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    1. Improving rural internet about more than watching Netflix

      Improving rural internet about more than watching Netflix

      In 2016, a cut in a fiber-optic cable in Cortez temporarily shut down a 911 call center and caused widespread internet outages across the region. The event highlighted a pervasive problem that overwhelms rural areas throughout America – lack of reliable access to broadband. Congress continues to consider prioritizing infrastructure in the second year of the Trump presidency, but public discussion focuses on roads, waterways and bridges, with minimal discussion on rural broadband infrastructure.

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    2. More States Eye Blockchain for Records, Businesses – Big Law Business

      More States Eye Blockchain for Records, Businesses – Big Law Business

      The digital ledger technology behind bitcoin has fanned more states’ interests for its potential for managing large sets of data in a secure and decentralized manner. Eight states have enacted laws to, among other things, order studies of the technology for government use, legalize blockchain-based electronic signatures, and permit corporations to track stocks on the digital ledger, Bloomberg Law data show.

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    3. Washington becomes 1st state to approve net-neutrality rules

      Washington becomes 1st state to approve net-neutrality rules

      OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington became the first state Monday to set up its own net-neutrality requirements after U.S. regulators repealed Obama-era rules that banned internet providers from blocking content or impairing traffic.

      "We know that when D.C. fails to act, Washington state has to do so," Gov. Jay Inslee said before signing the measure that lawmakers passed with bipartisan support. "We know how important this is."

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