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FCC: 26 Million Americans without Broadband Access

The FCC’s latest broadband report finds that approximately 26 million Americans, mostly in rural communities, have no access to broadband. Even where broadband is available, one in three Americans — 100 million people — do not subscribe, due to high costs, low digital literacy, or concerns about privacy. Read More »

Lifeline-Linkup: Much-Needed Changes to Close the Digital Divide

What is the Lifeline-Linkup Program, and why and how should it be modernized? Many Americans have never heard of the program that has brought telephone service to millions, so unfortunately don't know how antiquated this critical program is. Having to explain how something that is inherently necessary to me should be equally important to you is somewhat daunting. Read More »

Obama Administration Launches Digital Literacy Portal

DigitalLiteracy.gov, a new digital training website launched earlier this week, offers workers a wealth of resources to help them improve their online and computer skills. As digital literacy becomes a prerequisite for many jobs, this website strives to prepare workers for the digital economy of the future. Read More »

Electronic Health Record Grants for Low-Income Rural Communities

The federal government's Rural Health Information Technology Network announced a $12 million grant program to help physicians and hospitals in rural areas implement electronic health records (EHRs). Eligible applicants include Native American tribal governments and 501(3)(c) nonprofit organizations. Read More »

Civil Rights, Labor Groups’ Recommendations to Correct “Vast Disparities in Access” to Broadband

In a letter to FCC Commissioners, the Communications Workers of America (CWA) joined the Leadership Council on Civil and Human Rights (LCCR), the National Urban League, NAACP and other civil rights organizations to urge the Commission to broaden the reach of broadband access through the Lifeline and Link-Up programs, and to implement the Lifeline pilot projects that were proposed in the National Broadband Plan. Read More »

CWA: Transform Universal Service Fund for Broadband

It is long past time for the FCC to update the Universal Service Fund to support broadband, CWA said in comments filed at the FCC. CWA supports the FCC's proposal to create a unified, broadband-focused Connect America Fund. Read More »

Growth of Wireless-only Homes Requires a Robust Network

As cell phone use has grown, more and more households are opting to go wireless-only — foregoing the typical wireline home phone number. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, 26.6% of homes only had wireless phone service in 2010, compared to just 13.6% in 2007. This trend, which is expected to grow in the coming years, illustrates the need for comprehensive and robust wired and wireless network infrastructures. Read More »

Panel Addresses Adoption Growth Strategies

Broadband adoption remains one of the major hurdles to achieving broadband universality, especially among low-income communities. A panel event, hosted by Broadband Breakfast, brought together experts in the field to discuss opportunities to expand adoption and broadband access to the rest of the U.S. Read More »

Broadband Adoption is Still a Hurdle for Low-Income Communities

Although broadband penetration is on the rise across the United States, many low-income and minority communities are still on the other side of the digital divide. A new report by the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, "Does Place Really Matter? Broadband Availability, Race and Income," attempts to pinpoint the factors contributing to low adoption rates. Read More »

Mayor, City Residents, CWA Demand High-Speed Internet in Buffalo

Business growth in city centers is increasingly reliant on broadband speed. Connected communities can support new economic endeavors and provide their residents with greater health and education opportunities. In Buffalo, the need for high-speed connectivity has resulted in a city-wide campaign to bring Verizon FiOS broadband to neighborhoods in need. Read More »

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