March 30, 2022 Weekly Wireless Wrap-Up

Good afternoon from Washington, DC!  Below you will find this week’s Weekly Wireless Wrap-Up, your update on the wireless telecommunications regulatory landscape, important wireless decisions, and more!  Here’s your wrap-up:

FCC:

  • Last Friday, the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau released a Public Notice announcing that certain communications equipment and/or services from AO Kaspersky Lab, China Telecom (Americas) Corp, and China Mobile International USA have been deemed an unacceptable threat to national security and added to the Covered List. The Secure Networks Act established a process to prohibit the use of federal subsidies to purchase equipment or services deemed to pose national security risks, as well as a reimbursement program that provided for the replacement of communications equipment or services that posed such risks.  For more information and to view a copy of the Notice, see our post here.

Congress:

  • Tomorrow at 10:30 a.m., the House Committee on Energy & Commerce will hold a hearing titled “Connecting America: Oversight of the FCC.” Witnesses will include Federal Communications Commission Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel and Commissioners Brendan Carr, Geoffrey Starks, and Nathan Simington.  The hearing will focus on a range of issues for which the FCC is responsible, including the FCC’s spectrum auction authority, the spectrum pipeline, broadband affordability and adoption, the Universal Service Fund, broadband mapping, robocalls, and secure networks.  For more information and to view the live hearing, see the Committee’s website here.
  • On Monday, Senator Gary Peters held a field committee hearing in Detroit, Michigan, titled “Made in America: The Future of Automotive Innovation and Semiconductor Chips.” The hearing focused on the ability of Congress to further automotive innovation by leveraging semiconductor chips and other technologies.  Witness included Glenn Stevens, Executive Director at MICHauto, Jay Rathert, Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships at KLA, Steve Dawes, Director at UAW Region 1D, and Garrick Francis, Vice President at Alliance for Automotive Innovators.  For more information and to view the live hearing, see the Committee’s website here.

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