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Tim Fernholz covers state, business and society for Quartz.
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SpaceX Just Cleared a Key Hurdle on Its Way to Bidding for Air Force Contracts

July 15, 2014 Update, 7/15: It took four days, but the Air Force now agrees that SpaceX has completed the three flights needed to officially demonstrate it can compete for national security contracts; further technical reviews and audits will continue before full certification is granted. “I applaud SpaceX on achieving the three flights,” ...

The US Air Force Won’t Even Admit It’s Certifying SpaceX to Launch Satellites

July 15, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow SpaceX successfully put six communication satellites for Orbcomm, a leading space communications company, into orbit yesterday. The tenth successful launch of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket is more evidence that the company is ready to compete with proven firms to gain lucrative government contracts, but its battle with US military buyers ...

The $3.7 Billion Obama is Seeking Won’t Stop the Surge of Desperate Child Migrants

July 10, 2014 Barack Obama has asked US lawmakers to allocate $3.7 billion to improve border security and address a humanitarian crisis that has spurred angry protests: the tens of thousands of child migrants that are being detained trying to cross into the United States from Mexico. But Obama’s plan, which would provide ...

Who’s Behind the Supply of Russian Rocket Engines to the US Is Still a Murky Question

June 27, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The US is issuing ultimatums and threatening to jack up sanctions on Russia, but it appears the limited restrictions deployed so far aren’t always stopping Russians they’re aimed at from doing business in the US. Take the man known as the “Russian Rupert Murdoch,” the oligarch Yuri Kovalchuk. The media ...

The FCC Thinks Netflix and Cogent Have a Point in Their Dispute With the Big Internet Providers

June 20, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Though it doesn’t say it in so many words, the US telecom regulator confirmed some of Netflix’s complaints about the big internet service providers Late last week the Federal Communications Commission chair Tom Wheeler announced that its staff would be looking deeper into the world of the internet. In the ...

Today’s a Tough Day for Technology Patent Trolls

June 20, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The US Supreme Court just issued a rare unanimous ruling that will make it harder for technology companies to patent ideas and processes—and harder for patent trolls to force companies to choose between paying up for violating broad patents or facing time-consuming, expensive litigation. The case, between two financial companies, ...

Running Guns from Ukraine to Syria Is Getting Complicated

May 23, 2014 All the ingredients are there for a proper arms deal: A former government official with connections to the military-industrial complex. A stockpile of Soviet arms in Ukraine. Soldiers in Syria with a yen for ammo and cash to burn. The biggest problem? Getting the arms from eastern Europe to the ...

Are US Broadband Providers Already Violating New Open Internet Rules?

May 16, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow US telecommunications regulators just approved preliminary rules intended to protect an open internet and ensure investment in its improvement. The proposed rules attempt to prevent discrimination while allowing some content to travel over paid “fast lanes.” Broadband companies say the rules interfere too much in their business; advocates for a ...

The FCC Thought Its New Rules Violated Net Neutrality Back in 2011

April 24, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow It’s the end of net neutrality—at least, as we know it today. The US Federal Communications Commission is proposing new rules on internet access today, after its last effort was thrown out in January in a court challenge from US telecom Verizon. The mooted new rules, which will be opened ...

Space Isn’t Just the Final Frontier -- It’s a Dangerous Venue for Geopolitical Brinksmanship

April 22, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Whether it’s Russia’s military adventures in the Crimea or China’s less-than-neighborly attempt to exert influence in the South China Sea, international tensions are on the rise—and if those tensions lead to accidents in space, neither the community of nations nor the US has the tools to prevent such a conflict ...