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2022-05-19 21:13:53
by Madeline Hughes
FCC Increases Speed for Rural Broadband Program

WASHINGTON — Higher internet speeds are coming to the most rural places in America, as the Federal Communications Commission changed... Read More

WASHINGTON — Higher internet speeds are coming to the most rural places in America, as the Federal Communications Commission changed the definition of “high-speed” internet at its meeting Thursday. The four commissioners voted unanimously and across partisan lines to change... Read More

2022-05-17 20:49:08
by Madeline Hughes
Report Details ICE Surveillance Dragnet

WASHINGTON — Weaving together information from public databases and private data brokers, immigration officials have created a vast surveillance system... Read More

WASHINGTON — Weaving together information from public databases and private data brokers, immigration officials have created a vast surveillance system that can be used on nearly any American, regardless of immigration status, according to a new report from Georgetown Law’s... Read More

2022-05-13 21:04:20
by Madeline Hughes
More School Buses Could Get Wi-Fi

WASHINGTON — Adding Wi-Fi to school buses could be easier for school districts because of a proposed rule change by... Read More

WASHINGTON — Adding Wi-Fi to school buses could be easier for school districts because of a proposed rule change by the Federal Communications Commission. The new rule, if adopted, would allow districts to apply for funding to connect school buses... Read More

2022-05-11 23:36:42
by Madeline Hughes
Microsoft Details Cyberwar on Ukraine

WASHINGTON — As the war rages on, information and public trust in the government are two of Russia’s top targets... Read More

WASHINGTON — As the war rages on, information and public trust in the government are two of Russia’s top targets in Ukraine, according to a new report from Microsoft. “Collectively, the cyber and kinetic actions work to disrupt or degrade... Read More

2022-05-09 20:25:59
by Madeline Hughes
Internet Providers Promise $30 Service

WASHINGTON — More than 80% of Americans will have access to high-speed internet plans for $30 or less, President Joe... Read More

WASHINGTON — More than 80% of Americans will have access to high-speed internet plans for $30 or less, President Joe Biden announced Monday. The partnership with 20 different broadband internet providers “gives families a little more breathing room to pay... Read More

2022-05-09 20:13:20
by Dan McCue
Illinois Utility Invites Young Women to Participate in EV Rally

CHICAGO — Commonwealth Edison Company, the electric service provider to more than 4 million customers across northern Illinois, is holding... Read More

CHICAGO — Commonwealth Edison Company, the electric service provider to more than 4 million customers across northern Illinois, is holding an “EV rally” this summer to encourage young women to choose future careers in science, technology, engineering and math. The... Read More

2022-05-05 21:47:48
by Dan McCue
Boeing to Relocate Headquarters to Arlington

CHICAGO — Boeing revealed today that it is relocating its headquarters from Chicago to Arlington, Virginia, and will establish a... Read More

CHICAGO — Boeing revealed today that it is relocating its headquarters from Chicago to Arlington, Virginia, and will establish a major research and technology hub at its new location. “We are excited to build our foundation here in Northern Virginia,”... Read More

2022-05-05 21:12:18
by Madeline Hughes
FTC Reaches Settlement With Internet Company for Slow Speeds

WASHINGTON — The Connecticut-based internet provider Frontier Communications must increase its speeds or allow customers to cancel service without associated... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Connecticut-based internet provider Frontier Communications must increase its speeds or allow customers to cancel service without associated fees, according to an order from the Federal Trade Commission.  “Frontier lied about its speeds and ripped off customers by... Read More

2022-05-04 23:19:39
by Madeline Hughes
Bipartisan Bill Proposed for Oversight on Broadband Funds

WASHINGTON — There’s new proposed legislation to ensure the billions of infrastructure dollars flowing throughout the country to develop broadband... Read More

WASHINGTON — There’s new proposed legislation to ensure the billions of infrastructure dollars flowing throughout the country to develop broadband internet actually create sustainable infrastructure. Sens. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., and Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., introduced the bill Tuesday, legislation that... Read More

2022-05-04 13:34:49
by Alexa Hornbeck
Report Reveals Experiences of Women and Minorities in STEM Work

WASHINGTON — A report released Tuesday from the American Enterprise Institute takes a look at the promise and pitfalls of... Read More

WASHINGTON — A report released Tuesday from the American Enterprise Institute takes a look at the promise and pitfalls of working in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, especially for women and minorities. “These testimonials unearth startling personal insights... Read More

