FCC awarding up to $16 billion to address U.S. areas lacking broadband service

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission | June 09, 2020

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission voted on Tuesday to adopt auction procedures to provide up to $16 billion to areas that lack broadband service, including nearly 6 million unserved rural homes and businesses. The FCC voted to commence the auction on Oct. 29. Auction applicants will be required to offer voice and broadband services in unserved locations in exchange for receiving monthly payments over 10 years. The three FCC Republican commissioners approved the proposal, while the two Democrats dissented in part. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, a Republican, said Americans without access to high-speed internet “deserve access as soon as possible.

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Last week, President Trump announced that tariffs on Mexican goods are "indefinitely suspended" after the U.S. and Mexico reached a deal on immigration enforcement. Before the agreement, a string of reports predicted profound economic consequences on both sides of the border if tariffs had been implemented. One analysis by The Perryman Group even forecast more than 400,000 job losses.

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Last week, President Trump announced that tariffs on Mexican goods are "indefinitely suspended" after the U.S. and Mexico reached a deal on immigration enforcement. Before the agreement, a string of reports predicted profound economic consequences on both sides of the border if tariffs had been implemented. One analysis by The Perryman Group even forecast more than 400,000 job losses.

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Accela Named Microsoft US Government Partner of the Year for Third Consecutive Year

Accela | July 08, 2022

Accela®, the trusted provider of cloud solutions for government, today announced that it was selected as Microsoft's 2022 US Government Partner of the Year for the third consecutive year. Accela was honored among top Microsoft partners for providing innovative services based on Microsoft technologies to state and local government customers, as well as demonstrating thought leadership in the government technology sector. Accela's SaaS solutions, which are powered by Microsoft Azure, equip state, county and local governments with an agile, purpose-built platform to automate and modernize essential government functions within economic development, community development, and public safety. "We are proud to be recognized by Microsoft for our partnerships with governments around the globe. With Accela, in partnership with Microsoft, our customers can have confidence their data is being kept safe with the latest updates and best practices, which is essential to support ongoing security, compliance and government regulation requirements. "By 2025, 95% of new IT investments made by government agencies will be made in as-a-service solutions. As governments accelerate their digital transformations, Accela will continue to deliver secure cloud-based solutions, powered by Microsoft, that provide vital services, modernize employee and resident experiences, and bolster economies." Tom Nieto, chief operating officer of Accela The Microsoft Partner of the Year Awards recognize Microsoft partners that have developed and delivered outstanding Microsoft-based solutions during the past year. Honorees are chosen from a set of more than 4,400 submitted nominations from more than 100 countries worldwide. More than 275 million residents globally benefit from Azure-powered Accela solutions for permitting, licensing, and code enforcement. Accela is Gold Certified Partner in the Microsoft Partner Program, with a competency in ISV/Software Solutions. As a Gold Certified Partner, Accela has demonstrated its expertise with Microsoft technologies and a proven ability to meet customers' needs. Today's announcement builds on Accela's momentum in the cloud govtech space. Most recently, Accela launched a new offering, Managed Application Services, to help government agencies achieve increased flexibility and reliability in managing IT staffing needs. About Accela Accela provides a unified suite of cloud solutions trusted by governments across the globe to accelerate their digital transformation, deliver vital services, and build stronger communities. More than 275 million citizens worldwide benefit from Accela's government software solutions. The company offers agile, purpose-built solutions and the power of a platform that provides users with a consumer-like experience, shares data across departments, and ensures world-class security.

