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Voices for Innovation’s Executive Briefings provide weekly updates on technology policy and news, including highlights from Capitol Hill, breaking tech news, clips of relevant articles from traditional and new media, and a roundup of thought leader quotes and tweets.

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Thank you @AjitPaiFCC, @mikeofcc, @JRosenworcel, @BrendanCarrFCC, @GeoffreyStarks and the @FCC staff for your work to advance #TVWhiteSpace tech and #5G broadband to connect every American.

The Voices for Innovation community thanks @FCC and chair @AjitPaiFCC for their approval of the final report and order to enable use of the #TVWS spectrum to help millions of Americans access broadband and close the #DigitalDivide!

Chairman @AjitPaiFCC's plan to increase broadband connectivity through the use of TV White Spaces enjoys widespread support, including from consumer groups, rural advocates, think tanks, educators, and industry groups.

#FCCLive #TVWS

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ICYMI: Our #sustainability webinar featuring @Microsoft's Michelle Patron is now available for viewing any time: https://www.voicesforinnovation.org/webinar/help-tech-drive-sustainability/

The COVID-19 pandemic has made it increasingly clear that all Americans need access to broadband, so we can close the #DigitalDivide

By 2025, there will be an additional 149m technology-oriented jobs globally. @Microsoft and @LinkedIn are committed to supporting job seekers with access to free, online #digitalskills training. Learn more about our global skills initiative in @bloomberg:
https://sponsored.bloomberg.com/news/sponsors/features/hp/building-a-more-inclusive-future-of-work/?adv=12845&prx_t=hDEGAn-xHAYikPA

To make a difference, you have to be intentional and #lead with purpose. Jennifer did this with the Cloud Power Program offered at her company, @DirectionsTrain.

Jennifer, thank you for being a purpose-driven leader and an #AgentofChange! @TheWiTNetwork https://www.linkedin.com/posts/gavriella-schuster_microsoft-azure-agentofchange-activity-6724745499615875072-blpI

Privacy matters, now more than ever. VFI members will continue to advocate for the U.S. to lead on #DataPrivacy

Closing the digital divide must be a priority. We've partnered with @LandOLakesInc @TractorSupply @4H to provide free public Wi-Fi across the U.S. Search the map: https://www.americanconnection.io/

Thank you to Voices for Innovation advocates and to the @microsoftalumni Network for weighing in with the @FCC and Chair @AjitPaiFCC on using #TVWS technology to close the #DigitalDivide!

Last chance to register for our next webinar, Help Tech Drive Sustainability, featuring @Microsoft director of sustainability policy Michelle Patron: https://secure.everyaction.com/1M7wevjuwkqmrHYmH4Fafg2

Thanks, @meetdux! We're submitting this letter with more than 150 signatures tomorrow - now's your chance to join.

Our joint letter to the @FCC closes soon - show your support for TV white spaces (#TVWS) technologies that can deliver affordable, reliable wireless broadband services to underserved Americans, and help close the #DigitalDivide https://secure.everyaction.com/7C2b_lBqQEeKD2dKn9-WNw2

Will you join our next webinar? Hear about the role of #sustainability in tech, and at @Microsoft's commitments, from Michelle Patron: https://secure.everyaction.com/1M7wevjuwkqmrHYmH4Fafg2

Have you signed our joint letter to the @FCC concerning #TVWS broadband technology? Add your name before the FCC votes on the rules at its October Open Commission Meeting, in just a few days: https://secure.everyaction.com/7C2b_lBqQEeKD2dKn9-WNw2

New digital event for #IAMCP members: Quarterly Partner Briefings with @Microsoft. Join us next Wednesday, Oct. 21, and listen to @gavriels1 and @TruaxDan, as they discuss the latest channel directions and opportunities. Register here: https://buff.ly/3iR3i5e #MSPartner

Interested in #sustainability? Michelle Patron, @Microsoft Director of Sustainability Policy, joins us for a webinar next week. RSVP: https://secure.everyaction.com/1M7wevjuwkqmrHYmH4Fafg2

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Technology Brings Internet to Underserved Communities Though the United States is a global technology leader, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) 2019 broadband report indicates that more than 21 million Americans lack access to high-speed internet, including nearly 17 million people in rural communities. (...)

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