DAILY FIVE (12/13)

13 December 2010

1. D.C. totals 293,000 tech jobs in 2009, Virginia Business Magazine

Washington D.C.‘s high-tech industry employed 293,000 workers in 2009, according to a report by the TechAmerica Foundation.

2. Senate Commerce Committee chairman expresses concern that merger could raise cable rates, Broadcasting & Cable, John Eggerton

Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-W. Va.) wrote FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski Friday to express his concerns about the Comcast/NBCU merger, particularly what he said was its potential to raise cable rates. The FCC is widely believed to be wrapping up vetting of the deal and is expected to OK it with a number of conditions, both ones Comcast has agreed to and others the FCC will likely impose on program access, including online.

3. New GOP Energy and Commerce Members, National Journal, Eliza Krigman

Incoming Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., announced the addition of 12 new Republicans to the panel on Friday.

4. Net neutrality lobbying to peak this week, Washington Post, Cecilia Kang

Expect lobbying around net neutrality to reach fever pitch through Tuesday. After that, the Federal Communications Commission will go into its bunker to deliberate a draft of rules that will be voted on Dec. 21.

5. Franken urges “major revisions” on FCC’s Net neutrality proposal, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Jeremy Herb

Sen. Al Franken urged Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski to heavily revise proposed rules for Internet service providers in a letter sent to the chairman Friday.

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