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Victoria Turner

Prior to joining the TWN team, Turner worked as an antitrust reporter covering policy developments and market-moving news for Acuris, where she led the Telecommunications, Media and Technology beat. Born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela, she utilized her bilingual fluency to expand the Latin America coverage by reporting on cross-border reviews of multimillion-dollar deals and covering conferences in South America. Turner brings a wide array of work experience from the private to public sectors, peppering her journalistic skills with a strong grasp of industries. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Baylor University in Texas, she moved to London, UK, where she received a postgraduate certificate in International Business Practices at St. Mary’s University College while working full-time for UBS AG’s Business University. Moving back to the US, she began working for PricewaterhouseCoopers and then moved on to the public sector to handle communications and project management for nonprofits before jumping back into her field of choice.

Recent Work

FCC Receives Another $1.3B in Funding Requests for Schools, Libraries, Consortia
Broadband
FCC Receives Another $1.3B in Funding Requests for Schools, Libraries, Consortia
October 25, 2021
by Victoria Turner

WASHINGTON — The Federal Communications Commission continues efforts to close the homework gap, announcing another $1.3 billion in funding requests were received during the second application window of the Emergency Connectivity Fund program today. This second funding round is poised to support another 2.4 million connected... Read More

Advocates Call for National Privacy Policy at FTC Open Meeting
Telecom
Advocates Call for National Privacy Policy at FTC Open Meeting
October 22, 2021
by Victoria Turner

The Federal Trade Commission should work with the U.S. Congress on drafting a comprehensive federal privacy law, instead of using its rulemaking authority to do industry-specific regulation, according to three privacy policy advocates from three separate think tanks on Thursday at the FTC's open meeting. “Rather... Read More

Industry Must Move Together as 5G Maps the Road Towards 6G
Technology
Industry Must Move Together as 5G Maps the Road Towards 6G
October 19, 2021
by Victoria Turner

There was a time when 3D holographic communications was a fantasy; something depicted in George Lucas’s “Star Wars” movies but far from everyday.  However, “what was once science fiction is now becoming reality,” said Andre Fuetsch, chief technology officer of AT&T, on Monday. Speaking at the... Read More

Panelist Says Counterfeit Goods a 'Globalized Business’
Business
Panelist Says Counterfeit Goods a 'Globalized Business’
October 15, 2021
by Victoria Turner

WASHINGTON -- If you do a quick Google search for fake Apple Airpods, an almost endless list of options will come up, said Piotr Stryszowski, senior project manager at the Organization for Economic Development and Cooperation, Thursday.  Not only does the counterfeit problem affect the U.S.... Read More

Cybersecurity Experts Point to More Investment Needed in Detection, Response
Cybersecurity
Cybersecurity Experts Point to More Investment Needed in Detection, Response
October 14, 2021
by Victoria Turner

WASHINGTON -- If everyone were to employ proper cyber hygiene like multi-factor authentication or not clicking on links in phishing emails, more than 85% of cyberattacks would be prevented, said Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, Thursday.  “The best hack is the one that doesn’t happen,” King said... Read More

BIPOC Entrepreneurs Work to Combat Inequities
Technology
BIPOC Entrepreneurs Work to Combat Inequities
October 13, 2021
by Victoria Turner

Social entrepreneurship uses technology to bridge the gap between “cash-strapped” municipalities and local governments, said Gabriella Wong, CEO and founder of AccesSOS, Tuesday.  Wong’s comment came during the Camelback Venture’s Guardian Summit panel discussion where she was joined by two other socially-driven app founders and executives... Read More

Family of Slain Journalist Claims Facebook Exploited Tragedy for Profit
Social Media
Family of Slain Journalist Claims Facebook Exploited Tragedy for Profit
October 12, 2021
by Victoria Turner

WASHINGTON -- Imagine knowing your daughter’s moment of death has been immortalized in a video online. Now imagine that it keeps popping up over and over again on Facebook, Instagram, and Google’s YouTube for six years and counting, despite your family's repeated requests for its removal. ... Read More

Broadband ‘Catnip’ to Both Political Parties, Industry Executive Says
Broadband
Broadband ‘Catnip’ to Both Political Parties, Industry Executive Says
October 7, 2021
by Victoria Turner

WASHINGTON -- Both sides of the U.S. Congress are viewing high-speed broadband as essential. Now, the industry players will have the challenge of reconfiguring a private business model to fit that of a utility, said Rhod Shaw, chairman of the Alpine Group, Wednesday.  The growing attention... Read More

U.S. Chamber Study Finds Company Buybacks Benefit All Shareholders
Business
U.S. Chamber Study Finds Company Buybacks Benefit All Shareholders
October 6, 2021
by Victoria Turner

WASHINGTON -- When a company buys back its own shares to reduce the amount of available stock in the open market, it benefits investors and decreases market volatility, freeing up capital for companies to better allocate it, according to a new U.S. Chamber of Commerce study. ... Read More

State Dept. Unveils Partnership to Combat Infrastructure Investment Corruption
International
State Dept. Unveils Partnership to Combat Infrastructure Investment Corruption
October 5, 2021
by Victoria Turner

The U.S. Department of State has partnered with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development with the goal of reducing the risk of corruption in infrastructure investment by bolstering the ability of stakeholders to implement anti-corruption systems across economies.  The joint project entitled, “Connecting the Dots:... Read More

Cybersecurity Minimum Standards Needed to Keep North America Secure
Cybersecurity
Cybersecurity Minimum Standards Needed to Keep North America Secure
October 5, 2021
by Victoria Turner

North American governments should come together to create a trilateral strategy to assess and address threats in a holistic risk-based approach to cybersecurity that includes a minimum set of standards, said three experts yesterday. As much as the pandemic has accelerated the rate in which governments... Read More

Aspen Cyber Summit Explores Collective Defense in a Digital World
Cybersecurity
Aspen Cyber Summit Explores Collective Defense in a Digital World
September 29, 2021
by Victoria Turner

WASHINGTON -- The Cybersecurity Infrastructure and Security Agency has met President Biden’s cybersecurity executive order’s “highly aggressive deadlines so far,” but there is “still a lot of work to do,” said CISA Director Jen Easterly Wednesday.  Kicking off the 6th annual Aspen Cyber Summit, Exploring Collective... Read More

