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FCC Chairman Announces Carey Will Serve As Media Bureau Chief

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
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Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai announced that Michelle Carey to serve as chief of its Media Bureau, continuing the work she has been doing as acting chief.

No Matter What Washington Does, One Nonprofit Is Closing the Digital Divide

Location:
EveryoneOn , 718 7th Street NW, Washington, DC, 20001, United States
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EveryoneOn is announcing its plans to take over the ConnectHome program from HUD and expand its efforts to close the digital divide in more than 100 communities, both rural and urban, by 2020. HUD will still serve on the group’s advisory board, but will no longer manage it day to day. The new entity, rebranded ConnectHome Nation, is an effort not only to grow the program but to protect it from the often mercurial whims of Washington.

T-Mobile’s “Digits” program revamps the phone number

Location:
T-Mobile, 12920 SE 38th St, Bellevue, WA, 98006, United States
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On May 31 T-Mobile will launch Digits, a revamp of how T-Mobile phone numbers work, virtualizing customer numbers so they can work across multiple devices.

‘Anyone . . . with a pulse’: How a Russia-friendly adviser found his way into the Trump campaign

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Trump Organization, 725 5th Ave., New York, NY, 10022, United States
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Were Trump’s connections to multiple Russia-friendly advisers mere coincidence, or evidence of a coordinated attempt to collude with a foreign government? Or were they the result of incompetent vetting that left a neophyte candidate vulnerable to influence from people with nefarious agendas? Regardless of the answer, the campaign’s previously unreported procedures for vetting Page and other advisers are greatly complicating matters for Trump’s presidency.

More Tech Reaction to Blackburn Privacy Bill

Location:
US Capitol, East Capitol Street, NE and 1st Street, NE, DC, 20515, United States
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Oracle plans to send a letter voicing its support of House telecom subcommittee Chairman Marsha Blackburn's (R-TN) new privacy bill. The recently introduced legislation would ...

Cities Clamor for More Clout at FCC

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
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The rules of broadband are changing, and local governments want a say in how they evolve.

Creating an economics-sensitive zone at the FCC

Location:
Brookings, 1775 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
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One less-publicized initiative of new Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai may have profound impact on the agency’s policymaking agenda. Chairman Pai announced that he would be creating an Office of Economics and Data (OED) at the FCC. This office will combine economists and other commission staff to provide better input on rulemaking proceedings and transaction reviews, along with enhanced support for data management and research activities.

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