• This Week In Tech Policy

    • Gardner, Markey Introduce the Hack Your State Department Act
    • Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Ed Markey (D-MA) introduced the Hack Your State Department Act, legislation to establish a program for pre-screened professionals to hack the State Department in order to identify cybersecurity vulnerabilities. Under the legislation, a hacker will be compensated for identifying and disclosing a vulnerability. There will also be a process for the general public to report cybersecurity vulnerabilities to the State Department.

    • Crow Holds Hearing to Examine Skills Gap Facing Small Businesses
    • Rep. Jason Crow (D-CO) Chairman of the Small Business Subcommittee on Innovation and Workforce Development gathered business owners, labor experts, and industry representatives to discuss ways private industry and the government can collaborate to ensure that the labor force has the training necessary to meet the skill demands of the economy now and in the future.

    • FCC votes on action and legal framework to fight robocalls
      The Federal Communications Commission voted on a ruling Thursday that would combat robocalls that spoof legitimate, in-service numbers and provide a legal framework for phone carriers to carry out the action.

    • For 5G, AT&T and T-Mobile buy $1.8 billion worth of 24GHz spectrum across US
      AT&T and T-Mobile committed to spend nearly $1.8 billion, combined, on high-frequency spectrum for their 5G networks in a Federal Communications Commission auction that sold airwave licenses covering the whole US. Verizon committed to spend $506 million in a separate 5G auction.