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Kery Murakami

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Kery Murakami
Kery Murakami is a former senior reporter who covered Congress and federal agencies for Route Fifty.

Biden administration waives certain ‘Build America’ requirements for broadband

Even with the waiver, though, the administration estimates that roughly 90% of funding for equipment will still be used to purchase U.S.-made products.

Emerging Tech

31 communities tapped as innovation hub finalists

The Biden administration expects the innovation hubs to spur scientific and technological innovation in communities across the country, including small and rural areas and those with historically underserved populations.

Digital Government

FCC's new National Broadband Map offers granular look at service and gaps

The draft release kicks off a process where states, localities and the general public can challenge inaccuracies. The new data will be crucial in guiding how the federal government divides billions in broadband funding between states.


New semiconductor law aims to create ‘Silicon Valleys’ across U.S.

$10 billion in funding will go to support 20 research hubs with a third of them set to be in small or rural communities.


Biden signs semiconductor Bill, spurring hopes for new jobs and manufacturing around the U.S.

The $54.2 billion measure drew broad support from local leaders, who believe their regions could benefit. “We need to make these chips here in America," the president said.

Digital Government

School Districts to Receive $500M in Federal Funds to Buy Electric Buses

The Biden administration recently announced the new funding for this year, in addition to $5 billion in infrastructure act funds, for school districts to replace polluting diesel buses. But making the switch to electric will be challenging for some communities.