Communications and Technology

Task Force Description

With nearly 200 members representing all parts of the country and every segment of industry, the Communications and Technology Task Force believes that constant, dynamic innovation in communications and technology presents numerous complexities that defy traditional public policy prescriptions. To help policymakers understand the changes underway in the 21st century economy, the Task Force brings together state legislators, private industry, and policy experts to develop public policies that will promote economic growth, freedom of technology, and innovation in the states.

Areas of focus for the Task Force include: 1) broadband deployment and adoption; 2) protecting consumer choice in privacy; 3) promoting new forms of e-commerce; and 4) growing the high-tech sector of the economy. Additionally, the Task Force has established five subcommittees to thoroughly investigate topics of interest to the states. These subcommittees are: Broadband; E-Commerce; Information Technology; Innovation; and Consumer Protection, Critical Infrastructure, and Security Technologies.

Meeting Information

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All Model Policies

  • Computer Protection Act Sunset Review

    Computer Protection Act Summary Prohibits a person from using specified protected computers to relay or retransmit commercial electronic mail messages with the intent to deceive or mislead recipients or an electronic mail service provider under specified circumstances; prohibits a person from materially falsifying header information in commercial electronic mail …

  • Computer Spyware Protection Act Sunset Review

    Computer Spyware Protection Act Summary Spyware is a catch-all term for computer programs that can track computer users’ movements online. There are hundreds of programs that range from innocuous “ad-ware,” which generates pop-up advertisements, to more dangerous programs that can record a user’s keystrokes to gather personal information such …

  • Statement of Principles for Online Free Speech Draft

    The Internet has become the modern marketplace and vibrant forum, run by the private sector. This structure has led to a growth of free speech; created new e-commerce businesses; increased convenience of life; established new jobs; and so much more. Recently, there have been challenges and debates regarding the future …

  • Vehicle Platooning for Safety and Efficiency Act Final

    Section 1.  (Legislative Declarations) Subdivision 1.  A vehicle platooning system electronically coordinates the speed between a lead vehicle and one or more follow vehicles, enabling them to travel safely in a unified manner at a close following distance.  A vehicle platooning system relies on a connected automated braking system, which …

  • Vehicle Platooning for Safety and Efficiency Act Draft

    Vehicle Platooning for Safety and Efficiency Act Summary This legislation enables vehicle platooning operations. Vehicle platooning systems enhance efficiency by enabling aerodynamic drafting. While platooning, a lead vehicle is followed by one or more other vehicles at a close distance by relying on connected and automated braking systems and other …

  • Model State Automated Vehicle (AV) Policy Draft

    Model State Automated Vehicle (AV) Policy Section 1. Definitions   Automated Driving System. The hardware and software that are collectively capable of performing the entire dynamic driving task (DDT) on a sustained basis, regardless of whether it is limited to a specific operational design domain (ODD). This term is used …

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