Friday, February 22, 2019

FTC Announces Agenda for the Tenth Session of its Hearings on Competition and Consumer Protection in the 21st Century

FTC Announces Agenda for the Tenth Session of its Hearings on Competition and Consumer Protection in the 21st Century

March 20 Hearing will examine competition and consumer protection issues in broadband markets

FOR RELEASE
February 22, 2019

The Federal Trade Commission today announced the agenda for the tenth session of its Hearings Initiative. The session, focused on competition and consumer protection issues in broadband markets, will take place on March 20, 2019 at the Constitution Center Auditorium at 400 7th St., SW, Washington D.C. The hearing originally was scheduled for January 16, 2019, but was postponed due to the government shutdown.

The hearing will examine developments in U.S. broadband markets, technology, and law since the FTC staff's 2007Broadband Connectivity Competition Policy report and the FTC staff's 1996 Competition Policy in the New High-Tech, Global Marketplace report. Participants in the hearing will discuss: (i) the evolution of broadband networking and broadband markets since the 2007 Broadband Report; (ii) the identification and evaluation of advertising claims by internet service providers with respect to the delivery speed of content; and (iii) the identification and evaluation of conduct by broadband market participants that may be exclusionary or anticompetitive.

As previously announced, the Commission invites public comment on these issues, including the questions listed below. The comment-filing deadline has been extended: comments should be submitted online by 11:59 pm EDT, May 31, 2019.

  1. The FTC's 2007 Broadband Report provided a technical background of broadband market issues relevant at that time. How should the Commission evaluate broadband technology issues now? Which technological developments are important for understanding the competitiveness of the industry? How would technological developments likely to occur in the near future impact the competitiveness of broadband markets, or otherwise affect consumer interests?
  2. How should the Commission define relevant markets in this industry? How should the Commission identify and measure market power of content providers, content delivery networks, internet transit providers, internet service providers, and other relevant market actors?
  3. How should the Commission identify and evaluate conduct in this industry that may be exclusionary or anticompetitive, including but not limited to discounting and preferential pricing, contracts and agreements between firms in vertical relationships, and conduct that may undermine or discriminate against rivals? Under what conditions does such conduct harm consumers? Under what conditions is conduct that may exclude or discriminate against rivals also associated with short-run or long-run efficiencies or consumer benefits?  
  4. Do existing local, state, or federal regulations affect different market participants in ways that limit competition and innovation?
  5. What are the existing standards, if any, regarding how actual internet speeds correspond to advertised internet speeds? Are such standards relevant to an FTC analysis under Section 5?
  6. What tools, platforms, and research are used to measure the speed of broadband and related services? Are they adequate for the FTC's analysis of speed claims? If not, what additional resources are needed? Do competitors rely on data from these sources in challenging each other's speed claims? 
  7. How can consumers or other stakeholders determine whether actual internet speeds match advertised speeds?
  8. Do existing methods of advertising internet speed adequately inform consumers about their choices for broadband and telecommunications services?

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Comment Period Extended for Draft SP 800-189


Comment Period Extended for Draft SP 800-189

Comment Period Extended: Comments on Draft SP 800-189 are now due by March 15, 2019 (the original due date was Feb. 15). Below is the original announcement from December 17, 2018, but with the new due date:

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NIST has released Draft NIST Special Publication (SP) 800-189, Secure Interdomain Traffic Exchange: Routing Robustness and DDoS Mitigation, which provides technical guidance and recommendations for deploying technologies that improve the security of interdomain traffic exchange. The document focuses on securing the interdomain routing control (i.e., Border Gateway Protocol) traffic as well as mitigating Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks. It is intended to guide information security officers and managers of federal enterprise networks. The guidance also applies to the network services of hosting providers (e.g., cloud-based applications and service hosting) and Internet Service Providers (ISPs) when they are used to support federal IT systems. The guidance will also be useful for enterprise and transit network operators and equipment vendors in general.

A public comment period for this document is open until March 15, 2019.

