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  • An Informative Overview of Government Priorities Shared during Capitol Hill Speakers Series at Fly-In

    by Lana Sansur  | February 19, 2018
    On the morning February 14, we held the Capitol Hill Speaker Series at the 2018 CompTIA DC Fly-In. It featured high-ranking officials from the Federal Communications Commission and the Department of Homeland Security and provided Fly-In attendees with an informative overview of government priorities for the coming year around the tech agenda. It also gave attendees added knowledge of tech issues before hitting the halls of Congress for Fly-In meetings.
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  • 2018 CompTIA Tech Champions Honored at Fly In

    by Lana Sansur  | February 19, 2018
    On February 13th, we held our 7th annual CompTIA Tech Champion Awards dinner at the 2018 CompTIA DC Fly-In. The Tech Champion Award is given to one member of the House of Representatives, one member of the Senate, and one executive from industry who has exemplified leadership in the technology sector and have championed policies that advance the country's information technology (IT) industry.
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  • BLOCKCHAIN: What Does the Future Hold? Discussed at Tech Policy Summit at Fly In

    by Lana Sansur  | February 19, 2018
    Blockchains have emerged as possibly one of the next big transformational technologies for government use in an effort to provide citizens with easy, online access to services and transactions. Blockchain technology is also at the forefront of many private industry sectors, including banking, real estate, and health care.
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  • Spectrum: The Fuel for 5G and IoT Discussed During the Tech Policy Summit at DC Fly In

    by Lana Sansur  | February 19, 2018
    Earlier this year, the FCC concluded its broadcast incentive auction, which repurposed 84 MHz of low-band broadcast spectrum for (primarily) licensed wireless use. While this spectrum will go a long way towards boosting wireless connectivity and capacity, it represents what is likely the last time such a large swath of low-band spectrum (below 3 Ghz) will ever be available at auction.
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  • Tech Summit at 2018 CompTIA DC Fly-In Kicks Off with a Panel about Achieving a Skilled America

    by Lana Sansur  | February 19, 2018
    Our nation relies on a modern, highly-skilled workforce to remain competitive and innovative in today’s global economy. Yet current policies are inhibiting our ability to find and retain top-talent as well as cultivate a sustainable long-term talent pipeline that is required to achieve a strong 21st century workforce. At the 2018 CompTIA DC Fly-In, our Tech Policy Summit kicked off with a panel titled “Taking a Holistic Approach to Achieve a Skilled America” which examined high skilled immigration reform, improvement to STEM education curriculums, and job training.
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  • 2018 CompTIA DC Fly-In Kicks off with a Working Lunch on the CHANCE in Tech Act

    by Lana Sansur  | February 19, 2018
    The annual 2018 CompTIA DC Fly-In kicked off with a working lunch on Tuesday, February 13 to bring attendees up to speed on the CHANCE in Tech Act, (H.R. 3174 and S. 1518). The legislation was built from meetings and feedback from last year’s DC Fly-In and presents an important opportunity to create a stronger pathway for apprenticeships within the technology sector.
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  • CompTIA and Grant Thornton Partner to Unpack the New Tax Law

    by Geoff Lane  | February 07, 2018
    The end of 2017 brought a slew of changes to our tax code. In December, Congress passed a package of reforms that overhauled much of the U.S. tax code for individuals and corporations. Many of these changes were enacted in January, leaving businesses wondering how the updated tax code will impact their operations.
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  • Drones and Smart Cities: Transforming the Lives of Citizens

    by Lana Sansur  | January 26, 2018
    Last week, CompTIA hosted the first in a series of webinars for the newly established Emerging Technology Committee which represents the federal, state and local ecosystems. The webinar titled, “Drones and Smart Cities: Transforming the lives of Citizens,” examined drones and their ability to deliver services more rapidly and more efficiently to residents and how the influx of emerging technologies such as drones will help develop smart cities.
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  • Congress Passes Tax Overhaul

    by Geoff Lane  | December 20, 2017
    The United States Congress passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act this week, a package of tax reforms that will overhaul the U.S. tax code for individuals and corporations. Not since 1986 has our tax code undergone such a comprehensive renovation. Consider that in 1986, laptops weighed dozens of pounds, Sergey Brin and Larry Page were still a decade away from launching Google, Mark Zuckerberg was a toddler, and a young Democratic Senator from Tennessee named Al Gore introduced a bill to require the Office of Science and Technology to explore improvements to communications networks for supercomputers.
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  • Reorganizing and Renaming the Cybersecurity Division of Department of Homeland Security

    by Randi Parker  | December 14, 2017
    Earlier this week, the House of Representatives unanimously passed H.R. 3359, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Act of 2017. The legislation would rename the National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.
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