Policy Updates

Welcome back to TIA's Policy Update. This is a members-only update that summarizes recent news and policy developments from around the information and communications technology industry.

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  • Majority Leader Cantor's primary loss deals blow to immigration reform efforts on the Hill.
  • New report from McAfee suggests annual cost to global economy from cybercrime is more than $400 billion.
  • FCC announces tentative agenda for June 13 Open Meeting; includes IP transition presentation.


  • Broadband Capacity: Are We Ready?

  • FCC Chairman Wheeler posts blog addressing internal wireless connections in schools and libraries.
  • Bipartisan group of Congressmen sends letter to FCC on E-Rate modernization.
  • FCC Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on VCXC petition for Notice of Inquiry on the migration to HD voice; comments due June 23 and reply comments due July 8.
  • FCC releases Open Internet Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) - GN Docket No. 14-28; comments due July 15 and reply comments due September 10.
  • FCC Chief of Staff Ruth Milkman says Commission is looking at interconnection as part of the Open Internet proceeding.
  • House Energy and Commerce Committee releases white paper focusing on competition policy, seeking comments to assist in Communications Act Update; comments due June 13.



What is Spectrum Sharing?


  • The World Trade Organization (WTO) Annual Report 2014 and is now available. Press Release
  • The 2014 ITU Global Symposium for Regulators was held June 3-5 in Bahrain. Press Release
  • U.S. International Trade Commission releases the 2014 annual report on Recent Trends in U.S. Services Trade.
  • The Bureau of Economic Analysis announces comprehensive restructuring of International Economic Accounts, including new categories for computer services and information services.
  • The Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee (RE&EEAC) will hold an open meeting on June 12.

Research Ecosystem

  • Tax extenders bill, which includes the R&D credit,  stalled in Senate until after November elections.
  • On May 27 the White House hosted the 2014 White House Science Fair, highlighting STEM fields and education. Fact Sheet

Public Safety


The Public Safety Network Challenge

  • TIA files comments to FCC on Wireless E911 Location Accuracy; reply comments have been extended to July 14. 
  • FCC's Communications Security, Reliability, and Interoperability Council (CSRIC) will meet on June 18.
  • The FirstNet Board held a meeting last week at the PSCR 2014 Public Safety Broadband Stakeholder Conference this was the first meeting chaired by Sue Swenson. Contact Mark for more details. PSCR Conference Information
  • FCC Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau is seeking comments on Petition for Rulemaking filed by the National Public Safety Telecommunications Council; comments are due June 30 and reply comments are due July 15.
  • TIA files comments with FCC on Land Mobile Communications Council (LLMC) petition for rulemaking on eligibility for 800 MHz Expansion Band and Guard Band frequencies. LLMC Petition for Rulemaking



Security and Big Data Analytics Converge

  • New GAO report shows federal agencies need to improve cyber incident response practices.
  • NIST proposes risk management security guidelines for federal ICT Supply Chains; comments due July 19.
  • TIA will be hosting a June 19 Communications Sector Coordinating Council (CSCC) webinar on "Cybersecurity Framework Impact on Operations"
  • NIST issues draft publication, 'Systems Security Engineering: An Integrated Approach to Building Trustworthy Resilient Systems'; comments due July 11.
  • DoD issues final DFARS counterfeit electronic parts prevention rules; announces June 16 workshop.

Green ICT

  • DOE solicits nominations for the Appliance Standards and Rulemaking Federal Advisory Committee (ASRAC).
  • The House appropriations committee releases draft FY2015 $34 billion energy and water spending bill.
  • OMB draft annual report concludes federal regulations yielded benefits of between $217 to $863 billion, at a cost of $57 to 84 billion.
  • DOE and White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) host Energy Datapalooza
  • DOE announces July 11th public meeting on smart and grid-connected commercial and residential buildings end-use equipment and appliances.TIA files joint industry comments with the California Energy Commission on network equipment rulemaking.


  • TIA presents at June 9-10, 2014 M-Enabling Summit in Washington, DC. Contact Brian for more details.
  • US Access Board holds webinar on assistive technology and Section 508 best practices.
  • FCC issues compliance guide on accessible mobile browsers (Sec. 718).

Standards & IPR

  • FTC amends and seeks comment on proposed Section 6(b) study on patent assertion entities (PAE's).
  • TIA submits comments to OMB on proposed changes to Circular A-119 (federal policy on use and participation in the development of standards).

Equipment Certification

  • New European Radio Equipment Directive (RED) contains eLabeling recommendation.
  • FCC Labs issue draft KDB on eLabeling; comments due June 13.
  • FCC Commissioner O'Rielly posts blog supporting eLabeling allowance.

Health IT


The mHealth Evolution

  • TIA leads multistakeholder group in proposing removal of burdensome telehealth restriction in the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP).
  • ONC white paper gives 10 year vision for interoperable health IT structure.
  • Next TIA Health IT Working Group meeting set for June 23. Contact Brian or David for more information.
  • TIA submits comments to International Medical Device Regulators Forum (IMDRF) on Software as a Medical Device (SaMD): Possible Framework for Risk Categorization and Corresponding Controls. Contact Brian for more information.
  • TIA files comments with House Energy & Commerce Committee's 21st Century Cures initiative on "21st Century Cures: A Call to Action".
  • FDA proposing changes to medical device classification procedures; comments due June 23.

Intelligent Transportation Systems

  • TIA holding numerous Capitol Hill meetings on autonomous vehicle issues. Contact Brian for more Information.
  • TIA Intelligent Transportation Systems Working Group (ITSWG) holds meeting on June 26. Contact Brian for more details.