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France makes strides in high-speed infrastructure

France announced public investments to promote the deployment and adoption of fiber networks. As in the United States, major French cities such as Paris are quickly becoming connected to high-speed networks. The challenge is extending that coverage to the more rural provinces that make up the majority of the country. Read More »

NTIA and RUS announce second round of broadband grants

On January 15, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) announced the availability of $4.8 billion of funding for grants and loans to expand broadband access and adoption in America. This is the second round of funding that was allotted as part of the 2009 economic stimulus bill. Read More »

NTIA broadband planning grants continue to roll out

The Commerce Department's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announced more grant awards to fund broadband mapping and planning in ten states. The recipients were designated entities in Connecticut, Hawaii, Kentucky, Maine, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, and Texas. Read More »

CWA: FCC must preserve an open Internet while promoting investment, quality jobs

The Communications Workers of America expressed support for efforts by the Federal Communications Commission to protect an open Internet that are consistent with the need to promote investment in the nation's high-speed networks and create jobs. In comments filed with the Commission, CWA pointed out that it was critical that open Internet rules "do not have the unintended consequence of dampening the private investment needed to build the next-generation broadband networks that will bring our nation's broadband capability up to global standards and create and maintain good jobs." Read More »

Digital divide persists, according to new survey

60 percent of American adults subscribe to broadband at home, says a new survey from the Pew Research Centers Internet and American Life Project. This figure is down from 63 percent in the April 2009 survey. Read More »

National Broadband Plan release delayed; Final comments due January 27

The FCC's National Broadband Plan, originally due for a February 17, 2010 release, has been delayed.

Ahead of the new March deadline, the FCC is seeking public comment on the broadband plan one more time. Comments must be received by January 27, 2010. Read More »

New legislation would close tax loophole, shut down $600 million Verizon windfall

A new piece of legislation has the potential to shut down a $600 million corporate tax windfall in the Verizon-Frontier deal, and protect consumers, workers, and communities. Read More »

CWA, broad coalition raise concerns on Comcast-NBC mega-merger

A broad coalition of industry, labor, and public interest organizations, including CWA, has written a letter to President Obama and Congress expressing grave concern over Comcast's proposed merger with NBC-Universal. Read More »

Telemedicine and remote monitoring could save $197 billion

The United States economy could save $197 billion over 25 years by implementing policies that support remote monitoring and other telemedicine technologies, according to a new report. Read More »

For a rural Alaskan couple, broadband comes before all else

Bretwood Higman and Erin McKittrick live in a yurt – a portable dwelling traditionally used by nomads – in the remote town of Seldovia, Alaska, where a trip for supplies store could mean a plane ride. The couple goes without many of the trappings of modern life: they chop their own firewood, cook with a stove, and draw water from a well. However, when it comes to broadband, their attitude is a bit different. Read More »

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