James F. Booth

For more than 25 years, James Booth has provided consulting and legal services to telecommunications carriers and to enterprise companies that manage their own telecommunications networks. Since June of 2009 he has also served as General Counsel of Spread Networks, LLC, which is the industry leader in the construction and operation of low latency high speed networks. Before joining Spread he was General Counsel for OnFiber Communications, a competitive telecommunications provider, and was the sole attorney for Qwest Communications International in support of its construction of an 18,800 mile fiber optic network spanning the United States. Earlier he was lead counsel for U S WEST in its wireless and cable television ventures in the United States, Europe and Hong Kong.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Obama Cyber Order Gives U.S. Lamakers Cover on Standards

President Barack Obama’s order to boost U.S. cybersecurity amid reports of widespread Chinese hacking provides cover to lawmakers who oppose government regulation to improve computer defenses. While the president portrayed his move as countering Congress’s inaction, his cybersecurity standards for companies operating vital national infrastructure are voluntary, not mandatory as called for by an Obama-backed Senate bill that failed last year. Still, the order may let Democrats and Republicans declare standards a moot point.  http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-02-22/obama-cyber-order-gives-u-s-lamakers-cover-on-standards.html