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States win big in second round of broadband stimulus funds

U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke recently announced the latest round of economic stimulus awards totaling $357 million for expanded high-speed Internet access. Nine states received record funding for broadband expansion. Nine states - California, Florida, Indiana, Louisiana, Minnesota, New York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Wisconsin - received funding from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration. Read More »

FCC Chairman Genachowski Announces Support for Nationwide 100 mbps Broadband

FCC Chairman Genachowski previewed features of the FCC’s National Broadband Plan in an announcement on January 16. Genachowski outlined a major component of the plan, a goal to have 100 million households at 100 megabits per second within 10 years. Read More »

Obama Administration Announces $1 Billion for Health Technology Job Creation

The Federal Government announced nearly $1 billion in Recovery Act awards to train over 10,000 new health IT workers and promote meaningful adoption of emerging technology in the health care industry. Read More »

LA Mayor Calls Broadband Availability Civil Rights Issue of Our Time

At last month's Digital Empowerment Summit, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa proclaimed that high speed Internet availability is the civil rights issue of our time. Read More »

Comcast and NBC - No way!

A planned deal between NBC Universal and Comcast raises serious concerns for consumers, media competition and workers. Recently, the Senate Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights brought the merger further into the spotlight by holing a hearing on the plan. Many people, including Sen. Al Franken spoke sharply against the deal. Read More »

ACI study finds network operators create more, better paying jobs

According to a new American Consumer Institute Center for Citizen Research study, "network" companies, such as AT&T and Verizon - produce more, better paying jobs than non-network companies like Google and eBay. It found that for every $1 billion in revenue, network companies provided 2,329 jobs while non-network companies provided 1,199 jobs. Read More »

Disability advocates laud CWA’s broadband plan recommendations

In its public notice on the National Broadband Plan, the Communications Workers of America cited the "adoption gap" as one of the main barriers to implementing effective broadband policy. CWA noted that individuals with disabilities are disproportionately less likely to adopt broadband, in part because of complications with accessibility. The Coalition of Organization for Accessible Technology (COAT) praised CWA for their inclusion of disability access in the recommendations. Read More »

CWA calls for broadband goal of 50 mbps downstream and 20 upstream by 2015

The Communications Workers of America used the FCC's last request for public comment before the release of the national broadband plan to issue a public notice laying out what they consider to be top priorities for the plan. CWA's proposals include bringing U.S. networks to world-class standards by setting ambitious, but achievable goals, with an immediate goal of 10 megabits per second downstream and 1 megabit per second up; and 50 megabits down and 20 up to 80 percent of the population by 2015. Read More »

Telemedicine centers bridge the medical gap all over the world

Broadband infrastructure is expanding job opportunities and increasing access to healthcare in rural villages across the world. The latest example comes from Uttar Pradesh, India. Read More »

Distance learning is a boon to strapped community colleges

With the price tag of college tuition rising and unemployment growing, distance learning is allowing community colleges to increase enrollment without overburdening finite resources. Thanks to broadband, offering courses virtually has never been easier - and that's good news to the nation's community colleges, which are being swamped by job seekers going back to school. Read More »

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