Alabama Dental Examiners Agree to Stop Practice Excluding Teledentistry Platforms
In The States
Alabama Dental Examiners Agree to Stop Practice Excluding Teledentistry Platforms
September 29, 2021
by Victoria Turner

The Alabama Board of Dental Examiners will no longer require licensed dentists to supervise the scans performed on potential patient’s teeth alignment, a practice which the Federal Trade Commission found excluded cheaper online providers like SmileDirectClub, Candid Co. and SmileLove since 2017, according to the commission... Read More

FCC Allocates Over $1.2 Billion to Close the Homework Gap
Education
FCC Allocates Over $1.2 Billion to Close the Homework Gap
September 24, 2021
by Victoria Turner

The Federal Communications Commission is allocating over $1.2 billion in the first round of funding of the $7.17 billion Emergency Connectivity Fund Program with the aim of connecting more than 3.6 million students across the U.S., according to a release today.  Seeking to close the homework... Read More

Infosys Developing Quantum Computing Capabilities on AWS
Telecom
Infosys Developing Quantum Computing Capabilities on AWS
September 23, 2021
by Victoria Turner

Amazon Web Services’ quantum computing service, Amazon Braket, is partnering with next-generation digital services consulting firm Infosys to develop quantum computing capabilities for its Infosys Cobalt cloud offerings.  Amazon Braket provides the technology and research for scientists and developers to build quantum algorithms, test them on... Read More

Telcos Turn To AI for Network Performance Monitoring, Survey Says
Telecom
Telcos Turn To AI for Network Performance Monitoring, Survey Says
September 23, 2021
by Victoria Turner

The deployment of artificial intelligence is of top priority for Communication Service Providers to monitor their networks and drive down operational costs, according to an independent study released by Anodot Thursday.  The global study, commissioned by the business monitoring company, found as much as 67% of... Read More

Identity Authentication Key Piece of Cybersecurity Puzzle
Technology
Identity Authentication Key Piece of Cybersecurity Puzzle
September 22, 2021
by Victoria Turner

WASHINGTON -- Identity authentication is taking a front-and-center role in the administration's approach to ensuring robust cybersecurity across the U.S. government, according to Carole House, director of cybersecurity and secure digital Innovation at the White House National Security Council.  It “sits at the heart of zero... Read More

National Spectrum Policy Needed to Meet the Need of Strategic 5G Deployment
Telecom
National Spectrum Policy Needed to Meet the Need of Strategic 5G Deployment
September 21, 2021
by Victoria Turner

As the wireless industry works to get 5G deployed across the nation, the U.S. Department of Commerce has been working hand-in-hand with the Federal Communications Commission to make sure there is enough spectrum to do it, said Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo Tuesday.  There are still... Read More

FTC  Rescinds Recently Issued Merger Guidelines
Regulation
FTC Rescinds Recently Issued Merger Guidelines
September 17, 2021
by Victoria Turner

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Trade Commission rescinded its Vertical Merger Guidelines Wednesday signaling the start of what may be a ramping up of antitrust efforts by the agency. The guidelines were issued jointly by the FTC and the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division in 2020. The division... Read More

Demystifying Smart Cities: The Tech is Here to Deploy Smart Solutions
Technology
Demystifying Smart Cities: The Tech is Here to Deploy Smart Solutions
September 15, 2021
by Victoria Turner

WASHINGTON -- Cities that have been investing in technology to someday become Smart Cities have been able to react, adapt and meet the digital challenges brought on by the pandemic quicker than those that have not, said Patti Zullo, senior director of Smart City Solutions at... Read More

State and Local Governments Will Drive Broadband Deployment Success
Broadband
State and Local Governments Will Drive Broadband Deployment Success
September 14, 2021
by Victoria Turner

States will be at the helm of the $42.5 billion in block grants designated in the historic $65 billion proposed for nationwide high-speed broadband within President Biden’s infrastructure bill.  The broadband-related funding of the bill itself shows the federal government recognizes broadband as essential as a... Read More

Federalist Society Event Focuses on Competition and Antitrust Issues
Antitrust
Federalist Society Event Focuses on Competition and Antitrust Issues
September 10, 2021
by Victoria Turner

WASHINGTON -- President Joe Biden’s controversial executive order on competition was the topic being discussed at a Federalist Society event held Thursday.  The July 9 Executive Order 14036 entitled, “Promoting Competition in the American Economy,” seeks to address competition issues and reform the antitrust laws governing... Read More

The FCC Still Looking at Exclusivity Arrangements in MTE Broadband Market
Broadband
The FCC Still Looking at Exclusivity Arrangements in MTE Broadband Market
September 7, 2021
by Victoria Turner

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Communications Commission announced today it is seeking another round of comments regarding exclusivity arrangements between multi-tenant buildings and broadband providers.  The filings preceding the announcement show the tug-of-war remains between those who think the competitive landscape for the broadband market in these... Read More

Delta Variant Concerns Affecting U.S. Employment Situation
Employment
Delta Variant Concerns Affecting U.S. Employment Situation
September 3, 2021
by Victoria Turner

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. employment grew by 235,000 jobs and the unemployment rate declined to 5.2% in August, but that 0.2% decrease still leaves 8.4 million Americans unemployed. The 235,000 growth spurt highlighted in the Labor Department’s August Employment Situation Summary is far less than the... Read More

Bumpy Road to PPP Loan Forgiveness
Business
Bumpy Road to PPP Loan Forgiveness
September 2, 2021
by Victoria Turner

WASHINGTON -- Two days after an independent contractor in Illinois received a $20,000 Paycheck Protection Program loan, the Small Business Administration changed a rule governing how a business like his should document the request. Now his loan will not be forgiven, despite completing the application in... Read More

FTC Commissioner Says There are Benefits to a Federal Privacy Law
Privacy
FTC Commissioner Says There are Benefits to a Federal Privacy Law
August 30, 2021
by Victoria Turner

WASHINGTON -- As a number of states move towards enacting their own data privacy laws, the U.S. Congress should come up with its own comprehensive privacy statute enforced by the Federal Trade Commission, said FTC Commissioner Noah Phillips Monday. Having one federal privacy law governing data... Read More

