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NTIA and RUS looking to streamline broadband stimulus

The Rural Utilities Service (RUS) and National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) are seeking public comment on possible changes for the second and final round of funding from the Recovery Act stimulus. The agencies are requesting input on "procedural and policy aspects of the programs including ways to streamline the application process and best address privacy issues." Read More »

Free Press concerned with Verizon Frontier deal

One of the nation's leading consumer advocacy groups recently voiced concern with the Verizon Frontier deal and its potential impact on rural America. In the blog post, Free Press joined the call to close the RMT tax loophole that is enabling the deal to happen. Read More »

Using wireless technology, heart murmur diagnosed remotely

Tuesday, November 3 was a big day in the history of telemedicine: a newborn baby’s heart murmur was diagnosed remotely, in real time. Read More »

Redefining “access” - broadband for those with disabilities

FCC officials and disabilities advocates gathered at an FCC field hearing on November 6 to discuss how to make broadband accessible for those with hearing, visual, and physical disabilities. The consensus? Broadband could provide incredible benefits to the disabled community after overcoming a few unique challenges. Read More »

Alliance for Digital Equality Summit draws star power

The Alliance for Digital Equality's 2nd Annual Summit will be held November 18th at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. The event will feature CNN contributor and noted author Roland Martin as its moderator. CWA President Larry Cohen will give the keynote address. The event will also feature Texas Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson, Tallahassee Mayor John Marks, and NPR's "Morning Edition" Tech Expert Mario Armstrong, among many others. Read More »

Minnesota broadband task force lays out deployment plan

The Minnesota broadband task force issued a new report that outlines a path to expand broadband throughout the entire state. The goal: download speeds of 10-20 Mbps and upload speeds of 5-10 Mbps available to all Minnesotans by 2015. Read More »

ITIF: Gov’t must get involved to promote broadband adoption

A new report by Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) president Robert Atkinson urges policymakers to take steps to increase broadband adoption. The report points out that while 92 to 94 percent of Americans can subscribe to broadband, only approximately 65 percent have done so. Read More »

Report: A minority of US homes will have high-performance broadband in 2015

The Fiber-to-the-Home Council released a report that evaluated the nation’s current and future broadband capabilities and the benefits of maintaining networks to meet those future needs. Read More »

Connecting libraries is crucial - and possible

Speed Matters partner Connected Nation conducted scientific surveys of library Internet users during much of 2009. Disproportionately, single parents, minorities, low-income residents, and adults with disabilities rely on the public library as their primary Internet portal. Library Internet users are more likely to search for jobs online, communicate with government officials, engage in local and community events, and access healthcare information. Read More »

CWA and IBEW caution Congress on Verizon-Frontier Deal

Last month, Communications Workers of America President Larry Cohen and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers President Ed Hill sent a letter to Congress to raise awareness of a tax loophole being used in the Verizon-Frontier Deal. The obscure corporate loophole - known as the "Reverse Morris Trust" was used in a similar deal that Verizon made with FairPoint Communications in 2007. The New England based company recently filed for bankruptcy after months of legal problems and complaints of poor customer service. Read More »

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