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2021-09-24 18:19:32
by Victoria Turner
FCC Allocates Over $1.2 Billion to Close the Homework Gap

The Federal Communications Commission is allocating over $1.2 billion in the first round of funding of the $7.17 billion Emergency... Read More

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... Read More

2021-09-23 20:40:42
by Victoria Turner
Infosys Developing Quantum Computing Capabilities on AWS

Amazon Web Services’ quantum computing service, Amazon Braket, is partnering with next-generation digital services consulting firm Infosys to develop quantum... Read More

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... Read More

One to Charge Them All: EU Demands Single Plug for Phones

LONDON (AP) — The European Union unveiled plans Thursday to require smartphone makers to adopt a single charging method for... Read More

LONDON (AP) — The European Union unveiled plans Thursday to require smartphone makers to adopt a single charging method for mobile devices. The European Commission, the bloc's executive arm, proposed legislation that would mandate USB-C cables for charging, technology that... Read More

2021-09-22 20:42:18
by Victoria Turner
Identity Authentication Key Piece of Cybersecurity Puzzle

WASHINGTON -- Identity authentication is taking a front-and-center role in the administration's approach to ensuring robust cybersecurity across the U.S.... Read More

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... Read More

Apple, Google Raise New Concerns by Yanking Russian App

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Big Tech companies that operate around the globe have long promised to obey local laws and... Read More

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Big Tech companies that operate around the globe have long promised to obey local laws and to protect civil rights while doing business. But when Apple and Google capitulated to Russian demands and removed a political-opposition... Read More

2021-09-21 19:37:37
by Victoria Turner
National Spectrum Policy Needed to Meet the Need of Strategic 5G Deployment

As the wireless industry works to get 5G deployed across the nation, the U.S. Department of Commerce has been working... Read More

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... Read More

2021-09-20 20:02:57
by Dan McCue
Charter Communications Rolls Out $30M Initiative to Boost Community Centers

STAMFORD, Conn. – Charter Communications, Inc., has launched a five-year, $30 million initiative to revitalize community centers in rural and... Read More

STAMFORD, Conn. – Charter Communications, Inc., has launched a five-year, $30 million initiative to revitalize community centers in rural and urban areas, and invest in job training programs in underserved communities across the 41 states it serves. By 2025, the... Read More

Court Rejects Lawsuit Against NSA on "State Secrets" Grounds

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — A divided federal appeals court has upheld the dismissal of an ACLU lawsuit challenging a... Read More

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — A divided federal appeals court has upheld the dismissal of an ACLU lawsuit challenging a portion of the National Security Agency's warrantless surveillance of Americans' international email and phone communications.  The 4th U.S. Circuit Court... Read More

2021-09-15 16:10:33
by Victoria Turner
Demystifying Smart Cities: The Tech is Here to Deploy Smart Solutions

WASHINGTON -- Cities that have been investing in technology to someday become Smart Cities have been able to react, adapt... Read More

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... Read More

2021-09-14 18:33:18
by Victoria Turner
State and Local Governments Will Drive Broadband Deployment Success

States will be at the helm of the $42.5 billion in block grants designated in the historic $65 billion proposed... Read More

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... Read More

2021-09-07 19:26:26
by Victoria Turner
The FCC Still Looking at Exclusivity Arrangements in MTE Broadband Market

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Communications Commission announced today it is seeking another round of comments regarding exclusivity arrangements between multi-tenant... Read More

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... Read More

Google Again Delays Return to Office Due to COVID Surges

Google is once again postponing a return to the office for most workers until mid-January, in addition to requiring all... Read More

Google is once again postponing a return to the office for most workers until mid-January, in addition to requiring all employees to be vaccinated once its sprawling campuses are fully reopened. The highly contagious delta variant of the coronavirus is... Read More

2021-09-01 20:52:09
by Tom Ramstack
Executives Advocate for Legislation to Unite Government and Private Cybersecurity

WASHINGTON -- A cybersecurity expert told a congressional panel Wednesday that private industry alone cannot be expected to effectively confront... Read More

WASHINGTON -- A cybersecurity expert told a congressional panel Wednesday that private industry alone cannot be expected to effectively confront the kinds of cyberattacks that have wreaked havoc on U.S. computer networks in recent years. He testified to a House... Read More

2021-09-01 20:45:52
by Alexa Hornbeck
Jury Selection Begins In Fraud Trial of Theranos Founder

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Jury selection is underway in the fraud trial of Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes, a one-time darling... Read More

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Jury selection is underway in the fraud trial of Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes, a one-time darling of Silicon Valley now facing felony charges alleging she duped elite financial backers, customers and patients into believing that her... Read More

2021-08-31 20:17:57
by Alexa Hornbeck
Smart Home in Illinois Serves as Test Site for New Health Products

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Researchers in Illinois have developed a smart home called the McKechnie Family LIFE Home, an interactive living... Read More

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Researchers in Illinois have developed a smart home called the McKechnie Family LIFE Home, an interactive living space equipped with smart appliances and innovation labs to study how home-based technologies may improve health for older individuals or... Read More

2021-08-31 13:41:54
by Dan McCue
Broadcasters Off Hook for Broadband Act Startup Costs

WASHINGTON - In a world where the cost of almost everything seems to go up for everybody, broadcasters got something... Read More

WASHINGTON - In a world where the cost of almost everything seems to go up for everybody, broadcasters got something of a treat last week. When the FCC officially set its Fiscal Year 2021 regulatory fees last week, commissioners did... Read More

