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CCIA Notes Benefits Of Endless Frontier Act Ahead of Markup Wednesday

Washington — The Senate Commerce Committee will markup legislation Wednesday that would invest in more research and development in ten critical areas including artificial intelligence, robotics, and high performance computing so that the U.S. is able to compete in innovation. The legislation would create a Technology Directorate within what is now the National Science Foundation…

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Irish Court To Hear Data Privacy Case Tuesday

Brussels — The Irish High Court will begin hearing a data transfer case tomorrow, 7th February, that questions the validity of one of the few legal instruments European and international companies rely on for data transfers from Europe to third countries such as the United States.  The Irish Data Protection Commissioner is asking the Irish…

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CCIA Asks House To Pass Email Privacy Act

Washington – The House is expected to once again vote on the Email Privacy Act under a suspension of the rules Monday. Last session the House unanimously approved legislation to enhance privacy protections to citizens’ email. The bipartisan Email Privacy Act clearly gives Fourth Amendment protections to electronic communications by requiring the government to obtain…

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DG Competition Launches 3 E-Commerce Antitrust Investigations

Brussels — European competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager announced the opening of three investigations today involving video game makers, electronics makers and tour operators suspected of anticompetitive practices. Vestager said she wants to ensure consumers have a wider choice of goods and services, and make purchases across borders. This action follows the publication of DG Competition’s…

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CCIA Says Charter-Univision Dispute Illustrates Problems Of Media Consolidation

Washington — Charter Communications cable customers have lost access to Univision’s networks after months of unsuccessful negotiations, according to various news reports. Univision has charged Charter with breach of contract and said that Charter has rejected its good-faith efforts at a solution. The Computer & Communications Industry Association has spoken out on antitrust issues for…

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CCIA Concerned About Details, Broader Message Of Immigration Order

Washington — The tech industry is deeply concerned about President Trump’s precipitous executive order banning refugees and legal immigrants with visas from the United States. The following can be attributed to Computer & Communications Industry Association President & CEO Ed Black: “We are concerned by the continuing confusion over the Administration’s immigration order covering both…

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Senators Propose Broadband Buildout In Infrastructure Plan

Washington — Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Senate Commerce ranking member Bill Nelson and five colleagues introduced a $1 trillion infrastructure package today that would include $20 billion for the buildout of broadband infrastructure for underserved areas. We applaud this latest proposal which highlights an area of great importance where we hope leaders across the…

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