Communications

Senators Call For FCC Investigation of Phone Companies Selling Location Data

Your telecom company knows where you are—and it may be selling that information.

Homeland Security Delegation Visits Asia for Emerging Tech Ideas

An agency group is going abroad for ideas about 5G, artificial intelligence, machine learning and cybersecurity.

Transportation Is Consolidating Its IT Contracts into a Single Vehicle

The Enterprise IT Shared Services contract will be available departmentwide but task orders will have to flow through the Office of the Chief Information Officer.

Amazon’s Plan to Capture Space Data

Amazon launched a new service that can port data from commercial satellites directly into its cloud.

How FEMA Could Help Avoid Another Missile Alert Mishap

State and local authorities are responsible for sending and rescinding alerts but FEMA can—and says it will—require the underlying infrastructure be more user-friendly.

IRS Spent Millions to Set Up Virtual Assistance Centers That No One Is Using

Of the millions of taxpayers looking for help last year, only 2,700 used the Virtual Service Delivery stations.

For State CIO Leadership, Strong Communication Is More Important Than Tech Expertise

Major takeaways from NASCIO’s annual survey of state chief information officers.

NSA Finalizes $6.7 Billion in Classified Tech Contracts

After two years, the NSA finished rebidding its “Groundbreaker” program and is beginning work on a secretive new set of communications contracts.

There’s One Less Option for Agencies Now on GSA’s Next-Gen Telecom Contract

With last year’s acquisition of Level 3 by CenturyLink, the companies’ offerings on the Enterprise Infrastructure Services contract have been consolidated.

Agencies Should Rethink Their Communications in an Era of Leaks

Both government organizations and political campaigns must rethink how they communicate, as channels once thought to be secure are not.

FirstNet to Offer Emergency Drop Kits Creating a ‘Connected Bubble’ to First Responders

AT&T’s team is also working with states to get a liaison in every emergency operations center.

GSA Official: Next-Gen Telecom Contract Is An Opportunity For Transformation

Agencies should think of the move to the Enterprise Infrastructure Services contract as more than a transition.

Huawei Pushes Back Again on FCC Proposal That Would Hurt Its Business

FCC officials say the Chinese telecom poses a national security threat to U.S. networks.

How Using Open Wi-Fi Could Get Safer

A standard called Enhanced Open aims to make using free networks more secure than it is now.

Schumer, Rubio Seek to Reverse Trump Reversal on ZTE Ban

Trump wants to help ZTE as part of a U.S.-China trade deal, but lawmakers say the company’s a national security risk.

FCC Bans Surprise Phone Charges

The agency is also cracking down on surprise network switching.