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February 9, 2016

Botnets, the Video Marketplace and Permanent Internet Tax Ban Bill This Week

This week, activity on the Hill includes hearings on botnets and the future of the video marketplace as well as  House consideration of a permanent ban on taxing Internet access. Elsewhere in Washington, events on the IP transition, data analytics and Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference are on tap.

On Monday afternoon, the Federal Communications Commission’s Gigi B. Sohn, senior counsel for external affairs for chairman Tom Wheeler, is scheduled to answer net neutrality questions on Twitter.

Google vice president and chief Internet evangelist Vint Cerf is scheduled to talk on emerging Internet trends and threats that will change the global economy via a World Bank online live stream Monday.

The House also is scheduled to consider several science-related bills on Monday. Also on Monday, the House is scheduled to begin considering its fiscal 2015 spending bill that would cover the Federal Communications Commission.

On Tuesday, a Senate Judiciary subcommittee holds a hearing on botnets.

A bill that would permanently ban state and local taxes on Internet access and on multiple or discriminatory e-commerce taxes is scheduled to be considered on the House floor Tuesday.

A House Judiciary subcommittee holds a copyright hearing on Tuesday.

On Wednesday, the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee holds a hearing on the future of the video marketplace. According go the committee’s website, the hearing will include a discussion of the “impact of the growth of online video and consolidation among pay TV and broadband providers.”

Also on Wednesday, the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation hosts a panel on the IP transition.

On Wednesday, the Senate Commerce panel and the Senate Armed Services Strategic Forces Subcommittee hold a joint hearing titled “Options for Assuring Domestic Space Access.”

The Software & Information Industry Association hosts a data analytics event on Thursday (CQ Roll Call is a member).

The Senate Commerce panel also holds a research and development hearing on Thursday.

Georgetown University’s Center for Business and Public Policy holds an event Thursday titled “A Regulator’s Dilemma: Policy in an Age of Disruption.”

Also on Thursday, the FCC hosts an event on social media and access for people with disabilities.

Two House Energy and Commerce subcommittees on Thursday will hold a joint hearing on technology and healthcare.

Starting Friday through the weekend, Lincoln Labs holds its annual Reboot conference in San Francisco.

Also, Microsoft holds its Worldwide Partner Conference in D.C. through most of the week.

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