Tech Brief: Week in Review & What’s Ahead

Week in Review

Net Neutrality Day of Action

  • Hundreds of companies joined forces July 12 for the net neutrality “Day of Action” to share pro-net neutrality messages and home page banners voicing support for the current Federal Communications Commission rule protecting websites from what they call potential unfair treatment by internet service providers.
  • Despite supporting efforts to role back net neutrality rules, AT&T Inc. participated in the protest. A company executive said that the wireless provider joined the event because it wanted to show its support for “preserving and advancing an open internet.”
  • A public opinion poll conducted by Freedman Consulting, LLC found that 77 percent of those surveyed support the FCC’s current net neutrality protections, with the rule strongly favored by Republicans, Democrats and independents alike.

New Chinese regulations force concessions, questions from tech and industry

  • Apple Inc. opened its first data center in China to comply with new digital security rules — approved last month — requiring companies to store Chinese users’ information in the country.
  • Global automakers and industry groups are urging China to delay and soften a new policy that includes the ambitious goal of making hybrid and electric cars at least a fifth of the country’s vehicle sales by 2025, a plan industry groups said “is not possible to meet.”

U.S. stepping up response to cybersecurity threats

  • Trump also announced on Twitter that he and Putin discussed forming a cybersecurity unit to address future hacking concerns, but the idea was quickly criticized by lawmakers and Trump later said he did not think the partnership could happen.

What’s Ahead

  • The Federal Communications Commission announced that it will hold its next monthly open commission meeting on August 3, where the members plan to discuss efforts to bridge the digital divide in rural broadband access.
  • The House Energy and Commerce Committee plans to hold a formal hearing on a package of 14 bills regarding self-driving vehicles. A hearing on draft legislation was held several weeks ago, and the committee plans to schedule the next hearing before the end of the month.
  • House lawmakers continue to work on finalizing their version of the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act, which now includes amendments improving cybersecurity at the Pentagon, creating a stronger cybersecurity workforce and enhancing cybersecurity training.

Events Calendar (All Times Local)

NG911 Institute lunch event on next-generation 911, IoT and smart cities 12 p.m.
NTIA virtual meeting in multi-stakeholder process on IoT security 2 p.m.
Senate Commerce Committee FCC confirmation hearing 10 a.m.
House Science Committee hearing on technology and energy innovation 10 a.m.
NTIA BroadbandUSA webinar 2 p.m.
FCC local number portability administrator transition webinar 3 p.m.
Senate Internet subcommittee hearing on updating FirstNet 10 a.m.
No events scheduled.


Morning Consult Tech Top Reads

1) AT&T is joining a pro net neutrality rally even as it fights to kill current net neutrality rules
Tony Romm, Recode

2) Trump minimizes hacking allegations and seeks to ‘move forward’ with Russia
Philip Rucker, The Washington Post

3) FBI nominee stresses cyber and spy powers
Sean D. Carberry, FCW

4) House votes to require Pentagon to report Russian cyberattacks
Morgan Chalfant, The Hill

5) Verizon data of 6 million users leaked online
Selena Larson, CNN

6) Microsoft’s Rural Broadband Solution: TV ‘White Space’
Jay Greene, The Wall Street Journal

7) Paying Professors: Inside Google’s Academic Influence Campaign
Brody Mullins and Jack Nicas, The Wall Street Journal

8) See How Tech Companies Got Together for a Day of Online Protest
Cecilia Kang, The New York Times

9) 2 Years After Massive Breach, OPM Isn’t Sufficiently Vetting It Systems
Joseph Marks, Nextgov

10) Two-Factor Authentication Is a Mess
Russell Brandom, The Verge

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