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Announcement of first round broadband funding awards delayed

The announcement of the winning applicants for the first round of broadband stimulus funds has been pushed back to December. Read More »

Colorado joins several other states in the quest to shrink the digital divide

Colorado launched a website to gather public input to measure and map the penetration saturation of high-speed Internet throughout the state. The state government and the non-profit organization and Speed Matters partner, Connected Nation, collaborated to develop the website - http://www.connectcolorado.org. Read More »

All fifty states apply for broadband grant program

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) received applications from 50 states, 5 territories and the District of Columbia for the State Broadband Data and Development Grant Program. Read More »

CWA advocates for broadband plan benchmarks

Last week, CWA submitted comments to the FCC with regards to benchmarks and definitions for the national broadband initiative. CWA made the case for measuring actual speeds instead of advertised speeds and for setting benchmarks of 10mbps download and 1mbps upload speed. Read More »

Speed Matters New Broadband Study: US Still Lags Behind

Speed Matters released the third annual report on Internet Speeds in America - and U.S. connection speeds have not improved significantly in the past year. The results of the report are based on the last-mile connection speed of over 413,000 Internet users who took the online test between May 2008 and May 2009. The data also confirms that where a customer lives is a good indicator of Internet connection speed. With some exceptions, if you live in a Northeastern or Mid-Atlantic state, you are likely to have good high-speed Internet options. 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 »

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 »

Connected Nation moves forward in Minnesota, Nevada, Texas, Ohio

Connected Nation continues to expand its broadband initiatives in multiple states, as part of its mission to stimulate deployment and adoption of high-speed Internet to all Americans. They launched interactive broadband mapping tools in Minnesota, were designated the mapping entity in Nevada and Texas, and are making the case for broadband in Ohio. Read More »

North Carolina releases statewide map of broadband availability

Connected Nation recently released its first statewide assessment of broadband availability in North Carolina. Created in conjunction with the North Carolina Farm Bureau, the assessment compiled data from over thirty broadband providers across the state. The map is of particular importance to North Carolina because it can serve as a resource for those applying for federal broadband stimulus funding. Read More »

Connected Nation launches tool that tracks availability on the census block level

Speed Matters partner Connected Nation has launched a new tool to assist applicants for broadband stimulus funds made available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The interactive map shows broadband availability down to the Census Block level. The tool is open to the general public, though state leaders, broadband providers, and broadband advocates will find it most useful. Users can look at any Census Block within Tennessee and Ohio to find the number of served and unserved households. Read More »

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