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Five years into the National Broadband Plan

Five years ago, Blair Levin oversaw the development of the National Broadband Plan; now, he's beginning a look back with Celebrating a Fifth O’Planniversary, on the Benton Foundation’s website. Read More »

Expand Lifeline to include broadband

FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn is supporting an upgrade and expansion of the Lifeline program which, she said, "was established in the mid '80s, has been stuck in the mid '80s.” Read More »

Google Fiber: Killer Rabbit or Tiny Bunny?

Analyst Craig Moffett wrote, “Google Fiber is a bit like Ebola: very scary and something to be taken seriously. [However] it gets more press attention than it deserves.” Read More »

Landlines. Accept no Substitutes.

“Most consumers and policymakers view mobile broadband connections as being complementary, rather than a replacement for, wireline broadband connections,” wrote NTCA. Read More »

Cable giants still adding new broadband users

In 2014, 3 million new broadband users signed up: 2.7 million with cable firms and the rest with AT&T and Verizon. Read More »

Googling is a bit uneven in Kansas City

As Andrew Schwartzman, long-time public interest media advocate, points out in his daily blog post, Google’s Kansas City project only benefited some. Read More »

Advanced age + low income and lack of education = offline

Two Benton Foundation authors combined 2014 Pew Internet survey data on age, income and education to closely examine Internet use among seniors. Read More »

Millions Of Facebook Users Have No Idea They’re Using The Internet

From The Daily Item: Andrew Jay Schwartzman gives you just one thing you might have missed. Read More »

CenturyLink pushing 1 Gbps business service into southern Utah

Recently, CenturyLink announced that it was extending its 1 Gbps service from Salt Lake City and suburbs to southern Utah – but specifically for businesses. Read More »

AT&T new high-speed Internet option expands to 7 more cities

AT&T is adding seven new cities to its 75 Mbps service, using existing copper wire broadband networks. Read More »

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