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Changes Proposed for the FCC’s E-Rate Program

The FCC has taken the first steps toward implementing the National Broadband Plan’s vision for an enhanced E-rate program, which provides educational institutions with discounts for high-speed Internet. While E-rate has successfully increased connectivity at schools and libraries across the country, the program has never kept up with the demand from America's educational community. Read More »

FCC to Create a New “Internet Speed Map” of America

Last week I attended a meeting held by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to discuss a new initiative, previously recommended by the Omnibus Broadband Initiative, which will scientifically measure internet speeds nationwide. Read More »

Baltimore Library Opens Door to High-Speed Internet Access

Baltimore's Enoch Pratt Free Library is at the forefront of a fundamental transformation in the role of public libraries in America--providing a free portal to high-speed Internet access. Read More »

Finland Mandates Universal Broadband Access

Starting this month, every citizen of Finland will have access to a 1 Megabit-per-second (Mbps) broadband connection. Read More »

California leads the way with electric smart grid deployment plan

On June 24, California's Public Utilities Commission unveiled its roadmap to bring the state's electric grid into the 21st century. The proposed "smart grid", will allow two-way communications, sensors and control technologies, and promises to affect the way electricity is generated, transmitted, and used. Read More »

Libraries need broadband to educate and bring us together

FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn spoke before the American Library Association--a Speed Matters partner--on June 26 to advocate for fully integrating high-speed broadband connections into American libraries. Read More »

Percentage of Ohioans subscribing to broadband increases seven percent from 2009

A new report from Connect Ohio--an affiliate of Speed Matters partner Connected Nation--showed that 62 percent of the state’s residents subscribe to a broadband Internet connection. That is an increase over 2009, when the number was only 55 percent. Read More »

ALA study shows libraries are often the only place for free Internet

Despite nationwide budget cuts, public libraries continue to be the go-to place, if not the only place, for Americans to access computers and high-speed Internet for free. Read More »

Al Franken: Comcast-NBCU merger threatens the future of the Internet

Senator Al Franken urged the FCC to reject the proposed Comcast-NBC Universal merger. Read More »

World Cup Match Breaks Online Viewing Records… Or Does It?

Last week, ESPN claimed to host the largest ever online audience for a sporting event: the United States' World Cup game against Algeria. Read More »

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