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    • Bipartisan Group of Senate Tech Leaders Reintroduce DIGIT Act
    • U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Deb Fischer (R-NE), Brian Schatz (D-HI), and Cory Booker (D-NJ) reintroduced the bipartisan Developing and Growing the Internet of Things (DIGIT) Act. The bill would convene a working group of federal entities and private sector stakeholders tasked with providing recommendations to Congress on how to facilitate the growth of connected Internet of Things (IoT) technologies. The working group’s recommendations would focus on how to plan for, and encourage, the development and deployment of the IoT in the United States. The DIGIT Act unanimously passed the Senate in the 115th Congress.
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    • Gardner, Manchin Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Improve Broadband Coverage Maps
      U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) introduced the Map Improvement Act of 2019 to ensure that federal funding for broadband coverage expansion goes to the places where it is most needed. States like Colorado and West Virginia rely on federal funding for broadband improvements, and in order to achieve this, we need accurate data that correctly depicts the coverage people are actually experiencing. Unfortunately, the existing system overstates coverage in rural areas, and broadband mapping reforms are vital to closing the coverage gap.
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    • Bennet Urges FCC Chairman to Reconsider Proposal to Limit Resources for Program Essential to Bridging the Digital Divide Between Rural and Urban Communities
      Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai urging him to reconsider his reported proposal to cap spending for the Universal Service Fund (USF), the program responsible for increasing access to essential communications services, including broadband, for all Americans. The Commission’s proposal comes at a time when approximately 40 percent of rural households in America lack access to broadband.
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    • Crow Convenes Panel on Closing the Digital Divide Facing Small Businesses
      Rep. Jason Crow (CO-06), Chairman of the Small Business Subcommittee on Innovation and Workforce Development, convened a panel of small business owners and technology business leaders to discuss how the Committee can help small businesses harness digital technology to grow their business, attract new customers, and create new jobs.
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    • IRS promises new cryptocurrency tax guidance
      The IRS is planning to issue new guidance soon about the taxing of cryptocurrencies and other digital tokens, the agency's chief said in a letter to Rep. Tom Emmer.
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    • Polis signs Colorado net neutrality bill
    • Gov. Jared Polis signed a bill Friday pushed by fellow Democrats to ensure Colorado's internet remains fast and affordable. Sort of. The so-called net neutrality bill is push-back on the Republican-led Federal Communications Commission's decision to theoretically allow cable providers to charge for faster speeders and throttle the internet for those who don't pay up.
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    • E-scooter sharing at a standstill in Boulder as council passes 9-month moratorium
      A shorthanded city council on Tuesday voted 4-1 to put in place an emergency nine-month moratorium on issuing business licenses to e-scooter sharing companies. The regulatory timeout will expire Feb. 4, 2020.
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    • Huawei gets limited reprieve from ban on buying U.S. components
    • Huawei has gotten temporary permission to continue buying U.S.-made components, but only to maintain existing networks or support existing devices. The Commerce Department has granted a 90-day order easing last week's near-total ban against Huawei getting goods or services from U.S. companies.
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