Jan 28, 2020 / Technology

ICYMI: McMorris Rodgers Keynotes at State of the Net

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This morning, Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), the Republican Leader on the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce, participated in the State of the Net, a policy conference led by the Internet Education Foundation (IEF). Robert Atkinson, the founder and president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) moderated a discussion with McMorris Rodgers on emerging technologies and pro-innovation policies that are essential for American leadership in a global economy. In case you missed it, you can watch the full discussion here:  

PRIVACY: 
 
“There are nearly 80 state laws that are being introduced across the country in state legislatures, so it’s easy to see where we are very quickly developing a patchwork of laws at the state level that will be in conflict with one another and will create more confusion for the consumer as well as making it very difficult on the businesses. The work that we are doing around privacy is very important… I’m proud that we have a staff draft of at least some sections that we released just before Christmas around privacy. We are continuing to work toward a bipartisan bill on privacy.”  
 
“One of my biggest concerns with GDPR has been the increased enforcement or compliance cost that are impacting startups in Europe right now… America has led the world in innovation and new technologies, and we need to make sure as we move forward with privacy that we are doing it in a way that is going to ensure that for the next generation of startups and innovators here in America.” 
 
ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: 
 
“The issues that are in front of the Energy and Commerce Committee right now are about winning 5G and making sure that America continues to lead in A.I. are the forefront of our economy and our national security. It’s going to determine whether or not America leads, whether or not America wins, and continues in global dominance… I’m excited to be the lead Republican on the Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee working with Jan Schakowsky as the chair on many of these issues.” 
 
“I’m proud that America is leading on AI, and we need to make sure we continue to lead. Look at the way China is using AI today in some parts of China. There is one camera for every six citizens. They are using AI against the minorities and the dissidents in China, but they’re also selling their equipment around the world. So we need to make sure that we are leading in AI and we’re doing it with a light regulatory touch that always honors America’s values and principles around freedom, human rights, and dignity.” 
 
RACE TO 5G: 
 
“On 4G, we led smartphones and apps, and we saw millions of jobs and billions of dollars to our GDP… I believe that it is so important that we are leading and that we’re deploying 5G in a way that will ensure security to our economy and as well as our national security.” 
 
“China has gotten to where they are largely by stealing intellectual property and by state-owned enterprises. That is the biggest concern with Huawei right now is that you have a company that is largely going to be more dependent or beholden to the Chinese government… Some of the challenges we’ve had we don’t have the networking capability right now—the gear —and we need to be developing that here in America and I think that is critical to us winning and moving forward.” 
 
“I largely want to be incentivizing the private sector. I believe that the private sector responds the quickest and can be more innovative and so my hope is that we can continue to focus on the private sector leading with this technology.” 
 
SPECTRUM: 
 
“We’re going to just have to be vigilant. We’ve done well with the low and the high bands but that mid-band and disagreements that we’ve had over the C band. We need to get beyond interagency squabbles and the industry squabbles and get to a place where we can actually move forward because it is critical to our future. 
 
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