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FCC asking for focused comment on E-Rate modernization

E-Rate is the federal program aiming to provide schools and libraries with up-to-date broadband connectivity. Yesterday, the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau asked for focused comment on its E-rate Modernization Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. Read More »

The Web’s quarter century

March 12 marks the 25th anniversary of the date when Tim Berners-Lee introduced "the concept of a ‘distributed hypertext system,’ which could link files in an ever-expanding network... The World Wide Web was born.” Read More »

Americans want federal programs to upgrade school broadband

According to the Leading Education by Advancing Digital Commission, “An overwhelming 83% of voters support a proposal to put high-speed Internet access in all American public schools within the next 5 years. Read More »

What’s next in the FCC’s IP Transition order?

To interpret the FCC's IP Transition plans, read Benton Foundation’s “What Comes Next in the IP Transition: Voluntary, Service-Based Experiments.” Read More »

FCC sets $2 billion amount on school broadband investment

President Obama told students at a middle school, “The average American school has about the same Internet bandwidth as the average American home, but it serves 200 times as many people." Read More »

Obama missed libraries in ConnectED speech says ALA

An American Library Association official said, “ConnectED must include professional development and support for school librarians... to ensure students have the digital literacy and research skills necessary to effectively use those devices.” Read More »

Long Island city pushes Verizon to expand FiOS

Local officials, members of CWA Local 1108 and 500 residents filled a town meeting in Brookhaven, Long Island to tell Verizon to build out FiOS. Read More »

FCC votes IP Transition tests to ensure consumer services

FCC commissioners urged a focus on “enduring values” that must be preserved – and even improved – during the IP Transition, including: public safety communications; access to affordable communications; competition in the marketplace; and consumer protection. Read More »

E-Rate scores big

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said, “In the Internet age, every student in America should have access to state-of-the-art educational tools, which are increasingly interactive, individualized and bandwidth-intensive." Read More »

Home Internet still eludes low-income Americans

According to the U.K.'s Guardian newspaper, “Among (U.S.) households with incomes of $30,000 and less only 54% have access to broadband at home...” Read More »

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