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Finland Mandates Universal Broadband Access

Starting this month, every citizen of Finland will have access to a 1 Megabit-per-second (Mbps) broadband connection. Read More »

Percentage of Ohioans subscribing to broadband increases seven percent from 2009

A new report from Connect Ohio--an affiliate of Speed Matters partner Connected Nation--showed that 62 percent of the state’s residents subscribe to a broadband Internet connection. That is an increase over 2009, when the number was only 55 percent. Read More »

FCC: Cost a major barrier to universal broadband adoption

Why does America resist high-speed Internet? A new FCC survey suggests that one of the main reasons is: It’s too expensive. Read More »

How to Reform Universal Service Fund to Support Broadband

Speed Matters has long supported reform of the Universal Service Fund (USF) to promote broadband build-out and affordability. The FCC's National Broadband Plan highlights a transition plan to move USF support from telephony to broadband. Members of Congress, FCC Commissioners, service providers, and consumer advocates all agree. So the question is no longer whether to shift USF subsidies to support broadband deployment and adoption, but how. Read More »

Wisconsin Set to Deploy Broadband Stimulus Funding

Wisconsin will soon begin rolling out fiber optic broadband connections to hundreds of schools and libraries across the state. Over 390 law enforcement agencies, 300 fire departments, and 119 hospitals could also potentially connect to the fiber network. Read More »

NTIA Announces Second Round of State Broadband Grants

The NTIA has invited states to apply for the second round of State Broadband Data and Development grants. Read More »

WaPo: New Way Forward Needed on Broadband Oversight

A Washington Post editorial proposes a "fourth way" regulatory framework for broadband Internet in reaction to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski's "third way" plan. The editorial argues that the FCC should not attempt to fit broadband into an existing, yet largely incompatible regulatory framework. Rather, the FCC should work with Congress to create clear, yet limited, new rules for broadband providers that focus on increased reporting, monitoring and transparency. Read More »

FCC opts to re-regulate broadband

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski on May 6 announced support for reclassifying the transmission component of broadband Internet access service as a Title II telecommunications service. Read More »

House Subcommittee Chair worries more Americans lack broadband than previously thought

During its first hearing on the National Broadband Plan, U.S. House Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet Chairman Rick Boucher expressed concern over one of the findings of the FCC's plan, arguing that more Americans than currently thought lack broadband service. Read More »

Broadband adoption rates low among Americans with disabilities, according to FCC

The FCC released a report that found surprisingly low broadband adoption rates among people with disabilities-only 42 percent of those studied have access to service at their residence. Read More »

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