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AT&T Lauds Blackburn Privacy Approach Toward Comprehensive, Uniform Framework

AT&T favors the approach outlined by House Communications Subcommittee Chairman Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., in her Browser Act. HR-2520 would subject ISPs and edge providers to strict privacy rules at the FTC, with opt-in required even of web browsing data … Subscribe to Read >>

Democrats Ready Third Infrastructure Proposal as Congress Awaits White House Action

Congressional Democrats are preparing to unveil Thursday their third infrastructure proposal of 2017, following White House release of principles for its own long-promised infrastructure package. Broadband support is now widely considered likely in any administration infrastructure proposal. Some … Subscribe to Read >>

Outlook Murky on Net Neutrality, Clyburn Says; She's Concerned About Infrastructure Rules

ORLANDO -- Commissioner Mignon Clyburn said the FCC mustn't ignore interests of state and local government as it moves toward new rules for speeding up the siting of wireless facilities. Clyburn also said she remains hopeful the FCC … Subscribe to Read >>

IPEC Nominee Amin Emphasizes Focused Approach to IP Enforcement

White House Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator nominee Vishal Amin faced a largely friendly audience Wednesday at his Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing, with members focusing questions on how Amin would deal with IP issues with China and … Subscribe to Read >>

Congress Pressed to OK Bilateral Agreement Allowing US, UK to Access Data Overseas

U.S. and U.K. law enforcement officials pressed Senate Crime and Terrorism Subcommittee members for a fix to enable agencies in both countries to access data held by technology companies overseas needed for investigations. They said a bilateral agreement … Subscribe to Read >>

Conference Attendees See Hope in Voice Control for Smart Home—With Concerns

BURLINGAME, Calif. -- The smart home industry is stuck in a holding pattern between early adopters and the mass market, and optimistic industry watchers are hoping friendly voice control led by Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant tips the market … Subscribe to Read >>

Middle-Band Spectrum Seen as Sweet Spot for Wi-Fi Congestion Solution

The solution to increasingly congested Wi-Fi networks in dense urban areas lies primarily in middle-band spectrum, particularly in the 5.9 GHz band and potentially the 6 GHz band, said Wi-Fi Alliance CEO Ed Figueroa Wednesday. Having 80 MHz and … Subscribe to Read >>

Officials Weigh Risks of Muni Broadband Against Inaction

Municipal broadband is risky for cities, but the cost of doing nothing may be higher, said former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell (D) in response to a paper by the University of Pennsylvania Law School showing more than half … Subscribe to Read >>

USF Contribution Rate May Stay at 17.4%, Not Jump, on Revised USAC Estimate, Gregg Says

The industry USF contribution factor could stay in Q3 at 17.4 percent of carriers' U.S. interstate and international (long-distance) telecom end-user revenue, industry consultant Billy Jack Gregg emailed Wednesday. Previously, he projected the Q3 contribution (assessment) factor could spike … Subscribe to Read >>

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Today’s Featured Article

Google Partnering ‘Deeply’ With OLED Maker on Ultra-High-Resolution VR Display

LOS ANGELES -- Google is working on “a secret project” in virtual reality by partnering “deeply” with “one of the leading OLED manufacturers” to create a VR-capable OLED display “with 10X more pixels than any commercially available VR display today,” said Clay Bavor, vice president-VR, in a Tuesday keynote at the Society for Information Display’s (SID) Display Week conference. … Read More >>

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Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on nomination of Vishal Amin to be IP enforcement coordinator, 10 a.m., 226 Dirksen — see here
Senate Crime and Terrorism Subcommittee hearing “Law Enforcement Access to Data Stored Across Borders,” rescheduled from May 10, still at 2:30 p.m., 226 Dirksen — see here
FTC daylong identity theft event, Washington, D.C., details TBA — see here
Microsoft and New America’s Wireless Future Project event on unlicensed spectrum access and wireless connectivity, noon, Microsoft, 11th floor, 901 K St. NW — see here
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Washington Space Business Roundtable luncheon on in-flight connectivity, 11:30 a.m., Hogan Lovells, 555 13th St. NW — see here
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