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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 »

Applicants seeking broadband funds searchable by technology

Fierce Broadband Wireless analyzed the list of applicants seeking broadband stimulus funds, allowing users to search applicants by technological category. Many of the applications are for companies operating in underserved areas, from rural Alabama to urban Los Angeles. Read More »

Proposed sale of 4.8 million Verizon lines to Frontier will harm consumers in rural America

The Communications of America raised strong concerns about the proposed sale of 4.8 million landlines in 14 states by Verizon Communications to Frontier Communications, in a filing to the Federal Communications Commission. The deal as currently structured will cause substantial harm to consumers and communities, will be a step backward in terms of high speed broadband buildout and is contrary to the public interest. Read More »

U.S. telecom policy should promote open Internet and private sector investment

CWA supports the initiative announced today by Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski to develop rules to protect an open Internet. At the same time, we look to the FCC to move forward in setting rules and policies that will encourage investment, ensure reasonable network management, safeguard transparency, promote media diversity and lead to the growth of good jobs in the telecommunications industry. Read More »

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