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Sen. Patty Murray, Microsoft’s Brad Smith endorse greater internet access through Digital Equity Act

Sen. Patty Murray, D-WA.

Calling a strong, affordable internet connection for every American a “must-have,” Sen. Patty Murray, was joined by Microsoft’s Brad Smith and other digital access advocates to push for additional federal spending to improve broadband access and affordability across the country. 

“It’s time to invest in broadband in a big way,” Murray said in the online conversation about her legislation, the $1.4 billion Digital Equity Act. Smith, president of the Seattle-area tech giant, agreed and called internet access a basic need for everyone.

“Broadband had become the electricity of the 21st Century,” Smith said.

Murray, who

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Supreme Court Resolves Circuit Split Regarding Scope of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act | Arent Fox

Importantly, however, an individual does not violate the CFAA when he has improper motives for accessing information that is otherwise available to him or where he intends to misuse information to which he has authorized access. The full opinion is available here.

The CFAA

The CFAA was originally passed by Congress in 1986 in response to a rise in the number of “hacking” incidents and other computer-related crimes. Initially, the CFAA covered only certain financial information; however, it has since been expanded to cover any information from any computer used in or affecting interstate commerce or communication. As a

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New Federal Program Promises Cheaper Internet Bills, But You Need To Act Fast

Eligible households can apply for the Emergency Broadband Benefit, but the program ends once it runs out of money.

Charter, Frontier, and WOW! are participating.

The program is open to people with a household income up to 135% of federal poverty guidelines (for a family of four, that’s about $36,000 a year). It’s also available to people who suffered “substantial loss of income” during the pandemic.

Recipients of Medicaid, SNAP, Pell Grants, and free or reduced-priced school lunches can sign up, too.

Here is a full list of who can qualify.

Eligible households will get up to $50 per month

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CHIPS for America Act aims to correct computer chip shortage

‘The good news is this is one of those rare, rare points of consensus,’ said Sen. John Cornyn of funding for his CHIPS for America Act.

DALLAS — The global pandemic magnified supply chain problems throughout the world – from medical equipment to computer chips. 

Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) arrived in Dallas, Thursday, to say his proposed solution is nearing the finish line.

In January, the U.S. Senate passed Cornyn’s CHIPS for America Act, which proposes substantial financial incentives to increase the production of semiconductors in the United States.

An altered semiconductor supply chain – while of concern to

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Nevada DETR gives status of unemployment extensions under American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 | Carson City Nevada News

CARSON CITY — The Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation announced Tuesday that unemployment insurance and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance claimants may see extended benefits through week ending September 4, 2021 under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021 provisions relating to unemployment benefits. The bill was signed by the President on March 11, 2021.

“The positive news is that ARPA was passed before the extension of unemployment benefits in the Continued Assistance Act (CAA) expired. DETR will not need to close and then restart the PUA program. Unfortunately, due to timing of the passage of ARPA, there will

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