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Hispanics Need Broadband, But Digital Divide Persists, Says Former FCC Commissioner

Henry M. Rivera, Strategic Counsel of the Internet Innovation Alliance, and former FCC Commissioner, told the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) that a persistent digital divide continues to hold Hispanics back from access to information technology and better jobs. Read More »

Telcos Offer Plan To Reform Universal Service

A group of six major telecommunications companies submitted a plan to the FCC to reform the Universal Service Fund (USF) and the Intercarrier Compensation (ICC) process. The six — including Verizon, AT&T, CenturyLink, Windstream, Frontier, and FairPoint — proposed the plan to "shift the focus of the Federal Communications Commission's Universal Service Fund to supporting broadband deployment nationwide." Read More »

University Coalition Aims For Alternate, High-Speed Internet

A group of 29 American universities has announced a plan to create Gig.U, an online network many times faster than the public Internet. Gig.U would service communities adjacent to universities — most of them outside major cities — and is designed to encourage high-tech startups in those areas by offering 1 gigabit connections. Read More »

Only Five Percent Of Rural Hospitals Use Health IT Significantly

According to the Benton Foundation, the journal reports that most rural hospitals have not significantly progressed in their use of IT. Read More »

California Commission Hears Labor Views on AT&T/T-Mobile

The California Public Utilities Commission held the last of three public workshops on the proposed AT&T/T-Mobile merger. At the hearing, held in Los Angeles on July 21, 2001, labor joined community and business organizations to voice its support to the merger. Read More »

Buffalo Residents Protest Unequal Treatment From Verizon

On July 20, 2011, Buffalo NY residents testified at a Buffalo City Council meeting against Verizon discriminatory deployment of its high-speed broadband service. The giant telecom has brought state-of-the-art fiber optics — FiOS — to the suburbs of the Lake Erie city, but not to the city itself, despite lobbying by local leaders. Read More »

Electronic Health Records Need To Be Available To All

Broadband-based telemedicine can improve the quality of care and lower costs — particularly by the use of electronic health records (EHRs). Not only can these make records more accessible, but they can assure that patients in need can be closely and constantly monitored. Read More »

Broadband For Rural Seniors: Much More Than Email

As the first Baby Boomers turn 65 this year, they join the 13 percent of Americans that age or older. And that cohort is growing. While communities struggle to find the funding and infrastructure to cope with the aging, one area is particularly at risk — rural America. Read More »

Farm Workers Backing AT&T/T-Mobile Merger

United Farm Workers President Arturo Rodriguez announced in a July 12, 2011, newspaper op-ed that the fabled union is supporting the AT&T/T-Mobile merger, in part because it promises to bring information technology to rural areas. Read More »

Low-Income Families Still Lagging In Broadband Access

In a report released July 11, 2011, Connected Nation examined broadband adoption among low-income households and substantiated a persistent social problem. Read More »

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