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Vice President Biden announces broadband expansion program

As part of a "rural America tour" Vice President Joe Biden alongside Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, and FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski announced a plan to create a $4.7 billion loan and grant program to build the necessary infrastructure to expand broadband access to underserved areas. Earlier this month, Biden spoke at the CWA National Convention and cited the success of CWA's Speed Matters campaign. Read More »

The American Library Association (ALA) recommends fiber for the future

The American Library Association issued a set of recommendations on how libraries across the country should maximize broadband capabilities. Their primary suggestion was that libraries should seek fiber optic technologies in their proposals for broadband stimulus funding. Read More »

CWA and Connected Nation Host Webinar for State Leaders on Broadband Funding

CWA partnered with Connected Nation, the Alliance for Digital Equality, the American Farm Bureau Federation and the National Grange to host a webinar for state government and agency leaders about the Notice of Funding Availability for broadband stimulus funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). At the webinar, the participants learned the details of the grant process. Read More »

FCC’s Genachowski & Levin lay out National Broadband Plan process

Newly confirmed FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski emphasized the importance of providing every American access to affordable high speed Internet connections at the first open Commission meeting of his term. The FCC will be developing a National Broadband Plan - as mandated in the broadband stimulus portion of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act - that must be delivered to Congress in February 2010. Read More »

NTIA and RUS release rules for first broadband stimulus grants

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) released the rules for disbursement of the broadband stimulus funds. The rules affect three programs -- the Broadband Technology Opportunity Program, the RUS Broadband Initiatives Program and the State Broadband Data Development Program -- and will account for about $4 billion of the $7.2 billion allocated for broadband in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The rules defined three terms -- unserved, underserved and broadband -- which were an area of much debate in hearings held earlier this year. Read More »

New broadband report: End of scarcity, open architecture, and broadband competition

The latest report from two leading broadband research organizations -- the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation and the Silicon Flatirons Center -- summarizes a discussion among leading broadband experts on institutional strategies to advance broadband policy goals. There was considerable agreement on the value of using targeted subsidies to provide ubiquitous broadband for a basic level of access, the need to ensure robust middle mile capability; and the potentially misleading nature of "peak" broadband speeds. The roundtable could not reach closure on how to evaluate the nature and extent of broadband competition and other issues. Read More »

In Minnesota and Ohio, Connected Nation make strides in broadband assessments

In Ohio and Minnesota, Connected Nation groups just released updated maps on broadband availability and survey data on broadband adoption. Such assessments are crucial as states and others vie for funding for broadband expansion in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Read More »

Map of Kansas will highlight areas lacking broadband access

In a new group effort, headed by the Kansas Farm Bureau, the entire state of Kansas will be mapped to show areas having and lacking broadband access. The map will display broadband accessibility down to the street or even farm road level. This map will be instrumental in paving the way for universal broadband coverage in Kansas. Read More »

Direct fiber broadband connection a leading real estate perk

Real estate industry, take note: today's homebuyers are looking for broadband that's delivered fast, consistently, and directly to the home. The Fiber-to-the-Home Council announced recently that a staggering 82% of broadband-using homebuyers rank direct fiber connections as the number one real estate amenity. Read More »

Telemedicine key to health care reform

Medical experts recently released a white paper that touts telemedicine as a core component of health care reform in the United States. Telemedicine will control cost inflation and provide additional benefits that "greatly exceed the costs," according to the white paper. Health-e-Access Telemedicine Network run through the University of Rochester Medical Center is a great example of the potential of telemedicine. Read More »

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