2022-05-02 20:00:36
by Madeline Hughes
US Signs Onto ‘Declaration for the Future of the Internet’

WASHINGTON — The United States joined 60 global partners in signing an agreement to work toward a common vision of... Read More

WASHINGTON — The United States joined 60 global partners in signing an agreement to work toward a common vision of the internet of the future that is “open, free, global, interoperable, reliable and secure.”  The agreement is not legally binding,... Read More

2022-04-28 14:26:14
by Madeline Hughes
Commerce Secretary Urges Senators to Pass the Bipartisan Innovation Act

WASHINGTON — Billions of dollars will start flowing to the Department of Commerce if Congress passes the Innovation and Competition... Read More

WASHINGTON — Billions of dollars will start flowing to the Department of Commerce if Congress passes the Innovation and Competition Act, also known as the Bipartisan Innovation Act, funds that will transform the department’s upcoming budget, according to Commerce Secretary... Read More

2022-04-22 21:01:56
by Madeline Hughes
FCC to Reform Spectrum Receivers, Opening Airwaves

WASHINGTON — Spectrum technology is at the core of modern wireless communication, enabling the seamless transmission of information between major... Read More

WASHINGTON — Spectrum technology is at the core of modern wireless communication, enabling the seamless transmission of information between major systems and devices like cell phones, televisions, GPS and radars. Like all communication technology, spectrum has a transmitter and a... Read More

2022-04-22 13:23:46
by Madeline Hughes
Wireless Carriers Must Publicly Report Emergency Alert Data

WASHINGTON — The Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to require wireless providers to report data from their Wireless Emergency Alerts.... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to require wireless providers to report data from their Wireless Emergency Alerts. For a decade those emergency notifications have served to notify people something important is happening that needs their attention. However,... Read More

2022-04-20 23:12:42
by Madeline Hughes
Utilizing HBCUs, Black Churches to Bridge Digital Divide

TUSCALOOSA, Alabama — Implementation of internet and cell phone service was never equitable across the country. Much of the divide... Read More

TUSCALOOSA, Alabama — Implementation of internet and cell phone service was never equitable across the country. Much of the divide is rural versus urban, with population masses driving disparities. Race also plays a significant factor in the likelihood someone has... Read More

2022-04-19 21:32:06
by Madeline Hughes
FCC Announces $37M for Schools, Libraries

WASHINGTON — Schools and libraries are getting $37 million more from the Federal Communications Commission because of Emergency Connectivity Fund... Read More

WASHINGTON — Schools and libraries are getting $37 million more from the Federal Communications Commission because of Emergency Connectivity Fund support. “This program has opened doors for thousands of students who lacked connectivity to get the tools they need to... Read More

2022-04-18 21:49:05
by Madeline Hughes
Creating the Broadband Nutrition Label

WASHINGTON — When an internet connection fizzles out or slows down significantly it causes disruptions for work, medical care, education... Read More

WASHINGTON — When an internet connection fizzles out or slows down significantly it causes disruptions for work, medical care, education and many other aspects of everyday life that have gone online because of the pandemic. And it’s frustrating to people... Read More

2022-04-15 18:51:28
by Madeline Hughes
Twitter Adopts 'Poison Pill' Defense to Thwart Musk Takeover 

WASHINGTON — Twitter’s board of directors implemented a poison pill to block the potential hostile takeover of the social media... Read More

WASHINGTON — Twitter’s board of directors implemented a poison pill to block the potential hostile takeover of the social media company.  The board’s unanimous vote to deploy its so-called poison pill came the day after Elon Musk publicly made an... Read More

2022-04-14 17:57:26
by Madeline Hughes
Musk Attempts Hostile Takeover of Twitter

WASHINGTON — Elon Musk wants to buy Twitter for $43 billion, according to papers filed with the U.S. Securities and... Read More

WASHINGTON — Elon Musk wants to buy Twitter for $43 billion, according to papers filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. "Twitter has extraordinary potential. I will unlock it," Musk wrote in a letter to Twitter Chairman Bret Taylor.... Read More

2022-04-13 23:19:25
by Madeline Hughes
New Report Urges Proactive Legislation on Virtual Reality Tech

WASHINGTON — A new report is calling on legislators to be proactive in setting policy as immersive technology, or XR,... Read More

WASHINGTON — A new report is calling on legislators to be proactive in setting policy as immersive technology, or XR, quickly becomes the norm. The report by the Bipartisan Policy Center lays out how immersive technology is not limited to... Read More

