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For a rural Alaskan couple, broadband comes before all else

Bretwood Higman and Erin McKittrick live in a yurt – a portable dwelling traditionally used by nomads – in the remote town of Seldovia, Alaska, where a trip for supplies store could mean a plane ride. The couple goes without many of the trappings of modern life: they chop their own firewood, cook with a stove, and draw water from a well. However, when it comes to broadband, their attitude is a bit different. Read More »

Eighteen states and two territories ring in the New Year with NTIA grants

Between December 22 and December 31, The Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announced an additional twenty broadband mapping and planning grants in eighteen states, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Read More »

CWA Applauds Rep. Boucher’s Recommendations on National Broadband Plan

The Communications Workers of America commends Representative Rick Boucher (D-Va.) for his work to ensure that all Americans have access to high quality broadband. Congressman Boucher has called on the Federal Communications Commission to include universal availability of true high speed broadband as part of its National Broadband Plan. Read More »

Vice President Biden announces first broadband stimulus grants

The first round of broadband stimulus grant money was awarded to individual grants earlier this month. Stumping for the Recovery Act in Georgia, Vice President Joe Biden announced $183 million in individual grants to broadband projects. Read More »

Latest OECD statistics show U.S. still ranks 15th in broadband adoption, 6th in fiber penetration

A report from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) shows the U.S. with 26.7 broadband subscribers per 100 inhabitants, or fifteenth among the thirty OECD member nations. Read More »

Rep. Slaughter leads bipartisan charge against tax loophole in Verizon-Frontier deal

Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (D-NY) is leading the effort to close a tax loophole driving anti-consumer corporate deals such as the proposed Verizon-Frontier transaction. Read More »

Frontier’s shares expected to drop as a result of Verizon deal

D.A. Davidson & Co., a leading financial services company, is downgrading the projected value of Frontier Communications shares, as reported in Barron's Magazine, the influential weekly financial publication of The Wall Street Journal. Read More »

How can broadband impact global warming?

Wondering how to solve the climate crisis and make America energy independent? A big part of the answer is broadband, says the co-author of the recent House climate bill. If implemented nationally, smart grid has the potential to mitigate some of our most pressing energy issues, Markey stated, and the expansion and upgrading of broadband infrastructure will accelerate its development and adoption. "Without the broadband revolution, you cannot have the revolution we’re talking about," he said Read More »

Digital communications technology helps homeowners reduce energy use

The Department of Energy awarded $620 million in economic stimulus grants for Smart Grid projects, some of which use digital technology to help residents track their homes' energy use. Read More »

Rep. Matsui blogs about Broadband Affordability Act

Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-CA), the sponsor of the Broadband Affordability Act (H.R. 3646), promoted the bill in a blog post on December 2. Matsui, who represents the Sacramento area, described how Internet access has expanded opportunity for her family. Read More »

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