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Viasat Adheres to FCC’s “Keep Americans Connected Pledge in Lieu of COVID-19 Outbreak; Mark Dankberg Quoted”

Viasat Inc. has announced today its commitment to meet the FCC's "Keep Americans Connected" pledge and will work with its residential and small business customers to keep them connected, lessening potential health and economic impacts associated with the coronavirus, the company announced on Monday

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Senate OKs Telecom Networks Security Bill; Sen. Roger Wicker Quoted

The Senate has approved a bipartisan bill to protect U.S. telecommunication networks from foreign adversaries. The Secure and Trusted Communications Networks Act of 2019 would bar the Federal Communications Commission from offering subsidies with regard to the maintenance and acquisition of telecommunications services or equipment from untrusted vendors.

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CenturyLink Backs FCC’s $20.4B Rural Digital Opportunity Fund; David Bartlett Quoted

CenturyLink has announced its support for the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) approval of the ten-year, $20.4 billion Rural Digital Opportunity Fund, the company announced on Thursday. The order will  design a course for the future of broadband support through the FCC’s Universal Service Fund program. 

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President Trump OKs Bill Against Bot Calls; John Thune Quoted

President Donald Trump has placed his signature on a bill that aims to address bot-based scam calls via various implementations across industry and government, Nextgov reported Tuesday. The Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence, now signed into law, would direct phone service providers to offer free call-blocking services to customers.

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USDA’s Francisco Salguero Named New FCC CIO

Francisco Salguero has been named the new chief information officer of the Federal Communications Commission, succeeding John Skudlarek, who held the position on an acting basis following the departure of Christine Calvosa in May.

Salguero joins the commission after spending 14 years at the Department of Agriculture where he most recently served as deputy CIO and oversaw the department's $2B information technology portfolio, FCC said Monday.

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