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USMCA a Win for North American Trade and Economic Growth

USMCA heads to President Trump's desk, after Senate passes the bill 89-10.

January 16, 2020 — Deborah Collier 1579195077

Coalition Urges Significant Changes to Proposed Commerce Rule

Coalition of taxpayer and consumer advocacy groups urges signficant changes to proposed Commerce rule that would grant broad, undefined powers to the deparment over small businesses.

USMCA Steps Back on Intellectual Property Protection

The administration and Congress should support IP protection in trade deals that respect and adhere as closely as possible to U.S. laws.

December 13, 2019 — Elizabeth Wright 1576260647

The Restoring Internet Freedom Order Court Decision

The Federal Communications Commission’s Restoring Internet Freedom Order (RIFO), which determined that broadband internet access services (BIAS) are an information service under Title I of the Communications Act of 1934, was upheld by the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit (the Court) on October 1, 2019, in the case of Mozilla v.

October 2, 2019 — Deborah Collier 1570043501

A National Framework is Needed for Privacy Protection

Congress must promptly address consumer data privacy.

September 16, 2019 — Deborah Collier 1568642619

Time is Ticking on USMCA

In 1994, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) entered into force, creating a partnership between the U.S., Canada, and Mexico that progressively eliminated tariffs and all duties and quantitative restrictions, except for a limited number of agriculture products, traded with Canada, that were eliminated by 2008.

September 10, 2019 — Deborah Collier 1568124727

Members of Congress Urge Trump and FCC to Conduct a Public C-Band Spectrum Auction

In the latest turn of events in the saga of how best to repurpose the c-band spectrum, Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.) and Rep. Greg Gianforte have sent a letter to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai urging the agency to conduct a public auction of the spectrum, as opposed to turning over the spectrum to foreign satellite companies for a private auction.

July 29, 2019 — Deborah Collier 1564414014

Time to Move Forward on a National Privacy Framework is Now

I was recently given a new watch by my husband.  He was excited about the watch because of all the great things it was going to do for me.  Even though I work on technology issues, the only real purpose of a watch in my mind is to tell time.  This is where I ran into trouble.

This watch is what is known as a connected device.  It will tell me when I have a text message or phone call coming in and will monitor my heart rate and count how many steps I take in a day.  What it won’t do until I connect it to my smart phone is tell me what time it is, and therein lies the problem.

July 24, 2019 — Deborah Collier 1563983070

24 GHz Spectrum Auction Wraps Amid Inter-Agency Controversy

As private sector companies continue to build next generation (5G) wireless networks, a controversy over the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) auction of the 24 GHz frequency is brewing.  Spectrum Auction 102 was completed on May 29, 2019, auctioning approximately 2,900 licenses in the 24.25 and 25.25 GHz bands and generating more than $2 billion.  This auction opens a critical bandwidth of spectrum necessary to provide 5G connectivity in dense urban areas using millimeter wave high-band spectrum.

June 3, 2019 — Deborah Collier 1559588848

On World IP Day - Celebrating and Protecting Sports and their Brands

Each year, April 26 marks the celebration of World IP Day, when the importance of intellectual property rights and the achievements gained from its protection are recognized.  According to the Global Innovation Policy Center (GIPC) intellectual property (IP) contributes $6.6 trillion to America’s GDP.  In 2019, the World IP Day celebration focuses on sports and the IP that enables past, present, and future athletes to compete and meet their goals.

April 26, 2019 — Deborah Collier 1556284682

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