FTC To Examine Tech Business Models, Acquisitions and Labor At October Hearings

Washington — The Federal Trade Commission is holding a third round of hearings October 15-17 at George Mason University. Witnesses will weigh in on how existing regulations apply to multi-sided business models, digital economy employment and valuing mergers of digital services when the products offered to consumers are free. The Computer & Communications Industry Association…

CCIA Testifies Before House Judiciary On Copyright Small Claims Enforcement Act

Washington — The House Judiciary Committee is holding a hearing this afternoon on its proposed copyright small claims bill ahead of an expected vote. Matt Schruers, Vice President of Law and Policy for the Computer & Communications Industry Association is testifying at the hearing on the “Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act of 2017.” Schruers…

FCC Votes to Lower Costs and Speed Up Small Cell Deployments

Washington — Today, the Federal Communications Commission voted to reduce costs and speed up the deployment of small cells. Next generation “5G” technologies will require greater densification of networks to increase performance. Small cells will play a key role, and the FCC’s order will harmonize shot clocks for small wireless facility collocations at sixty days…

Music Modernization Act Unanimously Passes House, Senate

Washington — Congress has passed legislation that updates music licensing rights for the digital age. The House and Senate have now passed the Music Modernization Act. The Computer & Communications Industry Association has supported balanced copyright policies and a competitive, modernized music licensing system fit for the digital age for more than 20 years. The…

CCIA Welcomes Parallel NTIA and NIST Privacy Initiatives

Washington — The Commerce Department is asking stakeholders for input on privacy. NTIA published a request for comments in the Federal Register today on “ways to advance consumer privacy while protecting prosperity and innovation.” NTIA has proposed a set of privacy principles and outcomes for consumers and industry, along with high-level goals for future privacy…