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U.K. Firms Adapting Security Strategies for Cloud, Resilience

ISG | September 06, 2022

Enterprise security leaders in the U.K. are focused on cloud security, building up resilience against threats and aligning cybersecurity strategies with overall business goals, according to a new research report published today by Information Services Group (ISG) (Nasdaq: III), a leading global technology research and advisory firm. The 2022 ISG Provider Lens™ Cybersecurity — Solutions and Services report for the U.K. finds these objectives are the top priorities for chief information security officers (CISOs) in U.K. organizations. The growing use of cloud models such as infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) and platform-as-a-service (PaaS) is forcing companies to adapt their cybersecurity approaches, with a focus on holistic resilience that requires more communication and training for employees and outside stakeholders, the report says. “British enterprises are aligning cybersecurity with IT trends and the changing threat landscape, Cloud migration has many benefits but can create new security challenges. To guard against those threats, fundamental technical and organizational measures are needed.” -Roger Albrecht, co-lead, ISG Cybersecurity. The U.K. government has recognized the importance of cybersecurity and is making major investments to protect British enterprises and foster a growing cybersecurity industry, ISG says. According to a 2022 study by the U.K. National Cyber Security Centre, 39 percent of businesses in the U.K. had experienced a cybersecurity breach in the past 12 months, and for large and midsize companies, the average cost of a breach is £19,400. The government’s cybersecurity strategy is now kicking off its fourth year with an emphasis on boosting the U.K. digital economy, which includes about 1,400 cybersecurity businesses, ISG says. As enterprises in the U.K. face increasing IT complexity, the establishment of permanent hybrid work and the need for more agility, many are considering the zero-trust (ZT) security model, ISG says. This approach, which requires verification of any device on any network to access enterprise resources, can reduce security cost and risk exposure through uniform security across an organization. “Zero-trust is a major change that affects many aspects of enterprise security, Experienced service and solution providers can help companies implement and operate a ZT environment.” -Jan Erik Aase, partner and global leader, ISG Provider Lens Research. The report also explores other cybersecurity trends in the U.K., including high demand for technical and strategic security services, a shortage of skilled workers and concerns over increasingly tight data protection laws. The 2022 ISG Provider Lens™ Cybersecurity — Solutions and Services report for the U.K. evaluates the capabilities of 95 providers across seven quadrants: Identity and Access Management (IAM), Data Leakage/Loss Prevention (DLP) and Data Security, Advanced Endpoint Threat Protection, Detection and Response (Advanced ETPDR), Technical Security Services, Strategic Security Services, Managed Security Services – Large Accounts and Managed Security Services – Midmarket. The report names IBM as a Leader in five quadrants. It names Accenture, Atos, Broadcom, Capgemini, Deloitte, HCL and Wipro as Leaders in three quadrants each. Microsoft, Orange Cyberdefense and TCS are named as Leaders in two quadrants each. BT, Check Point, Claranet, CrowdStrike, Darktrace, DXC Technology, EY, Forcepoint, HelpSystems, Herjavec Group, Netskope, NTT, Okta, PwC, RSA, Sophos, Tech Mahindra, Trellix, Trend Micro and VMware Carbon Black are named as Leaders in one quadrant each. About ISG Provider Lens™ Research: The ISG Provider Lens™ Quadrant research series is the only service provider evaluation of its kind to combine empirical, data-driven research and market analysis with the real-world experience and observations of ISG's global advisory team. Enterprises will find a wealth of detailed data and market analysis to help guide their selection of appropriate sourcing partners, while ISG advisors use the reports to validate their own market knowledge and make recommendations to ISG's enterprise clients. The research currently covers providers offering their services globally, across Europe, as well as in the U.S., Canada, Brazil, the U.K., France, Benelux, Germany, Switzerland, the Nordics, Australia and Singapore/Malaysia, with additional markets to be added in the future. About ISG: ISG (Information Services Group) (Nasdaq: III) is a leading global technology research and advisory firm. A trusted business partner to more than 800 clients, including more than 75 of the world’s top 100 enterprises, ISG is committed to helping corporations, public sector organizations, and service and technology providers achieve operational excellence and faster growth. The firm specializes in digital transformation services, including automation, cloud and data analytics; sourcing advisory; managed governance and risk services; network carrier services; strategy and operations design; change management; market intelligence and technology research and analysis. Founded in 2006, and based in Stamford, Conn., ISG employs more than 1,300 digital-ready professionals operating in more than 20 countries—a global team known for its innovative thinking, market influence, deep industry and technology expertise, and world-class research and analytical capabilities based on the industry’s most comprehensive marketplace data.

