Week of March 7-11, 2016

Telecommunications

FCC CHMN Wheeler & Comm. Clyburn Propose New Lifeline Rules.  (3/7/16)

FCC Chairman Wheeler and Commissioner Clyburn propose rules to modernize lifeline program to provide affordable broadband for low-income Americans.  Proposal  link to factsheet: https://goo.gl/JE1JPM

Thune to introduce FCC Reauthorization bill. (3/8/16)

Senate Commerce Chairman John Thune will introduce a bill to reauthorize the FCC.  The bill will require the FCC to share documents that it shares with the White House with Congress. http://goo.gl/7aFr8w

FCC Broadband Lifeline proposal may move ETC designations to the FCC.  (3/8/16)

Today the states name eligible telecommunications carriers that may offer Lifeline and other services in the state.  A proposal at the FCC would move this designation to the Federal level, removing state oversight of these carriers. http://goo.gl/AmTQ2P

Electricity

Scheduled electric generating capacity additions in 2016.  (3/9/16)

The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) reports that electric generation facilities plan to increase generation by 26 gigawatts of generating capacity to the power grid in 2016.  Most of these additions come from three resources: solar (9.5 GW), natural gas (8.0 GW), and wind (6.8 GW). http://goo.gl/KyOvtR

Exelon Corp. and Pepco Holdings Inc. Filed a New Proposal (3/10/16)

On Monday morning with the D.C. Public Service Commission (PSC) focused on saving their $6.8 billion merger. Under the new proposal, a $45.6 million allocation of the Customer Investment Fund would contribute to two issues — $25.6 million for a residential rate freeze and $20 million for the commission to use at its discretion http://goo.gl/jj9J9h

Critical Infrastructure

DHS shares information on Ukraine’s power sector cyber attack. The attack led to a six hour outage affecting over 200,000 customers. . https://www.dhs.gov/blog/2016/03/07/dhs-works-critical-infrastructure-owners-and-operators-raise-awareness-cyber-threats

Supply chain cybersecurity comes into focus. A three step process to minimize the risk of supply chain breaches includes identifying critical third parties, contractually agreeing to cybersecurity standards, and real-tim monitoring of third party networks. http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/technology/272307-emerging-challenges-in-electric-grid-cybersecurity

Cyber attackers and defenders agree: we’re winning. As annual cybersecurity conferences heat up, both hackers and defenders insist that their side is winning the battle. http://www.federaltimes.com/story/government/show-reporter/rsa2016/2016/03/09/rsa-takeaway/81525212/

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