2012 May InfoTech & Telecom News

Issue Date: 
May, 2012
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The May issue of InfoTech & Telecom News reports on the Cyber-Security Act of 2012 (S. 2105), which would require the Department of Homeland Security to combine its cybersecurity programs into a new federal office. The bill gives DHS authority to establish standardized protocols for private companies engaged in operation of the nation’s “critical infrastructure.”

Also in this issue:

  • Two North Carolina municipalities are at odds over funding of one city’s broadband system. The City of Salisbury and Town of Spencer will likely wind up in court to settle whether Salisbury had the authority to borrow $5 million from Spencer’s water and sewer capital reserve fund to help finance Salisbury’s fiber-optic services.
  • The Missouri Public Service Commission reports only 1 percent of Missouri is without broadband service and 97 percent of the state’s population has access to multiple broadband providers, contrary to an earlier FCC report.
  • The Austin, Texas Police Department is getting ready to install two new security cameras downtown, increasing the number of cameras in the area to 29.
  • The U.S. Department of Justice announced it will bring an antitrust suit against Apple and five of the nation’s largest publishers, claiming collusion to raise prices of book downloads.
  • Georgia state legislators have introduced bills that would hinder construction of cell phone towers on school grounds throughout the state and ban many altogether.

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