• On April 12, 2011, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing titled “Cyber Security: Responding to the Threat of Cyber Crime and Terrorism”. Witnesses included Gordon Snow, Assistant Director of the Cyber Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Jason Weinstein, Deputy Assistant Attorney General of the Criminal Division, US Department of Justice. Mr. Snow testified that “over the past five years, estimates of the costs of cyber crime to the U.S. economy have ranged from millions to hundreds of billions.” He stated that to address the threat FBI cooperates with 20 other agencies to find and thwart cyber crime organizations. Mr. Weinstein’s testimony emphasized the international nature of the threat, and described DOJ’s reliance on its National Security Division which “exercises oversight authority over foreign intelligence collection efforts within the United States.” More information is available here.
  • Also on April 12, the House Communications Subcommittee held a hearing titled “Using Spectrum to Advance Public Safety, Promote Broadband, Create Jobs, and Reduce the Deficit”. Witnesses included Julius Knapp, Chief of the FCC Office of Engineering and Technology, and Peter Pitsch, Associate General Counsel and Executive Director of Communications Policy for Intel. In his opening remarks, Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden, R-Ore., stated that “there is growing consensus we need between 100 MHz and 300 MHz in the short term – say 5 to 10 years – to meet the exploding consumer and economic demand for wireless broadband.” For more information, click here.