASC) Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities will hold a partially closed hearing on cyber security research. The witnesses will be Zachary Lemnios (Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering), Regina Dugan (Director of the DOD's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency), Michael Wertheimer (Director of Research and Development at the National Security Agency), and James Peery (Sandia National Laboratories). See, notice. The open portion of the hearing will be in Room SR-232A, Russell Building. It will be followed by a closed session in Room SVC-217, Capitol Visitor Center.

11:59 PM EDT. Deadline to submit FY 2012 Form 471 to the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) Universal Service Administration Company (USAC). This is the e-rate subsidy program's Services Ordered and Certification Form .

Wednesday, March 21

The House will meet at 10:00 AM for morning hour, and at 12:00 NOON for legislative business. See, Rep. Cantor's schedule for the week.

9:30 - 11:30 AM. The Senate Banking Committee's (SBC) Subcommittee on Securities, Insurance, and Investment will hold a hearing titled "Examining Investor Risks in Crowdfunding". The witnesses will be Mercer Bullard (University of Mississippi law school), Nick Bhargava (Motaavi), Dana Mauriello (ProFounder), Heath Abshure (Arkansas Securities Department). See, notice. Location: Room 538, Dirksen Building.

10:00 AM. The House Judiciary Committee's (HJC) Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security will hold a hearing titled "Secure Identification: The REAL ID Act's Minimum Standards for Driver's Licenses and Identification Cards". The witnesses will include David Heyman (DHS Assistant Secretary for Policy). See, notice. The HJC will webcast this event. Location: Room 2141, Rayburn Building.

10:30 AM. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will hold an event titled "Open Meeting". See, agenda. Location: FCC, Commission Meeting Room, 445 12th St., SW.

12:00 NOON - 1:30 PM. The DC Bar Association will host an event titled "Data Breach Risks and Protections for Health Lawyers: Do You Know Where Your Information is Today?". The speakers will be Alan Goldberg (George Mason University and American University law schools), Jonathan Joseph (Christian & Barton), and Melinda Murray (Holy Cross Hospital, Silver Spring). The price to attend ranges from $15 to $35. No CLE credits. See, notice. For more information, call 202-626-3463. The DC Bar has a history of barring reporters from its events. Location: DC Bar Conference Center, 1101 K St., NW.

1:30 PM. The House Judiciary Committee's (HJC) Subcommittee on Courts, Commercial and Administrative Law will hold a hearing titled "Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs: Federal Regulations and Regulatory Reform under the Obama Administration". See, notice. The HJC will webcast this event. Location: Room 2141, Rayburn Building.

2:00 PM. The Senate Judiciary Committee's (SJC) Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights will hold a hearing titled "The Verizon/Cable Deals: Harmless Collaboration or a Threat to Competition and Consumers?". The witnesses will be Randal Milch (Verizon), David Cohen (Comcast), Rick Rule (Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft, and Microsoft's outside antitrust counsel), Steven Berry (Rural Cellular Association), Joel Kelsey (Free Press), and Timothy Wu (Columbia University law school). See, notice. The SJC will webcast this event. Location: Room 226, Dirksen Building.

2:00 PM. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee (HOGRC) will hold a hearing titled "FOIA in the 21st Century: Using Technology to Improve Transparency in Government". See, notice. Location: Room 2154, Rayburn Building.

2:00 - 6:00 PM. The Federal Communications Bar Association's (FCBA) Privacy and Data Security Committee and the American Bar Association's (ABA) Communications Law Forum will host an event titled "7th Annual ABA/FCBA Privacy & Data Security Symposium". CLE credits. Prices vary. Registrations and cancellations are due by 5:00 PM on March 16. See, notice. Location: Arnold & Porter, 555 12th St., NW.

6:00 - 8:00 PM. The Federal Communications Bar Association's (FCBA) Young Lawyers Committee and Privacy & Data Security Committee will host an event titled "Happy Hour". Location: Co Co. Sala, 929 F St., NW.

Deadline to register to attend the Federal Communications Bar Association's (FCBA) lunch on March 28 at which Jamie Barnett, Chief of the FCC's Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, will speak.

Thursday, March 22

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

9:00 AM. The House Intelligence Committee (HIC) will hold a closed hearing titled "Ongoing Intelligence Activities". See, notice. Location: Room HVC-304, Capitol Visitor Center.

9:00 AM. The Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) Communications Security, Reliability, and Interoperability Council (CSRIC) will meet. See, Public Notice. Location: FCC, Commission Meeting Room, 445 12th St., SW.

10:00 AM. The House Financial Services Committee's (HFSC) Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit will hold a hearing titled "The Future of Money: How Mobile Payments Could Change Financial Services". See, notice. Location: Room 2128, Rayburn Building.

10:00 AM. The Senate Judiciary Committee (SJC) will hold an executive business meeting. The agenda again includes consideration of the nominations of Richard Taranto to be a Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals (FedCir), Robin Rosenbaum to be a Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida , and Gershwin Drain to be a Judge for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. The SJC will webcast this event. Location: Room 226, Dirksen Building.

