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Remarks of Assistant Secretary Redl at CES 2018

Remarks of David Redl
Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information
CES 2018
Las Vegas
January 9, 2018

--As Prepared for Delivery--

Thank you. I'm thrilled to be back at CES. This is my first trip here as a member of the Executive Branch, and despite what you might think I'm having just as much fun this time around.

U.S. Departments of Commerce, Homeland Security Release Preliminary Report on Promoting Action Against Botnets and Other Automated Threats
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 
January 05, 2018
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Commerce Department
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WASHINGTON -  Today, the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security released a draft report to President Trump in response to the May 11, 2017, Presidential Executive Order on Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure.

A Report to the President on Enhancing the Resilience of the Internet and Communications Ecosystem Against Botnets and Other Automated, Distributed Threats
Topics: 
Internet PolicyInternet Policy Task ForceCybersecurity
January 05, 2018

This draft report responds to the May 11, 2017, Executive Order on Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure. That order called for "resilience against botnets and other automated, distributed threats," directing the Departments of Commerce and Homeland Security to "lead an open and transparent process to identify and promote action by appropriate stakeholders" with the goal of "dramatically reducing threats perpetrated by automated and distributed attacks (e.g., botnets)." 

NTIA Recommends Improvements to the FCC’s Broadband Data Collection

NTIA relies on sound data to understand the state of communications and information use in the United States, and to develop policies that promote robust broadband services across the country. Since 1994, NTIA has been collecting data on broadband adoption and usage in the United States. Our work has been complemented in recent years by the Federal Communications Commission's Form 477 data program.

Broadband providers--including both wired and wireless providers--complete Form 477 to report where they offer service, as well as what speeds they offer and the technologies they use, among other information. The data collected through Form 477 constitute a critical resource for NTIA, as well as other policymakers and researchers who are interested in understanding Internet access in the United States. This week, in response to the FCC seeking ideas for how to improve its Form 477 data collection, NTIA filed comments recommending specific measures the FCC can take to enhance the program.

In the filing, NTIA recommends improvements to two aspects of the Form 477 program. First, the FCC should bolster the accuracy of the broadband availability data. During every reporting period, numerous providers from across the country, using a range of different methodologies, submit data on every Census block they serve. Such extensive data are bound to include some inaccuracies and differences based on providers' interpretations of reporting instructions.

NTIA Comments on Modernizing the FCC Form 477 Data Program
Docket Number: 
WC Docket No. 11–10
Date: 
January 03, 2018

NTIA, as the President's principal adviser on telecommunications and information service policy, and as one of the leading Federal agencies in the collection, analysis, and dissemination of data relevant to broadband availability and adoption, respectfully comments on this Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. Recognizing the importance of data-driven decision making, NTIA applauds the Commission's efforts to improve the quality, accuracy, and utility of Form 477 data.

Request for Comment on Promoting Stakeholder Action Against Botnets and Other Automated Threats
Date: 
January 05, 2018

The Department of Commerce is requesting comment on a draft Report about actions to address automated and distributed threats to the digital ecosystem as part of the activity directed by Executive Order 13800, "Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure." Through this Notice, the Department seeks broad input and feedback from all interested stakeholders--including private industry, academia, civil society, and other security experts--on this dra

Notice of Renewal of the Digital Economy Board of Advisors Charter
Date: 
January 02, 2018

On December 20, 2017, the U.S. Department of Commerce renewed the Charter for the Digital Economy Board of Advisors. It has been determined that the Committee is necessary and in the public interest.

For further information please contact Evelyn Remaley, Designated Federal Officer, NTIA, 1401 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20230; Telephone (202) 482-3821; Email: eremaley@ntia.doc.gov.

Digital Economy Board of Advisors Membership Balance Plan
Date: 
January 03, 2018
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