Veterans Need to Be Part of the Fight to Preserve Democracy, Voting Rights According to Advocates
Think Tanks
Veterans Need to Be Part of the Fight to Preserve Democracy, Voting Rights According to Advocates
August 24, 2021
by Victoria Turner

Jake Harriman, a veteran Marine who was deployed abroad for almost 15 years, did not recognize the country he left to fight for when he returned to the U.S. in 2015.  During two combat tours in Iraq, the now CEO and founder of More Perfect Union,... Read More

NASA Administrator Makes Space Resource History with 10 Cent Check
Space
NASA Administrator Makes Space Resource History with 10 Cent Check
August 24, 2021
by Victoria Turner

WASHINGTON -- The National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Administrator Bill Nelson handed over a check for 10 cents to Lunar Outpost CEO Justin Cyrus at yesterday’s Space Foundation 36th Space Symposium.  The check was 10% of the Colorado-based startup’s $1 bid that landed them the contract... Read More

US Treasury Slaps Sanctions on Two Cuban Officials and Military Unit
Geopolitics
US Treasury Slaps Sanctions on Two Cuban Officials and Military Unit
August 13, 2021
by Victoria Turner

Cubans have taken to the streets since July demanding a democratic life, and violence against exerting their civil rights will not be tolerated under the U.S. Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act. Friday saw the third set of sanctions by the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign... Read More

First Responders Want High Tech But Lack Funding
Emergency Management
First Responders Want High Tech But Lack Funding
August 13, 2021
by Victoria Turner

An in-depth study by the National Institute of Standards and Technology based on interviews and surveys of first responders - Communications Center Services (911 call centers), Emergency Medical Services, Fire Services and Law Enforcement - show they want new technology, but the tech has to fit... Read More

FCC's Broadband Mapping Tool First in a Series
Telecom
FCC's Broadband Mapping Tool First in a Series
August 10, 2021
by Victoria Turner

Are you on the map? The Federal Communications Commission map showing where broadband coverage is reaching, that is. Last week the FCC launched its first data map as required by Congress under the 2020 Broadband DATA Act.  The voice and data mobile coverage map is a... Read More

Employers Added 943,000 in July in Sign Economy Will Weather Delta Variant
Economy
Employers Added 943,000 in July in Sign Economy Will Weather Delta Variant
August 6, 2021
by Victoria Turner

Employers added 943,000 jobs in July and drove the unemployment rate down by 5.4%, with leisure and hospitality, local government, education and business services leading in the hiring, the Labor Department said Friday. In remarks delivered at the White House, President Joe Biden said the report... Read More

Centralized Digital Bank Currencies: The Future of Digital Money Says IMF Chief
Cryptocurrencies
Centralized Digital Bank Currencies: The Future of Digital Money Says IMF Chief
July 29, 2021
by Victoria Turner

After working for over a decade on modernizing its payment system, the Bahamas is now home to the world’s first central bank digital currency called the “sand dollar.” For this archipelago of 700 Caribbean islands, moving to a mobile payment system “will be addressing [the] unbanked... Read More

Telehealth: The Modern-Day House Call
Health
Telehealth: The Modern-Day House Call
July 29, 2021
by Victoria Turner

A dimly lit silver lining surrounding the coronavirus pandemic is telehealth. This could ultimately narrow the disparities so many pregnant women face, said Dr. Alan Fishman, specialty medical officer for maternal fetal medicine at Mednax National Medical Group, during a U.S. Chamber of Commerce event Tuesday. ... Read More

An Act for All New Mothers
Health
An Act for All New Mothers
July 28, 2021
by Victoria Turner

Concerned with Black mothers’ increasing maternal death rates in the U.S., members of the Black Maternal Health Caucus introduced the Black Maternal Health Omnibus Act of 2021 to cover every phase of the maternal health crisis. The act should benefit all new U.S. mothers, who are... Read More

Keeping Big Brother in Check: Facial Recognition Technology
Technology
Keeping Big Brother in Check: Facial Recognition Technology
July 28, 2021
by Victoria Turner

Biometric technology identifies you based on your biological characteristics: your fingerprint, your iris, your face.  It can even measure how you walk, your gait, said Steve Crown, vice president and general counsel at Microsoft, during Tuesday’s Center for Strategic & International Studies’ event on the human... Read More

FCC Ready to Fund $311 Million Broadband Deployment to 36 States
Telecom
FCC Ready to Fund $311 Million Broadband Deployment to 36 States
July 27, 2021
by Victoria Turner

The Federal Communications Commission announced yesterday that it is ready to release more than $311 million in funding for high-speed broadband deployment across 36 states through its Rural Digital Opportunity Fund.  Working to clean up the RDOF “waste” such as winning bids to deploy in areas... Read More

Digital Divide Still Widening Former FCC Commissioners Claim
Technology
Digital Divide Still Widening Former FCC Commissioners Claim
July 19, 2021
by Victoria Turner

A panel representing the last five decades of Federal Communications Commission leadership took the helm at Monday’s Multicultural, Media, Telecom and Industry Council’s FCC symposium discussing broadband for the nation.  Despite a pending $65 billion infrastructure plan to fund further broadband deployment and access, all four... Read More

House Subcommittee Considers Increase of Incentives for Small Business Accelerators
Congress
House Subcommittee Considers Increase of Incentives for Small Business Accelerators
July 15, 2021
by Victoria Turner

When Foster Care Technologies created an algorithm to match foster children with foster parents, the University of Kansas’ Innovation Park was able to assist the non-profit agency’s creation and management of the Every Child A Priority software platform. Now, this research-backed management system has placed over... Read More

FCC Affirms $25,000 Fine on Mobile Relay Associates
Telecom
FCC Affirms $25,000 Fine on Mobile Relay Associates
July 13, 2021
by Victoria Turner

The Federal Communications Commission affirmed a $25,000 fine Tuesday against Mobile Relay Associates for overuse of a shared spectrum channel and causing interference to other FCC licensees.  The first notice of violation against the radio communications company was issued in 2013 by the FCC’s Los Angeles... Read More

Federal, State Laws Should Bolster Social Media Accountability, Carr says
Technology
Federal, State Laws Should Bolster Social Media Accountability, Carr says
July 12, 2021
by Victoria Turner

