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Electronic Health Record Incentives Expanded to Mental Health

As health IT adoption grows, a new bill introduced by Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) will help expand electronic health record (EHR) incentive programs to mental health workers and facilities. Read More »

T-Mobile USA and AT&T Merger Means Faster and More Widespread Broadband

Today's announcement of the acquisition of T-Mobile USA by AT&T is a victory for broadband proponents in both the U.S. and Germany. For the U.S., it means that T-Mobile customers will get quick access to the AT&T network, soon to include LTE or data speeds of at least 10 megabits down stream. More important, as part of the deal, AT&T is committing to build out to nearly every part of the U.S. within six years. Read More »

Energy & Commerce Committee Votes to Repeal FCC’s Open Internet Rules

The House Energy and Commerce Committee voted to overturn the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Open Internet rules. The House of Representatives will now debate the Open Internet rules on the floor and vote whether or not to repeal them. Read More »

House Telecom Subcommittee Votes to Overturn FCC’s Net Neutrality Rules

On March 9, the House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology passed a resolution to repeal the FCC's Open Internet rules. Introduced by Republican Subcommittee Chair Greg Walden, the vote on H.J. Res 37 went along party lines — with Democrats holding strong in their defense of the FCC's policy. Using a procedure under the Congressional Review Act, the subcommittee passed the resolution by a vote of 15-8, disapproving of the FCC's Open Internet rules. Read More »

Health Information Technology Improves Medical Care

Recent research shows that electronic medical records and broadband-enabled medical care improve the quality and efficiency of health care. A recent literature review conducted by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) found that 92 percent of academic articles written between July 2007 and February 2010 documented the positive impact of health IT. Read More »

AAPD Hosting Policy Forum on Telerehabilitation

The American Association of People with Disabilities, a Speed Matters partner, is hosting a forum on the intersection of broadband and rehabilitation on April 1 in Washington DC. Read More »

FCC Proposes Rules to Expand Access for the Disabled

In a bid to make future technologies more accessible to individuals with disabilities the FCC has proposed new rules that would implement additional elements of the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010. Read More »

FCC Seeks Comment on Reform of its Low-Income Program

The Federal Communications Commission took the first step towards modernizing the low-income Universal Service support programs known as Lifeline and Link Up. The FCC released a 137 page Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeking comments on its reform proposals. Read More »

MMTC: Status of Civil Rights at FCC is Getting Worse

The Minority Media and Telecommunications Council (MMTC), a Speed Matters partner, released a statement along with a coalition of like-minded organizations, that calls for the FCC to improve minority entrepreneurship and equal employment issues. The FCC took a step in the right direction by recognizing the barriers that exist in a March 1 report, "Identifying and Eliminating Market Entry Barriers for Entrepreneurs and Other Small Businesses." Read More »

Why the Unconnected are Second-Class Digital Citizens

It is no secret that the recession has hit our nation hard, particularly in low-income and minority communities. Naturally, many government institutions and private organizations have turned to broadband to help them cut costs by streamlining various processes and keeping productivity levels high. In general, this is a productive use of a transformative technology and embracing it to improve efficiency is certainly the right thing for these organizations to do. Read More »

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