All in Internet of Things
The FCC adopted a new regulatory framework intended to enable experimental use of frequencies above 95 GHz. The recently-adopted First Report and Order in the Spectrum Horizons proceeding sets up a new category of experimental licenses—called “Spectrum Horizons Licenses”—for operations between 95 GHz and 3 THz.
On February 26 and 27, commerce committees in the House and Senate convened the first consumer data privacy hearings of the 116th Congress. These hearings reflect a growing consensus on Capitol Hill that, in light of developments both in the states and overseas, a comprehensive federal privacy framework is becoming increasingly necessary to address an increasingly fragmented and incongruous patchwork of privacy regulation to the detriment of consumers and industry.
February was a busy month in privacy—from the federal government to the states, from legislatures to agencies, various governmental authorities have been hard at work on a diverse array of potential privacy approaches.
Work on the development of new and innovative services supported by the ATSC 3.0 “Next Gen” television transmission standard is continuing apace with broadcasters ramping up their efforts to make 2020 the year that Next Gen TV really takes off.
On February 13, 2019, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) published (1) a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on the Operation of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) over People; (2) an advanced NPRM (ANPRM) on the Safe and Secure Operations of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems; and (3) an Interim Final Rule (IFR) on an External Marking Requirement for Small Unmanned Aircraft. Comments are due for the NPRM and the ANPRM in 60 days. Comments are due for the IFR in 30 days, and the IFR becomes effective in 10 days.
On Monday, President Trump issued an Executive Order launching the American AI Initiative, a coordinated strategy across the government to promote AI research, development, and deployment. The Executive Order follows initiatives by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) to focus on the benefits that AI has to offer, encourage its development, and seek to maintain U.S. leadership in a rapidly developing area.
FTC Chairman Joe Simons outlined the agency’s priorities in his keynote at the ABA’s consumer protection conference on Tuesday, promising vigorous enforcement as the agency emerges from the shutdown. Without commenting on any pending investigations, he made clear that the agency would continue to pursue enforcement actions in a number of areas. And he reiterated calls to Congress to give the agency new tools and expanded authority.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), within the Department of Commerce, has launched an effort to identify “a core set of cybersecurity capabilities that could be a baseline for [Internet of Things (IoT)] devices.” The discussion draft, Considerations for a Core IoT Cybersecurity Capabilities Baseline, is intended to solicit stakeholder feedback and includes NIST’s “initial thoughts about what a core baseline of cybersecurity capabilities that are important for most IoT devices would look like.”