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American Broadband Initiative to Expand Connectivity for all Americans

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Expanding America’s broadband connectivity is critical to our nation’s economy, and a top priority for President Trump and the Department of Commerce. Today, we join with our partners in government to announce the American Broadband Initiative (ABI), a comprehensive effort to stimulate increased private sector investment in broadband. NTIA is proud to share leadership of the ABI, in partnership...

The Trump Administration is Building a Stronger Future

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Since I started at the Department of Commerce, I have found great enjoyment visiting private businesses to learn about how they are growing their local economy and creating jobs in their communities. This has been particularly rewarding as the President makes great strides in creating the conditions for a thriving, robust economy—especially in my home state of Pennsylvania. Last week, I was...

Latest Weather Satellite Will Improve Forecasts for Western U.S., Alaska, Hawaii

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Today, GOES-17, the second of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) next-generation geostationary weather satellites, has completed its checkout phase and is now operating in the GOES West position, providing faster, more accurate, and more detailed observations used by National Weather Service forecasters to predict Pacific storm systems, severe storms, fog, wildfires, and...

NOAA and NCAR Partner on New State-of-the-Art Weather and Climate Modeling Framework

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The United States is making exciting changes to how computer models will be developed in the future to support the nation’s weather and climate forecast system. NOAA and the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) have joined forces to help the nation’s weather and climate modeling scientists achieve mutual benefits through more strategic collaboration, shared resources and information....

Priority Makes the Difference – FirstNet in Action

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The following is a cross-post from the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) By Tracey Murdock, FirstNet Senior Public Safety Advisor Imagine a mountain town of 7,000 residents welcoming 500,000 guests. That is the scenario that Sturgis, South Dakota, faces every summer in August. For 78 years, this Black Hills community has hosted the country’s largest motorcycle rally, and every year is a...

New Census Bureau Director – Moving Ahead and Achieving a Successful 2020 Census

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The following is a cross-post from the U.S. Census Bureau Director's Blog By Dr. Steven Dillingham, U.S. Census Bureau Director The mission here at the U.S. Census Bureau is to serve as the nation’s leading provider of quality data about its people and economy. Our goal is to provide the best mix of timeliness, relevancy, quality, and cost for the data we collect and services we provide. As I took...

Shutdown Due to Lapse of Congressional Appropriations

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Funding for a portion of the federal government expired on December 21, 2018. The Department is prepared for a lapse in funding that would necessitate a significant reduction in operations and is currently implementing its plan. Read the United States Department of Commerce Plan for Orderly Shutdown Due to Lapse of Congressional Appropriations (updated December 18, 2018). In compliance with the...

New Memorandum of Understanding with Côte d’Ivoire Slated to Strengthen the United States’ Ties to Africa

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Guest blog post by Janel Edens, Office of Africa, International Trade Administration On December 7 th , 2018, the U.S.-Côte d’Ivoire Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross on behalf of the government of the United States and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Marcel Amon-Tanoh on behalf of the Government of Côte d’Ivoire. “We are fundamentally...