FCC $100 Million Connected Care Pilot Program Takes Important Step Forward with July 10 Vote

On Wednesday, July 10, the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC or Commission) commissioners will meet publicly to vote on a range of items, including a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) proposing to establish a three-year, $100 million pilot program to help healthcare providers cover the cost of broadband service that will enable low-income patients and veterans to have access to telehealth services. Building on a proposal championed by FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr, this development is an important step towards realizing the [...]

FTC Releases New Guidance Document on Cybersecurity for Small Business

ACT | The App Association members develop the innovative solutions that will power the growth of the internet of things (IoT). While the rise of IoT holds great promise, it also raises security threats thanks to the increase in networked devices in a wide range of industries. Because of this, companies using IoT devices will require more evolved and dynamic risk management practices. No data is more important to Americans than their own personal information. Our members appreciate the value [...]

Tariffs on China May Slow Down the App Economy

Talk of a trade war between the United States and China dominates today’s news cycle. As continued rounds of talks occur (and more are planned), the office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR)—the executive branch federal agency that works directly with foreign governments to negotiate trade agreements and to resolve disputes—put tariffs in place for a range of Chinese goods through three rounds of rulemakings. Now, in a fourth round, USTR is proposing to extend its tariffs on Chinese goods [...]

ACT | The App Association’s 2019 Summer App Guide

BBQ invites are rolling in, plans for road trips are being made, and the smell of SPF is everywhere. You know what that means: SUMMERTIME! We assembled our top eight seasonally app-ropriate apps that can cool you down, help plan your trips, and keep kids’ brains engaged and entertained during the summer months. P.S. Enjoy the tunes (first link in each entry) while you scroll! Cool for the summer – Whether you’re at the amusement park, on the beach, or [...]

America Needs a Weatherproof Plan for 5G

Without broadband, there is no app economy. However, the United States has a big problem: broadband is in short supply in many areas throughout the country. A conservative estimate cites that 23 million Americans do not have broadband. Rural areas, of course, are carrying the brunt of the broadband shortage. Given that many app developers live and operate in rural areas, expediting 5G deployment is essential to their growth. In the advent of 5G, developers will leverage those wireless networks [...]

Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) antitrust enforcement case against Qualcomm

In a highly-anticipated decision in the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) antitrust enforcement case against Qualcomm, U.S. District Court judge Lucy Koh found that Qualcomm’s licensing practices clearly violate U.S. antitrust law and rejected U.S. Department of Justice’s Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust Makan Delrahim’s newfangled legal theory that competition law has no role in addressing the abuse of standard-essential patents (SEPs). Judge Koh’s decision provides much-needed certainty for any stakeholder as to the role of U.S. competition law in protecting [...]

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