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The rural netroots need broadband

Last week, I attended the Netroots Nation conference in Pittsburgh. One message came through loud and clear - rural activists were reaching out for help from the netroots community to tell their stories because, in many cases, the lack of broadband in rural areas prevents people in those areas from speaking for themselves. Read More »

What can broadband do for you?

"Broadband is the new essential infrastructure," according to Susan Crawford - a member of the president's National Economic Council. Broadband will help doctors, nurses, teachers, students, police officers and more do their jobs better and more efficiently. Read More »

Minnesota and Wisconsin continue to push for broadband

Many people in Minnesota and Wisconsin can access the Internet. But, as many experts have shown, there are still issues, namely: speed, quality, reliability, and affordability of their connections. Read More »

Broadband for rural America’s health

Health Data Management recently reported on the ability of telemedicine to bring 21st century medical technology to Americans living in rural communities. Many of these health benefits, however, are unavailable to those without broadband connectivity. Read More »

Speed Matters proud to sponsor Netroots Nation

The conference will feature panels led by national and international experts, a progressive film screening series, practical training sessions and workshops, and the most concentrated gathering of progressive bloggers to date. Speed Matters, who is proud to sponsor the event is excited to see a slate of discussions focused on issues related to broadband, Internet policy and expanded access to online resources. Read More »

First FCC national broadband plan workshop Thursday

This Thursday August 6, the FCC will hold the first of many National Broadband Plan Staff Workshops. The workshop will kick off a series of gatherings lasting through the end of September. At 9:30am at FCC headquarters in Washington, DC, a panel of regional experts will discuss how broadband can promote civic engagement and government services. Read More »

Illinois allocates $50 million to supplement federal broadband stimulus projects

The state of Illinois has released its plan to award supplementary grants to state projects looking for a piece of the federal broadband initiative money. But those wanting to apply don't have much time: the deadline is August 5th. The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity has $50 million available for state broadband projects that are approved and created under the standards of the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA). The state's program aims to work hand-in-hand with the federal program. And in order to receive state grants, a project must be approved by the federal government. Read More »

Chicago: Desperately in need of broadband

A recent poll conducted as a partnership between the University of Iowa and the University of Illinois-Chicago shows that 40% of Chicago residents have little to no Internet access. The city is mired in a digital divide comparable to the rural-urban divide in broadband use, preventing entire communities from vital financial and educational opportunities. Fortunately, stimulus funds and philanthropic contributions are on the way to rectifying this vast disparity. Read More »

Broadband could speed up Florida’s economic recovery

In 2007, one half of all Floridians did not subscribe to high-speed Internet. For a state now in severe economic turmoil, slow Internet is only making the problem worse. We've written before about how expanded broadband offers a plethora of economy-boosting benefits. Read on to learn how high-speed internet can bring Floridians the bump their economy needs and how the stimulus bill is making that a reality. Read More »

Massachusetts creating a true information superhighway

This past Tuesday, Massachusetts governor, Deval Patrick, announced the creation of a 4.56 mile fiber optic conduit that will stretch along a section of Interstate 95 up toward the Vermont border. This critical section of Internet infrastructure will complete a high speed information network that spans more than 50 miles from Connecticut to Vermont. The benefits of, quite literally, bridging this digital divide, are nearly endless. Read More »

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