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Congress Innovation Fellowship 2018

Capitol Building, E Capitol St NE & 1st St NE, Washington, DC, 20001, United States

Do you think Congress needs to be more tech savvy? Then bring your digital knowledge to Washington with a congressional innovation fellowship.

CBO Scores Public Lands Telecommunications Act

Congressional Budget Office (CBO), Second and D Streets, SW Ford House Office Building 4th Floor, Washington, DC, 20515-6925, United States

The Public Lands Telecommunications Act (HR 2425) would make most fees collected by the federal government from firms with communications equipment on federal lands available to be spent, subject to appropriation, by federal land management agencies (Bureau of Land Management, Forest Service, National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Bureau of Reclamation).

2016/2017 Mobile Analysis: Mobile Device Trends on Government Websites

General Services Administration (GSA), 1800 F Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20405, United States

In December 2016, mobile devices (smartphone and tablet) accounted for 43 percent of all traffic vs. 36 percent the same time the year before.

President Trump’s business advisory councils disband as CEOs abandon president over Charlottesville views

The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC, 20500, United States

President Donald Trump’s relationship with the American business community suffered a major setback Aug 16 as the president was forced to shut down his major business advisory councils after corporate leaders repudiated his comments on the violence in Charlottesville (VA) this weekend.

President Trump’s remarks defending neo-Nazis were full of right-wing media talking points

The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC, 20500, United States

President Donald Trump parroted multiple right-wing media talking points during a press conference as he responded to questions about deadly white supremacist violence in Charlottesville (VA).

Distinguishing Bandwidth and Latency in Households’ Willingness-to-Pay for Broadband Internet Speed

Technology Policy Institute, 1401 Eye NW, Washington, DC, 20005, United States

We measure households’ willingness-to-pay for changes in key home broadband Internet connection features using data from two nationally administered, discrete choice surveys

Don't want your phone bill to rise? It's time to learn about net neutrality

McClatchy Newspapers, 2100 Q St, Sacramento, CA, 95816, United States

Although the Federal Communications Commission said it intends to alter the Open Internet rules, it won’t fill in specifics until probably this fall, after the comments are analyzed. That makes it hard to pin down precise effects on cost, although that hasn’t prevented predictions.

Lifeline Connects Coalition Discusses Lifeline Reform Issues

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

The Lifeline Connects Coalition met with Federal Communications Commission Wireline Competition Bureau staff on August 10, 2017 to discuss the Lifeline National Eligibility Verifier.

Verizon -- Yes, Verizon -- Just Stood Up for Your Privacy

Verizon Communications, 140 West St, New York, NY, 10007, United States

Fourteen of the biggest US tech companies filed a brief with the Supreme Court on Aug 14 supporting more rigorous warrant requirements for law enforcement seeking certain cell phone data, such as location information. In the statement, the signatories—Google, Apple, Facebook, and Microsoft among them—argue that the government leans on outdated laws from the 1970s to justify Fourth Amendment overreach. One perhaps surprising voice in the chorus of protesters? Verizon.

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