Executive order on cybersecurity expected Wednesday: President Obama may make executive order on cybersecurity as early as Wednesday, according to a report from the Hill, The order, The Washington post reported Sunday, would create a program that allows private-sector companies to share computer threat data with the government.
Cybersecurity has been singled out as an Obama administration priority — garnering a small mention in last year’s State of the Union address. Many expect the president to mention the issue again in this year’s address on Tuesday night, the Hill reported.
ITIF releases broadband report:The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation released a report Tuesday on broadband networks, concluding that the country’s broadband is “good and getting better,” though there are still areas ripe for improvement.
The report, written by Richard Bennett, Robert Atkinson and Luke Stewart, calls on the United States to “invest significantly more” in programs that encourage residents to be active online.
The Federal Communications Commission has said in the past that the United States is behind in deploying cheap, high-speed access to the Internet.
Tim Cook speaks on Greenlight at Goldman Sachs: Apple chief executive Tim Cook Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit against the company from investors at Greenlight Capital as a “silly sideshow” and said it wasn’t something Apple would put much effort into talking about.
Cook also said that he believes Apple’s halo effect — a reference to the consumer tendency to buy several Apple products — will outweigh any threat that the company faces from cannibalizing its own products. That has been a chief analyst concern as Apple introduces more products such as the iPad mini, which many think could significantly cut into sales of the iPad, Mac and iPod Touch.
FCC report highlights Lifeline fraud: A report from the Wall Street Journal highlighted an audit from the General Accounting Office that indicates that the FCC’s Lifeline program is still providing phones to those who aren’t technically eligible for the program. The Lifeline program is meant to provide phones to low-income Americans, and the FCC has taken steps to verify that everyone receiving the program’s benefits are, in fact, eligible.
Last year the FCC estimated that around 15 percent of the program’s users would be eliminated — a Journal analysis found more than 41 percent of users couldn’t prove their eligibility.
BTOP waste targeted: The Broadband Technology Opportunities Program, or BTOP, which is devoted to providing high-speed Internet access to the country’s rural areas, was the subject of a critical report from the New York Times that questioned whether the $4 billion program from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration was worth the investment.
Fourteen percent of $594 million in spending under the program has suspended or terminated, the report said. The Obama administration told the newspaper that it is misleading to focus on those 230 grants when most of the grants have been successful.