News & Commentary
Content tagged with Policy & Regulation posted in August 2009
Amazon's Private Cloud: Virtually Private Or Maybe Private?
Commentary  |  8/28/2009  | 
Amazon, purveyor of the EC2 public cloud, suddenly announced Aug. 26 it's a private cloud supplier. Isn't there something wrong with a multi-tenant, shared resource provider transforming itself into a private cloud service? I'm not sure Amazon can offer a private cloud --yet. Then again, I see no reason why it couldn't sometime in the future.
FCC Probes Wireless Industry Competition
News  |  8/28/2009  | 
With inquiries into spectrum availability and consumer protections, the Federal Communications Commission assumes a bigger role in shaping the framework for mobile networks.
More States Ban Texting While Driving
News  |  8/27/2009  | 
Illinois and Missouri are the latest states to outlaw sending text messages or e-mails while operating a motor vehicle.
Graphic U.K. Video Targets Texting While Driving
News  |  8/26/2009  | 
The video shows happy texting-while-driving teens getting into a violent car crash.
What Is Broadband? FCC Wants To Know
News  |  8/21/2009  | 
The federal agency wants to develop accurate and uniform definitions for broadband to help in its development of a national broadband plan.
Defense Info Agency Open-Sources Its Web Apps
News  |  8/21/2009  | 
Working with the Open Source Software Institute, the U.S. military's IT agency hopes to create a model for open sourcing other government-developed software.
U.S. Allocates $1.2 Billion For Electronic Medical Records
News  |  8/21/2009  | 
The grants will go to regional centers to support implementing electronic health records, as well as state grants to share information nationwide.
Oracle, Sun Deal Approved By Justice Dept.
News  |  8/21/2009  | 
The Justice Department ruling came earlier than expected, a possible response to Sun Microsystems' declining revenues in a steep recession.
VA Reports Detail Misconduct By IT Officials
News  |  8/20/2009  | 
Abuse of authority, nepotism, and other HR violations are among the findings of two reports issued by the Department of Veterans Affairs inspector general.
Ericsson-Nortel Deal Nearly Complete
News  |  8/20/2009  | 
RIM's appeal to the Canadian government to stop the $1.13 billion acquisition appears to be falling on deaf ears.
Army Uses SaaS To Gauge Carbon 'Boot Print'
News  |  8/20/2009  | 
An expanded pilot program aims to cut costs and gas emissions and increase environmental compliance through use of standardized processes.
Rural Broadband Deployment Booming
News  |  8/20/2009  | 
Funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act have been earmarked for the expansion of broadband penetration.
Broadband Initiative To Link Colorado Hospitals
News  |  8/19/2009  | 
Clinicians in 400 rural healthcare facilities will be able to tap expertise at larger medical centers.
Following Big 2008 Slump, E-Health Systems Will Boom
Commentary  |  8/19/2009  | 
Fewer new clinical information systems were sold in 2008 than during the previous seven years, according to a new report. But that trend will change in a big way soon.
Former Gartner Exec To Lead GSA's Online Outreach
News  |  8/19/2009  | 
A veteran of government IT, Dave McClure will manage, the primary portal through which the General Services Administration shares information with the public.
Video Game Playing Linked To Health Risks
News  |  8/18/2009  | 
Adults who play video games are more likely to report being overweight, depressed, and in poor health than those who don't play.
Workgroup Co-Chair Says HIT Certification Process Is 'Going Well'
Commentary  |  8/18/2009  | 
Last week, the HIT Policy Committee, which is advising the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services on the details of the $20 billion health IT stimulus programs, made several recommendations related to the certification of e-health products. Marc Probst, a co-chair of the HIT Policy Committee's certification and adoption workgroup, provides some insight.
HIT Certification Committee Still In Play
News  |  8/18/2009  | 
Critics have complained that the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology is too closely aligned with large EMR vendors.
White House Closes 'Disinformation' Tip Box
News  |  8/18/2009  | 
The controversy over began soon after it was launched on August 4.
Should E-Health Records Be A Job Perk?
Commentary  |  8/17/2009  | 
Vanguard Health is the latest company that's signed up with the Dossia Consortium to offer its employees electronic health records as a work benefit. But when will it become mainstream for any and all patients to access their health records electronically, rather than it being a rare job perk for some?
