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FCC Issues Net Neutrality Rules

The Federal Communications Commission has installed rules for its Net Neutrality policy, which will go into effect Nov. 20 for broadband access providers. The rules are to ensure certainty and predictability to all Internet stakeholders in terms of content, service providers and consumers. Rules include: Transparency requiring disclosure of the network management …

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FCC Seeking Public Comment on 911 Texts, Photos

The Federal Communications Commission voted Tuesday to seek public comment on ways to enable the country’s 911 system to receive text messages, pictures and videos. The 911 system only supports voice calls, but text and multimedia messaging has become commonplace. During the open hearing, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski referenced the …

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White House Report Claims Data.gov Portal is Working

The White House has responded to critics of its open government initiatives by releasing a status report, claiming it has made progress in informing the public. In its 34-page report, the White House acknowledged it needs to do more work in creating a more open government, but hit back at …

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Pentagon, DHS Probe Expanding Sharing of Cyber Threat Intel with Contractors

The Defense Department plans to expand the sharing of classified cyber threat intelligence between the Pentagon and certain contracting firms to better secure commercial networks used for military purposes, Pentagon officials said. A test program, which ran from May 9 through Sept. 15, prevented hundreds of attempted breaches at 20 participating industrial defense firms, officials …

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NASA Unveils Plan to Boost Space Taxi Development

NASA plans to spend $1.6 billion over the next two years assisting industry development of space taxis, the space agency announced Monday. NASA outlined a contract that will be awarded to multiple companies that can provide a complete design — launchers, spaceships, mission operations and ground support — to ferry …

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U.S. Developing New Chip to Test Toxicity of Drugs

The National Institutes of Health will collaborate with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and the  Food and Drug Administration to develop a chip capable of screening new drugs for toxic material before tested on people. The chips will be loaded with specific cell types and would be able to …

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NIST Seeks Help Building National Public Safety Network

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has announced it is seeking advice on building a national wireless broadband network dedicated to public safety. A Sept. 12 Federal Register notice asks for comments as to whether the network is plausible with today’s technology or technology in the near future. The …

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