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Budget cuts and job seekers strain public library resources

Public libraries are packed with job seekers waiting to use the Internet to search for job postings, update resumes, and fill out online forms. According to the American Library Association, seven out of ten libraries say they are the only public source of Internet access in their community - and job searching without the Internet is becoming increasingly difficult Read More »

Ohio makes strides in closing the digital divide

Both public and private entities are successfully bringing broadband services to previously unserved or underserved residents in Ohio and the Appalachia area. Recently, a partnership between the state of Ohio and AT&T brought broadband access to several southern Ohio communities. Read More »

CWA advocates for broadband plan benchmarks

Last week, CWA submitted comments to the FCC with regards to benchmarks and definitions for the national broadband initiative. CWA made the case for measuring actual speeds instead of advertised speeds and for setting benchmarks of 10mbps download and 1mbps upload speed. Read More »

Online political activity continues offline

A new report from the Pew Internet and American Life Project finds that young people are becoming increasingly engaged in politics online, and that overall online activity leads to traditional offline participation. Read More »

Join the conversation about the national broadband plan

As the Federal Communications Commission prepares its national broadband plan, it has turned to new media to help along the way. The FCC has launched a new blog called blogband and a Twitter feed. Read More »

The FCC hosts three workshops on broadband deployment and adoption

The FCC is continuing its series of workshops on the state of broadband deployment and adoption throughout the nation. During the first week of September, two workshops focused on state and local government broadband initiatives and recommendations for broadband benchmarks. Participants included officials from various state and local governments, representatives of several non-profit policy organizations, including Speed Matters' partners One Economy and the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), as well as academics and industry representatives. Read More »

Robots and broadband joining forces to create new possibilities in health care

The world of robots and artificial intelligence has largely lived in imaginations and on the silver screen. Today, an army hospital in San Antonio is applying these new technologies to change the way we provide health care. A medical robot is being used at Brooke Army Medical Center that gives doctors and patients a chance to communicate and allows doctors to give instructions to nurses or residents at bedside. Read More »

You want broadband and you want it now

The federal government received 2,200 applications for the first round of broadband stimulus funds - easing concerns that demand would be low. In total, $28 billion was requested, but only $4 billion of the total $7.2 billion will be doled out in this round. Read More »

Western Massachusetts counting on broadband funds to stimulate economy

Western Massachusetts is hoping to be awarded $100 million during the first round broadband stimulus funds. A Boston Globe editorial called broadband access a "crucial component of economic development" in a region that has been passed over for public investment in the past. The Globe pointed out the ways in which high-speed Internet access could act as an economic booster shot. Read More »

Proposed Verizon-Frontier merger bad for consumers

Earlier this month, the Office of the Ohio Consumers' Counsel filed comments with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio opposing Verizon's proposed sale of its rural access lines to Frontier Communications. Verizon is abandoning rural America and leaving a broad swath of destruction in its wake. Verizon sold its telephone lines in Hawaii. The result: consumers received terrible service quality and Hawaiian Telecom went bankrupt. Verizon sold its lines in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont to tiny FairPoint. The result: terrible service quality and FairPoint is nearly bankrupt. Verizon spun off Idearc - its Yellow Pages operation. The result: bankruptcy. The August 11th Wall Street Journal stated "In all, these companies have lost upward of $13 billion in value and counting." The Journal continued "...[Verizon's CEO] extracted prices that literally sucked the life out of the buyers." Read More »

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