FCC, FTC Minority Commissioners Plan 5G Field Hearing
Democratic FCC commissioner Geoffrey Starks and Democratic Federal Trade commissioner Rebecca Kelly Slaughter will team up for a March hearing on 5G, Big Data, privacy, AI and their impact on civil rights and marginalized communities. Both commissioners are minority members of their respective Republican majority commissions. The March 16 hearing will be March 16 in Detroit and feature Rep. Brenda Lawrence (D-Mich.), according to Starks' office. "The promises of an unprecedented level of connectivity with the deployment of 5G and sophisticated algorithms that utilize massive amounts of data are likely to transform the way we live, work, and play," Starks office said in a statement. "The highest levels of connectivity cannot and should not be reserved for the few; the benefits of 5G technology must meet the needs of all Americans, including low-income people, people of color, people living with disabilities, people residing in rural communities, children, and the many ways in which those identities intersect."