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.