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Broadband Coalition Warns of Job Loss, Reduced Investment with FCC Proposal

Leaders from Broadband for America expressed grave concern Friday over FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski's controversial plan to treat broadband as a public utility. More regulation will cause uncertainty in the marketplace and imperil the growth of the Internet and the jobs that broadband deployment fosters, the group warned. "Our message is that regulators must diligently avoid taking any steps that might undermine industry's incentives to invest," said Hal Singer, managing director of Navigant Economics, during a conference call.

Posted: Friday, June 11, 2010 - 8:00pm

Google to Congress: We're "Profoundly Sorry" About WiFi-Gate

Trying to head off mounting criticism in Congress, Google told key House lawmakers this week it is "profoundly sorry" it collected data from WiFi networks and never used any of the information. Google has said it accidentally collected so-called payload data from unencrypted WiFi networks while photographing neighborhoods for its "Street View" mapping program.

Posted: Friday, June 11, 2010 - 5:03pm

Your Sunday TiVo Tipsheet

Meet the Press hosts WH sr. adviser David Axelrod, CA SEN nominee Carly Fiorina (R), Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, Politico's Roger Simon and NBC pol. dir. Chuck Todd.

Face the Nation hosts FL Gov. Charlie Crist (I), MS Gov. Haley Barbour (R) and AL Gov. Bob Riley (R).

Posted: Friday, June 11, 2010 - 3:43pm

Premature Speculation: WH'12 Edition

Who's the most popular GOPer among IA caucus-goers? That would be the guy they rejected in '08, ex-MA Gov. Mitt Romney (R), according to a new poll conducted for the Des Moines Register.

The survey shows Romney and 2 other GOPers -- ex-AK Gov. Sarah Palin and ex-House Speaker Newt Gingrich -- are popular among wide swaths of the state's first-in-the-nation caucus electorate.

Posted: Friday, June 11, 2010 - 2:21pm

Tally of Dems Opposing Genachowski Proposal Rises to 77

Seventy-seven. That's the latest tally of Democrats in both chambers on record opposing FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski's controversial proposal to subject broadband to stricter regulation. On Thursday, Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., became the first Democrat in the upper chamber to ask the chairman to drop his initiative. "I urge the commission . . . to work with the chairs of the appropriate congressional committees to develop [a] suitable and clear statute that will help us achieve our national broadband goals," she wrote in a missive to Genachowski.

Posted: Friday, June 11, 2010 - 2:13pm

Menendez Promises Contrast Election

DSCC chair Bob Menendez isn't buying the old argument that the 2 parties are too much alike. In fact, he's going to spend the next 5 months -- and the DSCC's millions of dollars -- convincing voters just how different his party is from their GOP foes.

Posted: Friday, June 11, 2010 - 1:04pm

Former Hill Staff Work Ex-Bosses In Wall Street Reform

There are 56 former Hill staff, now lobbyists, who have ties to the lawmakers who have been named to the conference to reconcile Wall Street reform, according to an analysis conducted by the Center for Responsive Politics and Public Citizen. The financial services industry's links to the Senators on the panel, including Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, Sens. Chris Dodd, D-Conn. and Richard Shelby, R-Ala. are particularly extensive. Each senator once employed at least one current lobbyist.

Posted: Friday, June 11, 2010 - 12:58pm

The Week Ahead Features FCC Meeting On Broadband

There are several tech and telecom-related events next week. Here are some of the highlights: Tuesday: Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Pa., and other lawmakers are among those scheduled to appear at a congressional briefing at 11 a.m. on health information technology and its potential benefits. Analysis Group, McKool Smith, and Georgetown University are holding a panel discussion at 8:30 a.m. on patent reform issues. Among those scheduled to appear include retired Federal Circuit Chief Judge Paul Michel, former U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Director Jon Dudas, and Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif.

Posted: Friday, June 11, 2010 - 12:15pm

House Rankings Show GOP Poised For Gains

Since we last published our rankings, we witnessed momentous primaries, poured over new polling data, and, of course, saw 2 very important special elections take place. All of those elements have served to shake up our new list.

The GOP lost a big opportunity when it failed to capture the late Rep. John Murtha's (D-PA) seat, but managed to retain momentum by taking the HI-01 race. After those developments, the party will need a pickup of 39 seats in the House this fall to retake the majority.

Posted: Friday, June 11, 2010 - 11:40am

Dems Found Money Machine

Angling to compete with outside GOP groups, a new Dem organization will form today aimed at helping their party stay competitive in Nov.

The group, called Commonsense Ten, is run by Dem strategists Jim Jordan, Monica Dixon and Jeff Forbes. They say they will raise millions from Dem donor communities in an effort to augment the party's fundraising operations. The Washington Post's "The Fix" blog first reported the group's existence.

Posted: Friday, June 11, 2010 - 10:59am