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Latest OECD statistics show U.S. still ranks 15th in broadband adoption, 6th in fiber penetration

A report from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) shows the U.S. with 26.7 broadband subscribers per 100 inhabitants, or fifteenth among the thirty OECD member nations. Read More »

Rep. Slaughter leads bipartisan charge against tax loophole in Verizon-Frontier deal

Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (D-NY) is leading the effort to close a tax loophole driving anti-consumer corporate deals such as the proposed Verizon-Frontier transaction. Read More »

Frontier’s shares expected to drop as a result of Verizon deal

D.A. Davidson & Co., a leading financial services company, is downgrading the projected value of Frontier Communications shares, as reported in Barron's Magazine, the influential weekly financial publication of The Wall Street Journal. Read More »

How can broadband impact global warming?

Wondering how to solve the climate crisis and make America energy independent? A big part of the answer is broadband, says the co-author of the recent House climate bill. If implemented nationally, smart grid has the potential to mitigate some of our most pressing energy issues, Markey stated, and the expansion and upgrading of broadband infrastructure will accelerate its development and adoption. "Without the broadband revolution, you cannot have the revolution we’re talking about," he said Read More »

Digital communications technology helps homeowners reduce energy use

The Department of Energy awarded $620 million in economic stimulus grants for Smart Grid projects, some of which use digital technology to help residents track their homes' energy use. Read More »

Rep. Matsui blogs about Broadband Affordability Act

Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-CA), the sponsor of the Broadband Affordability Act (H.R. 3646), promoted the bill in a blog post on December 2. Matsui, who represents the Sacramento area, described how Internet access has expanded opportunity for her family. Read More »

Six more states receive funds for broadband mapping

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announced its second round of grant awards for broadband mapping programs in Alaska, Colorado, Delaware, Kansas, Louisiana, and Missouri. Read More »

Proposed Comcast-NBC Universal deal raises serious anti-trust concerns

The proposed merger of Comcast and NBC Universal raises real anti-trust concerns. If approved by regulators, this deal would create a mega-media company, one with the market power to determine what programs get aired and how much consumers must pay to view programming in every media outlet: cable, television and especially the Internet. This mega-company would control one out of every five viewing hours in the United States. Read More »

Gates Foundation comes to libraries’ aid

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced $3.4 million in grants to improve Internet connections of public libraries in Kansas, Arkansas, New York, Virginia, and Massachusetts. Through the Opportunity Online program, the Foundation will partner with fourteen additional states to help libraries compete for broadband stimulus funds. Read More »

British unions pressure government to expand broadband goals

The Communications Workers Union (CWU), the British telecom workers' union, is pushing to make the British national broadband plan more ambitious. The mobilization campaign, similar to Speed Matters, is directed at members of Parliament and other policy makers as the UK further develops its national broadband goals. Read More »

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