• Rep. Bono-Mack, R-Cal., and Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., are spearheading this Congress’s review of privacy issues at the request of House Commerce Committee Chair Fred Upton, R-Mich., and have announced a series of hearings to begin with a session on July 14, 2011, titled “Internet Privacy: The Views of the FTC, the FCC, and NTIA.” For more information about this initiative, click here.
  • FCC Chairman Genachowski has agreed to set an August deadline for repealing the Fairness Doctrine and other regulations, pursuant to a letter to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) from Chairman Upton, Rep. Walden, and Rep. Cliff Stearns, R-Fla., Chair of the House Oversight Subcommittee. To view the press release on this decision, click here. To view the letter to OIRA, click here.
  • Senators John “Jay” Rockefeller IV, D-W.Va., Chair of the Senate Commerce Committee, and John Kerry, D-Mass., Chair of the Senate Communications Subcommittee, along with eight senior Committee members, have sent a letter to Senator Dan Inouye, D-Haw., Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and Sen. Cochran, D-Miss., Ranking Member, asking that they not take any action to deny funding to the FCC that will be used to implement the Open Internet Order. To view the text of the letter, click here.
  • The House is scheduled to be out July 4-6 for the July 4th holiday. The Senate will be out July 4-8.