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Tech at Night: Needed FCC Oversight, SOPA’s Lamar Smith has a challenger, Irresponsible cybersecurity rhetoric

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The House is doing anything but shirking its responsibility to apply oversight to the Obama administration. The FCC in particular is getting the attention it needs. “Regulatory hubris” in picking winners and losers is part of the problem, says Commissioner Robert McDowell. He should know, as he’s on the inside.

Darrell Issa and Chuck Grassley disagree on the FCC’s transparency though. Issa gives them a good grade, oddly enough, even as they continue to stonewall Grassley.

And so it’s good that Jo Ann Emerson questions the FCC’s hypocritical and questionable demand for senseless record keeping in others.

Though it’d be nice if somebody asked “Senator” Wendy’s questions about Free Press, in relation to the FCC.

Lamar Smith, House Judiciary Chairman and sponsor of SOPA, has a primary challenger: Richard Morgan. Morgan’s issues page is still in progress, but so far he sounds like a good candidate to consider supporting.

The rhetoric is getting insane in the cybersecurity bill debate. No, really. Hint: passing a bill that increases information sharing and (in the case of Lieberman/Collins) creates an effective Internet Kill Switch by giving the President dictatorial powers over the Internet, neither of those things will actually protect us from attack in the short run. To pretend there’s a crisis is dangerously dishonest.

Wireless data competition marches on, despite the fringe’s claims, with the begin of NetZero’s service. They claim it’s 4G, but I don’t know if it’s LTE, WiMax, or a pseudo-4G like HSPA+.

PATENT WARS: Motorola fends off Apple at the ITC, while Samsung and RIM are now being sued over emoticons, of all things.

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