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February 11, 2016

Coming Up: R&D Legislation, E-Rate Workshop, Patent ‘Troll’ Bill

Around Washington this week:

The State of the Net Wireless event is this afternoon at the Newseum; the Federal Trade Commission’s Maureen K. Ohlhausen participates in a discussion at 3:30 p.m. Eastern.

The House is scheduled to consider a bill as early as Wednesday that would make permanent the research and development tax credit. Roll Call’s Daniel Newhauser reported last week on the debate between House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer, D-Md., and Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., on the issue of paying for the change. (The bill doesn’t include any budgetary offsets.) The Congressional Budget Office’s cost estimate on the bill, citing numbers from the Joint Committee on Taxation, says the legislation would increase the deficit by roughly $156 billion through 2024. The Ways and Means Committee’s report on the bill, which includes explanations of various provisions as well as other supplemental material, can be found here.

The Federal Communications Commission is hosting an “E-Rate Modernization” workshop Tuesday. The FCC is looking to overhaul the program, which provides discounts to schools and libraries for telecommunications and Internet services and is paid for through the Universal Service Fund.

The Federal Trade Commission is hosting a seminar Wednesday on privacy and consumer-generated and controlled health data.

The Senate Judiciary Committee has a patent “troll” bill on the agenda for its Thursday business meeting. The markup of the legislation already has been postponed a few times, however, since it first appeared on the committee’s agenda.

The Technology Policy Institute has a panel discussion Thursday on digital piracy.

USTelecom hosts a panel discussion Friday on how voice networks are radically different than when the 1996 Telecommunications Act was enacted, and “how best to approach voice interconnection going forward.”