10:00 AM. The Senate Appropriations Committee (SAC) will hold a hearing on the FY 2013 budget for the Department of Commerce (DOC). Location: Room 192, Dirksen Building.

10:00 AM - 12:00 NOON. The American Enterprise Institute (AEI) will host a panel discussion titled "Chinese Telecom Investment in the U.S.: Weighing Economic Benefits and Security Risks". The speakers will be Claude Barfield (AEI), Theodore Moran (Georgetown University), Derek Scissors (Heritage Foundation), and Timothy Keeler (Mayer Brown). See, notice. The AEI will webcast this event. Location: AEI, 12th floor, 1150 17th St., NW.

2:30 PM. The Senate Intelligence Committee (SIC) will hold a closed hearing. See, notice. Location: Room 219, Hart Building.

Day one of a two day event hosted by the Air Force Association (ASA) titled "Cyber Futures Conference and Technology Exposition". See, notice. Location: Gaylord National Hotel, Maryland Ballroom, 201 Waterfront St.Oxen Hill, MD.

Friday, March 23

Rep. Cantor's schedule for the week states that "no votes are expected in the House".

Supreme Court conference day. See, calendar. Closed.

Day two of a two day event hosted by the Air Force Association (ASA) titled "Cyber Futures Conference and Technology Exposition". See, notice. Location: Gaylord National Hotel, Maryland Ballroom, 201 Waterfront St.Oxen Hill, MD.

Deadline to submit written statements to the U.S. China Economic and Security Review Commission in connection with its March 26, 2012, hearing titled "Developments in China's Nuclear and Cyber Programs". See, notice in the Federal Register, Vol. 77, No. 49, Tuesday, March 13, 2012, at Pages 14859-14860.

Saturday, March 24

9:00 AM - 2:30 PM. The DC Bar Association will host an event titled "Youth Law Fair. Privacy Awareness: Managing Social Media Networks". This free event is intended for students and parents. Registration closed by early February. The speakers will be Judge Melvin Wright (DC Superior Court), Curtis Etherly (Coca-Cola), and Marsali Hankcock (iKeepSafe). See, DC Bar notice and registration page. For more information, call 202-626-3463. The DC Bar has a history of barring reporters from its events. Location: DC Superior Court, Room 3300, 500 Indiana Ave., NW.

Monday, March 26

The House will meet. Votes will be postponed until 6:30 PM.

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM. The U.S. China Economic and Security Review Commission will hold a hearing titled "Developments in China's Nuclear and Cyber Programs". The deadline to submit written statements is March 23. See, notice in the Federal Register, Vol. 77, No. 49, Tuesday, March 13, 2012, at Pages 14859-14860. Location: Hylton Performing Arts Center, 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, VA.

POSTPONED. 12:30 - 2:00 PM. The Federal Communications Bar Association (FCBA) will host a brown bag lunch titled "The Impact of the New Legislation on Public Safety Communications". Location: Harris Corporation, Suite 850E, 600 Maryland Ave., SW.

Tuesday, March 27

10:00 AM. The House Science Committee's (HSC) Subcommittee on Technology and Innovation will hold a hearing titled "Fostering the U.S. Competitive Edge". See, notice. Location: Room 2318, Rayburn Building.

12:15 - 1:45 PM. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) will host a lunch will host an event titled "The Road Ahead for Spectrum". It will address the spectrum provisions of HR 3630, [LOC | WW], which President Obama signed into law on February 22, 2012. See, stories titled "House and Senate Negotiators Reach Agreement on Spectrum Legislation", "Summary of Spectrum Bill", and "Reaction to Spectrum Bill" in TLJ Daily E-Mail Alert No. 2,339, February 17, 2012, and story titled "Obama Signs Spectrum Bill into Law" in TLJ Daily E-Mail Alert No. 2,345, February 23, 2011. The speakers will be Bill Lake (Chief of the FCC's Media Bureau), Rick Kaplan (Chief of the FCC's Wireless Telecommunications Bureau), Jennifer Manner (Deputy Chief of the FCC's Public Safety & Homeland Security Bureau), Karl Nebbia (Associate Administrator of the NTIA's Office of Spectrum Management), and Mark Brennan (Hogan Lovells). The price to attend is $17. Lunch will be served. Registrations and cancellations due by 12:00 NOON on Friday, March 23, 2012. The FCBA states that this is an FCBA event. Location: Wiley Rein, 1776 K St., NW.

6:00 - 9:15 PM. The DC Bar Association will host an event titled "How to Protect and Enforce Trademark Rights". The speakers will be Steven Hollman (Hogan Lovells) and Shauna Wertheim (Marbury Law Group). The price to attend ranges from $89 to $129. CLE credits. See, notice. For more information, call 202-626-3488. The DC Bar has a history of barring reporters from its events. Location: DC Bar Conference Center, 1101 K St., NW.

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