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  • Cantwell, DelBene to FCC Chairman: “Abandon Your Ill-Conceived & Rash Plan to Dismantle the Strong and Robust Net Neutrality Rules”
    Posted in Press Releases on December 9, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Science and Technology

    SEATTLE – Today, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) sent a letter to Federal Communications Commissioner Ajit Pai urging him to do his job and drop his misguided attempt at repealing net neutrality rules. “Undoing the existing strong net neutrality rules will harm our economy and is the exact opposite of the FCC’s mission to protect the public interest and promote access to networks,” said Sen. Cantwell and Rep. DelBene. “The future of the internet is at r... Read more

  • DelBene, Issa Release Report Highlighting How the FCC Could Do More to Ensure Devices Work in the IoT Age
    Posted in Press Releases on November 27, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Science and Technology

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (D-WA) and Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA) released a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report they requested a year ago on issues that could arise related to wireless spectrum and increased use of the Internet of Things (IoT). The report is entitled “Internet of Things: FCC Should Track Growth to Ensure Sufficient Spectrum Remains Available,” and it addresses spectrum challenges related to IoT, how the federal government plans for IoT’s... Read more

  • DelBene Encourages Students to Code in Hackathon
    Posted in Press Releases on October 16, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Science and Technology, Education

    BOTHELL – Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) held a hackathon over the weekend for local high school students as part of the Congressional App Competition, a program to encourage innovation and computer science education. “As someone who worked in the technology sector before coming to Congress, I know firsthand that innovation requires creative, entrepreneurial leaders. The future of our nation and its economy depend on the next generations being able to think outside of the box. This competit... Read more

  • Cybersecurity is key for the smart cities of tomorrow
    Posted in In the News on October 9, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Science and Technology

    An elaborate and choreographed network of millions of interconnected devices and sensors — otherwise known as the Internet of Things (IoT) — will be the backbone for the cities of tomorrow. Already, small-scale projects — trash cans with sensors notifying garbage men when they are full to smart energy grids managing electricity demand — are part of the fabric of the urban infrastructure around the world. But, we know this is just the beginning. The current potential market for smart cities is ex... Read more

  • DelBene Demands IRS Explain New Contract with Equifax
    Posted in Press Releases on October 3, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Tax Reform, Science and Technology

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) today wrote to IRS Commissioner John Koskinen demanding answers as to why the agency would contract with Equifax, the company responsible for the massive security breach of nearly half of Americans’ information. “I write with deep concern over the recently reported decision by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to award a no-bid contract to Equifax,” DelBene’s letter stated. “I must question the IRS’ decision to move forward with this contra... Read more

  • Cantwell, DelBene, Luján Introduce Smart Cities Bill
    Posted in Press Releases on October 2, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Science and Technology

    Washington, D.C. — Today, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (D-WA), and Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) introduced legislation to promote the advancement of smart cities. “We can’t afford to replace aging infrastructure with anything but smart infrastructure, and our bill does just that. The bill makes this technology accessible to local governments so they can make smart investments that attract busine... Read more

  • Sen. Cantwell and Rep. DelBene seek $220M/year in federal funding for ‘smart city’ programs
    Posted in In the News on October 2, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Science and Technology

    A new bill introduced by Washington state Sen. Maria Cantwell and Rep. Suzan DelBene would set aside $220 million a year in federal funding to help local governments implement smart city technology over five years. “Smart,” in this case, is a blanket term for internet-connected, data-collecting devices for city services like utilities, transportation, and public safety. The earmarked funds would toward programs like equipping public pipes with leak detection technology to reduce water waste, or ... Read more

  • Smart cities bill would provide $220 million annually
    Posted in In the News on October 2, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Science and Technology

    Federal legislation introduced on Monday proposes an increase in funding for local governments on the path to becoming smart cities. The Smart Cities and Communities Act of 2017 — written by Senator Maria Cantwell, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene, and Congressman Ben Ray Luján — would set aside $220 million per year to replace outdated infrastructure with smart technologies like connected roadway infrastructure, environmental sensors and data analytics. Click here to read the whole story. Read more

  • DelBene, Cantwell Introduce Bill to Boost Smart Cities
    Posted in In the News on October 2, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Science and Technology

    Rep. Suzan DelBene and Sen. Maria Cantwell unveiled legislation Oct. 2 that would authorize a $1.1 billion, five-year initiative to improve U.S. infrastructure through smart city technologies. DelBene (D-Wash.) and Cantell (D-Wash.) are aiming to bolster federal resources, reporting and coordination with localities to ensure communities of all sizes can better implement sensors, data analytics and software to upgrade government services. Dozens of urban areas in the U.S. have begun using smart c... Read more

  • International Communications Privacy Bill Reintroduced
    Posted in In the News on September 15, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Science and Technology, National Security

    A bipartisan quartet of House members has reintroduced the International Communications Privacy Act (HR 3718), which would clarify the rights and limitations on law enforcement accessing electronic communications stored abroad. The bill would allow law enforcement to require the provider of an electronic communications service to turn over the contents of an electronic communication no matter where it is stored, but only pursuant to a warrant. That allows cloud storage of U.S. information abroad... Read more