CSRC Update:
https://csrc.nist.gov/news/2018/nist-releases-draft-sp-800-189-for-comment

Publication Details:
https://csrc.nist.gov/publications/detail/sp/800-189/draft


NIST Applied Cybersecurity Division
NIST Computer Security Division
webmaster-csrc@nist.gov (Attn: Draft SP 800-189 Team)
Notification Sent By: N. Keller, NIST Computer Security Division

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

FCC Attorney Honors Program


Application Deadline: 11:59 pm on October 31, 2018
This date reflects the 2-week extension granted by the FCC to accommodate all qualified candidates directly or indirectly affected by Hurricanes Florence and Michael

The Federal Communications Commission's Attorney Honors Program is a two-year employment and training program designed to introduce selected candidates to the field of communications law and policy. Honors Attorneys quickly gain valuable experience and benefit from a wide variety of learning experiences. Attorneys at the FCC draft decisions in adjudicatory and rulemaking matters, work with internal and external constituencies to resolve complex policy issues before the agency, participate in international negotiations, represent the FCC in dealings with other government agencies, Congress and the private sector, and defend FCC decisions in the federal courts. Additionally, Honors Attorneys benefit from a specialized training and career-development curriculum designed specifically for the program.

All positions for the Attorney Honors Program are located at the FCC's headquarters in Washington, D.C. Specific placements within the agency will be based on the participant's interests and experience and the needs of the FCC. Honors Attorneys may have the opportunity to rotate to a new placement within the agency after their first year. At the end of the two-year program, Honors Program attorneys will be eligible for consideration for continued employment at the FCC.

Selection Criteria

Selection for the Honors Program is highly competitive, and the FCC reviews many facets of a candidate's background, including academic achievement, writing skills, law review and/or moot court experience, clinic or extracurricular activities, and demonstrated interest in government service and/or the communications sector.

Eligibility for Fall 2019

You are eligible to apply during the fall application window for the 2019 Attorney Honors Program if you are a:

  • Current law student who will graduate in the spring or summer of 2019;
  • Graduate law student who will complete your course of study by the summer of 2019;
  • Federal, state, or municipal judicial clerk serving during the 2018-19 judicial term.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should submit the following materials in a single email to Honors.Program@fcc.gov:  a cover letter explaining your interest in and qualifications for the Honors Program, resume, writing sample (preferably not more than 15 pages), current official or unofficial law school transcript, and a list of three professional references (with both phone and email contact information).

  • To expedite processing of your application, please save each of the required documents as a separate PDF file, with your last name as part of the file name.
  •  The subject line of the transmittal email submitting your application should include: "AHP 2019 Application".
  • All applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. ET on Wednesday, October 31, 2018.  Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

Selected applicants may be invited for interviews. While we prefer interviews to be held at the FCC's Headquarters in Washington, D.C., remote interviews are available if travel to Washington, D.C. is a hardship. We typically begin selecting candidates for interviews in October/November, and begin making offers before the end of the year. This tentative timeline is subject to change. Participants who enter the fall 2019 class will be expected to begin their employment with the agency by mid-September 2019.

More Information

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Sen. Commerce Committee Hearing :: Sept 26 :: Examining Consumer Privacy Protections

"WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, will convene a hearing titled “Examining Safeguards for Consumer Data Privacy,”at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 26, 2018. This hearing will examine privacy policies of top technology and communications firms, review the current state of consumer data privacy, and offer members the opportunity to discuss possible approaches to safeguarding privacy more effectively.
Consumers deserve clear answers and standards on data privacy protection,” said Thune“This hearing will provide leading technology companies and internet service providers an opportunity to explain their approaches to privacy, how they plan to address new requirements from the European Union and California, and what Congress can do to promote clear privacy expectations without hurting innovation.”
Witnesses:
  • Mr. Len Cali, Senior Vice President—Global Public Policy, AT&T Inc.
  • Mr. Andrew DeVore, Vice President and Associate General Counsel, Amazon.com, Inc.
  • Mr. Keith Enright, Chief Privacy Officer, Google LLC
  • Mr. Damian Kieran, Global Data Protection Officer and Associate Legal Director, Twitter, Inc.
  • Mr. Guy (Bud) Tribble, Vice President for Software Technology, Apple Inc.
  • Ms. Rachel Welch, Senior Vice President, Policy & External Affairs, Charter Communications, Inc.
*Witness list subject to change.
Hearing Details:
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
10:00 a.m.
Full Committee
Dirksen Senate Office Building G50
Witness testimony, opening statements, and a live video of the hearing will be available on www.commerce.senate.gov.

Wednesday, September 05, 2018

NTIA Virginia Broadband Summit Oct. 30, 2018

"NTIA's BroadbandUSA Program, in partnership with the Center for Innovative Technology (CIT), will host the Virginia Broadband Summit in Roanoke, Virginia on October 30, 2018. The purpose of the Summit is to engage the public and stakeholders with information to accelerate broadband connectivity, improve digital inclusion, and support local priorities. The Summit will provide information on topics including local broadband planning, funding and engagement with service providers. Speakers and attendees from Virginia, federal agencies and across the country will come together to explore ways to facilitate the expansion of broadband capacity, access, and utilization.

