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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 »

Broadband Affordability Act provides opportunity

Representative Doris O. Matsui (CA-05) has introduced the Broadband Affordability Act (H.R. 3646) in Congress. The Act is being considered by the House Energy and Commerce Committee. This bill would create a program to help low-income Americans in rural and urban areas subscribe to broadband, providing an essential link to educational, health, and job opportunities -- and much more. Read More »

FairPoint files for Chapter 11 - a sign of things to come?

FairPoint, the company that acquired Verizon's land lines in New England in 2008, filed for bankruptcy on October 26. This news comes as Verizon is seeking approval to sell 4.8 million landlines to Frontier Communications in 14 states. Read More »

Broadband and telemedicine can save lives

USDA Rural Development and Cooperstown-based Bassett Healthcare joined forces to demonstrate the life saving capabilities of broadband and medical technologies, on Oct. 27. The event celebrated USDA's 60th Anniversary of its Telecommunications Program. Read More »

Announcement of first round broadband funding awards delayed

The announcement of the winning applicants for the first round of broadband stimulus funds has been pushed back to December. Read More »

Report to FCC details barriers to broadband adoption

New York Law School's Advanced Communications Law & Policy Institute (ACLP) released a report to the FCC explaining the barriers to widespread broadband adoption among six focus areas: senior citizens, people with disabilities, telemedicine, energy, education and government. Read More »

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