Feds Launch Stimulus Reporting Site
News  |  8/17/2009  | collects a slew of data from stimulus recipients and sends it off to be posted on
Apple Board To Meet, May Discuss Vacancy
News  |  8/14/2009  | 
Earlier this month, Google CEO Eric Schmidt resigned from Apple's board. The FTC has been examining the relationships between the two firms for months.
Broadband Stimulus A No-Go For Big Carriers
News  |  8/14/2009  | 
AT&T, Comcast, and Verizon Communications aren't expected to participate in the first round of government funding.
Down To Business: Just What The IT Industry Needs -- More Regulation
Commentary  |  8/13/2009  | 
Perhaps one way out of the recession is to create a cottage industry of lawyers, consultants, and other advisers with CYA appended to their titles.
RIM Losing Bid To Stop Nortel-Ericsson Deal
News  |  8/13/2009  | 
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper says he won't block Ericsson's $1.13 billion purchase of Nortel's LTE and CDMA unit.
Sprint To Settle ETF Suit For $17.5 Million
News  |  8/13/2009  | 
The class-action lawsuit claimed Sprint overcharged customers $1.2 billion in early-termination fees.
Automated System Backfires On Social Security Administration
News  |  8/12/2009  | 
Following a lawsuit, the agency has agreed to pay $500 million in benefits that had been improperly withheld, and it will use human intermediaries to ensure accuracy.
FairPoint Grilled By Regulators
News  |  8/11/2009  | 
Vermont is considering revoking FairPoint's license to run the landline and Internet assets it acquired from Verizon, given the volume of customer complaints.
Social Security To Put $24 Million Into EMRs
News  |  8/11/2009  | 
The Social Security Administration plans to make wider use of electronic medical records to process disability applications.
Signs Of Support For DoD 2.0
News  |  8/11/2009  | 
The Department of Defense's new Web 2.0 Guidance Forum is intended to help shape the military's policy on use of social networking tools.
Doctors Get Better Decision Support Tools
News  |  8/10/2009  | 
Christus Health, a large hospital operator, deploys five clinical support offerings from Elsevier.
Virgin Mobile Profits Soar, Subscribers Dip
News  |  8/10/2009  | 
The prepaid wireless service said its popular $50 unlimited plan and sales of higher priced handsets drove second-quarter profits of $16.8 million.
Sprint Looks To Raise $500 Million
News  |  8/10/2009  | 
The carrier's public offering would raise funds for general business expenses, as it continues to lose lucrative postpaid subscribers.
IBM Exec Takes Patent And Trademark Hot Seat
News  |  8/10/2009  | 
Former IBM lawyer David Kappos takes the reins at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, which is under pressure to reform amid a backlog of patent applications.
NIST Lab Director Tackles Cybersecurity, Cloud Computing
News  |  8/6/2009  | 
Cita Furlani explains the nuts-and-bolts work of defining key government IT standards and the job of working with federal agencies on adoption and implementation.
FCC Approves Row 44 In-Flight Wi-Fi
News  |  8/6/2009  | 
The company will be able to offer satellite-based broadband service on planes throughout North America.
GM Unveils Plug-In Hybrid SUV
News  |  8/6/2009  | 
Buick crossover will get 30 MPG or better on the highway, automaker claims.
Federal CTO Chopra Meets Silicon Valley
News  |  8/6/2009  | 
The federal government's chief technologist outlined priorities and talked of the need for procurement reform, new approaches to tech education, and open innovation.
Report Finds HUD's IT Systems Severely Lacking
News  |  8/5/2009  | 
Outdated, redundant IT systems and paper-based processes are among the problems identified by the Government Accountability Office.
Hospital Chain's Digital Conversion Takes Patience, Time
News  |  8/4/2009  | 
Exempla Healthcare uses launch of e-medical record system to rethink how it stores paper and film records.
FTC Probing Apple-Google Links
News  |  8/4/2009  | 
A federal review began in spring and has found various connections including the service of Al Gore on both boards of directors.
HTC Releasing Three Android Phones In China
News  |  8/3/2009  | 
The company will have to remove Google Maps and tailor the operating system on the Hero, Magic, and Click to gain Chinese government approval.
Pirate Bay Spokesman Sunde Steps Down
News  |  8/3/2009  | 
Peter Sunde has been the frontman for the file-sharing site, making him a Web celebrity and leader among supporters of making copyright laws less restrictive.
GSA Outlines U.S. Government's Cloud Computing Requirements
News  |  8/3/2009  | 
A newly issued RFQ details what's expected from cloud computing vendors in terms of security, SLAs, geographic location, and data ownership.

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