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August 30, 2014

August 22, 2014

House Energy and Commerce Wants Comments on the Universal Service Fund

The House Energy and Commerce Committee has been looking to update the Communications Act and issued its latest white paper Friday on the Universal Service Fund. People seeking to comment on questions posed by the panel have until Sept. 19 to do so.

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By Anne L. Kim Posted at 5:01 p.m.
Broadband, Telecom

August 18, 2014

Wikipedia, Cybersecurity, and Aspen Forum This Week

Events on Wikpedia, cybersecurity, startups, and government use of technology to lower costs are on tap this week and the Technology Policy Institute’s Aspen Forum in Colorado continues early this week.

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What’s Your State’s Open Data Score?

Center for Data Innovation Image 445x244 Whats Your States Open Data Score?

(Center for Data Innovation – open data score map)

Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, New York, Oklahoma, and Utah scored the highest in an assessment of state open data policies and portals by the Center for Data Innovation.

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August 15, 2014

FCC Extends Deadline for Second Round of Net Neutrality Comments

People looking to file net neutrality reply comments to the Federal Communications Commission will have a few extra days to do so. In a public notice, the FCC announced that the deadline for filing the second round of comments on its controversial proposalregarding Internet speeds will be Sept. 15. The deadline had originally been Sept. 10.

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By Anne L. Kim Posted at 4:15 p.m.
Net Neutrality

August 12, 2014

Women File Fewer FCC Net Neutrality Comments Than Men

Men filed significantly more comments with the Federal Communications Commission on its net neutrality proposal than women, according to preliminary findings of an analysis commissioned by the Knight Foundation.

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August 11, 2014

Virtual Currencies Come With Risks, CFPB Warns

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau says consumers should keep in mind the risks of using virtual currencies such as bitcoin, such as exposure to hackers and fewer protections than banks and credit cards provide.

The CFPB released a consumer advisory on Monday that states that virtual currencies “offer the potential for innovation,” but that “a lot of big issues have yet to be resolved – some of which are critical.”

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August 8, 2014

FCC Chairman on Verizon’s Defense: “All the Kids Do It” Didn’t Work With My Kids

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler says part of Verizon Wireless’ argument  in response to his concerns about its plan to slow down speeds for some high-volume data users wasn’t sufficient.

“All the kids do it was never something that worked with me when I was growing up, and it didn’t work with my kids,” he told reporters on Friday.

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FCC Adopts Text-to-911 Rules

The Federal Communications Commission adopted rules on Friday requiring all wireless carriers and some texting apps to be capable of supporting texts to 911 emergency call centers by the end of the year.

In addition to covering wireless carriers, the rules cover texting apps that can send messages to any phone number, but they don’t cover those whose texts are limited to other users of the app. It also wouldn’t cover texts from Wi-Fi-only locations.

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August 6, 2014

No Consensus Among Experts on the Net Job Cost of Robotics, Artificial Intelligence

Technology experts and industry executives are almost evenly divided on whether advances in robotics and artificial intelligence will cause a net loss of jobs in the next decade, according to a report from the Pew Research Center and Elon University in North Carolina. Many of those who responded to a canvass on the future of the Internet did agree that the advances in those technologies would have a broad effect on daily life and that the nation’s educational system isn’t up to the challenge of preparing workers for the altered world.

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By Anne L. Kim Posted at 11:32 a.m.
Ideas, Uncategorized

August 4, 2014

Text-to-911, 3D Printing and Privacy Policies Abroad This Week

With Congress out of town, it’s the start of a quieter month, but there are at least a few events this week, including the FCC’s monthly open meeting.

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