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Report shows increase in minority adoption rate, digital divide remains

A report released last week by the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies shows that while minorities are the fastest growing group of broadband adopters, significant barriers to adoption - age, income, and education - remain. The study was designed to highlight minority adoption trends and provide insight into factors affecting minority Internet use. Read More »

93 Million Americans Disconnected From Broadband Opportunities

On Tuesday the FCC released its National Broadband Plan Consumer Survey which found that affordability and lack of computer literacy are the main reasons why 93 million Americans are not connected to high-speed Internet in their homes. The survey results bolstered existing statistics that 80 million adults currently lack high-speed Internet. Most cited affordability, digital literacy, and relevance as the main barriers to adoption. Read More »

FCC Releases Working Recommendations for Upcoming National Broadband Plan

The FCC recently released working recommendations for key priorities that will be part of next month's unveiling of the National Broadband Plan. The recommendations are meant to bring greater high-speed Internet availability to the health care, education, and energy sectors, and move the federal government into a new era of engagement and transparency. Read More »

High Stakes in FCC’s Proposed Broadband Plan

The FCC is scheduled to present its National Broadband Plan next month to Congress - and the stakes could not be higher. The Chairman of the Alliance for Digital Equality - a Speed Matters partner - Julius Hollis wrote last week about the need for a measured approach to ensure all Americans have access to fast and readily accessible broadband Internet. Read More »

NTIA Releases new broadband assessment report

The Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) released a new report on America's progress in achieving universal broadband access. Conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, the report found that household access to broadband jumped from 51% in 2007 to 64% in 2009. Read More »

FCC releases first time census-tract data on broadband

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a report detailing census-tract data on high speed Internet service speed and availability. While the FCC has been collecting information on broadband providers since 2000, this is the first report that provides comprehensive data at a county level. The new data shows that the broadband gap even more apparent. Read More »

LA Mayor Calls Broadband Availability Civil Rights Issue of Our Time

At last month's Digital Empowerment Summit, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa proclaimed that high speed Internet availability is the civil rights issue of our time. Read More »

ACI study finds network operators create more, better paying jobs

According to a new American Consumer Institute Center for Citizen Research study, "network" companies, such as AT&T and Verizon - produce more, better paying jobs than non-network companies like Google and eBay. It found that for every $1 billion in revenue, network companies provided 2,329 jobs while non-network companies provided 1,199 jobs. Read More »

CWA calls for broadband goal of 50 mbps downstream and 20 upstream by 2015

The Communications Workers of America used the FCC's last request for public comment before the release of the national broadband plan to issue a public notice laying out what they consider to be top priorities for the plan. CWA's proposals include bringing U.S. networks to world-class standards by setting ambitious, but achievable goals, with an immediate goal of 10 megabits per second downstream and 1 megabit per second up; and 50 megabits down and 20 up to 80 percent of the population by 2015. Read More »

FCC’s Levin: Broadband can help minority communities

In front of an audience of social justice advocates, the FCC's Blair Levin declared that "broadband can help people get access to better jobs, better education, better health care information and improved government services" - and it can broaden equality overall. Read More »

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