The Broadband Summit will be held on October 30, 2018, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Eastern Time, in Roanoke, Virginia at the Roanoke South County Library, 6303 Merriman Road, Roanoke, VA 24018.
"For further information contact Janice Wilkins, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, Room 4678, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482-5791; email: broadbandusaevents@ntia.doc.gov. Please direct media inquiries to NTIA's Office of Public Affairs, (202) 482-7002; email: press@ntia.doc.gov.

NIST Kicking off the Privacy Framework: Workshop #1 Austin TX Oct. 16th

"This is the first in a series of public workshops NIST is hosting on the development of the Privacy Framework: An Enterprise Risk Management Tool. In this half-day event, on October 16th, in Austin, Texas, attendees will hear from NIST representatives what to expect from the framework development process. They will learn from panels of experts how organizations are currently managing privacy risks, and where the challenges lie. The workshop also will be an opportunity to begin the discussion of how the NIST Privacy Framework can meet organizations' needs to better protect individuals' privacy. NIST plans to use the interactive discussions at this workshop as input to an annotated outline of the Privacy Framework. This event takes place just before IAPP's Privacy. Security. Risk. conference begins! Register early, as space is limited.

"Workshop Inputs: Prior to the workshop, NIST will post pre-read materials on the Privacy Framework website.

"Expected Workshop Outputs: Annotated outline of the Privacy Framework.

"If you're unable to attend, a recording of this event will be posted shortly after the event on the Privacy Framework website. Additionally, this will be one of several in-person opportunities to engage with NIST on the development of this framework – so stay tuned, as we'll be announcing future events.

We'd also encourage you to sign up for our Privacy Framework listserv for updates.

For more information on transportation, lodging and dining, please visit Austin, Texas Visitor Center or IAPP's conference website.

https://www.nist.gov/news-events/events/2018/10/kicking-privacy-framework-workshop-1

✏️ RFC NIST :: Draft Cybersecurity Practice Guide SP 1800-14, Protecting the Integrity of Internet Routing: Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) Route Origin Validation, is Available for Comment

"It is difficult to overstate the importance of the internet to modern business and society in general. The internet is not a single network, but rather a complex grid of independent interconnected networks that relies on a protocol known as Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) to route traffic to its intended destination.
Unfortunately, BGP was not designed with security in mind and a route hijack attack can deny access to internet services, misdeliver traffic to malicious endpoints, and cause routing instability. A technique known as BPG route origin validation (ROV) is designed to protect against route hijacking.
"NIST’s National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE), together with several technology vendors, has developed proof-of-concept demonstrations of BGP ROV implementation designed to improve the security of the internet's routing infrastructure. 
"Comments for this draft are due by October 15, 2018. To review Draft Special Publication (SP) 1800-14, and for information on submitting comments, please visit the links below.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

RFC NTIA International Internet Policy Priorities - Due July 17

Docket Number: 
180124068–8068–01

In response to requests for additional time, the Department of Commerce is extending the closing deadline for submitting comments to a request for public comments entitled ''International Internet Policy Priorities'' published in the Federal Register on June 5, 2018. Through this notice, the Department extends the comment period to July 17, 2018. Comments are due on July 17, 2018, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). 

Written comments may be submitted by email to iipp2018@ntia.doc.gov. Comments submitted by email should be machine-readable and should not be copy-protected. Written comments also may be submitted by mail to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Room 4725, Attn: Fiona Alexander, Washington, DC 20230.

For further information contact Fiona Alexander, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Room 4706, Washington, DC 20230; telephone (202) 482–1866; email falexander@ntia.doc.gov. Please direct media inquiries to NTIA's Office of Public Affairs, (202) 482–7002, or at press@ntia.doc.gov.


Docket Number: 
180124068-8068-01

Recognizing the vital importance of the Internet and digital communications to U.S. innovation, prosperity, education, and civic and cultural life, NTIA has made it a top priority to encourage growth and innovation for the Internet and Internet-enabled economy. Towards that end, NTIA is seeking comments and recommendations from all interested stakeholders on its international Internet policy priorities for 2018 and beyond. These comments will help inform NTIA to identify priority issues and help NTIA effectively leverage its resources and expertise to address those issues.


Written comments may be submitted by email to iipp2018@ntia.doc.gov. Comments submitted by email should be machine-readable and should not be copy-protected. Written comments also may be submitted by mail to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Room 4725, Attn: Fiona Alexander, Washington, DC 20230.