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High Speed Internet necessary for distance education

Speed Matters has released a new video on the importance of high speed Internet access for distance learning, allowing adults who are returning to school to upgrade their skills or train for new jobs by taking classes online. Read More »

High speed broadband to help improve environment

A recent study found that fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) technology will provide significant environmental benefits, just six years after being deployed. The study, commissioned by the Fiber-to-the-Home Council based its findings on similar lifestyle studies used in other industries. With FTTH Internet connections, people will be more likely to telecommute, which saves gasoline and in turn helps the environment. Read More »

California passes bill to expand broadband deployment

California recently passed Senate bill 1193 creating the California Advanced Services Fund, which will allocate $100 million to spread high speed Internet access to un-served and underserved areas. Read More »

Southeast Los Angeles to Receive High Speed Internet

The Southeast Cities Technology Collaborative, an initiative by the Southeast Community Development Corporation to bring high-speed broadband Internet access to southeast Los Angeles, received two grant awards to help them close the digital divide in LA. Read More »

Business Week highlights the digital divide

A recent article in Business Week provided an excellent look at the extent of the digital divide for Americans in rural regions. It starts with a story about Sandra Thornton, whose custom-uniform manufacturing plant in Centerville, Tennessee, is missing out on business opportunities because it can't take advantage of online contract bidding, supply ordering, and email with its dial-up Internet connection. Read More »

Connect ME off to a great start

In the three years since Maine Gov. John Baldacci announced that the state would "ensure that 90 percent of Maine communities have broadband access by 2010," Connect ME has achieved much success. Read More »

Broadband Data Improvement Act passes House and Senate

The Broadband Data Improvement Act (S.1492), a key initiative of the Communications Workers of America's Speed Matters project, has cleared two important hurdles. The Senate passed the legislation on Friday and the House of Representatives passed its version of the bill yesterday. A joint conference committee will now meet to work out the differences between the bills. Read More »

Finland vows universal 100 Mbps access

The Finnish government has announced plans for universal broadband access across Finland assuring that no person will be further than a mile and a half away from a broadband Internet connection of at least 100 megabits per second (Mbps). Read More »

CWA-FTTH Council send letter to Congress urging 100 Mbps by 2015

This week, CWA teamed up with the Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) Council to send a letter to important Congressional Committee leaders urging prompt action on legislation calling for nationwide availability of 100 Mbps networks by 2015. Read More »

CWA and APT release report to help state legislators improve broadband

Today, the Communications Workers of America and the Alliance for Public Technology released the first comprehensive, searchable database of state government initiatives for advancing broadband deployment. Read More »

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