Maintaining competition is the only way to promote broadband communications and Internet access, say critics of bills to relax regulations on local phone companies, warning that the proposed legislation could stifle the technology and raise rates.
The rise in digital television adds a new and urgent twist to the tug-of-war between digital copyright and customer use. While media industries are eager to nurture the digital market, they want to stop pirates early. But consumer advocates worry that copy protection measures won't ensure fair-use rights.
U.S. federal and private sector technology managers may soon be swapping offices. The new Digital Tech Corps Act of 2002 is a training initiative based on a work exchange between federal and corporate IT workers in midlevel management.