OVERNIGHT TECH: House Energy and Commerce subpanel to examine freeing up government spectrum

The issue was raised at a House Energy and Commerce trade subpanel hearing on encouraging job growth in the mobile app market. Reps. Mary Bono Mack (R-Calif.) and Marsha BlackburnMarsha BlackburnSenate Republicans press federal authorities for information on Texas synagogue hostage-taker Sunday shows preview: Democrats' struggle for voting rights bill comes to a head CNN legal analyst knocks GOP senator over remark on Biden nominee MORE (R-Tenn.) noted that the app market can't flourish if there's not enough spectrum available for the apps to run on.


“The subcommittee will continue to examine how both federal agencies and commercial wireless carriers might benefit from more efficient government use of spectrum,” subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden (R-Ore.) said in a statement issued last week. “As the single largest spectrum user, the federal government could save taxpayers money and make more frequencies available to meet American consumers’ growing demand for mobile broadband services.”

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Huawei, ZTE executives to testify before House Intel Committee: The House Intelligence Committee will continue the next phase of its probe into the alleged national security threats posed by Chinese telecommunications companies doing business in the United States at an open hearing Thursday morning. Charles Ding, corporate senior vice president of Huawei, and ZTE Senior Vice President Zhu Jinyun will testify before the committee and tackle questions from lawmakers about the companies' alleged ties to the Chinese government and expansion into the United States. Committee leaders Reps. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) and Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.) plan to release both classified and unclassified reports on the findings of their investigation next month. 

Senate Judiciary slated to consider updates to digital privacy laws: The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to consider updates to the Video Privacy Protection Act and the Electronic Communications Privacy Act at its business meeting on Thursday morning. "The explosion of cloud computing, social networking sites, video streaming and other new technologies in the years since require that Congress take action to bring our privacy laws into the digital age," Judiciary Chairman Patrick LeahyPatrick Joseph LeahyFiscal spending deadline nears while lawmakers face pressure to strike deal These Senate seats are up for election in 2022 Senate panel advances bill blocking tech giants from favoring own products MORE (D-Vt.) said in a statement earlier this week.

Fairsearch.org to host roundtable on Google's pending antitrust cases: FairSearch.org will hold a panel discussion Thursday morning that will examine competition in the Internet market and the ongoing FTC and European Union investigations into whether Google’s business practices violate antitrust laws. The organization counts Expedia, Microsoft and Kayak as members and is critical of Google.

The event’s roundtable of panelists will include Kayak chief marketing officer Robert Birge, American Antitrust Institute President Albert Foer and Skyhook Wireless general counsel Rodman Forter.


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