Reforming Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act is not enough to curb the power of social media platforms, and should be bolstered by federal and state laws to enforce transparency, accountability and anti-discrimination, FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr said.  Despite the “tremendous benefits” the tech... Read More

FCC Launches Largest Emergency Funding Effort to Close the Homework Gap
Education
FCC Launches Largest Emergency Funding Effort to Close the Homework Gap
June 28, 2021
by Victoria Turner

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 appropriated $7.2 billion toward a new Federal Communications Commission program, the Emergency Connectivity Fund. Starting Tuesday, June 29, and ending Aug. 13, the ECF will accept applications from schools and libraries to receive federal funding with the goal to... Read More

Top Rural Health Equity Initiative Launched
Health
Top Rural Health Equity Initiative Launched
June 28, 2021
by Victoria Turner

One of the nation’s leading integrated health systems serving rural America, Marshfield Clinic Health System, has banded together with multi-sided community referral platform NowPow, launching one of the country’s largest rural health equity initiatives Monday.  Along with the common social determinants of health like employment, education,... Read More

$1.5M in Grants Available to Empower Women Workers on Labor Rights
Employment
$1.5M in Grants Available to Empower Women Workers on Labor Rights
June 28, 2021
by Victoria Turner

The Labor Department has made $1.5 million available to all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands to develop partnerships with community-based organizations and other non-profits seeking to empower women workers by strengthening their understanding of their labor rights and... Read More

Agencies Say They’ll Be Ready to Distribute Broadband Funds
Technology
Agencies Say They’ll Be Ready to Distribute Broadband Funds
June 25, 2021
by Victoria Turner

A day after the White House and a bipartisan group of Senators came to an agreement on a major infrastructure proposal, three federal agencies began laying the groundwork for distributing the $65 billion that is expected to be in the final bill for broadband deployment. The... Read More

House Panel Passes Antitrust Reform Bills After Heated Debate
Technology
House Panel Passes Antitrust Reform Bills After Heated Debate
June 25, 2021
by Victoria Turner

WASHINGTON - A heated debate took place in the House Judiciary Committee markup of a merger fee legislation that skated through the Senate, but their congressional counterparts took three hours Wednesday to come close to an agreement. The single amendment bill entitled, Merger Filing Fee Modernization... Read More

SEC Approves Rule That Could Expose Short-Sell Positions
Finance
SEC Approves Rule That Could Expose Short-Sell Positions
June 22, 2021
by Victoria Turner

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Securities Exchange Commission granted the accelerated approval yesterday of a rule change proposed by the National Securities Clearing Corporation related to its calculation and collection of supplemental liquidity deposits. The change would have both activities performed on a daily rather than monthly... Read More

FCC Seeks to Secure US Communications Networks
Telecom
FCC Seeks to Secure US Communications Networks
June 18, 2021
by Victoria Turner

WASHINGTON - The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday unanimously adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Notice of Inquiry intended to secure the nation’s communications networks against cyberattacks. With seven ransomware attacks per hour in 2020, a total of 65,000, the Commission is taking a “three-pronged... Read More

Broadband Deployment Needs Flexibility, Not More Federal Red Tape
Technology
Broadband Deployment Needs Flexibility, Not More Federal Red Tape
June 17, 2021
by Victoria Turner

A small community in Lincoln County, Maine, was recently denied a broadband deployment grant by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, as satellite service provider ViaSat had already won the area in a Rural Digital Opportunity Fund auction by the Federal Communications Commission, recalled Peggy Schaffer, executive... Read More

White House, Congress Aligned on Cybersecurity Goals
Cybersecurity
White House, Congress Aligned on Cybersecurity Goals
June 16, 2021
by Victoria Turner

WASHINGTON - As Congress edges closer to putting a final infrastructure bill on President Joe Biden’s desk, it looks like lawmakers and the White House are aligned in their commitment to bolster U.S. cybersecurity through increased federal investment, focusing on prevention and utilizing public-private partnerships to... Read More

Kakto Presses Administration to Take Cybersecurity More Seriously
Think Tanks
Kakto Presses Administration to Take Cybersecurity More Seriously
June 11, 2021
by Victoria Turner

Rep. John Katko, R-N.Y. recently went into a couple of Lincoln car dealerships in Syracuse, New York, but “neither one of them had any cars.”  “And they’re not going to have any cars for several weeks because of the chip shortage,” Katko said during a "fireside... Read More

Public-Private Partnerships, Accurate Maps Should Drive US Broadband Deployment
Technology
Public-Private Partnerships, Accurate Maps Should Drive US Broadband Deployment
June 10, 2021
by Victoria Turner

In South Carolina, the state government is matching broadband service providers dollar-for-dollar if they build out networks to the identified unserved areas, said Andrew Rein, chief financial officer of telecommunications provider Hargray, Wednesday. And the need for accurately mapping these areas without access to high-speed broadband... Read More

Ohio AG Yost Sues Google
In The States
Ohio AG Yost Sues Google
June 9, 2021
by Victoria Turner

COLUMBUS, Ohio - As Congress continues to grapple with whether high-speed internet should be considered essential infrastructure, as important as water and electricity, Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost took an unprecedented step against Alphabet's Google yesterday. In what the AG's office statement describes as a "landmark... Read More

Biden Signs Executive Order to Protect Americans’ Data
Technology
Biden Signs Executive Order to Protect Americans’ Data
June 9, 2021
by Victoria Turner

WASHINGTON - In another step to further cement a democratic "digital economy" as opposed to "authoritarian controls and interests" like those of China, President Bident signed an executive order today to tackle the national security risks in the U.S.' information and communication technology and services supply... Read More

FCC’s Broadband Program Reaches 2.3 Million Households in Three Weeks
In The News
FCC’s Broadband Program Reaches 2.3 Million Households in Three Weeks
June 7, 2021
by Victoria Turner

WASHINGTON - The Federal Communications Commission announced today that 2.3 million households have enrolled in its Emergency Broadband Benefit Program, not even a month after its launch.    The subsidy program provides eligible households with discounted, high-speed broadband service as well as devices like a tablet or... Read More

