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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 »

FCC broadband workshop highlights energy and environmental benefits

On August 25, the FCC held a National Broadband Plan workshop focused on broadband and the potentially transformative role that communications infrastructure could play in meeting our national energy, environmental, and transportation goals. Eric Lightner, the Director of the Federal Smart Grid Task Force at the Department of Energy, defined the smart grid as "an enabling platform that integrates the latest digital and information technologies into the nation's electric delivery network for enhanced operational intelligence and connectivity throughout all application areas." Read More »

Speed Matters report resonates with press, blogs

In the United States we value fast cars, fast food and fast Internet. Well, two out of three isnít bad. Speed Matters third annual study on Internet download speeds was released last week and the results are in: The United States made little progress since in the last year to improve the speed of our Internet connections. Many media outlets and bloggers cited the new report as evidence for the U.S. lagging behind other nations including: USA Today, CNET, the Chicago Sun Times, The Christian Science Monitor, LA Times, PC Magazine, Life Hacker and GigaOm. Read More »

FCC workshop discussed online education and job training

Speakers at the FCC's August 26 Broadband and Job Training workshop concurred that high-speed broadband opens up tremendous opportunities for online learning and workforce development. Speakers cited a recent SRI International report that found that online education - properly structured - in many cases can be even more successful than classroom instruction. Read More »

Invitation to Serve as BTOP Peer Reviewer

The U.S. Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) is seeking experienced professionals who can review BTOP grant applications. Read More »

Speed Matters New Broadband Study: US Still Lags Behind

Speed Matters released the third annual report on Internet Speeds in America - and U.S. connection speeds have not improved significantly in the past year. The results of the report are based on the last-mile connection speed of over 413,000 Internet users who took the online test between May 2008 and May 2009. The data also confirms that where a customer lives is a good indicator of Internet connection speed. With some exceptions, if you live in a Northeastern or Mid-Atlantic state, you are likely to have good high-speed Internet options. Read More »

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