2021-08-30 17:50:33
by Dan McCue
SEC Seeks Info on Digital Engagement by Investment Advisors, Brokers

WASHINGTON - The Securities and Exchange Commission is seeking information from the public and industry professionals on the digital engagement... Read More

WASHINGTON - The Securities and Exchange Commission is seeking information from the public and industry professionals on the digital engagement practices of investment advisors and brokers. These tools include behavioral prompts, differential marketing, game-like features (also known as gamification) and... Read More

2021-08-27 20:48:14
by Reece Nations
FBI Warns of New Hive Ransomware Threat

WASHINGTON — The Federal Bureau of Investigation distributed a Flash report on Friday warning of indicators of compromise from the... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Federal Bureau of Investigation distributed a Flash report on Friday warning of indicators of compromise from the Hive ransomware known to have infiltrated business networks. The ransomware utilizes multiple mechanisms as attachments to gain access and “Remote... Read More

2021-08-27 14:11:33
by Dan McCue
Over 5 Million Households Enrolled in Emergency Broadband Discount Program

WASHINGTON -- More than five million households have enrolled in the emergency broadband benefit program since its launch in mid-May,... Read More

WASHINGTON -- More than five million households have enrolled in the emergency broadband benefit program since its launch in mid-May, the Federal Communications Commission said Friday. Coinciding with this milestone, the agency also began releasing more granular enrollment data to... Read More

2021-08-25 15:04:36
by Alexa Hornbeck
Can Smartwatches Contribute to Health Anxiety in Patients With Heart Conditions?

Smartwatches, or other wrist-worn devices, can help monitor for health conditions such as an irregular heart rhythm, but a study... Read More

Smartwatches, or other wrist-worn devices, can help monitor for health conditions such as an irregular heart rhythm, but a study funded by the National Institutes of Health finds that wearable devices may also cause negative effects to patients’ psychological health.... Read More

Gig Apps for a Pandemic Economy: Part Time, No Commitment

LONDON (AP) — For months, Gabrielle Walker had been looking for a part-time job. She applied to restaurant chains and... Read More

LONDON (AP) — For months, Gabrielle Walker had been looking for a part-time job. She applied to restaurant chains and retailers like Nando's and Primark, and she scoured the job search site Indeed. Nothing. Then one day, Walker, a 19-year-old... Read More

2021-08-19 20:18:44
by Tom Ramstack
Federal Trade Commission Sues Facebook Claiming Unfair Monopoly Tactics

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Trade Commission submitted an amended complaint Thursday against Facebook Inc. in federal court in a case... Read More

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Trade Commission submitted an amended complaint Thursday against Facebook Inc. in federal court in a case that threatens the social media giant’s multibillion dollar annual business operations. The FTC accuses Facebook of antitrust violations that give... Read More

2021-08-13 13:16:13
by Victoria Turner
First Responders Want High Tech But Lack Funding

An in-depth study by the National Institute of Standards and Technology based on interviews and surveys of first responders -... Read More

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,... Read More

2021-08-10 20:39:21
by TWN Staff
CISA Encouraging Computer Users to Deploy New Microsoft, Intel Updates

WASHINGTON -- Both Microsoft and Intel have released updates to multiple vulnerabilities in their product and users and system administrators... Read More

WASHINGTON -- Both Microsoft and Intel have released updates to multiple vulnerabilities in their product and users and system administrators should think seriously about installing them, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency said Tuesday. The agency warns that without the... Read More

2021-08-10 13:19:08
by Victoria Turner
FCC's Broadband Mapping Tool First in a Series

Are you on the map? The Federal Communications Commission map showing where broadband coverage is reaching, that is. Last week... Read More

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... Read More

2021-08-05 13:31:39
by Tom Ramstack
Senators Reveal Huge Financial Losses From US Tech Stolen by Chinese

WASHINGTON -- A Senate committee went public Wednesday with the kind of information about China’s use of U.S. technology that... Read More

WASHINGTON -- A Senate committee went public Wednesday with the kind of information about China’s use of U.S. technology that normally would stay behind the closed doors where clandestine issues are discussed. Select Committee on Intelligence leaders revealed that China’s... Read More

2021-07-28 13:23:01
by Victoria Turner
Keeping Big Brother in Check: Facial Recognition Technology

Biometric technology identifies you based on your biological characteristics: your fingerprint, your iris, your face.  It can even measure how... Read More

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 &... Read More

2021-07-27 20:03:14
by Victoria Turner
FCC Ready to Fund $311 Million Broadband Deployment to 36 States

The Federal Communications Commission announced yesterday that it is ready to release more than $311 million in funding for high-speed... Read More

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... Read More

2021-07-27 20:00:48
by Daniel Mollenkamp
Facial Recognition Tech Threatens Human Rights, Needs Oversight

WASHINGTON -- A new two-part study from the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a D.C.-based national security think tank,... Read More

WASHINGTON -- A new two-part study from the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a D.C.-based national security think tank, has said that civilian and judicial oversight will be crucial to limiting the potential human rights abuses from government use... Read More

2021-07-27 19:57:27
by Tom Ramstack
US Government Digital Currency Gets a Second Look in Congress

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. dollar risks losing its preeminence in international transactions unless the Federal Reserve moves promptly to sponsor... Read More

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. dollar risks losing its preeminence in international transactions unless the Federal Reserve moves promptly to sponsor a digital currency, economists told Congress Tuesday. Once again, the main competitive threat to U.S. currency comes from China, according... Read More

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