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    • Commerce Department telecom head is departing
    • Diane Rinaldo, who is acting administrator for the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, emailed staff a "fond farewell" on Monday. NTIA is in charge of managing the federal government's use of spectrum at a time when the wireless industry is hungry for more airwaves for 5G services.
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    • FCC votes unanimously to open auto airwaves for WiFi
    • The Federal Communications Commission voted unanimously Thursday to take a swath of airwaves long set aside for auto safety and open it up for WiFi and other uses. The FCC's proposal comes over the objections of the Department of Transportation. It wanted to preserve the 5.9 GHz band for car-to-car communications aimed at preventing crashes and eventually managing traffic once self-driving and semi-autonomous vehicles hit the roads.
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    • New Orleans Declares State of Emergency After Ransomware Attack
    • A ransomware attack forced the city of New Orleans to shut down its computer system and network, declaring a state of emergency.  While the impacts of the attack have been called "minimal," they have affected some 20 city systems, 400 servers and over 7,000 terabytes of data, Mayor LaToya Cantrell said during a recent press conference. Around 4,000 computers will need to be scrubbed, she said.
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