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FCC Seeks Feedback on $3.2B Emergency Broadband Discount Program

Ajit Pai

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has released a request for comment on the agency’s plans to launch a $3.2 billion program aimed at providing discounted broadband services to low-income Americans. The agency will direct participating telecommunications providers to provide a monthly discount of up to $50 for eligible households. Tribal lands will be eligible for up to $75 in monthly slashed rates

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FCC Implements Directive to Replace ‘Risky’ Telecom Equipment

Telecommunication

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has formally implemented rules under the 2019 Secure and Trusted Communications Networks Act aimed at reimbursing telecommunication providers’ equipment that pose risks to national security. FCC said Thursday that the reimbursement program might require a least $1.6B in funding to replace risky communications equipment purchased after Aug. 14, 2018.

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GSA’s Allen Hill: Agencies Must Accelerate EIS Task Order Awards Before Transition Deadline

General Services

Allen Hill, acting deputy assistant commissioner for category management at the General Services Administration’s (GSA) Office of Information Technology Category, has said that agencies must expedite their respective Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions (EIS) transition efforts. Thirty percent of federal agencies have finished issuing EIS task orders as of Sept. 30th, according to the report.

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GAO Issues Report on 5G Implementation Policy Options

5G Implementation

A new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report has found that stakeholders must address 5G network infrastructure implementation risks in areas such as spectrum availability, privacy, cybersecurity and public health. “As with previous generations of mobile wireless technology, the full performance of 5G will be achieved gradually as networks evolve over the next decade,” the report states.

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GSA Names Payman Sadegh as New CDO; Bob De Luca Quoted

General Services

Payman Sadegh has been appointed as chief data officer (CDO) with the General Services Administration (GSA). Sadegh will succeed Kris Rowley, the first appointed CDO, who left the agency for the private sector March 31 after serving a seven year tenure. In the interim, deputy chief information officer, Beth Killoran, served as acting CDO.

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NCSC Helps Federal Agencies Enact Telecom Supply Chain Restrictions; NCSC Director William Evanina Quoted

William Evanina

The National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC) has launched an effort to brief federal agencies on how to protect the government supply chains against threats from Chinese companies. William Evanina said the center partnered with NIC within the ODNI to drive information-sharing efforts and protect the federal supply chain.

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