By Gautham Nagesh and Sara Jerome - 07/09/10 11:45 AM EDT
Obama tours Missouri electric-truck factory funded by stimulus. President Barack Obama stopped in Kansas City, Mo., on Thursday to visit a firm that received Recovery Act funds to build commercial trucks powered completely by electricity. The firm, Smith Electric Vehicles, manufacturers all-electric, zero-emissions commercial trucks. After touring the facilities Obama spoke to an audience of workers and Missouri Democratic lawmakers including Gov. Jay Nixon, Sen. Claire McCaskill, and Rep. Emanuel Cleaver on the state of the economy.
Locke touts stimulus broadband funds for western Mass. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke appeared in Greenfield, Mass., on Thursday to promote a $45.4 million Recovery Act grant aimed at expanding broadband Internet access in western Massachusetts. Locke was joined for the announcement by Democratic lawmakers — including Gov. Deval Patrick and Sen. John Kerry — and said the grant will go to the Massachusetts Broadband Institute to fund a new fiber network that will link 1,400 institutions in the western part of the state.
AT&T receives most from FCC fund. AT&T has received the most money over the last three years from a federal fund subsidizing the cost of telephone service in areas where it is especially expensive, such as in insular towns in the countryside. AT&T received $1,302,540,713 between 2007 and 2009 from the universal service high-cost program, a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) fund. Verizon ranked second, receiving $1,275,473,981.
CNN denounced by Hezbollah after tweet firing. Hezbollah criticized CNN on Thursday for letting go of Middle East editor Octavia Nasr for a message she wrote in Twitter, AFP reports.
Her tweet had praised the late Shiite cleric Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah. According to AFP, "Hezbollah spokesman Ibrahim Moussawi denounced the 'intellectual terrorism represented by the firing of journalist Octavia Nasr of CNN after she expressed sadness' at the death of Fadlallah."
Lockheed plans Web access for subs. Lockheed Martin is working on a program to give their submarines phone and Internet access while submerged, according to a report from Wired's Danger Room. Lockheed's subs can now receive Internet messages and other forms of communication at very low bit-rates, but cannot respond without coming up for air or raising an antenna above the surface.
Wireless industry says 'bill shock' rules are unnecessary. The wireless industry urged the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) not to mandate that cell phone companies make their billing practices clearer, a possibility the agency is considering in its effort to mitigate "bill shock." The commission started a proceeding in May seeking comment on whether it should make regulations to prevent consumers from receiving higher-than-expected cell phone bills. CTIA, the wireless trade group, and the Rural Cellular Association (RCA) said in filings this week that such rules are "unnecessary."
PROFILE: White House party crashers Tareq and Michaele Salahi have been caught breaking the rules — again. This time they created a Facebook profile for their dog, Rio.