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May 24, 2017

President Trump's fiscal 2018 budget proposal would completely eliminate 66 federal programs, for a savings of $26.7 billion. Some of the programs would receive funding for 2018 as part of a phasing-out plan. Here are the programs the administration wants on the chopping block.

May 19, 2017

In its decision, the commission is opening debate on two essential points: first, on FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s proposal to reverse the Title II classification for internet service providers; second, whether FCC should impose regulations to enforce net neutrality at all. For the next 90 days, the public, as well as companies and interest groups, will be able to file their comments and thoughts with the FCC.

April 27, 2017

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai on Wednesday revealed his plans for rolling back net neutrality, one of the most controversial items up for consideration at the agency. During a speech at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., Pai said he plans to hand regulatory jurisdiction of broadband providers back to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), an agency that critics argue is less prepared to handle them.

March 16, 2017

Sens. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) are pushing for the federal government to start measuring the impact of broadband on the economy. The two co-chairs of the Senate Broadband Caucus introduced a bill on Wednesday that would require the Bureau of Economic Analysis to study the economic effects of broadband deployment and adoption.

March 14, 2017

U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (CO) and Senator Gary Peters (MI), will receive the 2017 George E. Brown Awards for Science Leadership for their successful leadership in passage of the American Innovation & Competitiveness Act of 2016 and for promoting policies that benefit scientists, engineers, STEM students and the entire American public. Senators Gardner and Peters will be honored at a Capitol Hill ceremony and public reception on Tuesday, April 25, 2017.

March 13, 2017

Rowe took the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education for a stroll down memory lane of his times in front of congressional committees over the past six years where he talked about the widening skills gap, the student loan crisis, the disappearance of vocational education from our high schools, and that the “critical part of the solution often overlooked by politicians and educators is the pressing need for better PR.”

March 12, 2017

The head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is fueling speculation that he could try to repeal the lynchpin of the federal government’s climate change regulations. In an interview Thursday with CNBC, Scott Pruitt cast doubt on his own agency’s 2009 conclusion that greenhouse gases “endanger both the public health and the public welfare of current and future generations.”

March 08, 2017

President Trump has renominated Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai to a new five-year term, a White House spokesman told The Hill. The White House submitted the necessary paperwork on Tuesday, the source said, the day after Pai met with the president.

March 02, 2017

The measure called for broadband providers to take "reasonable" measures to ensure the security of customer data. But critics said that it would have set up different requirements than privacy rules issued by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and acting FTC Chairwoman Maureen Ohlhausen issued a joint statement arguing that privacy should be returned to the FTC's jurisdiction.

February 28, 2017

The new Republican chairman, speaking just two days after the two-year anniversary of the landmark Open Internet Order, pledged to approach regulation with a “light-touch” approach. He said the rules have stifled economic growth and investment in the broadband industry.

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