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March 23, 2015

The Week Ahead: Internet of Things, Net Neutrality and More

Members of the Federal Communications Commission are back on the Hill this week, with Chairman Tom Wheeler and commissioner Ajit Pai testifying in budget and net neutrality hearings. Hearings and events on the Internet of Things are also on tap in the week ahead.


Georgetown University holds a panel discussion on discrimination and big data.


The Brookings Institution hosts a discussion with Craig Silliman, Verizon’s general counsel and executive vice president for public policy, on updating communications law and regulations.

An Energy and Commerce subcommittee holds a hearing on the Internet of Things.

A House Appropriations subcommittee holds an FCC budget hearing.

A House Science, Space and Technology subcommittee holds a hearing on the James Webb Space Telescope.

A Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation subcommittee holds a hearing on drones.


A House Judiciary subcommittee holds a hearing on abusive patent litigation.

The House Judiciary Committee holds a hearing on the FCC’s net neutrality rules.


The FCC holds an open meeting.

A House Energy and Commerce subcommittee holds a hearing on spectrum policy.

Microsoft holds a panel discussion on the Internet of Things.

New America holds an event on mobile health data.

The Telecommunications Industry Association hosts an event on the Internet of Things.

March 20, 2015

What Are the Technical Hurdles Facing Drone Delivery?

The Wall Street Journal in a story Friday reports on technical challenges that drone delivery faces, like the battery life of drones, that are “at least as vexing as proposed U.S. regulatory limits.”

From the story:

Retail and shipping companies including Inc.,Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., and Deutsche Post DHL AG have been among the most enthusiastic supporters, seeing drones as potentially transforming their businesses.

But hurdles including short battery life and unreliable location data suggest it could be years before armies of drones replace FedEx and UPS vans. Companies also face obstacles such as bad weather, aggressive birds and gun-toting drone opponents.

By Roll Call Staff Posted at 1:37 p.m.

March 13, 2015

California Proposes Computer and Monitor Energy Efficiency Standards

The California Energy Commission proposed energy efficiency standards for computers and monitors on Thursday.

From The Sacramento Bee in a story Thursday:

Standards include more energy-efficient monitor screens, improved “sleep” modes for computers when not in use and enhancements in automatic power management. The CEC noted there are significant energy costs when computers and monitors are not in use.

When fully implemented, the standards could save 2,702 gigawatt hours a year, reducing consumers’ utility bills by a combined $430 million annually, the CEC said.

Capitol Public Radio notes in their story Thursday: “[Commissioner Andrew] McAllister said the standards would mean a ‘slight increase’ in manufacturing costs – about $2 for a desktop unit, $1 for a notebook computer.”

The story also mentions a Natural Resources Defense Council staff blog post by Pierre Delforge, the group’s San Francisco director of high tech sector energy efficiency. In that blog post, Delforge contends that the standards would have an impact nationwide.

Correction, March 16, 12:25 pm:

A previous version of this post misstated the name of the Natural Resources Defense Council.

January 27, 2015

State-of-Play of Democratic Police Body Camera Proposals

In your latest Roll Call Policy Focus, CQ Roll Call’s Joanna Anderson takes a look at a pair of Democratic proposals to equip more police with body cameras.

She writes:

Two similar Democratic proposals to equip more police officers with body-worn cameras should come into better focus within days, as details emerge on a White House initiative as well as a prominent African-American lawmaker’s legislation in the House.

But GOP lawmakers with authority on the issue on both sides of Capitol Hill are so far tight-lipped

Read the rest of the story here.

October 27, 2014

Dozens of Countries Set More Than 5 Percent Tax and Tariff Rates to Tech Goods and Services, Bangladesh ‘Worst Offender,’ Report Says

Dozens of countries set combined tariff and extra tax rates of more than five percent on technology goods and services, and if you buy technology goods and services in Bangladesh, you’re looking at added costs of roughly 58 percent from taxes and tariffs. And that’s not including the country’s value-added tax.

Those are among the findings from a report released Monday by the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation, which calls on countries to do away with tariffs and extra taxes on technology goods and services.

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October 17, 2014

Weekly Wrapup: Encryption, Patent Office and Robots

FBI Director James B. Comey’s remarks on encryption and law enforcement access to data, the nomination of Michelle K. Lee to head the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and a Q&A on robots and the law were among the highlights from the last few days. Check out the Mid-Week Catchup for happenings from earlier this week.

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August 4, 2014

Text-to-911, 3D Printing and Privacy Policies Abroad This Week

With Congress out of town, it’s the start of a quieter month, but there are at least a few events this week, including the FCC’s monthly open meeting.

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July 31, 2014

Fight Over Set-Top Box ‘Integration Ban’ Continues

Lawmakers may be getting ready to leave Washington until September, but that doesn’t mean the lobbying and the fight between TiVo and the cable industry over the so-called integration ban on cable set-top boxes has died down.

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July 25, 2014

Cellphone ‘Unlocking’ Bill Now Just Needs the President’s Signature

As House lawmakers left town for the weekend, they sent the president a bill that would again let cellphone users “unlock” their devices to switch wireless carriers without violating copyright law.

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July 18, 2014

3D Printing in Space: There’s Much to Learn, Report Says


This 3D printer creation by Joshua Harker, shown in Paris in November, was not printed in space. (Joel Saget/AFP/Getty Images)

Three-dimensional printing has been a hot topic lately, with Home Depot even starting to sell the machines in some stores and the National Institutes of Health maintaining an exchange for 3D printer files. What about using 3D printing in space? There are potential benefits, but we still don’t know the full scope of this technology, and its capabilities in the short-term have been exaggerated, says a new report by the National Research Council.

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