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CWA and Speed Matters release 2010 Report on Internet Speeds in All 50 States

On Wednesday, December 15, the Communications Workers of America and the Speed Matters campaign released the 2010 Report on Internet Speeds in all 50 States. Read More »

With Broadband Needs Rising, Libraries Under Strain

Broadband is now a necessary part of daily life. Whether processing financial transactions, enrolling in online classes, or taking the job hunt online, families are more reliant on the web than ever before. With broadband demands meeting the reality of too few household connections, public libraries--sometimes the only public hotspots in small communities--are feeling the strain. Read More »

Parents can help their children by learning technology

Parents who have access to broadband technology and the skills to use it can better engage with their children's education, according to a report by the Children's Partnership. Read More »

Rockefeller to FCC: Broadband is the Future of West Virginia

Senator Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia met with FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski this past Monday at a roundtable discussion about the state's broadband future. Read More »

One Economy launches We Are Now Connected

One Economy, along with the Broadband Opportunity Coalition (BBOC), launched a new campaign called: We Are Now Connected. The goal of the initiative is to "expand digital literacy and broadband initiatives on an unprecedented scale -- ensuring high-speed Internet access in underserved communities, increasing online content and Internet relevancy, and empowering low-income individuals across the United States." Read More »

Setting the Record Straight: How the National Broadband Plan Bridges the Rural Divide

America faces a "rural-rural divide"--certain rural carriers aren't receiving funds to subsidize broadband service from the Universal Service system--according to an op-ed written by Blair Levin of the Aspen Institute. Read More »

States Should Embrace Broadband in Digital Economy

A broadband-fueled digital economy is critical to US innovation and sustained economic competitiveness, according to the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), a Speed Matters Partner. Read More »

Low-Income Families Still Behind in Broadband Gap

A new survey by the Pew Research Center Internet & American Life Project reveals a persistent and troubling digital divide based on income. Read More »

Digital Divide Creates Barriers to Education Online

The principal recommendations of a new report by the U.S. Distance Learning Association (USDLA) include expanding broadband use and adoption, developing web-friendly education policies and enabling greater use of online education. Many American families are being left on the wrong side of the digital divide and getting put at an educational disadvantage. Read More »

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 »

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