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VFI Leaders Urge the FCC to Support TV White Spaces Broadba...

Posted by Dux Raymond Sy - August 23, 2017 1:01 PM

Earlier this week, leaders of Voices for Innovation filed a joint comment with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) urging Commissioners to preserve three channels of TV white spaces spectrum for use by innovative, long-distance broadband technology. You can read VFI’s letter, as well as examples that highlight why TV white spaces broadband is needed to connect the 34 million Americans...

Rural Broadband Access Hangs on FCC Action

Posted by Voices For Innovation - July 28, 2017 10:31 AM

Earlier this month, Microsoft’s President and Chief Legal Office Brad Smith called for a new rural broadband strategy that sets the goal of closing the rural broadband gap entirely in the next five years — by July 4, 2022. This would bring affordable high-speed internet coverage to more than 23.4 million rural Americans who lack reliable, affordable access today. To...

Senate Hearing Highlights Need to Update Data Privacy and A...

Posted by Voices For Innovation - May 25, 2017 10:48 AM

On May 24, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism held a hearing on a critical digital policy issue, “Law Enforcement Access to Data Stored Across Borders: Facilitating Cooperation and Protecting Rights.” (You can find a recording of the hearing and written testimony by following the link.) Brad Smith testifying at Senate hearing (Photo: Ryan Risley) The hearing...

VFI Leaders Dive Deep into Tech Policies

Posted by Voices For Innovation - May 18, 2017 12:15 PM

Last month, a group of sixteen members of Voices for Innovation’s Advisory Task Force (ATF) traveled to Microsoft headquarters for a day and a half of intensive briefings, tours, and training. ATF leaders gather at Microsoft headquarters. The visit gave ATF members—mostly small business Microsoft partners—a chance to share their perspective and learn about how key public policy debates will...

VFI Leaders Meet Members of Congress During National Entrep...

Posted by Voices For Innovation - March 17, 2017 11:02 AM

During Presidents’ Day week (February 20-24), Congress took a brief recess, with many officials returning to their districts to hold local meetings, conduct town halls, and perhaps get a little R&R. It just so happened this recess coincided with National Entrepreneurship Week, a nationwide program supported by Microsoft, Voices for Innovation, and many other businesses and organizations. With these events...

VFI Participates in Golden Key Exchange in China

Posted by Elizabeth Risley - January 23, 2017 9:00 AM

Guiyang, the capital of Southwest China’s Guizhou province and Big Data Application Center In late October, as a member of Voices for Innovation, I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to participate in a Microsoft-supported week-long “Golden Key Project” workshop in China. Organized by the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, this exchange program enabled our delegation of U.S. technology...