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High-speed Internet crucial to future of arts, creative industries

A study authored by the Future of Music Coalition and the National Alliance for Media Arts suggests that universal high-speed Internet access is critical to the success of the arts and creative industry over the next decade. The report notes that technological advancements will offer both unique challenges and opportunities for the arts. Read More »

Sen. Kohl questions NBC about Olympics pay-to-watch requirement

Senate Antitrust chair Senator Herb Kohl (D-WI) wrote a letter to NBC to express concern that some of its Internet coverage of the Vancouver Winter Olympic games was available only to paid subscribers. Visitors to the NBC site who sought coverage of the Olympics - NBC and its sister stations were the exclusive domestic carriers of the games - had to first confirm they had a subscription to cable, satellite, or IPTV. Read More »

Networking the Green Economy

On March 4, The Communications Workers of America and three of its partner organizations released a report called Networking the Green Economy. The report found that new communication technologies are actually a critical part of making our energy-hungry economy more sustainable and energy-efficient. Read More »

CWA President Cohen warns Congress about dangers of Comcast-NBC Universal deal

Communications Workers of America President Larry Cohen testified before the House Judiciary Committee on February 25 about the impact of a proposed merger between Comcast and NBC Universal. Cohen, who represents employees of both companies, made the case that the merger would adversely affect the public interest by shedding quality jobs, reducing competition, and devaluing online content and broadband services. Read More »

Report shows increase in minority adoption rate, digital divide remains

A report released last week by the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies shows that while minorities are the fastest growing group of broadband adopters, significant barriers to adoption - age, income, and education - remain. The study was designed to highlight minority adoption trends and provide insight into factors affecting minority Internet use. Read More »

93 Million Americans Disconnected From Broadband Opportunities

On Tuesday the FCC released its National Broadband Plan Consumer Survey which found that affordability and lack of computer literacy are the main reasons why 93 million Americans are not connected to high-speed Internet in their homes. The survey results bolstered existing statistics that 80 million adults currently lack high-speed Internet. Most cited affordability, digital literacy, and relevance as the main barriers to adoption. Read More »

FCC Releases Working Recommendations for Upcoming National Broadband Plan

The FCC recently released working recommendations for key priorities that will be part of next month's unveiling of the National Broadband Plan. The recommendations are meant to bring greater high-speed Internet availability to the health care, education, and energy sectors, and move the federal government into a new era of engagement and transparency. Read More »

High Stakes in FCC’s Proposed Broadband Plan

The FCC is scheduled to present its National Broadband Plan next month to Congress - and the stakes could not be higher. The Chairman of the Alliance for Digital Equality - a Speed Matters partner - Julius Hollis wrote last week about the need for a measured approach to ensure all Americans have access to fast and readily accessible broadband Internet. Read More »

NTIA Releases new broadband assessment report

The Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) released a new report on America's progress in achieving universal broadband access. Conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, the report found that household access to broadband jumped from 51% in 2007 to 64% in 2009. Read More »

FCC releases first time census-tract data on broadband

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a report detailing census-tract data on high speed Internet service speed and availability. While the FCC has been collecting information on broadband providers since 2000, this is the first report that provides comprehensive data at a county level. The new data shows that the broadband gap even more apparent. Read More »

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