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April 07, 2010

FCC Bomb Threat Evacuates Agency

By Marisa Torrieri, TMCnet Editor

Headquarters of the Federal Communications Commission in Washington, D.C., were evacuated this morning due to a bomb threat, government agency sources confirmed.

According to reports, speculation regarding the threat emerged as events were canceled. Notification went out around 11:20 a.m. EST that a roundtable discussion on consolidated licensing was postponed.

Details about the nature and timing of the threat were unavailable, though the source told at least one reporter the staff spent about two hours in the near-90-degree heat, 'the longest ever,' while bomb-sniffing dogs were dispatched.

The timing of the bomb couldn't have been more unusual, as the federal agency experienced another blow to the FCC (News - Alert)earlier this week. On Tuesday, a three-judge panel unanimously threw out the FCC's August 2008 'cease and desist order' against Comcast, which had taken measures to slow BitTorrent (News - Alert)transfers but had voluntarily discontinued the practice earlier in the year.

The ruling 'may or may not have to do with the controversial ruling yesterday regarding net neutrality,' blogged TMCnet CEO Rich Tehrani, who reported the news.

Marisa Torrieri is a TMCnet Web editor, covering IP hardware and mobility, including IP phones, smartphones, fixed-mobile convergence and satellite technology. She also compiles and regularly contributes to TMCnet's gadgets and satellite e-Newsletters. To read more of Marisa's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Marisa Torrieri