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Pallone touts law to make federal websites mobile-friendly

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U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-6th District, of New Jersey, discussed the Connected Government Act at Old Bridge High School.

Pallone introduced the legislation with U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly, D-Illinois, and it was signed into law last month. The Connected Government Act requires that new or updated federal websites be made mobile friendly within six months.

Pallone visited the high school today during National School Counseling Week to show how the increased accessibility of government websites could help students seeking loans for higher education. 

Last January, Pallone called on Congress “to take a fresh look at how we all connect by focusing on security, opportunity and access.” But as mobile technology has evolved, U.S. government websites often have lacked up-to-date compatibility with mobile devices.

With 40 percent of smartphone users accessing information about government services on their phones and 77 percent of Americans owning smartphones, it’s critical that government websites be made more mobile-friendly, the congressman said.

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David Hutter

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David Hutter grew up in Darien, Conn., and covers higher education, transportation and manufacturing for NJBIZ. He can be reached at dhutter@njbiz.com.

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