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Broadband tools overcome barriers for quality healthcare

We have discussed the impact that broadband access can have on healthcare for some time. With the help of our friends at, we are taking a deeper look into the specific ways expanded and improved broadband access can improve healthcare. App-rising lists ten applications that can improve the quality, speed, and communication of various medical procedures. Speed Matters highlights three of those ten applications. Read More »

U.S. Census Bureau: almost half of U.S. still doesn’t have broadband in the home

The U.S. Census Bureau recently released its latest data on Internet usage by home. Only 50.8 percent of American householders have a broadband Internet connection, which makes up 82 percent of Americans with Internet in the home. The remainder connect through dial-up. These findings are consistent with the results of the Pew Internet and American life surveys. The Census Bureau data also showed that significant age, education and racial gaps still prominently exist for broadband usage in the home. Read More »

Colorado bill will improve broadband mapping

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act provides funds for states to map broadband infrastructure and create public-private partnerships to create demand for high-speed Internet. A number of states have recently passed legislation to position themselves for stimulus grant funds - Colorado is the latest example. The Colorado legislation mandates a comprehensive inventory and map of the state's broadband service areas. Read More »

Massachusetts and Connecticut prepare for broadband stimulus funds

Although the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) mandated in President Obama's stimulus package has only just completed initial planning stages, states in New England are eagerly planning for projects to make use of the federal dollars. In Massachusetts, over one hundred companies have expressed interest in applying for funds and Gov. Patrick appointed a director of the Massachusetts Broadband Institute. In Connecticut, state officials are aiming to enhance municipal and public safety networks. Read More »

Universal broadband promotes equity across the globe

Many countries across the world have realized long before we did that access to high speed Internet offers significant social and economic advantages, and puts those without it at a severe disadvantage. A South Korean company is using the Internet to deliver videos that helps students prepare for college entrance exams. In the United Kingdom, the government has committed to raising every household's Internet speed to over 2 Mbps by 2012. Read More »

Broadband expansion remains a top priority for Obama administration

Even after passing a stimulus package that invests billions in broadband, President Obama's administration reaffirmed its commitment to expanding high speed Internet access across America. Susan Crawford, Special Assistant to the President for Science, Technology and Innovation Policy recently declared that the United States is "definitely behind" our competitors in broadband adoption and deployment. She continued on to say, "the president cares deeply about broadband." Read More »

Dept. of Energy increases maximum award available for Smart Grid programs

U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced a dramatic increase in federal funding for the development of a nationwide "smart" electric power grid. The Department of Energy increased the maximum award available under the Recovery Act's Smart Grid Investment Grant Program from $20 million to $200 million. For Smart Grid Demonstration Projects, maximum funds available were increased from $40 million to $100 million. The Department of Energy added that it would provide funding to a diversity of applications - from small projects to larger projects. Read More »

Pending Verizon sale in West Virginia would set back broadband deployment

Verizon Communications is proposing to sell landlines in 14 states to Frontier Communications Corp. - a move that has raised concerns from the Communications Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW). The sale could be a setback to the push for expanded broadband access to underserved and unserved areas. Without expanded broadband access, stories like that of Gabrielle Ramirez, whose long-undiagnosed disease was identified using telemedicine, would not be possible. Read More »

FCC releases rural broadband report, Virginia unveils broadband maps

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) report on rural broadband strategy acknowledges that we do not have the data to determine precisely our rural broadband gaps. The state of Virginia is one of a dozen states proactively to tackle this challenge with comprehensive mapping. Governor Kaine released the state's first broadband availability map, which displays the accessibility of high-speed Internet access in an easy to comprehend manner. The FCC's report continues on to urge better communication among federal agencies, states and other groups with an interest in broadband deployment and adoption. Read More »

National broadband plan must include public hearings, benchmarks for progress

In comments submitted to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the Communications Workers of America (CWA) commended the FCC for moving forward promptly to develop a national broadband plan. CWA recommends that the Commission hold a series of public hearings to solicit guidance for the plan, set specific benchmarks to increase broadband speeds to the home, establish tax incentives to encourage broadband build out and upgrades, and safeguard consumers and create quality jobs. Read More »

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