The FCC will hold a workshop Aug. 20-21, 2019 to help Tribal Nations identify and evaluate opportunities to develop more robust broadband, telecommunications, and broadcast infrastructure and services in their communities. It will also provide information about the FCC and how it conducts its communications regulatory responsibilities, and to encourage Tribal participation in the regulatory process.
A combined meeting of the FirstNet Authority Board and the Finance Committee
The FirstNet Authority will post a detailed agenda for the combined meeting of the FirstNet Authority Board and Finance Committee on its website, http:// www.firstnet.gov, prior to the meetings.
Groups are calling on the Senate Rules Committee to launch an investigation into whether a closed-door meeting of the Senate Judiciary tech task force violated the chamber’s procedures for public notice.
The year 2019 may be a turning point for data privacy law. Privacy law in the United States is famously a hole-ridden patchwork of state laws, sectoral legislation, and consumer protection. Whether in response to the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation or to California’s enactment of its Consumer Privacy Act, over this past year state and federal legislators have been proposing new data privacy laws at an energetic rate.
The digital economy has a profound influence on the world’s trajectory and the societal well-being of ordinary citizens. It affects everything from resource allocation to income distribution and growth. The information and communications technology (ICT) industry stands at the center of the digital economy, serving as a reliable yardstick of its performance. The ICT industry unites labor policy, economic growth, and the current heated immigration policy discourse and poses both profound challenges and exciting opportunities for a broad cross-section of policymakers.
Dr. Kelvin Droegemeier
Director, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
Scholars, practitioners, and citizens working to improve the quality of life in communities may share a common goal but often diverge in their strategies. In part, this is due to different sets of expertise, perspective and experience. These differences can create counterproductive silos of effort. Transcending the boundaries of our own communities will be required if we are to create solutions to our most pressing problems. A conversation about improving lives, strengthening communities, and fostering civic engagement through national service and volunteering.
We've all heard this popular refrain by now: the FCC's broadband mapping data is horribly inaccurate. How can we end the digital divide without knowing where it actually exists? The FCC promises to address its mapping issues with an Order in August, and Congress is considering various proposals on its own. Yet many experts aren't waiting for the perfect legislation, and are tackling the discrepancies head-on with their own mapping projects. These efforts are the focus of SHLB's next webinar, which will explore the latest and greatest developments in broadband mapping.
The Senate Commerce Committee will consider the following legislative measures and nominations:
The Senate Commerce Committee will consider six nominations including:
- Michael Kratsios, of South Carolina, to be an Associate Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy