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BTOP is Working To Expand Broadband Adoption

While a lot of attention has been focused on the infrastructure grants awarded by The Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP), the biggest impact that BTOP grants could be in broadband adoption. There are a number of very exciting projects in this field, and several different models to increase digital literacy and interest in broadband. Read More »

Susan Crawford on the DOJ and the Comcast Deal

The DOJ’s work on the Comcast/NBCU merger is significant. The bottom line is that the US (represented by DOJ) and California, Missouri, Texas, Florida, and Washington states have filed and propose to settle a civil antitrust complaint against GE, Comcast, and NBC Universal. Read More »

More Doctors and Hospitals Planning to Adopt Electronic Health Records

Four-fifths of the nation's hospitals but only 41 percent of office-based physicians say they'll take advantage of federal incentive payments to adopt electronic health records (EHR), according to recent surveys. Read More »

Pew Survey: Internet Fosters Civic Participation

Eighty percent of Internet users participate in voluntary groups or organizations. Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project released data from a national survey, "The Social Side of the Internet", showing how significantly the Internet is rooted in groups and organizational life in America. Read More »

CWA: Limit Mobility Fund to $100 Million; Move Forward on Comprehensive Universal Service Reform

The FCC just announced plans to open a comprehensive rulemaking to reform the Universal Service Fund. The FCC plans to establish a Connect America Fund — as recommended by the National Broadband Plan — to transition today's almost $5 billion annual support for voice telephony in rural areas to broadband build-out. Read More »

Internet Services Help Americans Connect to Jobs

With the U.S. unemployment rate at 9.4 percent this past December, many Americans continue to face a difficult economic outlook. For tens of millions, finding reliable, well-paying jobs is still an ongoing struggle. With limited job openings, the biggest hurdle is often knowing where to look -- and today that means going online. Read More »

FCC, Justice Department Impose Conditions on Comcast/NBC Universal Merger

On Tuesday, January 18, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) gave its approval to the acquisition of NBC-Universal by Comcast Corp. The new company will become the largest media conglomerate in the United States, with a combined 16.7 million broadband and 23 million cable subscribers, as well as an extensive film and television library and must-have NBC and regional sports programming. Read More »

New “Digital Divide” Among Minorities

As the proliferation of wireless broadband connections spreads across the United States, some have expressed optimism that this will close the digital divide in minority communities. Data indicates that African Americans and Latinos disproportionately access the Internet over mobile devices. Read More »

An Introduction to the Universal Service Fund: How We Can Use it to Bolster Broadband Adoption

The Universal Service Fund (USF) is a common fund that helps support the provision and maintenance of basic telephone services to residents in rural parts of the country, monitored primarily by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). While this may sound archaic, it has very important present-day applications -- especially when applied to broadband. Read More »

Reforming the Universal Service Fund

The Universal Service Fund, created by the FCC to meet the communication needs of Americans, will turn 14 years old this year. In 2011, the fund needs to adopt modernizing reforms that will bring it up to date with the goals of the National Broadband Plan. Read More »

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