Globalization Task Force Report (2000)   [open pdf - 450KB]

Since the last meeting of the President's National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (NSTAC) in June 1999, the Globalization Task Force (GTF)1 has concentrated its efforts on national security and emergency preparedness (NS/EP) issues related to the global information infrastructure (GII) in 2010, foreign ownership of NS/EP critical communications systems, and technology export policies. The GTF concluded that in 2010, NS/EP communications would be facilitated by a GII featuring new technologies and improved network features. The GII in 2010 would also provide increased global availability of broadband communications, with satellite communications and wireless technologies bringing the GII and NS/EP communications to less accessible geographic regions. In addition to planning for the global availability of the GII in 2010, the Government must also consider the richness of service envisioned in the future network architecture and decide whether NS/EP communications will require quality of service (QoS) features beyond commercially available capabilities. The GTF also examined the implications of foreign ownership of critical U.S. telecommunications facilities on NS/EP services. Subsequently, the GTF tasked NSTAC's Legislative and Regulatory Working Group (LRWG) with developing a scoping paper on the issue and reporting any findings to the GTF before the completion of the GII report. The LRWG concluded that the current regulatory structure effectively accommodated increasing levels of foreign ownership of U.S. telecommunications facilities, while allowing the Federal Government to retain the authority to prevent any such foreign ownership that might compromise national security interests. The GTF concluded that because technology progresses faster than policy can keep up with it, industry and Government should continue to reevaluate the limits placed on the export of technologies.

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