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S. 893 Secure 5G and Beyond Act of 2020

434 lawmakers, including 89 new freshman Members, were sworn in to the 116th Congress on January 3, 2019. Photo by Phi Nguyen.

A bill to require the President to develop a strategy to ensure the security of next generation mobile telecommunications systems and infrastructure in the United States and to assist allies and strategic partners in maximizing the security of next generation mobile telecommunications systems, infrastructure, and software, and for other purposes.

H.R. 5243 Closing the Homework Gap Through Mobile Hotspots

Photo by Architect of the Capitol | Left: The teacher and children in a “little red schoolhouse” represent an important part of American education in the 1800s.
Right: Students attend a land grant college, symbolic of the national commitment to higher learning.

A BILL: To amend the National Telecommunications and Information Administration Organization Act to establish a mobile hotspot grant program, and for other purposes.


Call for Members

“A medieval missionary tells that he has found the point where heaven and Earth meet…” CLICK IMAGE

As ANSI’s United States Technical Advisory Group Leader, the International Committee on Information Technology Standards manages public consultations originating from the Geneva partner organizations that coordinate national standards organizations such as ANSI. The IEC develops its consensus titles in relatively smaller parcels which means that public review can be released in batches of 10 to 100 at a time. We see the same tsunami-like releases coming from ISO subcommittees.  Hard to keep up with but we try; giving priority to titles incorporated by reference into codes, standards and regulations at the state and federal level.   Meaningful information affecting #TotalCostofOwnership of education communities are typically buried deep, deep into best practice literature.

By comparison, most US-based standards setting organizations bundle best practice concepts into chapters and books.   The books are big but they move more slowly and, arguably, have been superceded within weeks; a discussion for another colloquium.

A broad overview of INCITS information and communication standards setting is linked below:

INCITS Public Groups Area

Note that the titles are product titles (not interoperability) titles.  We generally devote resources to interoperability titles for reasons we explain in our ABOUT.

We collaborate closely with the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, the world’s largest professional organization for the world’s most transformative technologies.  Every 12 hours our algorithm picks up commenting opportunities relevant to the business side of the education industry and redirects them to the subject matter experts in the IEEE Education & Healthcare Facilities Committee which meets 4 times monthly in European and American time zones.

This much said, we always encourage direct participation in INCITS standards setting activity and in its administrative role as the US TAG to ISO/IEC Joint Technical Committee 1.   CLICK HERE to get started on your own.

We host several online colloquia on Infotech and Global standards owing to the speed of development in ICT technologies.   See our CALENDAR for the next online meeting; open to everyone.



Freely available ISO/IEC JTC1 Standards











H.R. 7949 increase efforts to manage data centers

434 lawmakers, including 89 new freshman Members, were sworn in to the 116th Congress on January 3, 2019. Photo by Phi Nguyen.

N.B. Many colleges and universities domicile federal facilities and federally-financed research.

Cloud Act

On October 3, 2019, the United States and the United Kingdom entered into a first-of-its-kind executive agreement under the CLOUD Act. The text of the agreement was released on October 7, 2019.

For a fine overview of the provisions of the agreement, Jennifer Daskal and Peter Swire posted a summary on Lawfare, identifying some surprising provisions and others that fall a little flat. But there is a big flaw in the agreement that hasn’t been discussed — it allows either the US or UK to require a covered provider to wiretap a user located not in the US or UK, but in any third country, without the approval of that sovereign nation and perhaps even without its knowledge. 


Data Center Wiring

“Bookwheel” Early Data Center

The standard of care for practical wiring safety for data centers —  a continually expanding presence in education communities even before the pandemic  — is established in National Electrical Code Articles 645 (Information Technology Equipment), Article 646 (Modular Data Centers) and Article 647 (Sensitive Electronic Equipment).   You will notice that these articles cover the topic comprehensively and bear the imprint of competing Producer-Interest groups.  There are no User-Interest representatives on Code-Making Panel 12 that represent the final fiduciary in education communities even though education communities are one of the largest markets for information and communication technology systems.

The current version of NFPA 70 is linked below:

2020 National Electrical Code

The transcripts of technical committee action during the 2020 revision are linked below because they inform our recommendations for the 2023 National Electrical Code.

Code‐Making Panel 12 Public Input Report (A19)

Code-Making Panel 12 Public Comment Report

The issues that have been in play in these articles of the NEC are familiar to veterans of the “food fight” – occupancy classification, cable specifications, fire protection, ventilation, energy consumption, surge protection, licensing of engineers. etc.  We look for market-making excesses by opposing stakeholders that seek to limit their risk while raising the (financial) risk to education communities.

Public consultation on the First Draft closes August 19th.

We encourage our colleagues to participate in the NFPA code development process directly.  We also encourage stakeholders in education communities — students, faculty and staff  to join us during any of the teleconferences we co-host with the IEEE Education & Healthcare Facilities Committee 4 times monthly in both European and American time zones.   See our CALENDAR for the next online meeting.



Rewind 2020

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