US Jobs Edging Back to Normalcy as Pandemic Recedes
Employment
US Jobs Edging Back to Normalcy as Pandemic Recedes
June 4, 2021
by Victoria Turner

The U.S. employment situation seems to be edging closer to normalcy with the recent Bureau of Labor Statistics report showing a 1.7% decline in teleworking employees. This indicates more people are returning to the office, but it remains uncertain whether it is fully in-person or a... Read More

Broadband Deployment Needs Better Data, Flexible Approach
Telecom
Broadband Deployment Needs Better Data, Flexible Approach
June 3, 2021
by Victoria Turner

The Federal Communications Commission must be more “forward-looking” as the agency thinks of spending billions on high-speed broadband deployment, said Austin Bonner, wireline legal advisor for FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks, at a Federal Communications Bar Association lunch-and-learn event Wednesday. In President Joe Biden’s American Jobs Plan,... Read More

FCC’s Universal Service Fund Contribution System Broken According to Advisors
Telecom
FCC’s Universal Service Fund Contribution System Broken According to Advisors
June 3, 2021
by Victoria Turner

WASHINGTON - Carolyn Roddy, a legal advisor at the Federal Communications Commission, knows all about the ins and outs of making changes to one’s telephone service. But she admitted even she was surprised by the jump in rates her 96-year-old mother experienced when she decided to... Read More

Guzman Touts SBA's Progress, but More Capital Still Needed
Business
Guzman Touts SBA's Progress, but More Capital Still Needed
June 1, 2021
by Victoria Turner

Recently, Rep. Steve Womack, R-Ark., visited family-owned oil and gas company Pruitt when the small business told the congressman that it would not have survived the pandemic had it not been for the Paycheck Protection Program funding it received. “PPP supported local jobs and that company,”... Read More

US Supply Chain Cyberdefense Approach Needs to Assist Small Businesses
Cybersecurity
US Supply Chain Cyberdefense Approach Needs to Assist Small Businesses
May 27, 2021
by Victoria Turner

The U.S. witnessed an “uptick” in ransomware attacks during the pandemic, particularly small businesses. And if those small businesses were offline even a couple of days, “the impact on their supply chain was so significant” that manufacturers turned to other small businesses to replace those affected,... Read More

New Coalition Urges Permanent Broadband Solutions
Technology
New Coalition Urges Permanent Broadband Solutions
May 21, 2021
by Victoria Turner

As talks resumed between the White House and GOP lawmakers on Friday over President Joe Biden’s $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan, a new coalition announced its intention to push hard for a key element of the plan -- expanding broadband access to every American. Founded to help... Read More

AT&T’s WarnerMedia and Discovery Deal Unlikely to Have Smooth Sailing
Telecom
AT&T’s WarnerMedia and Discovery Deal Unlikely to Have Smooth Sailing
May 21, 2021
by Victoria Turner

Telecom giant AT&T may expect smooth sailing through the federal review of its deal spinning off WarnerMedia to Discovery, but four antitrust experts disagree that it is such a clear-cut case. And the deal is likely to get scrutinized by the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division, they... Read More

Pandemic Makes the Case for Fiber Optics in Broadband Deployment, Witnesses Say
Telecom
Pandemic Makes the Case for Fiber Optics in Broadband Deployment, Witnesses Say
May 19, 2021
by Victoria Turner

WASHINGTON - Before the pandemic, a rural community’s public library in Vermont always saw its parking lot full on Sundays, even though it was closed. The parking lot was filled to the brim with school children finishing their classwork or adults remotely working,“[making] the most of... Read More

NSCAI Urges Creation of US Digital Service Academy, Digital Reserve Corps
Technology
NSCAI Urges Creation of US Digital Service Academy, Digital Reserve Corps
May 18, 2021
by Victoria Turner

China wants to lead the world’s artificial intelligence by 2030 and Russian President Vladimir Putin has said whoever does become the AI leader “will rule the world,” according to Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, yesterday. And the US “cannot sit idly by as they are gaining ground... Read More

Employee Input Critical for Digital Workplace Success
Employment
Employee Input Critical for Digital Workplace Success
May 14, 2021
by Victoria Turner

The transition to remote work this past year happened a lot more quickly than many expected, which suggests organizations were “already working in a digital environment, we just had not realized it,” said Tatyana Mamut, senior vice president of new products at Pendo yesterday. Companies have... Read More

Subsidized Broadband Benefit Program Available for K-12 Today
Education
Subsidized Broadband Benefit Program Available for K-12 Today
May 12, 2021
by Victoria Turner

Amanda Schermerhorn recently majored in political science at Minnesota State Community and Technical College. During the pandemic, she often had to use her Detroit Lakes campus free wi-fi from her car in the parking lot, along with other students, just to finish her classwork due to... Read More

US Cybersecurity Defense Must Meet Adversaries’ ‘Pace and Scale’
Geopolitics
US Cybersecurity Defense Must Meet Adversaries’ ‘Pace and Scale’
May 12, 2021
by Victoria Turner

“Make no mistake, our adversaries want to divide us to conquer us,” warned Erin Joe, section chief of the private sector office of the FBI, noting that nation-states like Russia, North Korea, Iran, and China are deploying daily cyberattacks against the US.  Opening yesterday’s CyberSatDigital conference,... Read More

Disaster Prevention and Recovery Plans Needed for Cybersecurity
Cybersecurity
Disaster Prevention and Recovery Plans Needed for Cybersecurity
May 11, 2021
by Victoria Turner

Last year saw an increase of 20% in cyberattacks against organizations, said James Turgal, vice president of Optiv, during the first day of the CyberSatDigital conference. The most common attack, with over 184 million reported last year, is known as a ransomware attack - when bad... Read More

US Employment Situation Improves Slowly but Surely
Employment
US Employment Situation Improves Slowly but Surely
May 7, 2021
by Victoria Turner

With the US unemployment rate essentially unchanged from March to April from 6.0% to 6.1% respectively, the American state of employment seems to continue on its positive track, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics latest report.  Employment in nonfarm jobs increased by 266,000 in April,... Read More

House Panel Discusses VA Diversification Efforts
Employment
House Panel Discusses VA Diversification Efforts
May 6, 2021
by Victoria Turner

