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Broadband is Cornerstone to Improved Health IT

For millions of Americans who live in rural areas that are far from good hospitals or individuals in underserved communities, broadband access could provide better, faster, and less expensive health care. Read More »

National Education Technology Plan to Transform US Schools

Technology has long been an avenue to greater collaboration and innovation. A new technology initiative released by the Department of Education (DOE) could reform the way students and teachers approach cradle-to-college learning. Read More »

Broadband Connection Can Save American Family $7,707 Annually

High-speed broadband Internet not only gets you connected, but also can save you nearly $8,000 a year according to data issued by the Internet Innovation Alliance (IIA). The study reveals the cost-saving benefits to families, but also highlights the real challenge of the digital divide. Read More »

NTIA/ESA Report Sheds Light on Broadband Gaps

Despite the recent increase in broadband adoption rates, a new study has found that significant "adoption gaps" still exist -- leaving African American and Latino populations behind at a rate greater than the national average. Read More »

FCC Recommendations Address Broadband Disparities in Low-Income Communities

The Lifeline and Link Up programs should be updated to help low-income Americans adopt broadband services, according to a new report by the Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service. The report was directed at the FCC which runs both programs. Read More »

Congressional Black Caucus Institute, CWA Release Broadband Report, Call for Action on NBP

The Congressional Black Caucus Institute's 21st Century Council and the Communications Workers of America published a report that addresses the need for action on the National Broadband Plan to close the digital divide. Read More »

Pathways to Health Information Technology in the U.S.

Developing a robust health care IT system is one of the core goals of the National Broadband Plan. Digitizing patients' medical records would make patient dossiers easily retrievable and transferable between hospitals and remove the clutter of paper filing. However, implementation of this system faces several hurdles. Read More »

FCC Chairman Addresses Digital Divide at Rainbow PUSH Symposium

Speaking at the annual Rainbow PUSH Telecommunications Symposium, Julius Genachowki, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, underscored the necessity of conquering the digital divide. Read More »

Computer and Broadband Literacy Materials Published Online

Connect Your Community (CYC), a OneCommunity program providing broadband education, support, and equipment to low-income communities, has increased its reach by making training materials available online. Read More »

Is The FCC Losing Sight of the Broadband Target?

David Honig, of the Minority Media and Telecommunications Council (MMTC), recently wrote a critique of the FCC's broadband agenda in an editorial on the Broadband and Social Justice homepage. Honig notes, "Several members of Congress, led by House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman, recently negotiated a bill that would have provided the FCC and stakeholders throughout the broadband sector with certainty regarding the regulatory approach to broadband. Unfortunately, the bill was not introduced before adjournment because of unreasonable demands from the right and left--which seems to have become standard procedure this year." Read More »

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