Earlier this year, INCOMPAS hosted Joseph Wender, director of the Capital Projects Fund for a conversation on how best to use public funding to unleash a faster broadband future.
“By investing in a faster, better broadband future, the U.S. Treasury Department is unlocking new opportunities and new markets for families and small business in rural communities," said Chip Pickering, CEO of INCOMPAS and co-chair of the BroadLAND campaign. “We wish to commend Joseph Wender and the Capital Projects Fund for their laser focus on faster, future-proof broadband that gives rural Americans access to affordable internet services that can scale and grow to attract the jobs and industries of tomorrow. It will now be critical for Louisiana, New Hampshire, Virginia, and West Virginia – and all states receiving public money – to ensure that competitive bidding and access policies are instituted to ensure the investment is not squandered by old monopoly practices of the past.”
Legislative Hearing Set for June 14 on Data Privacy Legislation
“For far too long, Americans have been left without comprehensive data privacy protections, while Big Tech exploits and monetizes the information of its users. Congress simply cannot wait any longer to update our laws to protect consumers,” Pallone and Schakowsky said. “[W]e will hold a legislative hearing on the American Data Privacy and Protection Act, the first comprehensive data privacy proposal to gain bipartisan, bicameral support in decades. We look forward to hearing from consumer privacy leaders as we work to finalize this important legislation that holds Big Tech accountable, puts consumers back in control of their data, and protects their privacy.”
FCC to Resume In-Person Visits
The FCC will now permit visitors with scheduled appointments, in conjunction guidance from the CDC and the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force. The FCC also created a new Visiting FCC Facilities webpage that has more information on how to prepare for visits. The FCC also said it expects to allow in-person media and public attendance for its next open meeting on July 14.