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The US Week Ahead: Senators tackle global internet standards; FCC makes 5G moves

In the Senate:

The Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation and the Internet will hold a hearing on July 31 titled "The Internet and Digital Communications: Examining the Impact of Global Internet Governance." A range of business and policy experts will offer testimony.

Among the testifying witnesses is Michael Chertoff, the former secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and founder of The Chertoff Group, a global advisory firm focused on security and risk. Other witnesses include James Bladel, vice president of policy at GoDaddy Inc.; Roslyn Layton, a digital technology policy scholar at the American Enterprise Institute; Christopher Painter, the former top cyber diplomat at the State Department and current commissioner of the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace; and Denise Zheng, vice president of policy at The Business Roundtable, a public policy group comprised of CEOs.

The hearing is set to review international internet policies impacting the competitiveness, investment and innovation opportunities of U.S. businesses domestically and abroad. Among the most high-profile international internet policies impacting American businesses is the General Data Protection Regulation a new set of rules and privacy laws passed by the European Union designed to improve protections around how personal data is collected, stored and managed.

Among the key provisions, the GDPR contains rules that require companies to notify users of data breaches within 72 hours of discovery; necessitates privacy-by-design for new services; and mandates that companies assess privacy and data protection compliance from the beginning of product development. The new rules forced many U.S. businesses operating or serving customers inside the EU to upgrade their privacy policies and terms of service after the rules took effect on May 25.

At the FCC:

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission will hold its monthly open meeting Aug. 2 where it is set to vote on a number of items, including several aimed at speeding the deployment of next-generation 5G wireless technology.

First, the agency will consider a public notice establishing application and bidding procedures for its upcoming auctions of the 28 GHz and 24 GHz spectrum bands. This millimeter wave spectrum is expected to play a significant role in the rollout of 5G given that it offers wider bands for greater traffic throughput. If approved, the auction would begin Nov. 14. The bidding for the 24 GHz band, meanwhile, would begin immediately after the conclusion of the 28 GHz band auction. The auctions will represent the first for high-band spectrum in the U.S. for 5G technology.

Looking even further out at higher spectrum bands, the FCC will also consider a further notice of proposed rulemaking that would create a single auction for 37 GHz, 39 GHz and 47 GHz bands in 2019.

In terms of 5G infrastructure, the agency will consider a measure that aims to speed up the deployment of 5G equipment on utility poles. Specifically, the order would adopt a "one-touch make-ready" regime for the vast majority of pole attachments governed by federal law. Under this framework, a single crew can perform all of the make-ready work, such as rearranging existing attachments on a utility pole, at the same time, without having to wait for the incumbent equipment owner to send out their own crew. According to the FCC, one-touch make-ready policies speed and reduce the cost of broadband deployment by "allowing the party with the strongest incentive — the new attacher — to prepare the pole quickly to perform all of the work itself, rather than spreading the work across multiple parties."

Also at the meeting, the FCC will consider a notice of inquiry on creating a Universal Service Fund pilot program to promote the use of telehealth services among low-income Americans. The FCC envisions setting aside up to $100 million in total funding for this pilot program, with each telehealth pilot project able to receive up to $5 million in funding.

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July 30 The House of Representatives finished up legislative business last week and begins a five-week recess this week.
July 31 The Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet will hold a hearing titled "The Internet and Digital Communications: Examining the Impact of Global Internet Governance."
Aug. 1 The Senate Committee on Foreign Relations will hold a hearing titled "Assessing the Value of the NATO Alliance."
The FCC:
Aug. 2 The FCC will hold its monthly open meeting at 10:30 a.m. ET.
Aug. 2 The 2019 World Radiocommunication Conference Advisory Committee's informal working groups for regulatory issues and space services will both hold meetings. The advisory committee is chartered under the Federal Advisory Committee Act to provide the FCC with public views and recommendations in preparation for the 2019 World Radiocommunication Conference.
The FTC:
Aug. 2 The FTC will hold a webinar on Fighting Consumer Fraud and Identity Theft in North Dakota.
Industry events:
July 29 - Aug. 1 The National Cable Television Cooperative and the American Cable Association will hold their 2018 Independent Show.
July 30 The Bipartisan Policy Center will hold a public forum on the federal government's data strategy.
July 31 Government Executive will lead a digital viewcast event titled "From Data to Artificial Intelligence: Accelerating Modernization."
Aug. 1

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce will hold an event titled "Get Smart On Blockchain."

Cybersecurity events:
July 30 The Hudson Institute will hold an event titled "Requirements for a Successful Military Cloud: Best Practices, Innovation and Security."
July 31 The Department of Homeland Security will hold its National Cybersecurity Summit.

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