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In Texas, connecting public libraries a priority

Two hundred library leaders, community activists, and broadband providers gathered in San Antonio on October 8 for the Texas Opportunity Online Broadband Summit, sponsored by Speed Matters partner Connected Nation. Attendees discussed how technology, policy, and community partnerships can improve broadband access to Texas' public libraries. Read More »

Rural Tennessee church connected by Computers 4 Kids

Students attending the Saint John Baptist Church After-School program were in for quite a surprise recently when twenty new computers were delivered to the church. Donated by Speed Matters partner Connected Tennessee, the computers transformed the church into a hub of connectivity in a Western Tennessee community that previously had limited access to broadband. Read More »

Verizon-Frontier spin-off faces more roadblocks

Verizon's plan to sell off $8.6 billion worth of broadband assets to Frontier Communications has no shortage of opposition. The proposed merger spans across 14 states and is subject to approval by the FCC and 10 state utility commissions. Read More »

First four NTIA state grants awarded

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announced on October 5th that it has awarded four state grants in California, Indiana, North Carolina, and Vermont for broadband mapping. Read More »

From fishing to real estate, rural businesses need broadband

Rural businesses need broadband access to compete - no matter what they're selling. In rural Minnesota, the tourism and real estate industries are finding themselves at a disadvantage in an increasingly web-based marketplace. Read More »

U.S. is fifteenth in broadband, new study shows

The United States is behind Denmark, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, and eleven other countries in terms of broadband speed and latency, according to a new study from the University of Oxford. Read More »

Opposition to Verizon-Frontier deal is growing

The opposition to the proposed sale of 4.8 million Verizon landlines to Frontier Communications is growing. State utility advocates, consumer groups, state officials, and unions have all raised serious concerns about the deal. Read More »

Atlanta Middle School experiments with 24/7 wireless classroom

A middle school in Atlanta, Georgia is receiving 24/7 access to wireless educational tools thanks to a pilot program being run by the Alliance for Digital Equality. The program aims to evaluate wireless technology's impact on student engagement and achievement. Read More »

FCC Task force: Americans are overcharged for Internet access

Are Americans getting less broadband than they pay for? Unfortunately, according to the FCC National Broadband Plan task force, the answer is yes. The task force gathering data for the National Broadband Plan is finding that many Americans are paying for broadband at speeds substantially lower than advertised speeds. Read More »

Report: ITIF weighs in on net neutrality

A new report by Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) Research Fellow Richard Bennett reviews the historical development of the Internet architecture and finds that contrary to claims that the Internet has always been a "dumb pipe," in fact, an extraordinarily high degree of intelligence is embedded in the network core. Read More »

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