WASHINGTON - By late 2020 over 2800 formal Equal Employment Opportunity complaints of discrimination - by race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion and more - were submitted to the Department of Veterans Affairs. The fact that there are that many complaints in one year points... Read More

GAO Knowledge Can Help Congressional Policies Keep Up with Tech Pace
Think Tanks
GAO Knowledge Can Help Congressional Policies Keep Up with Tech Pace
May 4, 2021
by Victoria Turner

WASHINGTON - Policymaking is not keeping up with the quick pace of technology, said Marci Harris, co-founder and CEO of POPVOX yesterday. She insisted that the retrospective role that the Government Accountability Office, which takes on government financial and performance audits, needs to be more of... Read More

Witnesses Advocate for Broadband Inclusion in Infrastructure Plan
Technology
Witnesses Advocate for Broadband Inclusion in Infrastructure Plan
April 30, 2021
by Victoria Turner

WASHINGTON - At the beginning of the pandemic, Buffalo’s public school system found thousands of students with no internet access and partnered with the private sector and the Buffalo Bills Social Justice Fund to get lower-cost Spectrum Cable internet service and raise $500,000 to connect the... Read More

School Infrastructure Investments Bridge Paths to Better Future
Education
School Infrastructure Investments Bridge Paths to Better Future
April 29, 2021
by Victoria Turner

Tara Roberts, a single mother of eight, was committed but “in tears” as she opened her first classroom door at Portland Community College, said Mark Mitsui, president of PCC. She now holds a doctorate in nursing, is a health care administrator, all her kids completed post-secondary... Read More

Senators Charge Addiction Drives Social Media Platforms’ Business Models
Social Media
Senators Charge Addiction Drives Social Media Platforms’ Business Models
April 28, 2021
by Victoria Turner

WASHINGTON - Even after the call-to-arms of the Kenosha Guard militia group had been flagged on Facebook 450 times, it was not taken down because it did not “meet the standards” for removal, said Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., at a Senate hearing on Tuesday. This led... Read More

US Cybersecurity Workforce Needed Quickly
Cybersecurity
US Cybersecurity Workforce Needed Quickly
April 22, 2021
by Victoria Turner

WASHINGTON - As Congress continues to worry about the nation’s cybersecurity, a key high-ranking military witness during a Senate hearing Wednesday said he was “concerned about the pace” of building an adequate cybersecurity workforce.  When Congress tasked the Department of Defense and military services with building... Read More

Cicilline: Congress Must Curb Power of Google and Facebook
Technology
Cicilline: Congress Must Curb Power of Google and Facebook
April 21, 2021
by Victoria Turner

WASHINGTON - The dominance of Google and Facebook as “gatekeepers” for online information and massive market power, particularly in digital advertising, has left U.S. journalism in a “state of crisis” and “Americans have had enough,”  said Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I., Tuesday.  “Republicans and Democrats agree that... Read More

‘No Need to Reinvent the Wheel’ to Recover US Workforce
Education
‘No Need to Reinvent the Wheel’ to Recover US Workforce
April 20, 2021
by Victoria Turner

With at least 4 million long-term unemployed American workers more than a year into the pandemic, witnesses before a US Senate hearing Tuesday called for the expansion of a post-secondary education grant to cover short-term, high quality programs.  Throughout the hearing, entitled, “COVID-19 Recovery: Supporting Workers... Read More

US Must Increase Pipeline to Face Cybersecurity ‘Cold War’
In The News
US Must Increase Pipeline to Face Cybersecurity ‘Cold War’
April 16, 2021
by Victoria Turner

The U.S. may be facing or even in the midst of a cybersecurity “cold war,” said Dr. Mark Hagerott, chancellor of North Dakota University System, at a West Governors’ Association event entitled, “Solving the Cyber Workforce and Skills Shortage.” On the heels of the White House... Read More

The Risky Business of Employee-Ownership
Business
The Risky Business of Employee-Ownership
April 15, 2021
by Victoria Turner

Employee Stock Ownership Plans, like other employee-ownership plans, have gotten much more attention lately due to the impact of the COVID-induced recession. This is because employee-owned firms tend to have more financial stability, fewer layoffs and higher survival rates, particularly in economic recessions, said Douglas Kruse,... Read More

Unintended Consequencs of Sex Trafficking Laws
Cybersecurity
Unintended Consequencs of Sex Trafficking Laws
April 12, 2021
by Victoria Turner

The two federal laws governing sex trafficking online have disproportionately harmed more sex workers than saved victims of human trafficking, said Danielle Borrelli, operations coordinator at the California Cybersecurity Institute, today at a Lincoln Network event moderated by Alexiaa Jordan.   Known and used collectively as SESTA-FOSTA,... Read More

‘Devil is in the Details’ of Corporate Tax Reform
Business
‘Devil is in the Details’ of Corporate Tax Reform
April 9, 2021
by Victoria Turner

Just as corporations and tax practitioners are beginning to adjust to the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the Biden administration’s proposed changes would introduce further complexities into an already complicated system, according to three U.S.-based tax attorneys. Biden’s proposal increases the standard corporate tax rate,... Read More

States Likely to Determine COVID-Related Workers’ Comp
Employment
States Likely to Determine COVID-Related Workers’ Comp
April 8, 2021
by Victoria Turner

When James Reidy worked at the Labor Department in the 1980s, processing worker compensation claims from asbestos exposure in shipyards, he found that many of the cases stalled over the question of causation. The workers had been exposed to asbestos in their work, some for decades,... Read More

US Employment Picture Brightens
In The News
US Employment Picture Brightens
April 6, 2021
by Victoria Turner

WASHINGTON - With 7.4 million job openings and 5.7 million new hires across the U.S. in February, the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Job Openings and Labor Turnover report paints a brighter picture for the country’s employment situation more than a year into the pandemic.  Total separations... Read More

Veterans Needed in Registered Apprenticeships
Veterans
Veterans Needed in Registered Apprenticeships
March 31, 2021
by Victoria Turner

WASHINGTON - If 94% of individuals completing a Registered Apprenticeship program through the Department of Labor are retained by their employers, U.S. Navy Officer Michael Pruitt asked yesterday, why are there not more veterans or transitioning military service members taking advantage of one?  Only 1% of... Read More

