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Disability advocates laud CWA’s broadband plan recommendations

In its public notice on the National Broadband Plan, the Communications Workers of America cited the "adoption gap" as one of the main barriers to implementing effective broadband policy. CWA noted that individuals with disabilities are disproportionately less likely to adopt broadband, in part because of complications with accessibility. The Coalition of Organization for Accessible Technology (COAT) praised CWA for their inclusion of disability access in the recommendations. Read More »

CWA calls for broadband goal of 50 mbps downstream and 20 upstream by 2015

The Communications Workers of America used the FCC's last request for public comment before the release of the national broadband plan to issue a public notice laying out what they consider to be top priorities for the plan. CWA's proposals include bringing U.S. networks to world-class standards by setting ambitious, but achievable goals, with an immediate goal of 10 megabits per second downstream and 1 megabit per second up; and 50 megabits down and 20 up to 80 percent of the population by 2015. Read More »

Telemedicine centers bridge the medical gap all over the world

Broadband infrastructure is expanding job opportunities and increasing access to healthcare in rural villages across the world. The latest example comes from Uttar Pradesh, India. Read More »

Distance learning is a boon to strapped community colleges

With the price tag of college tuition rising and unemployment growing, distance learning is allowing community colleges to increase enrollment without overburdening finite resources. Thanks to broadband, offering courses virtually has never been easier - and that's good news to the nation's community colleges, which are being swamped by job seekers going back to school. Read More »

Watch for exponential growth, changing business model for mobile devices

According to a study by ABI Research, the market for broadband-enabled consumer devices - which range from smart phones and readers to GPS and mobile gaming systems - is expected to grow by a factor of 55 over the next five years. Read More »

FCC’s Levin: Broadband can help minority communities

In front of an audience of social justice advocates, the FCC's Blair Levin declared that "broadband can help people get access to better jobs, better education, better health care information and improved government services" - and it can broaden equality overall. Read More »

CWA’s Larry Cohen: “We need to aim higher”

During an appearance on C-SPAN's The Communicators, CWA President Larry Cohen proposed ambitious goals for the expansion of broadband in America. "We need to aim higher," he said during a discussion of broadband speeds, "Only significant investment in broadband buildout will enable the country to catch up to the rest of the world regarding speed and accessibility." Read More »

The number of jobs grows as broadband grows

Employment growth correlates with broadband availability according to a report released by the Public Policy Institute of California. Especially in sparsely populated areas, and in areas with tech-heavy industries, adoption and deployment of broadband increases the number of jobs available. Read More »

France makes strides in high-speed infrastructure

France announced public investments to promote the deployment and adoption of fiber networks. As in the United States, major French cities such as Paris are quickly becoming connected to high-speed networks. The challenge is extending that coverage to the more rural provinces that make up the majority of the country. Read More »

NTIA and RUS announce second round of broadband grants

On January 15, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) announced the availability of $4.8 billion of funding for grants and loans to expand broadband access and adoption in America. This is the second round of funding that was allotted as part of the 2009 economic stimulus bill. Read More »

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