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ALLY Energy and Houston Energy Community Welcome the US Department of Energy to Discuss Environmental Justice and an Equitable Energy Transition

US Department of Energy (DOE) | August 18, 2022

To commemorate the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Harvey, the Houston energy community, brought together by ALLY Energy, is convening with the US Department of Energy (DOE) to explore the progress Houston has made since 2017 on climate resiliency and on ensuring a just energy transition. Hurricane Harvey was a significant recent reminder of the critical need for climate resilience and for the transition to net-zero economies to be inclusive and just – so no one is left behind. “A just and inclusive energy transition doesn’t happen without a strong partnership between the private and public sector. We are proud to host DOE and honor the mayor for creating and adopting a city-wide Climate Action Plan and representing Houston on a national level as the Chair of the Climate Mayors.” -Katie Mehnert, CEO of ALLY Energy. Following a series of informative meetings around Houston, the DOE visit will culminate in a luncheon on Friday, August 26 during which Mayor Turner, the DOE, and Houston energy leaders will discuss the lessons learned over the last five years and what a just energy transition means for our community. ALLY Energy will also present Mayor Houston with its first Lifetime Achievement GRIT Award for his work on climate resiliency. I am honored and humbled to accept the first ALLY Energy Lifetime Achievement GRIT Award, said Mayor Sylvester Turner. Houston has faced seven federally declared disasters in seven years. Yet, our city proves time again that we are strong and resilient as we build toward the future. We are the energy capital of the world while leading on energy transition. We know we can effectively mitigate climate change, implement resilient strategies, and address the needs of our most under-resourced communities - without leaving anyone behind. We applaud Mayor Sylvester Turner and our fellow energy leaders for the important work our city is doing to ensure Houston is leading the charge in accelerating a just energy transition, said William J. (John) Berger, Chief Executive Officer of Sunnova Energy International. If the current global energy crisis has taught us anything, it’s that our country, and our home state of Texas, must come together to support a resilient energy transition by ensuring we address energy affordability, safeguard energy security, and mitigate climate change in the face of growing economic hardship and extreme weather events. Also at the lunch, the audience will get to experience a film premier from the Rational Middle, a documentary that highlights experts in environmental justice and aims to clarify how we can take advantage of the opportunities of a just transition. “We believe for the U.S. to make progress and to achieve its net zero goals, everybody has to feel they are part of the energy transformation, As we all build a cleaner energy future together, Shell USA will continue to focus on how we create economic, social, and environmental value in our communities and nationwide. We are very proud to partner with Shell USA’s hometown, Houston, on its path toward climate resiliency.” -Gretchen Watkins, President Shell USA, Inc. INFORMATION ON THE LUNCHEON Houston has long been known as the oil and gas capital of the world. As it transitions itself to the energy capital of the world, how can it ensure a just transition? Attend the limited-seating event by registering here. We are grateful to our sponsors, Shell USA, Inc. and Sunnova Energy, for helping to make this important event a reality. ABOUT ALLY ENERGY & THE GRIT AWARDS: ALLY Energy is the leading energy workforce platform that builds culture, careers, and skills for an equitable transition. ALLY connects the energy industry and public to resources and best practices and serves as a neutral platform for dialogue and actions to address the energy transition. The community includes professionals and startups in 120 countries in nearly 1,000 companies across energy in oil and natural gas, utilities, renewables, and climate technology. The annual GRIT Awards℠ & Best Energy Workplaces℠ were created to honor industry leaders, professionals, academia, students, and public servants for their achievements in driving a just, equitable, diverse, and inclusive energy transition.

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