Event Looks at Free Expression in the Digital Age
Technology
Event Looks at Free Expression in the Digital Age
March 30, 2021
by Victoria Turner

David Freiheit began his presentation at the American Enterprise Institute event on the values and consequences of free expression in the digital age by pointing to the response of Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., to Amazon’s “snotty tweets.” Warren has repeatedly vowed to break up the Big... Read More

Can Online Platforms Properly Police Themselves?
Social Media
Can Online Platforms Properly Police Themselves?
March 26, 2021
by Victoria Turner

WASHINGTON - In 2018, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg apologized to a U.S. House committee when presented with active drug trafficking posts on his site, admitting social media platforms need better “policing” of such content.  Three years later, despite Facebook having “cleaned up its act,” the problem... Read More

Social Media Platforms’ Self-Regulation Era is Over
Social Media
Social Media Platforms’ Self-Regulation Era is Over
March 25, 2021
by Victoria Turner

WASHINGTON - Rep. Cathy McMorris Rogers, R-Wash., said at a congressional hearing today that as a parent of three school-aged children, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter are her “biggest fear.”  After spikes in teenage suicides in her community, everyone she reached out to “[raised] the alarm about... Read More

How Climate Change is Impacting Investment
Finance
How Climate Change is Impacting Investment
March 23, 2021
by Victoria Turner

WASHINGTON - Emma Howard Boyd, chairwoman of the United Kingdom’s Environmental Agency, would like you to invest your pension in environmentally-friendly financial funds, she urged today during a Peterson Institute for International Economics event entitled, “Economic Impact of Climate Change.” Not only do these types of... Read More

Essential Workers Deserve More Than Praise
Think Tanks
Essential Workers Deserve More Than Praise
March 18, 2021
by Victoria Turner

Lisa Harris has not physically seen her family since the beginning of the pandemic just to keep them safe from her. She is one of the 50 million essential workers fearing the virus every day, yet still going into work as a grocery cashier, wondering if... Read More

Biden Administration's Antitrust: Traditional or Transformational?
Economy
Biden Administration's Antitrust: Traditional or Transformational?
March 16, 2021
by Victoria Turner

The Biden administration has talked a big game on beefing up enforcement in market competition and it will undoubtedly bring more competition cases to court, said Bill Kovacic, a former regulator at the Federal Trade Commission.  The new leadership, however, may be surprised at how difficult... Read More

Agencies Need More Resources to Face Big Tech
Technology
Agencies Need More Resources to Face Big Tech
March 11, 2021
by Victoria Turner

If the U.S. government does not provide more funding for federal antitrust agencies to contend with Big Tech giants like Facebook and Google, it risks the future U.S. economy and the “way of life it supports,” said Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., today.  The agencies challenging these... Read More

Historic Hearing on Racial Inequality
Banking
Historic Hearing on Racial Inequality
March 11, 2021
by Victoria Turner

Paulina Gonzalez-Brito’s grandfather bought a house in a southeast neighborhood of Los Angeles in the 1930s that was designated a “yellow area” under the U.S. Housing and Urban Development redlining map of the time, which singled out neighborhoods based on income and race. Redlining allowed banks... Read More

Brokers' Compensation Revenues Disadvantage Retail Investors
Investment
Brokers' Compensation Revenues Disadvantage Retail Investors
March 10, 2021
by Victoria Turner

WASHINGTON - A conflict of interest built into online broker Robinhood’s revenue came under scrutiny during Tuesday’s U.S. Senate hearing on retail investing. Three witnesses at the hearing called for a ban on brokerage firms being compensated for routing their clients’ trades to third parties for... Read More

For US to Remain Competitive Requires ‘Taking the Quantum Leap’
Education
For US to Remain Competitive Requires ‘Taking the Quantum Leap’
March 5, 2021
by Victoria Turner

If the United States wants to remain competitive in the global marketplace for the rest of this century and beyond, it needs to foster education in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math, said a group of experts on Thursday.  A robust “STEM workforce is... Read More

‘Zero Trust’ Approach to AI Will Continue
Telecom
‘Zero Trust’ Approach to AI Will Continue
March 3, 2021
by Victoria Turner

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration will continue its “zero trust” approach, which assumes any hardware or software technology cannot be trusted, when it comes to grappling with issues surrounding artificial intelligence, according to the agency’s top official today.  “AI is not the future … it’s... Read More

Apprenticeships Benefit Individuals and Employers
Employment
Apprenticeships Benefit Individuals and Employers
March 2, 2021
by Victoria Turner

WASHINGTON - The Department of Labor’s apprenticeship programs benefit individuals seeking to master skills while gainfully employed, and provides employers with the talent needed to fill the current workforce shortage, according to two Congressmen yesterday. Apprenticeships differ from paid internships in that they are not temporary,... Read More

Mandates Needed to Keep Big Tech in Check
Antitrust
Mandates Needed to Keep Big Tech in Check
February 26, 2021
by Victoria Turner

Congress needs to create mandates to curb the abusive power exerted by a handful of online platforms, according to all six witnesses at a Capitol Hill hearing on Thursday. During the hearing, members of a House Judiciary subcommittee grappled with solutions to address the ability of... Read More

Funding, Sustainable Policy Will Close Digital Divide, AT&T CEO Says
Telecom
Funding, Sustainable Policy Will Close Digital Divide, AT&T CEO Says
February 24, 2021
by Victoria Turner

WASHINGTON -- Any policy aiming to truly address the nation’s broadband access crisis must be accompanied by robust federal funding to ensure these efforts are sustainable, according to one of the country’s top telecom executives. Speaking at the AT&T Policy Forum on Tuesday, John Stankey, the... Read More

Antitrust Reforms Could Kill Competition
Antitrust
Antitrust Reforms Could Kill Competition
February 23, 2021
by Victoria Turner

Four panelists warned today that proposed legislative reforms for more aggressive antitrust enforcement in Big Tech would likely spill over across all industries, hindering innovation and harming consumers. Strengthening the antitrust laws - federal and state statutes that restrict the formation of monopolies and prohibit dominant... Read More

Robinhood in the Hot Seat
Congress
Robinhood in the Hot Seat
February 19, 2021
by Victoria Turner

