Brian Heaton is a senior writer for Government Technology. He primarily covers technology legislation and IT policy issues. Brian started his journalism career in 1998, covering sports and fitness for two trade publications based in Long Island, N.Y.
The Federal Communications Commission reclassified Internet connectivity as a telecommunications service under Title II of the Communications Act on Feb. 26, preserving an open Internet. The commission also vacated state laws in North Carolina and Tennessee that restrict expansion of local broadband networks.
Representatives from state and local government, along with private-sector leaders, rallied on Tuesday in support of a petition to the FCC to vacate state laws that prevent expansion of gigabit Internet connections.
In his role as associate administrator of the National Telecommunications & Information Administration’s Office of Public Safety Communications, Fletcher will continue to interact with the state and local connections he's made over the years.
Aiming to crack down on illegal cell phone use by inmates, a bill is moving forward in the California Legislature that would authorize the use of “managed access technology” to block wireless transmissions in California prisons.
California Rep. Anna G. Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, introduced the Next Generation Wireless Disclosure Act earlier this week, which requires wireless carriers to provide detailed information regarding guaranteed minimum data speed, network reliability, coverage areas and pricing.
Survey from network and key encryption provider also finds a third of 500 IT security specialists were confident their knowledge and access to encryption keys and certificates could bring a company to a halt with little effort.