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Let's hear your tech policy questions and we'll try to answer

Spectrum, USF, Privacy, and SAR -- who wouldn't love these topics.

Lots going on this week. It's all in the blog and now we want to hear from you.

Please send questions, in the comments section below or by e-mail (, about the stories we worked on this week and other tech policy issues. Heck, if you wanna still talk about bumpers and gripgate, I'll take those questions, too. I'll answer your questions and read some of your comments/opinions this Friday.

Here are some topics to get you going:

The privacy and child safety issues surrounding Facebook as it grows into an online population of 500 million.

Calls to reform the Universal Service Fund

Another 4G LTE entrant in LightSquared, Harbinger's deal with Nokia

The Federal Communications Commission says broadband is not expanding fast enough; telecos question the criticism

Cellphone safety advocates call for reforms, updates on radiation standards at the FCC, Food and Drug Administration

Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) to introduce bill that would allow broadcasters a cut of spectrum auctions; gives additional 10 megahertz airwaves to public safety

Fire away! Oh, and deadline is 5 p.m. Thursday.

By Cecilia Kang  |  July 22, 2010; 8:00 AM ET
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I'm glad you are soliciting questions. I think that is harder to do with tech policy than, say, the latest gadget, but it is important.

I am intrigued by the various legal/trade issues faced by Chinese manufacturer Huawei. The latest news from yesterday is a Motorola lawsuit alleging theft of trade secrets. I also read that in India, the company is prevented from selling next-generation telecom equipment due to security concerns. There are issues in the U.S. as well but I am not sure what they all are or what the status of those issues is (I think they maybe wanted to buy Motorola's infrastructure business, which was just sold to Nokia, but they could not due to U.S. government security concerns, but I could be wrong). Just curious if you are interested in updating this.

Also, from you videos, I see you are very beautiful and though I like your photo here I would consider updating it. (As Rob recently did.)

Posted by: Bitter_Bill | July 22, 2010 8:19 AM | Report abuse

I live in an unserved rural area and I tend to see broadband as a utility like water, power, and roads, so I am confused by the heated rhetoric of some legislators claiming there is almost no role for government in coordinating broadband deployment and services. Is this only election year hype, or is there really a strong case for keeping broadband as the only essential utility that is completely privatized?

P.S. Are we supposed to vote on which picture you should use? :-)

Posted by: ebraganza | July 22, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

now that fcc has lost on indecency, broadband authority, and d block this week, what good is it these days?

Posted by: gkbk | July 22, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

How do you think the recently released online privacy bill by Bobby Rush will be reconciled with the Boucher bill that has been in the works since last year? They are both coming from the Energy and Commerce committee. Who do you think has more clout to push their version?
Do you think there will be any movement ahead of the November elections?

Posted by: LeighNakanishi | July 22, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

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