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Rachelle Chong


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.

August 1, 2013

What Cities Can Do to Get Gigabit-Ready

In a virtual summit, Google’s Milo Medin challenged cities to do their part to attract high-speed broadband providers.

July 25, 2013

Google Donates $600k to Build Free Public Wi-Fi in 31 SF Parks and Plazas

The 31 chosen parks and plazas span the city, and are focused on public spaces that get the most use such as Chinatown and the Tenderloin.

May 9, 2013

FirstNet to Meet with State, Local, Tribal Public Safety Groups

Starting next week, the First Responder Network Authority will consult with public safety officials across the country to get input on the new network.

May 1, 2013

SF Mayor Signs Landmark Open Data Policy and Procedures Legislation

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.

April 30, 2013

San Francisco Names New CIO

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.

April 23, 2013

How Could FirstNet Have Helped in the Boston Marathon Bombing?

In its April 23 meeting, the FirstNet board considers how its future network may have helped in a situation like the Boston Marathon bombing.

April 19, 2013

Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act Passes House

Despite objections by civil liberty groups and White House reservations, CISPA passes in the House by a vote of 288 to 127.

April 10, 2013

Harris Pushes Mobile App Privacy

California Attorney General Kamala Harris offers a "carrot and stick" approach for the mobile app community on consumer privacy.

March 22, 2013

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski Announces Resignation

Genachowski will be stepping down from the agency in the coming weeks, confirming recent rumors of him leaving before his term is up.

March 21, 2013

FirstNet Approves $1 Million for Outreach Plan and User Advocacy Efforts

In its March 18 meeting, FirstNet also selected its first general manager.

March 1, 2013

FCC Field Hearing Focuses on Innovative Network Technologies

Other key points were how smart power solutions, social media and mobile applications might improve communications network resiliency in times of disaster.

March 1, 2013

Broadband Stimulus Hearing Turns Contentious

The Feb. 27 hearing on Broadband Stimulus grants was marked with specific allegations of waste, fraud and abuse.

February 26, 2013

FCC to Hold Hearing on Network Resilience and Reliability

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.

February 22, 2013

FCC Takes Actions to Boost Wi-Fi Signals

FCC actions boost Wi-Fi signals in stadiums and tunnels, and open more spectrum for unlicensed devices like Wi-Fi routers.

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