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Content tagged with Policy & Regulation posted in June 2009
Amazon Drops More Affiliates Over Online Tax Issue
News  |  6/30/2009  | 
The online retailer has been dropping affiliates in states that approve the collection of sales taxes for online transactions.
Supreme Court May Review Conviction Of Ex-Qwest CEO
News  |  6/30/2009  | 
Joe Nacchio is serving six years in prison for illegal insider trading while head of the telecom firm.
Jobs Returns To Work At Apple
News  |  6/29/2009  | 
The Apple chief executive is splitting his time between the company's corporate offices and working from home.
Amazon Drops North Carolina SMBs Over Sales Tax Proposal
News  |  6/29/2009  | 
Trying to make up for declining state revenue, North Carolina is preparing to collect taxes on online transactions.
Universal Cell Phone Charger Gets EU OK
News  |  6/29/2009  | 
Manufacturers endorsing EU agreement include Apple, LG, Motorola, Nokia, Qualcomm, and RIM. Concept has been endorsed in the US by the CTIA wireless association.
Does Twitter Match The Mission?
Commentary  |  6/29/2009  | 
A CIO with the U.S. Air Force argues that government-technology decision makers must apply cost-benefit analysis in determining whether Web 2.0 tools make sense for their agencies.
ICANN Names Security Expert As CEO
News  |  6/26/2009  | 
Rod Beckstrom, former director of the U.S. National Cybersecurity Center, faces demands to make the US organization into an international body.
AT&T Expands Smart Grid Ambitions
News  |  6/25/2009  | 
The carrier is teaming with Cooper Power Systems to sell wireless grid sensors to power utilities.
Tesla Gets $465 Million For Electric-Car Production
News  |  6/24/2009  | 
Tesla plans to use $100 million of the funds from the Department of Energy for a powertrain manufacturing plant.
FCC Examining Exclusive Handset-Carrier Deals
News  |  6/19/2009  | 
Hearings will likely focus on AT&T's exclusive deal with Apple.
Federal Jury: Music Downloader Owes $1.92 Million
News  |  6/19/2009  | 
Decision is a victory for the RIAA in its crackdown on illegal music file sharing.
Federal CIO Seeks 'Storefront' For Government IT Procurement
News  |  6/17/2009  | 
The goal is to have a central place to allow federal agencies to quickly buy systems and get them up and running.
E-Health Records Planned Despite Stimulus Uncertainty
News  |  6/17/2009  | 
More than 50% of healthcare providers surveyed by IVANS do not believe the federal stimulus package will successfully encourage health IT adoption.
FCC Chief Nominee To Promote Wireless, Broadband
News  |  6/17/2009  | 
At a hearing Tuesday, senators lavished praise on Julius Genachowski, but had harsh words for the FCC's performance over the past decade.
Government Debating 'Meaningful Use' Of E-Health Records
News  |  6/16/2009  | 
Members of the HIT Policy Committee are initially suggesting linking the use of health IT to individual care and public health outcomes.
Cloud Computing: 10 Questions For Federal CIO Vivek Kundra
News  |  6/16/2009  | 
Kundra discuss his thoughts about cloud computing in government, and what it would take to make cloud technologies easier to adopt in the federal space.
Senators Want To Grill Wireless Carriers, Manufacturers
News  |  6/16/2009  | 
Lawmakers say they want to determine whether "exclusivity agreements" between mobile handset makers and wireless carriers "are restricting consumer choice."
GE Offers Stimulus Loans To Bolster E-Medical Records
News  |  6/16/2009  | 
GE also promises that its GE Centricity e-medical record products will be certified to meet evolving health IT standards.
10 Questions For Federal CTO Aneesh Chopra
News  |  6/15/2009  | 
Chopra talks about the role of technology in government policy, and advancing Obama's healthcare IT, smart grid, education technology, and economic development agendas.
Federal CTO Sees IT Leading U.S. Out Of Recession
News  |  6/15/2009  | 
Aneesh Chopra is looking to other CIOs to advise him on fleshing out a more detailed agenda to best serve the president's IT agenda.
DTV Switch: Mostly A Smooth Move
News  |  6/15/2009  | 
The great majority of television-watching Americans weren't affected by the change to digital broadcasting because they receive their signals from cable and satellite TV providers.
IRS Mulls Cell Phone Tax Revisions
News  |  6/12/2009  | 
The government may simplify an old law to reflect the ubiquitous nature of cell phones and the plummeting cost of mobile phone calls.
General Services Administration's CIO Looks To The Cloud
News  |  6/12/2009  | 
Casey Coleman reveals the GSA's role in driving a government-wide cloud computing initiative and other IT priorities.
