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Posted at 08:43 AM ET, 11/01/2011

The Circuit: Obama nominates Rosenworcel, Pai to FCC; AT&T promises jobs; hacking traced to China

LEADING THE DAY: President Obama on Monday nominated Democrat Jessica Rosenworcel and Republican Ajit Varadaraj Pai to the Federal Communications Commission, The Washington Post reported. Rosenworcel serves a senior staff member for Sen. John “Jay” Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) and has taken the lead on the Senate Commerce chairman’s proposal to build a national responders’ network. Pai is a partner at the law firm Jenner & Block and has previously served as general counsel at the FCC.

Rosenworcel and Pai replace commissioners Michael Copps and Meredith Attwell Baker, respectively.

AT&T promises jobs: AT&T has promised that its proposed merger with T-Mobile will result in “thousands” of jobs, the company said in an FCC filing Tuesday. Bloomberg reported that AT&T lawyer David McAtee II promised the deal would be a “significant boost to the U.S. economy,” in a letter responding to the FCC’s inquiries about the impact the merger would have on U.S. jobs.

In October, the agency asked AT&T to provide more information on whether or not the merger would add net jobs to the U.S. economy.

Hacking traced to China: Security software firm Symantec said in a report Tuesday that it has traced at least 48 attacks on chemical and military-related companies to China, the Associated Press reported. The attacks, the report said, happened between late July and September. The attacks, which used e-mails to infect computers, were traced to the computer of a Chinese man in his 20s living in the province of Hebei, and the hackers appear to be some of the same people who attacked human rights groups and auto companies earlier this year.

Fox, DirecTV strike a deal: Fox and DirecTV struck a late-night deal Monday that they have reached an agreement on a carriage dispute that would have pulled Fox content from DirecTV’s airwaves Tuesday. In a joint statement announcing an end to the dispute, the companies said, “We both know the past ten days have been challenging, but we’re pleased that both sides could eventually come together to ensure our viewers continue to enjoy Fox programming.”

The terms of the deal have not yet been disclosed.

Senate to look at organized crime, hacking: The Senate subcommittee on crime and terrorism will look at the resources that U.S. government currently has to combat international organized crime Tuesday. The Hill reported that this includes looking at hacking and cybersecurity, which the Obama administration has called to include under the Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.

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Tags:  Cybersecurity, International, AT&T, T-Mobile, FCC

 
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