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March 4, 2013
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  • White House, lawmakers make progress on cybersecurity bill
    Lawmakers and the White House reportedly have made progress on developing a cybersecurity bill and negotiating issues such as what role agencies including the Department of Homeland Security would have in fighting cyberthreats and attacks. The goal, says House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers, R-Mich., is to have a bill to vote on by April. The White House is also asking for help from the private sector in the implementation of President Barack Obama's executive order on cybersecurity, as private companies utilize more than half of the country's infrastructure. The Hill/Hillicon Valley blog (3/2), The Hill/Hillicon Valley blog (3/1), Reuters (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
How Much Do You Really Need to Make? The Answer May Shock You
Rather than focus on what you can afford to pull out of the business to cover your living expenses, you need to focus on how much you need to earn at your business in order to afford the lifestyle you want to have. This is where the Personal Earnings Goal, or PEG, comes into play. Learn how to calculate your PEG and find out how much you really need to make.

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  • CenturyLink vows to put Idaho tax savings into network
    CenturyLink says repeal of Idaho's personal property tax on businesses would enable the telecom to invest $2 million in the state's broadband infrastructure. In urging the legislature to kill the tax, CenturyLink and other companies point to the lift in economic activity that they say would result. "The business community has been consistent in its messaging that any savings would be used for economic development purposes, or put back in the business," CenturyLink's Ed Lodge said. The Republic (Columbus, Ind.)/The Associated Press (3/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Alaska task force aims to expand broadband access
    The Alaska Broadband Task Force has a goal of providing every Alaskan with 100 megabits per second of broadband connectivity by 2020, according to Bill Popp, executive director of the Anchorage Economic Development Corp. Speaking at a conference last month, Popp said the task force was developing a draft plan to submit to the state government. The Cordova Times (Alaska) (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Building Workplace Trust 2015
Interaction Associates' 6th annual research study tracking trust on the job, Building Workplace Trust, is out, and more than half of employees surveyed give their organizations low marks for trust and leadership. Yet this year's findings again point to how high trust leads to better outcomes and financial results — and even boosts innovation.

USTelecom Spotlight

  • A discussion of the cybersecurity executive order
    USTelecom's next Policy Briefing, to be held in person and online March 14 at 9 a.m. Eastern time, brings together experts from the telecom and cable industries to discuss the executive order, the timeline for compliance and the public-private partnership model for working on these issues. The panelists will address potential overlapping requirements and how industry is working together on the initiatives. Register today -- it's free. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Survey: Social media sites don't inspire users to watch shows, movies
    Two-thirds of respondents said they didn't feel compelled to watch a television program or see a movie because of "buzz" on Facebook, Twitter and other social networks, according to a survey conducted recently by Digitalsmiths, a video discovery/search firm. The survey also found that 19% of those polled would watch a TV show or see a movie if they were recommended on social media, while 14% said they don't use social media. MediaPost Communications/MediaDailyNews (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Startup HitBliss pays users to screen ads
    HitBliss lets users watch ads from Liberty Mutual, Dr Pepper and Aflac, among other marketers, in exchange for credits to purchase online TV shows and movies. The startup, which initially is featuring content from NBCUniversal, Starz and Paramount, offers a $1.99 credit for two minutes of ad viewing for users who allow access to their browsing history and past purchases, but those who don't want to share personal data will have to watch ads for five minutes to get the same credit. Advertising Age (tiered subscription model) (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Google's white space spectrum database makes its debut
    Google is launching its U.S. White Space spectrum database today in a 45-day public readiness trial, becoming the third player to do so, after Telcordia and Spectrum Bridge. It provides data on TV broadcast frequencies not in use that are available for short-range device access. The Register (U.K.) (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Aetna's work-at-home strategy is working
    Even though Yahoo's chief has banned telecommuting, the practice is proving rewarding for many workers and companies, such as Aetna, where nearly half the 35,000 employees don't have a desktop in the office. Aetna has saved about $78 million in office space costs, mail service and utilities, and its employee churn is exceptionally low. Reuters (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Combating Identity Theft in a Mobile, Social World
Mobile connectivity threats extend from consumers to the business environment. But who is really responsible for securing sensitive information? Smart business leaders are becoming proactive on the matter. Learn how to get protected in this white paper. Download the white paper now.

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