Rachelle Chong is a nationally known expert on telecommunications, broadband, wireless communications, cable, digital literacy, public safety communications, renewable energy and smart grid policy. She is a former Commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission (Clinton appointee) and the California Public Utilities Commission (Schwarzenegger appointee). Prior to that, she has been Vice President, Government Affairs for Comcast California Region, Special Counsel for the CA Technology Agency, a partner at two international law firms (Graham & James and Coudert Brothers), and an entrepreneur. Rachelle is delighted to brush off her Journalism degree from Cal Berkeley, and serve as a columnist for Techwire, focusing on federal policies and the San Francisco and Silicon Valley tech/telecom beats.
Starting next week, the First Responder Network Authority will consult with public safety officials across the country to get input on the new network.
This new landmark Open Data law establishes the position and duties of a new chief data officer to be appointed by the mayor, and orders that departmental data coordinators assist in the implementation of the Open Data Policy.
After an “extensive national search,” Mayor Ed Lee names Marc Touitou as the city's Chief Information Officer and Director of the Department of Technology.
In its April 23 meeting, the FirstNet board considers how its future network may have helped in a situation like the Boston Marathon bombing.
Despite objections by civil liberty groups and White House reservations, CISPA passes in the House by a vote of 288 to 127.
California Attorney General Kamala Harris offers a "carrot and stick" approach for the mobile app community on consumer privacy.
Genachowski will be stepping down from the agency in the coming weeks, confirming recent rumors of him leaving before his term is up.
In its March 18 meeting, FirstNet also selected its first general manager.
Other key points were how smart power solutions, social media and mobile applications might improve communications network resiliency in times of disaster.
The Feb. 27 hearing on Broadband Stimulus grants was marked with specific allegations of waste, fraud and abuse.
On Feb. 28, the FCC will hold its second National Field Hearing to examine challenges to the nation’s communications systems during natural disasters and other times of crisis.