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Department of Homeland Security tells 21 states about Russian hacking during 2016 election

Department of Homeland Security, Washington, DC, 20528, United States

The Department of Homeland Security contacted election officials in 21 states to notify them that they had been targeted by Russian government hackers during the 2016 election campaign.

The purchase of Internet subscriptions in Native American households

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), 1400 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC, 20250-0002, United States

With the growing use of the Internet for information, education, job hunting, and other activities, its economic value increases. The incidence of in-home Internet subscriptions, however, varies across households, and Native American households are less likely than other American households to subscribe to Internet services.

Crying Wolf on Waste, Fraud, and Abuse for Low-Income Americans

New America Foundation, 1899 L St NW, 4th Floor, Washington, DC, 20036, United States

While the Lifeline program was a crucial step toward providing low-income Americans with internet access, it’s also become the target of uproarious criticism. The reason? A Government Accountability Office (GAO) study recently reported waste and fraud in Lifeline, and the immense backlash even prompted two Congressional hearings on the matter, both of which largely served as opportunities for senators to publicly tear into the program for alleged “waste, fraud, and abuse.”

Deletion of Agenda Items From September 26, 2017 Open Meeting

Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

The following Agenda items have been adopted by the Commission, and deleted from the list of items scheduled for consideration at the Tuesday, September 26, 2017, Open Meeting and previously listed in the Commission’s Notice of Tuesday, September 19, 2017

FCC Seeks Comment on E-rate Category Two Budgets

Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

With this Public Notice the Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on the sufficiency of budgets for category two services under the E-rate program (more formally known as the schools and libraries universal service support program).

T-Mobile, Sprint close to agreeing on deal terms, apparently

T-Mobile, 12920 SE 38th St, Bellevue, WA, 98006, United States

Apparently, T-Mobile US is close to agreeing tentative terms on a deal to merge with Sprint, a major breakthrough in efforts to merge the third and fourth largest US wireless carriers.

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