Episode 192: Federal Communications Commission Draft High-speed Internet Coverage Maps, The Tech Labor Situation, and Fed. Govt Provide Cybersecurity Insurance

Topic 1: The Federal Communications Commission has published the initial draft of its revised high-speed internet coverage maps.

The old maps were census-block based. The new maps are based on more detailed information from broadband providers. With the old system, a huge census block would be marked as served even if only one household had broadband.

https://www.fcc.gov/news-events/notes/2022/11/18/new-broadband-maps-are-finally-here

You can examine updated maps from here:

https://broadbandmap.fcc.gov/home

For an interactive map, start here and zoom in and out as desired:

https://broadbandmap.fcc.gov/location-summary/fixed

Want to see how you can make money filling the gaps? Check out:

https://broadbandusa.ntia.doc.gov/resources/federal/federal-funding

 

Topic 2: An Update – The Labor Situation in Technology Companies

While many large tech companies are aggressively shedding employees, some are actually positioned to absorb that talent. TikTok is specifically planning to hire 3000 new engineers.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/jackkelly/2022/11/21/tiktok-is-one-of-the-few-tech-companies-aggressively-hiring-could-regulatory-scrutiny-impede-its-us-presence/?sh=6cfb68c06572

https://www.teamblind.com/post/Meta-CTO-uses-Blind-😂-QtH4wcxQ

 

Topic 3: Should the Federal Government Provide Cybersecurity Insurance?

Flood, Fire, . . . and Cyber?

Insurance companies are pushing for taxpayer assistance to provide coverage in the event of catastrophic incidents.

The comment period for this topic has been extended until December 11th. https://public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2022-24476.pdf

See the original request for comments here: https://www.nextgov.com/cybersecurity/2022/09/treasury-seeks-comment-how-structure-cyber-insurance-program/377793/

Rather than increasing the number of laws, CISA (Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency) is looking at directing behavior by asking insurance companies to enforce rules on insured companies AND paying the premiums under the right circumstances.

How big does a “catastrophic” event have to be for the government to get involved? The emerging model is based on the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program adopted after September 11th.

 

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