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Broadband is Key to Reinventing Education

According to a recent opinion piece in the Washington Post, e-learning has the potential to revolutionize the way American students learn inside and outside of the classroom. Read More »

Senate committee approves new technology accessibility standards

The Senate Commerce Committee approved legislation that would require electronics companies to make their products more accessible to the hearing and vision impaired, extending the promise of cutting-edge technologies to millions of disabled Americans. Read More »

FCC Commits More Funds To Connect Rural Health Providers

The FCC is aiming to close the digital divide in healthcare with an ambitious retooling of the Rural Health Care Support Mechanism, one of four programs funded by the Universal Service Fund. Read More »

Baltimore Library Opens Door to High-Speed Internet Access

Baltimore's Enoch Pratt Free Library is at the forefront of a fundamental transformation in the role of public libraries in America--providing a free portal to high-speed Internet access. Read More »

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 »

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