Looking for a Better Deal on Internet Service? New Labels May Help

Posted by Lori Salley Ring

Apr 12, 2016 8:30:00 AM

Have you been surprised by a large mobile service bill or do you wonder why you pay so much for slow Internet at home? New labels designed to give you straight-forward information about your mobile and fixed broadband services and associated charges may solve the mystery.  On April 4th, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced the approval of the new broadband labels to "allow consumers to easily compare the services of different providers." The new, easier-to-digest labels should look familiar as they mimic the nutrition labels you find on food packages.

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Topics: Net Neutrality, broadband, internet, mobile data, fcc

The Internet of Things Explosion – Will Policymakers Dampen or Fuel It?

Posted by Lori Salley Ring

Sep 29, 2015 8:30:00 AM

Ever heard of the “Internet of Things” (IoT)?  If not, you're in good company.  Even if you don't know the term, you are likely familiar with some of the products that comprise it:  the Fitbit you’re wearing, your neighbor’s security system that he controls with his smart phone, and the fancy new trash cans downtown that communicate with municipal workers when they need to be emptied.  The IoT refers to the devices or gadgets that connect to each other through the Internet to provide benefits like data analysis, efficiency and convenience.

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Topics: broadband, cybercrime, federal policy

The Congressional Agenda This Fall: A Preview

Posted by Lori Salley Ring

Sep 8, 2015 8:30:00 AM

Congress returns to Washington this week to a full plate of legislative items, including a number that have deadlines.  Here’s a quick overview of the agenda:

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Topics: Net Neutrality, broadband, regulations, taxes, patents, cybercrime

Five Broadband Issues Being Debated in Washington

Posted by Lori Salley Ring

Jul 14, 2015 8:30:00 AM

As the Internet becomes increasingly important to commerce and daily life, broadband issues such as access, speed, and cost are top priorities for companies and consumers alike.  Policies made in Washington can have a big impact on whether we are satisfied with our broadband service.  Here are the top five broadband issues being discussed in the halls of Congress:

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Topics: broadband

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FocusData: TECHPol is a blog on technology and business policy issues affecting small and mid-sized companies.  TECHPol’s primary author, Lori Salley Ring, spent 20-plus years working on Capitol Hill, including as the top staffer on the House Committee on Small Business.  FDS is an IT consulting firm providing managed services, office tech relocation, network security, and IT support for businesses in the Washington, DC and Northern Virginia area.

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Lori Salley Ring

Lori Salley Ring

Lori serves as Policy Advisor and Communications Specialist for Focus Data Solutions.  Lori spent more than 20 years working for the U.S. Congress, including as Chief of Staff to a member of the House leadership and as the Staff Director for the Committee on Small Business.  Lori also ran a Washington-based non-profit organization between stints working for the Federal government. 

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