Jul 11, 2019

White House convened top officials to combat infighting over 5G

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Faster internet is coming, but only for a few

Data: FCC; Note: Non-mobile broadband speeds are 25 Mbps download/3 Mbps upload, Mobile LTE are 10 Mbps/3 Mbps; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

Broadband technologies are getting better and faster — but access to them is still concentrated in metro areas and suburbs, leaving vast swaths of the country with marginal service or nothing at all.

Why it matters: Benefits of the broadband advances are mostly going to consumers who already have plenty of options for robust internet connections. Despite efforts to narrow the digital divide, rural areas, small towns and low-income neighborhoods in big cities still struggle to have access to reliable and affordable broadband service.

Go deeperArrowAug 6, 2019

Huawei rules remain murky for tech industry despite White House talks

Photo: Ina Fried/Axios

After a high-level White House meeting Monday between administration economic officials and key executives, major American producers of tech hardware still don't know what they can and can't sell to Huawei, China's controversial telecom giant.

Why it matters: Huawei has become a flashpoint for trade tensions and security concerns between China and the U.S., and the tech companies that do business with it have had to navigate a policy maze.

Go deeperArrowJul 23, 2019

House Oversight to subpoena White House private emails, WhatsApp messages

Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

The House Oversight Committee voted along party lines Thursday to authorize subpoenas for official communications records sent via "non-official electronic messaging accounts by non-career officials at the White House," including Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump and former chief strategist Steve Bannon.

The big picture: Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) previously requested that top White House officials voluntarily turn over all official communications sent via private channels, including Kushner's encrypted WhatsApp messages with foreign officials, to uphold the Presidential Records Act. The White House refused to cooperate and is likely to defy the new subpoenas, setting up yet another court fight.

Go deeperArrowJul 25, 2019