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Monthly Archives: September 2020

Legislature – 9/25/20

Early in the week, the state Senate unanimously passed Senate Bill 764, legislation which, among other things, prohibits robocalls between 8:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. and Caller ID spoofing. The bill has been referred to the House Consumer Affairs Committee for its consideration.

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Industry News – 9-18-20

CenturyLink re-branded this week, and its new Lumen title reflects the company’s “focus on enabling enterprises to navigate the challenges of the fourth industrial revolution, which include digital technologies such as artificial intelligence, cloud computing, and autonomous vehicles.” The CenturyLink brand will still be used for residential and small business customers.

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15,000,000 – Daily Number

Yesterday, Governor Wolf announced that he is directing $15 million worth of CARES Act money towards school internet access. The revenue will be split among a variety of uses including expanding access and adding wi-fi hotspots ($1.4m), a datacasting initiative ($8m), and the purchase of devices such as smart pens ($2m).

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Legislative News – 9/4/20

The Senate Communications and Technology Committee is scheduled to convene on September 9th to address two bills. Senate Bill 487 prohibits Commonwealth employees from using unsecured internet connections (among other things), and House Bill 2348 appropriates $5 million for the Unserved High-Speed Broadband Funding Program.

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