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  • Connelly: Washington fights Trump FCC rollback of net neutrality rules
    Posted in In the News on December 13, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Science and Technology

    Washington state leaders are laying on protest letters to the Federal Communications Commission, vowing Wednesday that the state will act to defend net neutrality rules if they are repealed by the FCC on Thursday. "It's a free speech issue as well as a business development issue," Gov. Jay Inslee told an Olympia news conference, flanked by Attorney General Bob Ferguson and legislators from both parties. The FCC's Republican chairman, Ajit Pai, is intent on rolling back Obama-era neutrality rules... Read more

  • What undoing net neutrality could mean for Seattle startups
    Posted in In the News on December 12, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Science and Technology

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — As the Federal Communications Commission prepares to undo its net neutrality rules this week, large internet companies like AT&T and Comcast are saying there’s nothing to worry about But in Washington state, many — from local politicians to small start-up companies — aren’t buying it. Under the FCC’s rules, passed two years ago, internet providers like Comcast and AT&T aren’t allowed to slow down a company’s websites or video streams, and they can’t give special treatment to o... Read more

  • 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

  • What change to net neutrality could mean for you
    Posted in In the News on November 21, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Science and Technology

    Net neutrality is a tricky topic uniting tech voices large and small, from online giant Amazon to hundreds of startups nationwide. The regulations created in 2015, under President Obama’s FCC, seek to preserve free and open access to the internet and prohibit big internet service providers from providing faster service for some sites or users over others. “A free and open internet means a little website, like a popular one called Reddit, should be able to have easy access just like the Washingto... 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