Industry and State Department Battle Over 5G Standards

The Epoch Times | December 29, 2019

In the push to develop 5G—the next generation of wireless networks, a gap has emerged between the priorities of industry and government. Industry wants the government to take a limited role in export controls. Such controls, it argues, limit the ability of U.S. companies to participate in international organizations that set the standards for the architecture of 5G. That limitation, in turn, results in reduced access to foreign markets. The government wants standard-setting to take into account U.S. values and security. The arguments for these respective positions were laid out at a forum, “The Role of Global Standards in the Battle for 5G Leadership,” held at the Hudson Institute on Dec. 17.

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In this episode of the Azure Government video series, Steve Michelotti talks with Russ Williams, Cloud Solution Architect at Microsoft supporting government customers, about QnA Maker in Azure Government. QnA Maker is a cloud-based service that easily enables creation of a question and answer system over your existing data with cutting edge Microsoft AI technology for language understanding.

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Align Capital Partners | June 24, 2022

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Sage Communications | June 22, 2022

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Carahsoft | July 05, 2022

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