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From fishing to real estate, rural businesses need broadband

Rural businesses need broadband access to compete - no matter what they're selling. In rural Minnesota, the tourism and real estate industries are finding themselves at a disadvantage in an increasingly web-based marketplace. Read More »

U.S. is fifteenth in broadband, new study shows

The United States is behind Denmark, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, and eleven other countries in terms of broadband speed and latency, according to a new study from the University of Oxford. Read More »

Opposition to Verizon-Frontier deal is growing

The opposition to the proposed sale of 4.8 million Verizon landlines to Frontier Communications is growing. State utility advocates, consumer groups, state officials, and unions have all raised serious concerns about the deal. Read More »

Atlanta Middle School experiments with 24/7 wireless classroom

A middle school in Atlanta, Georgia is receiving 24/7 access to wireless educational tools thanks to a pilot program being run by the Alliance for Digital Equality. The program aims to evaluate wireless technology's impact on student engagement and achievement. Read More »

FCC Task force: Americans are overcharged for Internet access

Are Americans getting less broadband than they pay for? Unfortunately, according to the FCC National Broadband Plan task force, the answer is yes. The task force gathering data for the National Broadband Plan is finding that many Americans are paying for broadband at speeds substantially lower than advertised speeds. Read More »

Report: ITIF weighs in on net neutrality

A new report by Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) Research Fellow Richard Bennett reviews the historical development of the Internet architecture and finds that contrary to claims that the Internet has always been a "dumb pipe," in fact, an extraordinarily high degree of intelligence is embedded in the network core. Read More »

Concerns remain over Verizon-Frontier deal

The proposed deal that would allow Verizon to sell its landlines to Frontier Communications in 14 states has citizens, unions, and local officials all concerned. Read More »

Telemedicine grows despite key challenges

UnitedHealthcare (UHC) is developing a national telehealth network to increase physician presence in underserved communities - both rural and urban. Telehealth is the emerging practice of using cameras, microphones, and often robots to connect patients and doctors that are not in the same place. These systems run on high-speed and high-capacity Internet connections, which makes it difficult for those in rural areas to gain access. Read More »

Examining global examples for a national broadband plan

A few weeks ago, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) held a workshop in which policy leaders recommended and discussed goals and benchmarks for the national broadband plan. The benchmarks fall into three categories: availability, quality, and cost. Read More »

U.S. Broadband Coalition delivers report to FCC

The U.S. Broadband Coalition has released its initial report on the upcoming national broadband strategy. The report synthesizes the views of the coalition's 160-plus member-organizations. The U.S. Broadband Coalition intends that the report will serve as a building block for the National Broadband Task Force - which will be delivering a national broadband policy to Congress in early 2010. Read More »

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