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Federal, Infrastructure, Networking, Policy, Unified Communications

Ajit Pai killed rules that could have helped Florida recover from hurricane

October 19, 2018

Via: ArsTechnica

The Federal Communications Commission chairman slammed wireless carriers on Tuesday for failing to quickly restore phone service in Florida after Hurricane Michael, calling the delay “completely unacceptable.” But FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s statement ignored his agency’s deregulatory blitz that left […]


Applications, Infrastructure, Unified Communications

DHS sets two-pronged approach to EIS adoption

October 8, 2018

Via: FCW

The Department of Homeland Security is moving ahead with its plans to leverage the federal government’s $50 billion next-generation telecommunications contract to modernize the DHS’ sprawling IT operations, according to the agency’s CIO. This past summer, DHS brought in two […]


Infrastructure, Unified Communications

FCC announces plan for new direct-to-911, location-sharing rules

September 27, 2018

Via: StateScoop

The Federal Communications Commission took a small step on Wednesday toward making it easier both for people to be connected directly with emergency services and for first responders to locate 911 callers faster. The FCC published its proposed rules showing […]


Infrastructure, Operations Security, Security, Unified Communications

How the Energy Dept. is operationalizing emergency response

September 19, 2018

Via: FCW

The head of the Energy Department’s energy security office is looking to build relationships with emergency response and cybersecurity agencies at the Department of Homeland Security to sharpen overall government and private-sector awareness of cyber and physical threats. “We’re a […]


Data Center, Infrastructure, Unified Communications

Golden State senators want answers on data throttling

September 10, 2018

Via: FCW

California’s Senate delegation is demanding details from telecommunications carriers about their data policies in the wake of reported data “throttling” of Santa Clara firefighters battling a massive July wildfire in the state. In a Sept. 6 letter to top executives […]


Infrastructure, Networking, Unified Communications

ISPs say they can’t expand broadband unless gov’t gives them more money

August 16, 2018

Via: ArsTechnica

Broadband providers have spent years lobbying against utility-style regulations that protect consumers from high prices and bad service. But now, broadband lobby groups are arguing that Internet service is similar to utilities such as electricity, gas distribution, roads, and water […]


Infrastructure, Networking, Unified Communications

Verizon Accused of ‘Grossly Overstating’ Its 4G Coverage

August 8, 2018

Via: Fortune

A trade group representing rural cellular carriers says Verizon “grossly overstated” its 4G LTE coverage in government filings, which could prevent people in areas that are underserved from seeing improvements in service. The Rural Wireless Association (RWA), in a filing […]


Infrastructure, Networking, Unified Communications

Why it’s getting harder to find sharable federal spectrum

June 13, 2018

Via: FCW

The government is sitting on a goldmine of radio spectrum that could be used to accelerate 5G deployment, but crafting a coordinated policy to get there is complicated. One obvious way is to provide incentives for federal agencies to relinquish […]


Infrastructure, Networking, Unified Communications, Wireless Infrastructure

FCC gets pushback on supply chain security proposal

June 6, 2018

Via: FCW

Telecommunications industry trade groups and top vendors are telling the Federal Communications Commission to proceed cautiously in a rulemaking effort that could put certain foreign manufactured telecom equipment off-limits for U.S. networks on national security grounds. In March, the FCC […]


Applications, Federal, Infrastructure, Policy, Unified Communications

How Louisiana saved $70 million with IT consolidation efforts

May 17, 2018

Via: StateScoop

The state of Louisiana recently organized an office consolidation and IT modernization project that has so far achieved $70 million in cost savings. The state brought together all of its IT departments from across 20 executive branches. Under this new […]