FCC’s Wheeler: U.S. needs better competition if it wants better broadband

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler acknowledged Thursday the FCC’s definition of high-speed Internet is outdated and that the entire system may have reached a choke point. His Agenda for Broadband Competition focuses on promoting and encouraging industry competition that ultimately benefits consumers and having the FCC step in to create competition where the commission feels it is lacking.

David Bray on FCC’s cloud adoption

FCC Chief Information Officer David Bray recently sat down with FedScoop as part of the Cloud Innovation Heroes campaign, presented by Intel and Amazon Web Services, to talk about his agency’s adoption of cloud computing.

NHTSA begins to explore vehicle-to-vehicle communications

Technology that could save more than 1,000 lives on the road per year is one step closer to reality after the Transportation Department’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released an advance notice of proposed rule-making about vehicle-to-vehicle communications technology.

FCC establishes deadlines for text-to-911 services

The Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 Friday to require all wireless carriers and some messaging services to allow people to text 911 in the event of an emergency.

The new rules called for all providers to allow texts to emergency services by Dec. 31, 2014 and all 911 call centers, known as public safety answering points (PSAPs), to implement the ability to receive messages by June 30, 2015.

FCC opens entire set of net neutrality comments to public

The Federal Communications Commission released files Tuesday containing the full library of more than 1.1 million public comments directed at the commission’s Open Internet plan. Six XML files were released on the commission’s Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS), totaling 1.4 GB in size.  “The release of the comments as open data in this machine-readable format will allow researchers, journalists and others to analyze and create visualizations of the data so that the public and the FCC can discuss and learn from the comments we’ve received,” wrote Gigi B. Sohn, special council of external affairs for the FCC in a blog entry. “Our…

Dan Morgan debuts as DOT’s first chief data officer

The Transportation Department’s first-ever chief data officer, Dan Morgan, officially joined the the department to head its data expansion efforts Monday.

Anti-social: Feds wonder why social media companies drag feet on accessibility issues

The Federal Communications Commission hosted a panel of experts Thursday to talk about the challenges and ongoing need to make social media platforms more accessible to those with disabilities. But there was one group of representatives that was notably absent from the proceedings: the social media companies themselves.

FCC approves new E-Rate, closed captioning regulations

The FCC approved three new regulations Friday at its July open meeting, the most notable being a major reform of its E-rate program.

Leading tech CEOs back E-Rate modernization

A group of prominent technology executives including HP CEO Meg Whitman and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg urged the Federal Communications Commission to adopt a plan that would increase the availability of low-cost broadband access for the nation’s schools.

GSA joins FCC to bring Wi-Fi to schools

The Federal Communications Commission plans to distribute $2 billion in the next two years to modernize America’s schools’ with Wi-Fi connectivity through a continuation of its E-Rate program. To do so, the commission entered a partnership with the General Services Administration to deliver on that goal using the agencies’ purchasing power to reduce the cost of modernizing classrooms and libraries throughout the country.

FCC’s Clyburn: Spectrum auction isn’t ‘a train wreck’

The FCC’s upcoming spectrum auction in 2015 is “absolutely not a train wreck,” according to FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn.

FCC chairman issues bold vision for improving cybersecurity

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler Thursday said cybersecurity throughout the private sector must improve significantly beyond what existing voluntary frameworks have so far been able to deliver, but he stopped short of calling for new government regulations to get there.

Is work culture the biggest roadblock to improving government IT?

Be it deciding between issuing a device or allowing employees to bring their own, or moving agencies’ data centers to the cloud, a group of public and private sector IT professionals say real change will come to federal IT when the government recognizes today’s work culture is changing as quickly as technology is improving.

FCC prioritizes 7 areas for modernization efforts

Legacy systems are some of the most costly in government. The Government Accountability Office reported agencies are spending more than 70 percent of their IT budgets on maintaining legacy systems, totaling more than $54 billion per year governmentwide.

Are CIOs relevant?

Do chief information officers matter? That was the question posed to six individuals, all of whom have had a career in federal IT management, most of them working the Office of the Chief Information Officer.

FCC CIO David Bray on mobile as disruptive technology

David Bray, CIO at the Federal Communications Commission, talks with FedScoopTV about disruptive technologies in the federal government.

Mobile security, citizen engagement will be key in 2014

In 2014, there are just as many network and mobile devices on the planet that there are humans. In two years, the number of mobile and network devices will surpass the human population — twofold. David Bray, chief information officer at the Federal Communications Commission, says for this reason, civic innovation and engagement are more important than ever.

FedWire: Satellite data gaps, innovating agriculture, and a techno-blood drive

FedWire is FedScoop’s afternoon roundup of news and notes from the federal IT community. Send your links and videos to tips@fedscoop.com.

FedWire: SBA nomination, bathythermograph sensors and fuel cells

FedWire is FedScoop’s afternoon roundup of news and notes from the federal IT community. Send your links and videos to tips@fedscoop.com.

Why the Vegas tech showdown matters to government

Hosted by the Consumer Electronics Association, the International Consumer Electronics Show draws one of the largest gatherings of businesses, innovators, entrepreneurs, startups, government officials, CEOs and members of the media.
So why might federal agencies be interested in jetting to Sin City for this event?

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