Midweek Policy Highlights

Policy Update


This week in Washington, lawmakers consider issues including immigration reform, privacy, and wireless innovation.


Senator Jerry Moran is expected to speak on the Senate floor Wednesday, May 9 on the subject of immigration, visas for highly skilled workers, and the U.S. economy. Senator Moran introduced the Startup Act of 2011 which aims to increase grants for university-based research and adjust the number of visas available for highly educated immigrants, among other

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The Senate Commerce Committee will hear testimony from Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jon Leibowitz on the agency’s privacy report. FTC Commissioner Maureen Ohlhausen and Commerce Department General Counsel Cameron Kelly also are slated to testify on privacy recommendations made by the administration. (Senate Commerce Committee

The Federal Trade Commission also announced a settlement with Myspace on Tuesday May 8 over the company’s misrepresentation of its protection of users’ personal information. In addition to releasing a statement on the settlement, the commission published a blog post underlining the importance of companies’ adherence to their privacy policies. (Federal Trade Commission


Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski addressed International CTIA Wireless 2012 -- the wireless industry association’s New Orleans-based conference -- leading by welcoming the confirmation of two new FCC commissioners: Ajit Pai and Jasseica Rosenworcel. Chairman Genachowski also addressed the commission’s effort to increase the efficient deployment of spectrum for next-generation wireless services. (Federal Communications Commission


Senate democrats are said to be reworking a cybersecurity bill introduced in 2012 by Senators Joe Liberman and Susan Collins. A new measure would follow on the heels of the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) which passed the House last month over protest from many in the online community and a veto threat from the Obama administration. (The Hill