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US Senate Introduces $2.2bn AI Initiative Act

May 23, 2019

This week, U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio), co-founders of the Senate Artificial Intelligence Caucus, unveiled the Artificial Intelligence Initiative Act (AI-IA). The act aims to organize a coordinated national strategy to accelerate AI deployments in government agencies, academia, and the private sector over the next 10 years. It will also see the federal government provide $2.2 billion USD in investments.

Lawmakers call for 'time out' on facial recognition tech

May 23, 2019

"It seems to me it’s time for a time out," House Oversight and Reform Committee ranking member Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) said during the hearing. "[This technology] is virtually unregulated -- but I think that frankly needs to change." The intensifying federal scrutiny comes amid a national debate over the technology, which has attracted the criticism of privacy and civil rights activists and calls for new restrictions.

Tech Sector Frets Over U.S. Export Controls

May 22, 2019

As regulators prepare to tighten U.S. export controls with an eye toward restricting technology transfers to China, industry groups are pushing back, arguing that overly restrictive rules would cost U.S. industry hundreds of billions in export sales.

Five questions about 5G, answered

May 22, 2019

There is a lot of 5G hype -- too much, actually -- and it’s much more complicated than the transition to 4G was. On top of complicated technological questions about millimeter waves and modems, there’s also geopolitics, trade wars, gigantic lawsuits between tech titans, and empty buildings in Wisconsin.

Rural Americans need high-speed internet, too

May 22, 2019

It has been more than 10 years since the collapse of Lehman Brothers, which began a global financial crisis and an economic recession - a period of time that fundamentally changed the American economy. Although the data today shows that the country overall has seen economic improvement, the reality is that rural America hasn’t seen the same benefits as urban areas.

China and Huawei need US more than America needs them in 5G wireless race, say industry insiders

May 21, 2019

President Donald Trump’s new order effectively blacklisting Huawei, the Chinese telecommunications networking equipment maker and smartphone giant, from the U.S. market will not hurt America in the race to build out next-generation 5G wireless technology, a well-known CEO and a top telecom investment banker who did not want to be identified told CNBC on Friday.

We can't let our lead in semiconductor technology slip away

May 21, 2019

With transistors 10,000 times thinner than a human hair -- so small billions can fit on a chip the size of cufflink -- today’s semiconductors are a triumph of innovation and a hallmark of America’s technological prowess. U.S. companies have led the world for decades in producing these tiny chips that power modern technologies and are a big reason America has the world’s most advanced technologies, the biggest economy and the greatest military.

DOJ Leans Against Approving T-Mobile's Takeover of Sprint

May 21, 2019

The Justice Department is leaning against approving T-Mobile US Inc.’s proposed takeover of Sprint Corp., according to a person familiar with the review, even after the companies won the backing of the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. The remedies proposed by the wireless carriers earlier Monday don’t go far enough to resolve the department’s concerns that the deal risks harming competition...

FCC Republicans give green light to T-Mobile-Sprint merger

May 21, 2019

The Republican-controlled Federal Communications Commission indicated on Monday that it would approve the T-Mobile-Sprint merger after the two companies agreed to spin off Boost Mobile and submit to other conditions for the $26 billion deal. Ajit Pai, the FCC's Republican chairman, said in a statement Monday morning that he was encouraged by the companies' commitments to expand rural connectivity and to build out a large next-generation 5G wireless network as conditions for approving the merger.

House Panel Rejects Space Force

May 21, 2019

A key House panel has rejected the Trump administration’s plan to create Space Force, a sixth branch of the U.S. military focused on orbital operations. The proposal “leaves many unanswered questions and lacks important details and supporting analysis to justify the proposed size, scope, cost, roles, and authorities for the new military service,” members of the Democrat-led House Appropriations Committee’s defense subcommittee said in their report on the 2020 budget proposal.

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