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One Economy Launches National Technology Adoption Advisory Council

One Economy -- a global nonprofit dedicated to universal broadband and a Speed Matters partner -- recently announced the launch of the National Technology Adoption Advisory Council (NTAAC) to promote broadband opportunity for all. Read More »

Computers 4 Kids Teaches High School Students to Refurbish Computers, Donates Them to Local Families

ConnectKentucky’s Computers 4 Kids program will donate 150 refurbished computers to Greenup County families, according to Connected Nation. Read More »

Latoya Livingston on Broadband Adoption and the National Broadband Plan

If 2010 was the year of broadband legislation, then 2011 will be the year of broadband adoption. The digital divide is still a major concern for us all. With the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) reporting an adoption gap of at least 20 points between black and white Americans, and 20 points between Hispanic and white Americans, the FCC has a lot of work to accomplish the goals of the National Broadband Plan. Read More »

MMTC Broadband and Social Justice Policy Summit Highlights Adoption and Universal Service Reform

The Minority Media & Telecom Council (MMTC) hosted a two-day policy summit in Washington, D.C. with a broad focus on broadband policy and how it intersects with social justice and civil rights issues. Speakers included all of the FCC's Commissioners, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, Rep. Cliff Stearns - the Chairman of the House Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, Rep. Bobby Rush - the ranking member of the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power, the Reverend Jesse Jackson, Sr., and a mix of industry and policy leaders. Read More »

USDA Rural Utilities Service Promotes Last-Mile Rural Connectivity

The US Department of Agriculture's Recovery Act Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP) awarded $3.5 billion to extend last-mile rural broadband infrastructure across the U.S. in an effort to extend high-speed Internet connections to homes, businesses, hospitals, schools, and public safety agencies. Read More »

BTOP is Working To Expand Broadband Adoption

While a lot of attention has been focused on the infrastructure grants awarded by The Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP), the biggest impact that BTOP grants could be in broadband adoption. There are a number of very exciting projects in this field, and several different models to increase digital literacy and interest in broadband. Read More »

CWA: Limit Mobility Fund to $100 Million; Move Forward on Comprehensive Universal Service Reform

The FCC just announced plans to open a comprehensive rulemaking to reform the Universal Service Fund. The FCC plans to establish a Connect America Fund — as recommended by the National Broadband Plan — to transition today's almost $5 billion annual support for voice telephony in rural areas to broadband build-out. Read More »

Internet Services Help Americans Connect to Jobs

With the U.S. unemployment rate at 9.4 percent this past December, many Americans continue to face a difficult economic outlook. For tens of millions, finding reliable, well-paying jobs is still an ongoing struggle. With limited job openings, the biggest hurdle is often knowing where to look -- and today that means going online. Read More »

New “Digital Divide” Among Minorities

As the proliferation of wireless broadband connections spreads across the United States, some have expressed optimism that this will close the digital divide in minority communities. Data indicates that African Americans and Latinos disproportionately access the Internet over mobile devices. Read More »

An Introduction to the Universal Service Fund: How We Can Use it to Bolster Broadband Adoption

The Universal Service Fund (USF) is a common fund that helps support the provision and maintenance of basic telephone services to residents in rural parts of the country, monitored primarily by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). While this may sound archaic, it has very important present-day applications -- especially when applied to broadband. Read More »

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