By Amir Nasr
January 18, 2017 at 3:44 pm ET
President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for commerce secretary, Wilbur Ross, testified before the Senate Commerce Committee on Wednesday, touching on tech subjects ranging from wireless spectrum to broadband deployment.
The Commerce Department has broad responsibilities in the tech field, including jurisdiction over the federal government’s airwaves, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and national science labs.
Most notably, Ross said he would push to get government agencies to free up unused spectrum, a longstanding goal of Commerce Committee Chairman John Thune (R-S.D). Ross also said he would work to balance privacy protections and data protectionism in data-transfer agreements such as the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield pact.
Here are other tech tidbits from Wednesday’s confirmation hearing: