Obama Plan Says Cyber Infrastructure Is ‘strategic’

The Obama administration has published a high-level plan to protect U.S. computer networks, saying it considers cyber infrastructure “a strategic asset” and will appoint a cyber adviser who will report directly to the president.The six-point outline was published Wednesday as part of a paper detailing the new administration’s position on homeland security. Also planned is a “safe computing R&D effort” to build the next generation of security features into computers, and plans to fight cyber-espionage and cybercrime by cracking down on “untraceable Internet payment schemes.”To read this IDG report in full, see:
computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&articleId=9126641Also see:House panel backs $3 billion Internet stimulus
The House Energy and Commerce Committee backed including about $3 billion in grants to expand Internet service as part of a larger economic stimulus bill, including a provision requiring “open access” in wireless service and on the Internet.The Democratically-controlled committee on Thursday cleared the provisions aimed at expanding high-speed Internet and wireless service in rural and hard-to-serve areas over objections from several Republican members.
uk.reuters.com/article/technologyNews/idUKTRE50L67O20090122us: House panel moves forward with broadband stimulus [IDG]
A U.S. House of Representatives committee took the first step toward including more than $37 billion of technology-related spending in a massive economic stimulus bill by approving a new program aimed at bringing broadband to rural and other underserved areas.The House Energy and Commerce Committee on Thursday approved a program to be operated by the U.S. National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) in the Department of Commerce. The NTIA Broadband Deployment Grants program, with a budget of about $2.9 billion, would require that recipients of the money follow Net neutrality rules.

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