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National broadband plan must include public hearings, benchmarks for progress

In comments submitted to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the Communications Workers of America (CWA) commended the FCC for moving forward promptly to develop a national broadband plan. CWA recommends that the Commission hold a series of public hearings to solicit guidance for the plan, set specific benchmarks to increase broadband speeds to the home, establish tax incentives to encourage broadband build out and upgrades, and safeguard consumers and create quality jobs. Read More »

U.S. lags in broadband impede economy

America's 42 million low-income residents will only marginally participate in a "knowledge economy" unless Internet access to job training skills is increased, according to Dr. Eileen Applebaum, director of the Center for Women and Work at Rutgers University. At a symposium entitled "Economic Empowerment for Low-Income Workers Through Broadband Training," Applebaum joined other panelists who touted the necessity of an aggressive expansion of U.S. broadband capacity. The United States currently ranks fifteenth in the world, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Read More »

Broadband stimulus progress report stipulates grant application deadlines

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) released the first quarterly report on the progress of the national broadband plan stipulated in the economic stimulus package. The report highlights the timetable for the grant application process and the beginning of a 7.2 billion-dollar federal investment in improving America's nationwide broadband services. Read More »

Congressional Black Caucus makes recommendations to fight digital divide

The Congressional Black Caucus issued a strong endorsement for increased funding of broadband deployment, as part of a series of recommendations on major U.S. policy areas for the 21st Century. Read More »

Online series highlights real-life benefits of public broadband access

Speed Matters partner One Economy recently teamed up with award-winning actor, director and producer Robert Townsend to create Diary of a Single Mom, an online series that demonstrates the real-life benefits of broadband access. Read More »

OECD releases latest rankings; U.S. remains at #15

The United States remained stagnant - at 15th - in the latest Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) broadband penetration rankings. Read More »

Georgia preparing to apply for broadband stimulus money

Georgia is one of many states that is trying to position itself to receive the funding for broadband deployment in the first round of grants from the economic stimulus package. Read More »

Telemedicine key to examining rural stroke victims

Thanks to advances in broadband and medical technology, telemedicine is an effective treatment of stroke victims. When determining whether or not an individual has suffered a stroke, time is a very important factor. Using the videoconferencing aspect of telemedicine in rural and remote areas across the country saves so much time that it increases the chance of survival and quality of life for stroke patients. Read More »

Indiana one step closer to high-speed

On July 1, Indiana will move forward with improving the adoption and deployment of high-speed Internet connections thanks to a recently passed bill supported by the Communications Workers of America. Read More »

Speed really does matter to Washington state

Thanks to two years of intense effort by the Communications Workers of America (CWA) Speed Matters campaign in Washington state, the Washington State legislature unanimously passed and Governor Christine Gregoire signed HB 1701 aimed at increasing both access to and adoption of broadband. Read More »

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