The decision by the online brokerage firm Robinhood to impose restrictions on customer trading at the high point of last month’s online trading frenzy was brought under scrutiny at Thursday’s hearing of the House Financial Services Committee. While Robinhood insists that its decision did not favor... Read More

Permanent Solutions Needed to Close Digital Divide
Technology
Permanent Solutions Needed to Close Digital Divide
February 18, 2021
by Victoria Turner

Substantial federal help is needed to assure affordable broadband access to disadvantaged communities, according to Wednesday’s witnesses before the House Commerce and Energy Committee’s Subcommittee on Communications and Technology. The virtual hearing, entitled “Connecting America: Broadband Solutions to the Pandemic Problems,” focused on the digital divide... Read More

Panelists Call for Industrial Policy to Counter China’s Party-State Economic Approach
Geopolitics
Panelists Call for Industrial Policy to Counter China’s Party-State Economic Approach
February 17, 2021
by Victoria Turner

The proposal for a national industrial policy took the stage Tuesday as a panel of experts grappled with how the U.S. government should respond to the increasing challenges posed by China’s “party-state capitalism.”  Panelists discussed the increased global growth of state-owned enterprises and in particular increasing... Read More

Black-Owned Businesses Lack Resources Amid Pandemic
Business
Black-Owned Businesses Lack Resources Amid Pandemic
February 12, 2021
by Victoria Turner

The pandemic has made clear that broadband access goes hand-in-hand with economic opportunity, exposing the inequities and lack of resources for black-owned businesses across the country, according to Commissioner Geoffrey Starks of the Federal Communications Commission. Since the onset of the novel coronavirus pandemic, black business... Read More

Experts Call for More Federal Aid for State and Local Governments
Think Tanks
Experts Call for More Federal Aid for State and Local Governments
February 11, 2021
by Victoria Turner

State and local government revenues were not hit as hard as expected by the pandemic, but the looming uncertainty of its long-term impact points to the need for more federal aid, leading economists say..  At the start of the pandemic, state and local governments anticipated sharp... Read More

Panelists Call for Inclusion and Accessibility to Fix Broken Aid Systems
Think Tanks
Panelists Call for Inclusion and Accessibility to Fix Broken Aid Systems
February 10, 2021
by Victoria Turner

The novel coronavirus pandemic has exposed and aggravated long standing weaknesses in the nation’s housing assistance and unemployment insurance systems, safety nets intended to aid the most vulnerable communities, according to participants in an event sponsored by the New America Practice Lab. During the event, which... Read More

Watchdog Warns Biden COVID Relief Plan Comes with Potential Risks
Economy
Watchdog Warns Biden COVID Relief Plan Comes with Potential Risks
February 5, 2021
by Victoria Turner

The new administration’s $1.9 trillion relief plan could potentially lead to longer-term risks of increased public debt, higher inflation, overvaluing of products, an economic crash and dependence on future stimulus funding, according to the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. Given the economic recession caused by... Read More

Federal Reserve Bank President Links Wage Inequity to Lack of Educational Investment
Education
Federal Reserve Bank President Links Wage Inequity to Lack of Educational Investment
February 3, 2021
by Victoria Turner

The high cost of higher education, lack of adequate college preparation for all and the “digital divide” between rural and urban populations are all areas in which greater investment is needed, according to the president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. These “barriers” to entering... Read More

Federal Reserve Bank Presidents Call for 'Rethinking' of Job Flexibility
Future of Work
Federal Reserve Bank Presidents Call for 'Rethinking' of Job Flexibility
February 2, 2021
by Victoria Turner

The pandemic has exacerbated deep-rooted issues in the structure of jobs. The need to “rethink” the future-of-work to incorporate flexibility and employee needs came to the limelight during a fireside chat between the presidents of two Federal Reserve Banks on Monday. Issues of access to public... Read More

CBO Report Says US Economy to Return to Pre-Pandemic Levels by Mid-2021
Economy
CBO Report Says US Economy to Return to Pre-Pandemic Levels by Mid-2021
February 1, 2021
by Victoria Turner

WASHINGTON - The Congressional Budget Office estimates that the U.S. economy will return to its pre-pandemic level by mid-2021, but employment levels will not fully return to normalcy until 2024. The nonpartisan federal agency that provides budget and economic analyses and estimates to Congress issued its... Read More

Sen. Klobuchar Calls for Higher Antitrust Enforcement of Big Tech Companies
Technology
Sen. Klobuchar Calls for Higher Antitrust Enforcement of Big Tech Companies
January 29, 2021
by Victoria Turner

Big Tech is only “growing stronger” due to the pandemic and federal antitrust agencies need to “get serious about enforcement in the tech sector,” said Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., during this week’s State of the Net Conference. “We need that new pro-competition movement now because it's... Read More

CISA Needs to be ‘Quarterback’ of U.S. Cybersecurity, Rep. Katko Says
Cybersecurity
CISA Needs to be ‘Quarterback’ of U.S. Cybersecurity, Rep. Katko Says
January 28, 2021
by Victoria Turner

Recent cyberattacks on U.S. federal systems point to the need to make the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency the "centralizing authority system" for the nation, said Rep. John Katko, R-N.Y., during a fireside chat at the State of Net Conference. That said, Katko went on to say... Read More

Former Trump White House Official Optimistic Biden Will Continue Tech Modernization
Technology
Former Trump White House Official Optimistic Biden Will Continue Tech Modernization
January 27, 2021
by Victoria Turner

Efforts to modernize the federal government's use of technology have long enjoyed "enthusiastic bipartisan support" that is likely to continue during Joe Biden's presidency, said Matt Lira, who was special assistant to the president on innovation policy during the Trump administration. Speaking during a virtual fireside... Read More

Online Misinformation Obstacle to Effective COVID-19 Response, Eshoo Says
Technology
Online Misinformation Obstacle to Effective COVID-19 Response, Eshoo Says
January 26, 2021
by Victoria Turner

Public health agencies need to implement a more strategic, unified approach in communicating public health information online on the novel coronavirus and social platforms should “amplify” it, said Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Calif., kicking off the 17th Annual State of the Net Conference. Delivering the opening keynote... Read More

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