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.

All Model Policies

  • Targeted Regulatory Sandbox Act Final

    Purpose: This proposal modifies provisions related to the (insert relevant state agency) and allows businesses, under the observation of regulators, to trial new products, services, and business models while bypassing regulations unsuited for their innovative idea. Section 1. Highlighted Provisions. This bill: • defines terms; • creates …

  • Universal Regulatory Sandbox Act Final

    Purpose: This proposal modifies provisions related to the (INSERT RELEVANT STATE AGENCY) and allows businesses, under the observation of regulators, to trial innovative products, services, and business models while temporarily bypassing laws or regulations that may conflict. Section 1. State’s Open Records Provisions. ● Insert relevant state open …

  • The Privacy Protection Act Final

    Purpose This proposal establishes criteria for the government’s adoption of new and emerging surveillance technologies while ensuring privacy protections for individuals. Text Section 1. Definitions 1. “Commission” means the Personal Privacy Oversight Committee created in Section 4. 2. (a)“Government entity” means the state, county, a municipality, a higher education institute, …

  • Statement of Principles on Facial Recognition Policy Final

    I. Policymakers should avoid one-size fits all frameworks. Any framework should identify actual harms to consumers and be designed to protect against those harms. Prescriptive legislation should be avoided as it prevents the private sector from innovatively addressing public concerns about the technology. To the extent possible, policymakers should avoid …

  • Resolution for a Single Federal Standard for Consumer Privacy Final

    WHEREAS, the Internet knows no borders, and is therefore an inherently cross-jurisdictional entity; WHEREAS, consumer data privacy is fundamentally a matter of personal discretion for which there are distinct and wide-ranging preferences; WHEREAS, state-based comprehensive consumer data privacy standards run the risk of disrupting the free-flow of interstate commerce by …

  • Resolution Supporting Efforts of Telehealth Working Group Final

    WHEREAS, the cost of healthcare has grown an average of 2.4 percent faster than GDP since 1970 and currently represents 18 percent of the United States’ total GDP; and WHEREAS, the lack of access to health care in rural areas is contributing significantly to these increasing costs; and WHEREAS,  21 …

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