President Donald Trump announced that Foxconn Technology Group will build a $10 billion factory in Wisconsin that’s expected to create 3,000 initial jobs. The factory is the largest economic development project in state history, and Trump indicated the commitment was a direct result of him winning the state’s electoral votes during the 2016 presidential election.
Despite a renewed effort in Congress and by the Trump administration to modernize the federal government’s IT infrastructure, House appropriations bills headed to the floor this week don’t include any funding for a bill to upgrade government technology. The bills instead acknowledge the importance of these efforts, leading to some concerns about Congress’ commitment to financially supporting a larger modernization push.
House Republican lawmakers are attempting to end the ban on media cross-ownership as part of their draft legislation for reauthorizing the Federal Communications Commission, according to a GOP memo circulating in advance of a scheduled Tuesday oversight hearing. The 1975 rule prevents TV and radio stations from owning daily newspapers in the same media market.
The Federal Communications Commission’s public comments docket for proposed changes to the net neutrality rules has topped 10 million comments. Initial public comments for the rule changes were due July 17, with reply comments due Aug. 16, though initial comments continue to be accepted.
The FCC commissioners are scheduled to testify on rural broadband development plans, net neutrality and other issues during an oversight hearing of the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on technology for reauthorizing the FCC.
As part of its joint push with other tech companies to thwart the spread of violent extremism online, Youtube LLC is using technology from a project of its parent company, Alphabet Inc., called Jigsaw, to redirect would-be terrorists to a playlist of videos deflating narratives used by extremist recruiters.
Several tech companies, including Facebook Inc. and Microsoft Corp., hit their all-time trading highs as the S&P 500 information-technology sector closed at 992.29, surpassing its old record of 988.49 during the dot-com bubble in 2000.
The White House weighed in on the net neutrality debate, with deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders issuing a statement in support of Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai’s plan to roll back rules instituted by the 2015 Open Internet Order. President Donald Trump stopped short of filing comments with the FCC on the matter, but Sanders said that the issue should be resolved through congressional legislation.
A Tesla Inc. driver has taken back his statement that the autopilot function in his car was to blame for a crash in Minnesota. In a clarifying email to police, the driver said he was confused after the crash and disengaged the autopilot by stepping on the accelerator before it happened.
The Internet Association, a group that represents major tech companies including Alphabet Inc. and Facebook Inc., is officially calling on the Federal Communications Commission to keep net neutrality rules in place. In comments filed with the agency, the Internet Association noted that a net neutrality repeal could cause damage to the markets and limit innovation.