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Comcast Promised Poor Americans Cheap Internet, But Most of Them Didn’t Get It

May 28, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As Comcast Corp. tries to convince the federal government to permit it to buy Time Warner Cable Inc. for $45 billion, opponents of the deal will inevitably bring up people like Ed. Every morning at 8:15, Ed climbs into his red, 1999 Mazda sedan and drives 15 miles down Main...

Did You Get the Memo?

October 8, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Part of the government's push to tighten cybersecurity is to educate the public and to increase awareness - like federal agencies did to boost the use of seat belts and the "Only You Can Prevent Forest Fires" campaign. Purdue University seems to have received the memo. It's organizing a panel...

Federal Pension Insights

October 7, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Government Executive's Editor-in-Chief Tom Shoop helped bring some facts to the debate over the generosity and funding of government employee pension plans when he appeared on the Diane Rehm Show on National Public Radio on Thursday. One of Shoop's main points, as he wrote in Government Executive's FedBlog: My job...

Dick Tracy Inspired

October 7, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Army continues to push into the Buck Rogers Age. The service tested eight displays that are worn like a watch. At Fort Dix in New Jersey, the soldiers used the devices to watch a real-time video from an unmanned air vehicle and other images sent from computers, UPI.com reports....

Reading NASA Case Tea Leaves

October 6, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A follow up to Nextgov's Tuesday article on the Supreme Court hearing arguments from NASA employees that background checks for new ID cards violated their privacy, the Denver Post reported early on Wednesday that it looked like almost all the justices weren't buying the workers' argument. [Justice Elena] Kagan did...

Guns Mean Butter

October 5, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow John Feffer, co-director of Foreign Policy In Focus at the Institute for Policy Studies, wrote a blog post for The Huffington Post on Tuesday musing about this weekend's gathering in Washington of "tens of thousands of people . . . to push the government on the jobs issue." Feffer made...

Finding Uses for the Mundane

October 5, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Improving health care outcomes depends on a lot of things, including expanding the use of telemedicine, which will make it easier for patients in remote areas to see a primary care physician or a specialist. The downside is the required equipment can be costly. But that could change if technologists...

Canada's Cyber Strategy Vague, Too

October 4, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Canada released its Cybersecurity Strategy plan this month, calling the protection of government and corporate computer systems "a daunting challenge." There is no simple way to detect, identify and recover from attackers who cannot be seen or heard, who leave no physical evidence behind them, and who hide their tracks...

Cut Benefits, See Retirement Go Up

October 1, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow For years, government officials have predicted a wave of federal retirements, but it has yet to materialize. New Jersey may have found a way to make it a reality. Gov. Chris Christie has proposed reforming the public pension system, and state workers believe he is serious, so much so that...

Why Legacy? It Works

September 28, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow NASA has taken some hits for having decades-old computer technology running the shuttle program and the International Space station. For example, the space agency uses some technology that the moon programs relied on in the 1960s and the space station uses processors more than two decades old. Sounds like a...

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