DTV Switch Is On: Millions To Lose Analog Signals
News  |  6/12/2009  | 
Virtually all TV stations are expected to have completed the switch to broadcasting digital television signals by Saturday. Three million U.S. homes are estimated to be unprepared.
Army Unblocks Some Social Media Sites
News  |  6/11/2009  | 
U.S. troops within the contiguous United States can now access Facebook, Delicious, Flickr, Twitter, Vimeo, and Web-based e-mail. YouTube and some other sites are still blocked.
EU Urges US To Drop Ban On Online Gambling
News  |  6/11/2009  | 
It believes U.S. laws on Internet gambling are a violation of international trade laws.
Google Defends Itself Against Antitrust Regulation
News  |  6/10/2009  | 
In the face of growing scrutiny of corporate behavior, Google is hoping to dissuade the Department of Justice from bringing an antitrust case.
Health Care Overhaul Bill Calls For Online Enrollment
News  |  6/10/2009  | 
Proposed legislation calls for all Americans to have medical insurance and that everyone be able to enroll and manage their eligibility information online.
Internet Gambling Bill Awaits House Vote
News  |  6/10/2009  | 
Legislation seeks to enable some forms of online gambling such as Internet poker and wagering on horse racing.
GSA Backs Away From Federal Cloud CTO Appointment
News  |  6/9/2009  | 
Cloud computing is still a major initiative of federal CIO Vivek Kundra, and its importance was even outlined in an addendum to the president's 2010 budget last month.
Former AT&T Exec Ed Whitacre To Lead GM
News  |  6/9/2009  | 
The 6-foot-4-inch Texan retired from AT&T less than two years ago after taking over the old SBC telecom business.
Apple iPhone Users Cry Foul Over AT&T Upgrade Policy
News  |  6/8/2009  | 
Subscribers with an iPhone 3G who aren't eligible for an upgrade -- those not near the end of their two-year contracts -- can still upgrade to an iPhone 3G S, but must pay $200 more.
China To Require Filtering Software On PCs
News  |  6/8/2009  | 
Starting July 1, PC makers will have to install pornography-blocking app Green Dam Youth Escort on all computers sold in China.
Think Tank Pushes Broadband Enterprise Zones
News  |  6/8/2009  | 
Institute For Policy Innovation says private-sector forces are best to ensure nationwide coverage.
Final Countdown For DTV Switch
News  |  6/8/2009  | 
President Obama has even gotten into the act, alerting Americans there won't be a delay beyond Friday.
FCC Pressed On Improving Broadband Access
News  |  6/5/2009  | 
The Telecommunications Industry Association and other groups are asking for the government to act fast and rule fairly in extending faster Internet service.
Gov. Stimulus Spending Gets High Marks
News  |  6/5/2009  | 
The pace of spending indicates the government will spend $294.1 billion by Sept. 30, 2010, a report from a government market researcher says.
Air Force Names Cyberwarfare Commander
News  |  6/5/2009  | 
The 24th Air Force, which will likely be based at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas, will focus exclusively on cyberwarfare as part of the larger Air Force Space Command.
FTC Shuts Down 'Worst ISP In U.S.'
News  |  6/4/2009  | 
Pricewert LLC is accused of hosting and actively distributing child pornography, malware, and spam.
Federal CIO Kundra Looks Forward To Data.Gov 2.0
News  |  6/4/2009  | 
The upgrades to the site, which will be available in a few months, will feature new ways to find and use data, including the ability to tag data sets.
Obama Administration Spreading Message Via Web 2.0
News  |  6/4/2009  | 
A number of federal agencies have found that it is most effective to get information to the public by using Twitter, blogs, and text messages.
Homeland Security Keeping Central Cybersecurity Role
News  |  6/3/2009  | 
The department's operational responsibility won't be undercut by the cybersecurity coordinator, a DHS undersecretary nominee says.
Biden Touts Recovery Act In New York
News  |  6/3/2009  | 
Veep says stimulus plan is creating and saving jobs in the Empire State and beyond.
China Knocked For Censoring Tiananmen Square Info
News  |  6/3/2009  | 
The People's Republic is blocking Web searches related to the historic protest, group charges.
FDA Strives For Transparency
News  |  6/3/2009  | 
Food and Drug Administration is asking for public input in effort to open up.
Obama Re-Nominates FCC Commissioner To Stabilize Agency
News  |  6/3/2009  | 
Decimated by the resignation of former chairman Kevin Martin, the FCC has been functioning with a skeleton staff of commissioners for months.
Utility Leaders Want Larger States Role In Broadband Stimulus Funds
News  |  6/2/2009  | 
NARUC suggests states could help speed up the process to review the thousands of applications that are expected to pour in.
Boston-Power Pursues Stimulus Funds For Battery Plant
News  |  6/1/2009  | 
Manufacturer of notebook cells is seeking more than $100 million for Massachusetts facility.

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