2022-04-13 17:27:14
by Tom Ramstack
Apple CEO Blasts Congress for Bill to Regulate App Sales

WASHINGTON — Apple Inc. Chief Executive Tim Cook is pushing back against a move in Congress to rein in the... Read More

WASHINGTON — Apple Inc. Chief Executive Tim Cook is pushing back against a move in Congress to rein in the market dominance of tech giants through antitrust legislation. Cook said during a speech in Washington, D.C., Tuesday that the pending... Read More

2022-04-04 19:10:48
by Madeline Hughes
Bipartisan Group Urges USDA to Use Narrower Guidelines to Allocate Broadband Funds

WASHINGTON — More than two dozen members of Congress are urging Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to ensure the funds... Read More

WASHINGTON — More than two dozen members of Congress are urging Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to ensure the funds set aside for rural broadband expansion make it to the most rural of areas. The bipartisan letter urging the department... Read More

2022-03-31 22:59:07
by Madeline Hughes
DOJ Gives Support for US Antitrust Legislation for Digital Companies

WASHINGTON — The Department of Justice is throwing its support behind a law that could change how American online shoppers... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Department of Justice is throwing its support behind a law that could change how American online shoppers are shown products. The bill, called the American Innovation and Choice Online Act, would make it illegal for an online... Read More

2022-03-30 19:37:06
by Dan McCue
FBI Issues Warning to Election and Other Officials About Login Harvesting Scheme

WASHINGTON — The Federal Bureau of Investigation issued a warning to election and other state and local government officials about... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Federal Bureau of Investigation issued a warning to election and other state and local government officials about invoice-themed phishing emails that could be used to harvest officials’ login information. If successful, the agency warned in a “Private... Read More

2022-03-29 18:57:21
by Madeline Hughes
Europe Takes Steps to Regulate Large Social Media and SEO Companies

STRASBOURG, France — Seeing ads of the item you just looked at on another website or Apple’s blue texts versus... Read More

STRASBOURG, France — Seeing ads of the item you just looked at on another website or Apple’s blue texts versus “ordinary” green texts on iPhones may be a thing of the past come October, if European Union legislators pass a... Read More

2022-03-29 14:12:42
by Dan McCue
Senate Advances COMPETES Act, Sending it to Conference

WASHINGTON —The Senate voted 68-28 on Monday to advance legislation that would invest in both scientific research and in increasing... Read More

WASHINGTON —The Senate voted 68-28 on Monday to advance legislation that would invest in both scientific research and in increasing domestic manufacturing of critical microchips. The Senate passed its version of the bill, the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act, in... Read More

2022-03-10 13:47:08
by Reece Nations
Biden Hosts Event to Support Bipartisan Innovation Act 

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden held an event alongside business leaders, the governors of Michigan and Indiana and Secretary of... Read More

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden held an event alongside business leaders, the governors of Michigan and Indiana and Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo urging Congress to pass the bipartisan Innovation and Competition Act. The legislation, formally entitled the United States... Read More

2022-02-24 22:15:57
by Reece Nations
Industry Groups ask FCC to Delay AT&T 3G Discontinuation

DALLAS — AT&T is willing to temporarily extend the lifespan of its 3G network after phasing it out for most... Read More

DALLAS — AT&T is willing to temporarily extend the lifespan of its 3G network after phasing it out for most mobile customers on Tuesday. AT&T entered into an agreement with T-Mobile on Feb. 15 to utilize its roaming options to... Read More

2022-02-04 19:18:16
by Dan McCue
House Passes Sweeping Measure to Boost US Competitiveness With China

WASHINGTON — The House voted 222-210 on Friday to approve legislation to bolster research and development to help the United... Read More

WASHINGTON — The House voted 222-210 on Friday to approve legislation to bolster research and development to help the United States better compete with China, unravel supply chain snafus and give a much-needed boost to the domestic semiconductor industry. Rep.... Read More

2022-02-04 17:26:24
by Reece Nations
Grid Operator PJM Denies Pause on Project Approvals

VALLEY FORGE, Pa. — PJM Interconnection, one of the nation’s largest regional transmission organizations, is denying reports that it is... Read More

VALLEY FORGE, Pa. — PJM Interconnection, one of the nation’s largest regional transmission organizations, is denying reports that it is proposing a two-year pause on reviewing energy project applications. PJM coordinates the transmission of wholesale electricity in portions or the... Read More

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